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Capstone Project
6 months 2 weeks ago
My capstone project is to establish a sister school partnership between my host school in the US and my home school back in Egypt. STEM school is the school I work in back there in my home country and it is well known by its interest in teaching languages. This relation between My students here and back there in my country is going to open both students horizons and widen their scopes about understanding each other's cultures and different languages. It not only benefits language learning, but also broadens student’s minds by visiting or talking with people from another culture, which helps them to be global citizens. Regarding administrators, it helps them to have a glance at another educational system, to learn from their good points, and reflect on their own practice to make adjustment to be better. Before I departed, my home school had shown great interest in having a sister school in the US and arranged a Skype session with my school here to show our sincerity and welcome. I discussed that with language teachers in Roosevelt High School, who showed their willingness to establish the relationship. As planned. We will arrange sessions through Skype to help our students communicate and interact with each other.
Capstone Project
6 months 2 weeks ago
A grand Chinese New Year celebration was held in Plantation Middle School during Chinese New Year. The students and staff in our school and feeder schools and the officials from our county were invited to spend the wonderful afternoon with my Chinese students who well performed the Chinese-styled programs and showed their projects about Chinese culture. Some students from feeder schools also sang Chinese songs which I taught them during outreach. This capstone arouses people's interest in China and Chinese culture and establishes mutual understanding among different peoples.
Capstone Project
6 months 2 weeks ago
As Chicago is a city with diversity, our students also come from different cultural backgrounds. One of our traditions is to immerse students into a diverse world. With the coming of Chinese New Year, the students who are majoring Chinese practice dragon dance themselves, and they will have a big show in our campus!
Capstone Project
6 months 2 weeks ago
Moos elementary has a Spring festival showcase which involved around 100 parents and students from Pre-K to K6. The school is an IB school so lots of students are from different backgrounds , our Spring Festival showcase help spread the impact and help increase their interest in Mandarin After the showcase ,the students will be more acknowledge with what efforts they have done in Mandarin class. They Have students get to know more culture about Chinese New Year Celebration traditions. All the Chinese learners in moos have got a chance for students to show their improvement in Chinese.
Capstone Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
The theme of our capstone project is Culture boxes. And it is also our CLP. Both of my home school and host schools are willing to establish a sister-school relationship. Therefore, we plan to ask students and teachers to communicate with each other through a series of activities called culture boxes. For my host school, MBA really has a global vision and try to provide students as many opportunities as possible to broaden students’ horizon and mind because most students may not have the chances to know the outside world even the whole life. Therefore, they provide English, Spanish, French, Japanese as well as Mandarin. This language teaching process not only offers language learning process, but also about world culture. Students here need the authentic Chinese culture to help them understand the outside world so that they will be further motivated in growing up to achieve their future goals. For my home school, we have international classes and programs where students are focused on English learning and aim to come to the USA or Canada to continue high school or University. It’s a good opportunity for them to communicate with American students before they actually come here so that they can have a better understanding of American education. For teachers in both schools, we all have PLCs every week to learn the modern teaching methodologies and how to apply them into our teaching to achieve improvements, if we can set a time every month for language teachers to communicate teaching methodologies and education system, it will be very helpful for both Chinese teachers and American teachers in their professional development. Although I will only be in MBA for a year, MBA is really eager to keep the program consistent. MBA will not only have long-lasting sister-school relationship with my home school, MBA can also further develop this mode to establish sister-school relationship with the next Chinese exchange teacher’s home school. In this way, more opportunities will be provided for both students and teachers in MBA.
