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    Progress in Core AM: Participation, Perseverance, Practice, Play and Personal Development

    It was 8 weeks ago that 27 four and five year-olds walked into the classroom and nervously eyeballed me, the foreigner, in their classroom. Our first learning intention was simple, they needed to learn how to correctly say ‘Hello’ and ‘Goodbye’, it seemed like an easy task, but I was no kindergarten teacher, I was used to teaching teenagers literature and history.  But through some miracle, and the use of excessive amounts of my energy running in and out of a door saying hello and goodbye, I had most of them laughing and learning. Thankfully, most students waved, and warmly Continue reading…

    April 14th, 2014 | Read more

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    Delivering tools for success

    In the early childhood development stages, seemingly small problems which might appear trivial to adults can actually be rooted into much more significant problems later in life, if never addressed. For that and many other reasons, at TYO we emphasize the importance of teaching children critical-thinking and problem-solving techniques to help children overcome their problems. Independent problem-solving increases children’s self-respect and gives them a sense of belonging within their community as effective and reliable individuals. Our particular emphasis at TYO is peaceful resolution to problem-solving. Young children tend to model the behavior of adults around them, so when they see Continue reading…

    April 13th, 2014 | Read more

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    Because of Them, We Will

    Have you seen those photos circulating on Buzzfeed that show young girls dressed as the bold feminists that came before them- part of the international photography project, Because of Them, We Can? If you haven’t, they’re worth a look- young children dress to resemble the gender equality revolutionaries from both the past and present that are blazing the trail for a brighter, more equitable future- from Susan B. Anthony to Sacajawea, Frida Kahlo to Malala Yousafiszi. It’s homage to those that came before us, and a way to teach children about the strong activists and leaders that paved a way Continue reading…

    April 10th, 2014 | Read more

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    The Ripple Effect of Cultural Exchange

    Whilst the primary goals of TYO’s classes at An-Najah University are increasing awareness of professional competency and improving English conversation, one of the secondary outcomes has been the positive effects of cultural exchange. Cultural exchange is more than just getting used to interns’ unique accents and learning trivial things about their home nations, cultural exchange importantly contributes to mutual understanding between societies and peoples. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, it’s important that Palestinian nationals don’t get left behind. As a result of the complex political context here there is a restriction on travel, and consequently fewer opportunities for the Continue reading…

    April 9th, 2014 | Read more