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Mock Interviews – humorously building professional competency

My experience teaching at An-Najah National University has made me realize that as Americans we often take for granted the small things that contribute to our greater successes.  One of these things is a Career Development Center.  Most, if not all, universities in Palestine are missing a center for Career Development.  This, coupled with the lack of available opportunities for students, results in a young generation without the soft skills needed for success in employment. It is for this reason that the Professional Competency course at An-Najah is very important to these students’ futures.  After every class I teach, there Continue reading…

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The Power of Role Models

In the Youth Service Learning program, TYO works with university students to prepare them to be in classrooms as role models for younger children. Part of their training introduces them to early child development and focuses their attention on the children’s needs at that age. It teaches the volunteers what they can expect from the students as to behavior in the classroom and how to interact with them most effectively, given their developmental stages. In part of the training last week, we asked the youth, “What does it mean for you to be a child, six years old?” We asked Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of April 22, 2012

TYO winds down from the spring session… Sunday, April 22 New study seeks to demonstrate the ACADEMIC impact of recess on early childhood development in and out of the classroom.   Monday, April 23 TYO welcomes newest intern, ASMA who will teach oral history for TYO and professional development at An-Najah University.   Tuesday, April 24 As part of the Racing the Planet GAMES series, students learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and how to turn trash into treasures with environmentally-friendly crafts!   Thursday, April 26 Usama Malik prepares for his 156-mile RACE across the Jordanian desert with this fun video-blog update! Only Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, April 27, 2012

This week, TYO applauds holistic learning, cautions on the effects of overambitious schooling, and questions continuing trends in global misogyny. Nurturing New Norms. Each year, the ASCD, a global education leadership association, awards a handful of schools with the coveted Whole Child Awards for their holistic achievements in nurturing and educating young learners. These schools commit time and resources to developing curricula and communities that cultivate well-rounded and cared for young individuals. With a diverse student body comprised of over 60% of students who have a first language other than English, including young refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, and elsewhere in Continue reading…

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VIDEO: Usama Malik Prepares to run 156 Miles through the Jordanian Desert

  With just three-and-a-half short weeks left until Usama Malik’s 156 mile race from Wadi Ram to Petra, he is in good spirits and health. Last week we shared a personal video of him testing out the 20 pound backpack he will be running with for 6 marathons in 5 days. In this video you will see him celebrating for successfully packing in all of his week’s necessities comfortably into his bag. Usama is already victorious in our eyes for raising awareness and funding for TYO’s cause, but it is truly inspiring to see the enthusiasm he exhibits in this Continue reading…

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Recycling is Child’s Play

During Racing the Planet Games, someone wrote a new rule on our list of classroom guidelines: We are yellow. This new rule was not sanctioned, but when I discovered it after class, I couldn’t have been more proud. Yes, adding this assertion to our rule list likely violated several of the other imperatives around it. More importantly, though, it captured the enthusiasm and sense of belonging that filled the room that afternoon. Nurturing those particular qualities was the goal underlying all of our activities throughout the session. At the core of TYO’s mission in Nablus is to create a safe Continue reading…

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Discovering Identity in Nablus

Meet TYO’s newest intern – Asma. Asma is currently working towards earning her Masters in Public Policy at Harvard University. A Palestinian American, Asma is excited to be working with Palestinian children and to be back in the homeland of her ancestors. At TYO, Asma’s teaching a month-long oral history class to students 10-12 years old – focusing on themes of identity and self expression. Asma is also teaching a Professional Competency course to students at An-Najah University. Last week was Asma’s first week of classes. Read on to see how her classes went. After a full two weeks of teaching both children in Continue reading…

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Recess and Academic Achievement

Throughout the United States, early childhood educators are increasingly concerned with policies that cut recess out of the school day to make way for more academic learning. The social and developmental benefits of recess are well documented, but a new study seeks to demonstrate the academic impact of recess. The study used data on full-day kindergarten students in the United States; researcher Yesil Dagli asked whether the frequency and length of recess time had a direct effect on children’s reading scores. Ultimately, she discovered no clear relationship between the two variables. She concludes, however, that “the findings of this present Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of April 15

As Spring winds down in the classrooms of Nablus… Sunday, April 15 The TYO Core Program kids head for FUN and frolicking at Beita Amusement Park!   Monday, April 16 The interns bid their final FAREWELLS to their students and Nablus!   Tuesday, April 17 TYO’s Clare on discovery and GROWTH in the Creative Thinking class.   Wednesday, April 18 The Columbia Business School’s PANGEA team provides insight on their first few days in Lebanon with TYO’s WEL program.   Thursday, April 19 Check out TYO HERO Usama Malik on video talking about his re-commitment to Race the Planet for Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, April 20, 2012

This week TYO determines whether it pays to play, the value of liquid gold, and what role Syria’s First Lady might play in quelling the ongoing violence. Girls Going Far. This week, the World Bank reassesses the state of girls’ education around the world in 2012. As to be expected, despite strides, much PROGRESS remains to be made. “There has been progress, but gender equality has not been fully or permanently achieved around the world. This is why we will continue to invest in girls and women, particularly early in life and in ways that are the most likely to Continue reading…