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Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Theme 4: Comparative Religions

Elley Cannon, Instructor

Hi everyone, For our fourth week, we are sharing resources on different religions. Because this is such a deeply personal issue, we are not asking you to share your reflections publicly on the yak board. Instead, we ask that you reflect on your own......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Jordan

Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Hello!

Grace Tesfae, Participant

My name is Grace Tesfae and I teach in Detroit, Michigan. I am one of those odd ducks who knew what they wanted to do for a career at a young age and never changed their mind. This certainty came from experiences with my parents who both value......Read More

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Greetings!

Charles Neddermeyer, Participant

Hi All – I’m Chuck Neddermeyer and I’m looking forward to this experience! I’m an Global Studies teacher at The Buckley School in Los Angeles. A little suburb outside of Detroit, Michigan is where I was raised, and that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Jordan

Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Theme 3: Reflections on Gender

Elley Cannon, Instructor

Hi everyone, The more I sit with the task of writing a thought-provoking and well-resourced prompt on gender as it relates to Jordan and the Middle East, the more stumped I become. I have started this post multiple times and later erased everything......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Jordan

Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Introduction

Lucia St.George, Participant

Hi Everyone, My name is Lucia St.George and I am from Ojai, California.  I work in a boarding school with many different hats.  I am an advisor to 9th-grade girls, teach horsemanship skills, and work part-time in the library.  My husband, who is......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Jordan

Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Introduction- Sandra Makielski

sandra makielski, Participant

Hi All!  — Can’t wait to meet everyone in person! 1.  I have always wanted to be a teacher and I have always been a teacher.  I am originally from Michigan but my first teaching job was in Montgomery County, Maryland for 5 years. ......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Jordan

Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Theme 2: Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Paul Fean, Instructor

Dear Jordan Educator participants, In the first prompt, we shared resources and reflections on Syrian refugees and western political responses.  This week, we focus on the situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan.  There are currently over 657,000......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Jordan

Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Introduction-John Armstrong Griffin

John Armstrong Griffin, Participant

Hello everyone! My name is John Armstrong Griffin, but you can call me Jake. I have lived in the South Shore of Massachusetts almost my whole life (I also lived in New York City for a short stint). Therefore, I am excited to just experience......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Jordan

Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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Introduction

Jon Dwyer, Participant

1.) What led you to your vocation as an educator? I came into teaching as a second career following some 15 years in social justice ministries in California, Southeast Asia, Paterson, NJ and the South Bronx. While exploring education as an adjunct......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Jordan

Jordan: Teaching Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

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MarHaba from Elley!

Elley Cannon, Instructor

Hi there! I’m Elley, or Nour in Arabic. I’ll be joining Paul as your second instructor for our upcoming educator course and I couldn’t be more excited. I currently live in Portland, OR, where I work in social services and education serving......Read More