Tell us a bit about your background.
My name is Salah El Sherif, I am from Yafa in Palestine, I have been in education for forty-six years, my hobbies are cooking and decorating.
Explain one new approach to teaching and learning that you have undertaken (or are currently undertaking) this academic year.
A strategy that I follow in teaching sociology is as follows:
1- Giving students 20 different words.
2 - Students write a story about a social problem suffered by the community using the 20 words.
3. Each student must use the word only once.
4. The student will read the story to his classmates.
Another strategy is:
Collecting pictures from magazines, each group of students selects 40 images, then writes a story inspired by these images using a PowerPoint presentation showing the pictures while the student reads the story; the story is often fictional.
Tell us one moment from your teaching experience that was particularly powerful, interesting, or funny.
In 1991, while I was in the 6th grade class and in the presence of a ministry of educational inspector social worker, the inspector asked a female student about the benefits of the camel. The student replied: "We take dates from it." The inspector asked the teacher, "How?", the student said: “while walking, the camel throws dates out out its behind”.
What teaching and learning goal are you most excited to achieve by the end of this school year?
Completion of the implementation of Tribes.
Do you have any inspirational words and/or specific sites, organizations, strategies, or links that you’d like to share with other teachers?
There is no life with desperation and there is no desperation with life.