Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Chalk Talk is a silent conversation in writing that allows students to have an equal opportunity to participate. It is a versatile protocol that can be used for many purposes. It is a way to reflect, generate ideas, assess background knowledge, check on learning, develop projects, or solve problems. Because it is done completely in silence, it gives groups a change of pace and encourages thoughtful contemplation. 1. The facilitator explains that the chalk talk is a silent activity. No participant may talk at all. Anyone may add to the chalk talk, as they please. You can add new ideas in word or symbol form as well as comment on the ideas of others simply by drawing a connecting line, etc., to the comment. Special thanks to Microsoft for giving us the chance to attend Mr. Les Foltos' workshop in Washington DC. Silent Chalk Talk was an interesting activity to write and express our ideas and feelings that summer vacation is over and it's "back to school" again!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
It's back to school again!...and our back to school was very special with the special box which was waiting for us at school from our new friends at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sena School in Malaysia. This box brought very happy Eid memories with the beautiful decorated Eid cards. It opened great discussions about what we did during the days of Eid and how we celebrated it with our families and friends. They also sent us wonderful gifts such as stories, stickers, wallets, and a red box with hearts and flowers.
They gave us the chance to travel to Malaysia while we're sitting in the classroom reading their country brochures: Sarawak, the land of the hornbills and the largest state in the country. Kelantan, cradle of Malay culture, a charming destination with colorful traditions, interesting pastimes and superb handicrafts. Sabah, the land below the wind...the tropical rainforests. Perak, the land of grace with picturesque islands and beaches. Johor, the southern gateway. Terengganu, the gem of the East Coast. Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Melaka, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysia's dazzling capital city. Ms. Muainah Ismail, thank you so much for making our back to school a very special one...and we'll send you cards and Arabic stories soon.
Eid Mubarak to you all with our best wishes from Lebanon!