By Hal Halper, Current Fellow
Yet another month in the spectacular Israel! I’m finally in a routine of teaching and volunteering and it’s marvelous! I have six classes (two classes of each grade, forth through sixth) as well as a seventh class that’s combined with the best students from both sixth grade classes to work on advanced work and development, such as debates, presentations, and rehearsals for the musical I’m directing, The Wizard of Oz. I was originally going to produce The Jungle Book, but after deeper thought and consideration, I felt that The Wizard of Oz was a more fitting play to work on, mainly for its message of overcoming difficult obstacle’s and making home a comfortable place.

I have seen my student’s growth double in both their confidence and English proficiency this past month, and that makes the long days and hours of lesson planning all the more worth it! Students that were unable to read are beginning to glue together sentences. Students that didn’t know the alphabet are remembering what sounds belong to what letters, as well as how to write and recognize letters. Students that already had decent proficiency in the English language are now learning to conduct research and present their ideas in an organized manner. Granted I still have students that are still struggling, but if teaching English was simple, I wouldn’t be needed year round, so I’m excited to continue to help them grow and learn in my class.  Continue reading “Month Two: The Adventure Continues” »