Virginia Easley, an English Language Fellow in Jordan, was a guest speaker at the Civics, Language, and American Civics (CLASS) 2015 Teachers Lead seminar in Ein Gedi, Israel. The seminar was designed to promote mutual understanding, economic growth, and prosperity among both Israeli and Arab-Israeli English teachers in the region, as well as their high school-aged students.

Easley gave two workshops to a group of 30 teachers working the public school system in Israel. Both workshops focused the on Kagan Strategies for Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Team Building Exercises. After a brief introduction to the classroom strategies developed by Dr. Spencer Kagan, both groups of teachers participated in a warm up activity to introduce the “think-pair-share” strategy. Following this activity, the first group focused on using quiet signals as a classroom management tool through a number of hands-on activities while the second workshop catered towards team building and icebreakers that are effective for high school students.

Each teacher was given a group activity and Kagan handouts at the end of the workshops to aid the implementation of these classroom activities. The week-long seminar was part of a public school initiative that teaches students the art of diplomacy in order to prepare them for negotiations and diplomacy in the future.

 

Related Stories

Fellow Elizabeth Plummer Makes an Impact as an Educational Technology Trainer in South Africa

Based in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, English Language Fellow Elizabeth Plummer supports teacher professional development in technology at University of Witwatersrand’s Hub for Multilingual Languages and Literacies (HuMEL). Discover Plummer’s life as a Fellow as she manages a language laboratory, leads professional programs for local teachers, and mentors student researchers conducting projects in…

Fellow Bret Vlazny Fosters English as Diplomacy in Ramallah, West Bank

Based in Ramallah, West Bank, English Language Fellow Bret Vlazny is a cultural ambassador and visiting lecturer at Al-Quds Open University. Vlazny's placement has taken him throughout the region visiting university branches from Jenin to Hebron. Discover Vlazny's life as a Fellow as he introduces strategies for integrating classroom technology, delivers blended learning training for…

Follow Us on Twitter

@ELPrograms

Flashback to former #ELFellow Jennifer Miller in #Myanmar. Outside of the classroom, Jennifer got her hands dirty l… https://t.co/dWZVrM6fGc

2 days ago