Tell us a bit about your background
Hello my name is Salma Khan Al Beloushi. I was born in Sheffield England and was raised in Lodi, California, a tiny town I call home. I am married to a local Kuwaiti, which is the sole reason how I ended up in this beautiful country, I also call home. I speak three languages, English being my native tongue. I am a mother of five amazing kids and I have one adorable grandson. I came to Kuwait in 1994, that’s when the journey began. Living in Kuwait has given me plenty of opportunities to travel and experience a lot of rich cultural events. I love spending time with my family and hosting family gatherings. When I have spare time I enjoy travelling and reading a good book.
In the year 2000 I was offered a temporary position, as an assistant to one of the teachers on maternity leave. I have been working for BBS ever since. Seventeen years in the Pre-school and I love every minute of it. I am currently a Nursery English teacher, on the Jabriya Campus. I have always enjoyed being around young children. Being a Nursery Teacher has been one of the best journeys of my life. There is never a dull moment when around three year olds, you learn something new every day. Watching a child grow and mature throughout the school year is truly an amazing process. Being a part of a child’s early year development is a rewarding experience.
Explain one new approach to teaching and learning that you have undertaken (or are currently undertaking) this academic year.
We have recently become a Reggio Inspired learning environment and it has opened new doors and experiences for the students and for me as well. I have been learning new teaching strategies and am finding it quite interesting. Listening to the children engage in conversations and ask questions that amaze me has been an experience and a journey that I am finding satisfying. Those little minds are like mini scientists with big questions. I have a new light table in the classroom that has sparked a lot of questions like why? and what? are we doing. The best conversation is when a child explained to me that maybe the light table gets its light from solar power, his insight put a smile on my face. It’s moments like these that make my job the best job in the world. My journey in the world of Reggio has just begun. Iam looking forward to many more new experiences and adventures in the years to come.
Do you have any inspirational words and/or specific sites, organizations, strategies, or links that you’d like to share with other teachers?
Today was fun
Today was good
Tomorrow is another one—Dr.Seuss