Monday, September 27, 2010

A Great Plan Gets Better

It's great when a good plan comes togther especially when it continues to get even better. As a result of my research I am including more activities and information in my courses about teaching students who come to the US from other countries.
One of the most important things we can do as teachers is to have some understanding of the types of educational experiences the students have had before arriving in the US.

As an assignment in my sophopmore level Schools and Society course we are getting together next week with a group of international students in Rick Gamache's class. Rick is a professor in the Applied Linguistics Department and an international student advisor. The plan was for my students to interview his international students to find out about the Education systems in their countries. He then thought it would be a great idea for his students to interview my students about the US Education system.

This all grew out of my son Andrew needing to interview a student from Africa for his African studies course at his high school. Rick has also been working with a group of six African Fulbright scholars. In the end, this plan flourished to include a trip by the six African Fulbright scholars to make a presentation in Andrew's African studies course at Mount Mansfield Union H.S.

The picture is of the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland where my brother Alastair lives.

1 comment:

  1. The interviews sound really interesting. Are they published online?