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Weekend with Orly

by Heather Hammerling, MITF Netanya   Over the weekend, one of the English teachers at my school invited me to her home for Shabbat. Her name is Orly, she teaches the 6th graders and we co-teach together once a week. From the first moment I met Orly, I liked her! She is extremely warm and a great English Continue Reading

I have been a little Mia while on MITF…

by Rebecca Gutman, MITF (Bat Yam) SO it’s been a while since my last post. Things have been picking up here. Not only do we work in schools, but now we are volunteering, going to Ulpan (learning Hebrew) and have meetings with our pedagogical advisor. The new year has been filled with activity. We went on Continue Reading

Days 139-145

by Erica Weiner, MITF (Beit She’an)  Last week during one of the break our kids had a “celebrating 70 years party”! There were different stations, some kids were selling bamba, soup, falafel, and then there were other stations, decorating balloons and making confetti cannons. It was so much fun! Unfortunately I did not take pictures! Continue Reading

Hanukkah Break

by Heather Hammerling, MITF Netanya Over Hanukkah break, I had the amazing opportunity to show my mom around Israel! She flew in for 10 days, even though it went by quickly-she had a great time and I loved having her here. We started in Netanya, and stayed at Hotel Margoa. It’s a great hotel right near the beach Continue Reading

Getting Ready To Travel

by Rebecca Gutman, MITF (Bat Yam)   Well the last couple weeks we have certainly been kept busy. Lots of teaching and seeing the children reach new milestones in their reading.   We did a review the other day of everything they had learnt so far and it was amazing at how much they remembered. It Continue Reading

DAY 96

by Erica Weiner, MITF (Beit She’an) My lesson this week is all about Hanukkah! I made a great poster! I had 5th and 4th grade lessons today. We discussed how I celebrate Hanukkah in the States with my family and how they celebrate in Beit She’an with their family. It was interesting trying to tell Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Heather Hammerling,  MITF Netanya Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach my students about the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving! The students had so much fun learning about all of the foods we eat and talking about all of the things that they are thankful for. For our activity, I had the students create “turkey crowns” that they Continue Reading

What is Home?

By Sydney Peterson, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Be’er Sheva Pixabay Walking down that marble ramp for yet another time, I can’t tell you how it felt. I was home. For once home wasn’t landing in a small airport and being able to run into my mom’s arms just a couple of minutes after departing Continue Reading

The Jerusalem Report: A Surprisingly Unorthodox Education Minister?

By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman Education Minister Naftali Bennett has pushed for smaller class sizes with more opportunities for one-on-one instruction. (photo credit: SASSON TIRAM) … Bennett also has shifted the focus of the English curriculum from literary to practical spoken and written English, which he believes is increasingly essential in the modern world. He has explored Continue Reading

The New York Jewish Week: New PUsh For Teaching English In Israel

Masa teaching fellows program set to double as demand increases. By Amy Sara Clark Casey Spellman teaches a 5th grade class a song to help them remember how to spell the word chicken at the Rimalt school in Netanya. COURTESY OF CASEY SPELLMAN For a week every year, Casey Spellman gets on a plane and Continue Reading

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