My students come from neighborhoods across our urban school district. Many will be the first in their families to go to college, and more than half are 1st or 2nd generation Americans. Our school is proud to be highly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomics, and more.
My students are incredible: they are socially conscious, engaged, curious, dedicated and creative.
They study Arabic because they want to learn about global cultures and communicate with people who are different from them. I am so lucky to teach them!
My goal as an Arabic teacher is to provide students with tools to explore the world's cultures and languages with deep curiosity and appreciation, and to make this type of exploration feel approachable. I believe that studying language helps young people grow into confident leaders who promote cooperation, communication, and innovation.
Modern Foreign language teachers in my school love to integrate technology into our teaching for project-based learning, listening activities, watching videos and more. The Language Lab is often booked far in advance, so we also rely on Chromebook carts in our classrooms. However, with nearly 100 teachers and only around twenty Chromebook carts available, our school does not have enough technology to go around.
In the Arabic classroom, we do not use textbooks; we rely on using Arabic in real-life contexts from real-life sources, and technology is an essential resource for us to do this!
Students will use these Chromebooks to watch videos for listening practice at their own pace, work in small groups on projects, conduct research about the culture, practice their typing skills in Arabic... I could go on and on! Truly, when teaching a subject with no high school level textbooks, technology is an invaluable resource and necessity, and it would enhance students' experience in my classroom so much to have Chromebooks readily available to students at all times.
Additionally, as a faculty advisor for the Student Council, Student Council meetings occur weekly in my classroom. The elected representatives on the Student Council will benefit from having Chromebooks available in their meetings to take notes that they can share out, work efficiently on initiatives, and publicize effectively to the student body.
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