This year I am the luckiest teacher in the world. I get to teach at the best school ever – International School of Morocco, with some of the best, most creative, teachers ever. Each time I walk into someone else’s classroom, I get inspired and we just seem to spiral great teaching ideas off of each other. It’s a wonderful place to teach, and since we are all collaborating, it’s a wonderful place for our kids to learn – a teacher’s dream, right? I have tried and tried to convince the other teachers to create blogs of their own to spotlight and share some of their amazing ideas, but everyone is super busy. Instead, they have each agreed to let me spotlight some of their ideas right here on Raki’s Rad Resources. So, each Friday night, I will be posting an ISM Spotlight.
Tonight I want to show you a collaborative project that was worked on in 3 languages. Our Year 1/ Year 2 (Kindergarten & 1st grade) teacher Courtney Nassar did a unit on “Our City – Casablanca”. Ms. Nassar guided the students through an inquiry discovery unit on the people and places that make up a city, including creating these collage letters, graphing the languages spoken, charting the things you can see, hear and feel in the city and going on a field trip to a variety of places around the city including the post office, the bakery and the bank.
Her students were lucky enough to work on the concepts of who and what made up their city in English, French and Arabic. Mr. Raki, our Arabic teacher, worked on the letters that are used to spell out Casablanca in Arabic. In Arabic, we say “Dar Beida”, which literally translates into white house – just like Casablanca does.
In French, Madame Gaelle worked with the kids to create a poster of French words about Casablanca that go all the way from A – Z. The students not only brainstormed the words, they also colored the letters and wrote the words to create the poster.
Stop by next week to find out what’s going on at ISM.