“What is a lesson plan?”

These past few months teaching in Israel have been such a whirlwind. In no uncertain terms, it’s been a positive experience, and I’m glad I’m here. It has also been one of my most challenging experiences, and has pushed me to grow to a new level of adaptability – an essential skill for a teacher anywhere in the world! Interestingly, it has also required me to behave and eventually become more confident and calm in order to be successful.

During my last year teaching in New Zealand, I was always surprised at how much time I seemed to have (compared to studying and teaching in the States- albeit while simultaneously completing my Master’s). Here, I always seem to be running out. Of course, part of this is the extra time it takes to get things done while learning about how things work in a new place* – this is true everywhere. But to thrive in this culture, I need to readjust how I conceptualise time and what it means to be prepared.  Continue reading

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What is respect?

*Note: This is simply a collection of questions and observations, not meaning to preference one perspective over another. I am curious about the differences in cultural understandings of what it means to be respectful and to respect time. As always, comments open, discussion encouraged. 

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