National Day is just around the corner and the whole city is decked out in UAE pride swag. Hoods of cars are flagged, giant flags hang from houses and schools, just about everything is covered in red, green, black, and white, even this wall on a lonely side street gets some decoration for the big event.
Today I finally got to explore Bur Dubai, an area I’ve been wanting to see since I arrived. We walked through the souks, rode an abra, and took in the sights. I love this area because it feels so much more authentic than the glitzy and glamoury Dubai that I’ve seen in the past few months.
Joke of the day: What do you call a camel riding an abra?
Answer: A camelabra (You might have to say it out loud to really get it)
Man, I love exit tickets!
A few weeks ago I went through my last block class thinking things were going pretty well. The girls seemed to be understanding our new topic and things were going smoothly. But then I graded their exit tickets that they completed independently…woofdah! Perhaps I was speaking another language that day (other than English or Arabic) because they just did not get it. Yet I was so happy, literally smiling, that I gave that exit ticket. Not because I was glad they bombed it, but because I knew how crucial it was for me to reteach the lesson the next class. I was so thankful for that information.
Well, today was another day I was extremely thankful for exit tickets. We worked on distributive property in my last class today, a concept that can be super confusing for some students. We made up funny stories to represent the variables in the problems, we laughed hysterically, we all around had a really fun, yet productive class. We broke up into differentiated groups to practice our skills on different levels, and we were loud, yet productive. And then when I told the girls they only had three more minutes to work they literally said, “NOOOOO, we’re not done yet!” What? When does that happen? I mean, we were just doing a worksheet… Anywho, I thought this may be one of those classes where I thought the kids were getting it, but really they weren’t. So when it came time to check their responses on socrative.com, I was so thankful again for giving an exit ticket. But this time they all got the first question correct. 100%. Whoa baby! I looked over the list several times to confirm what I believe to be a great success. What an amazing class.
Well done ladies!
Well done inventor of exit tickets!
Life has a Learning Curve
Towels were born to be dried in a dryer.
No matter where you go, kids are funny
Ms. Rae Ann (to student who had volunteered multiple correct answers): Wow R., you are on fire today!
Student L: I don’t smell smoke.
The new fast food
You know what’s getting trendy these days? Falafel. And since moving to Dubai I have really started hitting the fast food falafel hard, mostly this one joint called Just Falafel. For just 21 dirhams I can get a baked falafel wrap with French fries and a soda, what a deal! Plus they usually put a good slathering of dressing on my sandwich which really puts this place high on my fast food list. I mean, who wants dry falafel? Not me. I’m thinking this place should make a move to the States, or at least to my neighborhood mall so I can have immediate, daily access.
There is one downfall to Just Falafel…they serve Pepsi.
But as long as there is a McDonalds near by, we are back in business.
An Interesting Experience
Today I explained 9/11 to a group of 7th grade girls who weren’t even born yet when I sat and watched the coverage in my 8th grade social studies class. I showed them pictures and they gasped in shock at the events of that day.
Almost all of my 7th graders are Muslim.
They are also inquisitive, witty, intelligent, and loving. And I would love for the United States to meet them.
Things I took for granted as a teacher in the United States/the things I really wish I had here:
- Expo markers. They make a mean marker that just can’t be duplicated. Thanks to my mom for helping me import them.
- My own printer.
- The ridiculous amounts of technology I could have and should have used every day. And it was pretty good stuff, too.
- Knowing where to get exactly what I’m looking for.
- The ridiculous amount of unnecessary supplies I had accumulated.
- My jumbo whiteboards (Okay, they originally belonged to Allen Wright, but I loved them a lot).
- My Smartboard (Yes, my)
- Blended learning
- Having a 7th grade math team (I’m by myself now) who were amazing and could whip up a solid worksheet in a hot minute.
- The slight organizational system I had developed by year 3 (Thanks again Allen Wright for all of your donations to my organizational system, I would have never happened without you).
But no worries, the shark bucket is here with me in Dubai so I can keep calm, and teach on!