Capstone Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Most People in the valley do not know anything about the TCLP or the Arabic class. I had a year long plan to showcase the program and the Arabic language and culture to everyone in the valley. Accordingly, I followed a plan that included many actions and events: First, I created collaborative classes with other teachers to raise awareness for students at my school. So, I planned different outreaches: 1- An outreach with Cosmetology teacher in which I introduced the history of cosmetics in Egypt. 2- An outreach with the forensic science teacher on the mummification process in ancient Egypt. 3- Two outreaches in the library that introduced The Hijri year and the Tanura Dance tradition. 4- An outreach teaching students the origin of papyrus and how it was made in ancient Egypt. 5- A cooking event in which I collaborated with the food science teacher and taught students how to cook two different Arabian dishes. The event included a fashion show in which the students displayed traditional Egyptian clothing. It also included a belly dance show and the school orchestra played an Arabian piece of music. 6- My extended outreach that was a series of presentations in Spanish classes to introduce the similarities between ancient Egypt and ancient Mexico. Also, they could identify the similarities between Arabic and Spanish Languages. Other outreaches were held at different classes for the sake of raising the awareness of studying new Arabic language and learning about different cultures. Secondly: I created the Arabic Club in which I ran different events for people from the community. In my club, I introduced the program, the culture and the Arabic language.It was for other members in the community. I planed to make it for all people, students or parents or others. This Club reached people outside school. Meetings were held in different places every time. Some students helped me with it. I introduced sessions about Arabic Language and Egyptian culture. some topics included: food, clothing, history, inventions and other topics related to Arab and Egyptian Culture. Thirdly: I conducted a series of school visits to introduce the program to students from other feeder schools. It included visits to high, middle and lower schools. Fourthly: I get my class involved in two projects: A museum at the end of the fist semester, and a display during the second semester. Both projects enabled all of the school students and teachers to explore the history and culture of Egypt. I was planning through the Arabic club to raise awareness and advertise the program. Finally our school participated in the international week. Students made different presentations on: The Arabic language, ancient and modern Egypt, Inventions and other projects. We had the chance to win a trophy for the best high school participation in the international week.
Capstone Project
7 months 2 days ago
Butter lovers-(梁祝) also known as "China's Romeo and Juliet" is a Chinese legend of a tragic love story of a pair of lovers. The most popular love story in China tells the legend of two 4th century Chinese lovers who could not marry due to different family backgrounds. After the hero dies of a broken heart, the heroine leaps on his grave and the two turn into a butterfly couple after their deaths. For centuries, the story has been adapted into traditional operas, movies and TV plays. The Butterfly Lovers - Liang Zhu is an interdisciplinary Musical dance project that is simply an opportunity for students to come together and make art about what they learn from the Chinese story and how much they get inspired from the music. This project is a collaboration of students at Mesita 3rd grade Chinese class to create a musical performance, 4th grade art class to design and construct artwork; and 5th grade orchestra class for the original pieces of music. There are also other contributions from local artists and business owners in the El Paso area. They provided awesome resources like, photography and editing skills, and costumes to support the success of our performative event.
Capstone Project
7 months 3 weeks ago
My project is divided into two parts: Chinese New Year Gala and Chinese New Year Food which takes place on Feb.7 and Feb 10. The Chinese New Year Gala consists of 9 performances where I include the most typical Chinese cultural elements and demonstrate students’ Chinese language skills at the same time. For the food part, I ordered authentic Chinese food in the restaurant and invite teachers and students to share the food. With posters presenting what food would be seen on the dinner table in China during this festive occasion and what symbolic meaning each food item has, the participants definitely have a clearer picture of the festival and helps to trigger their passion about Chinese culture. Word spread about my gala and people talk about it for a long time. They’ve never had this kind of performance before and the first year of this kind of show in the history of World Language Department really gives it a special touch and people are super impressed.
Capstone Project
1 year 6 months ago
I divided my capstone project to three parts: 1-Henna tattoos party The first part is An afternoon Henna tattoo party open to students and faculty at LHS with the objective of introducing the henna traditions in Morocco. The audience goes through different sections to learn about the Henna Plant : Cawsonia Inermisn, its tree: the mignonette, look at samples of dried Henna leaves and the Henna powder... the exchange teacher introduces the material used as well as the tattoo styles and significance of the signs then the audience watches a documentary about bridal Henna traditions in Morocco before choosing their own tattoos and applying Henna. 2-The second part is another afternoon party with Moroccan traditional attire and food tasting as themes. The most famous Moroccan salads, main dishes and deserts are chosen to be prepared and presented to the audience with explanatory videos about the ingredients and preparation before the tasting.The guests also participate in a Moroccan tea preparation workshop and are offered a variety of Moroccan dresses to try and take photos in. 3-Equipe the school and library with material for teaching the Arabic script and books in Arabic.
Capstone Project
1 year 6 months ago
Project Goals:- 1- Increasing community and students’ awareness and interest in the Arabic program at my school. 2- Achieving sustainability for the Arabic program in my school. 3- Encouraging more schools to adopt Arabic courses. Project objectives:- 1- Introducing the school program to the community by sharing students’ work, taking part in performances and exposing members of the community to the target culture products (music, dances and foods) in different school and county’s events. 2- Organizing a series of virtual exchange sessions with native speakers of Arabic through Natakallam program to engage the students’ interest in language. 3- Providing instructional materials which include posters, online resources and outreaches bank for a future Arabic teacher. 4- Taking part in the school promotion team that worked on increasing the school enrollment. 5- Encouraging community participation in the program by having a parent volunteer work in the classroom.

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