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Behind the Scenes

Teachers often look for ways to teach language acquisition in a way that encourages learners to use language creatively and spontaneously.  They ask themselves how can I make this task meaningful and therefore memorable?   How can I design lessons that help students process language more naturally?   The standard teaching style of Presentation, Practice, and Production, or PPP, falls shorts.   Many students are able to meet the task objectives for the lesson and then forget the structure post lesson use.  This results in students continuing to make the same mistakes they were making before the lesson.    One alternative approach to Continue reading…

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I was born in Saudi Arabia, but my family is originally from Nablus. My brother and sister and I all grew up hearing stories of Nablus, and so we missed it even before we lived here. They would talk about our family, how when they were growing up, you would spend so much time together. They talked about the look and feel of the city. The beautiful buildings, walking in the open streets. They used to be much more open, but sadly that is different now. Nablus has always been very dear to me. ولدت بالمملكة العربية السعودية ولكن عائلتي Continue reading…

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There is Music in the Air! There is Learning Everywhere!

Be it the “A,B,Cs” in English or the alphabet song in Arabic, music is incorporated into the classroom from an early age. At Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO), music is included in almost every class from the morning until the afternoon. In fact, if you are at TYO at 2:30 pm, you may hear students singing to the Cha-Cha Slide outside! Why is music included in the TYO curriculum? Does it really have a meaningful impact on the level of learning in classrooms around the world? Research continues to show that music plays a key role in helping students reach their Continue reading…

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I want to learn new words about countries because I want to write about my country. I want to be successful because my country needs people who are successful. We need people who know the truth and say it without fear, who are faithful and will do anything for their country. We are visitors in this life and all people are the same. We are all created free people, so why do we make differences between groups? Not just in my country, but around the world. اريد ان اتعلم كلمات جديدة عن البلدان لانني اريد الكتابة عن بلدي ,اريد ان اكون Continue reading…

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Amal Hamad: A Commitment to Consistent Growth

Amal Hamad is from Einabous village near Nablus. She is studying family development at Al-Quds Open University. She has a great deal of experience volunteering with local and international organizations including the Red Crescent and Medical Relief. Mostly recently, she has been volunteering at Medeed Center for Mental Health and World Vision on Saturday and Sunday and volunteers at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization Monday through Thursday. She has been a volunteer for TYO’s Core Child AM Program for 2 sessions. What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO? I have gained the most professional experience outside TYO at Medeed Continue reading…

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Cake Can Be Healthy, Too

It is hard to live a healthy lifestyle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is especially difficult to be healthy when living in Palestine due to the limited resources and health education. However, it is important to have a clear understanding of how to stop health problems before they start. For the past 6 weeks, as a part of the Women’s Empowerment Programs at TYO, the women of Nablus have been learning about fitness and nutrition. One major preventable health risk is Type 2 diabetes.  Prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Palestinian in 2000 was estimated at Continue reading…

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When I think of Nablus, I think of a special city. It is one where you can find a mix of people, from Christians to Muslims to Samaritans, and despite the mix, everyone seems to live happily and equally with each other. It also reminds me of how TYO has the same kind of special diversity, bringing in groups from the Khalleh neighbourhood, as well as those from the three refugee camps around Nablus, Balata, Askar and Al-Ain. Nablus is a simple city, but it’s a great one, and it has become home to me. عندما افكر بمدينة نابلس اعتقد انها مدينة Continue reading…

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1.5 Billion and Growing

In two weeks, The Women’s Group’s Spring 2016 session will come to a close. The Women’s Group is a program for women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus with a focus on the mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. This session, TYO has been proud to offer fitness and nutrition classes taught by our Spring 2016 Zahi Khouri Fellow, Beginner’s English classes, and educational seminars that focus on mental health, physical well-being, and child-rearing. The women have been enjoying and benefitting from educational seminars and fitness and nutrition classes for many years. However, in the Continue reading…

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International Award Winning Teaching Techniques? We Got ‘Em!

On March 13, 2016, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization was delighted to hear that the most prestigious award in all of teaching, the Global Teacher Prize, was awarded to a Palestinian teacher named Hanan al Hroub.  Hanan, who teaches at the Samiha Secondary School in Bethlehem, has inspired many throughout Palestine and within TYO. The Global Teachers Prize was created in order to spotlight the important work of all teachers around the world, and awards a 1 000 000 USD prize to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession. Hanan’s success, and its recognition, is well-deserved. Continue reading…

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The advice I would give someone who wanted to pursue their dreams would be to put the goal in front of you.  Start early.  For me, I always wanted to be a journalist but I had some set backs and changed my major to business administration.  At first I didn’t like the idea and took a semester off.  During this time  I thought about my situation and started volunteering here at TYO.  Volunteering taught me about having patience and it has help me to learn from others to motivate me in my own goals. After I graduate with my degree Continue reading…