Monday, February 27, 2012

Learning About Syria

If you follow the news, you know that there are huge problems in the country of Syria.

Since we're studying current events this semester and completing a project for our Gateway Exhibitions, Syria is a place I'd like students to learn more about. Specifically, though, I'd like to help them build a sense of global empathy, a feeling that it's important to care about what goes on in other countries.

So, as you know, we had a guest in our classroom via Skype last Tuesday and it went great. Steve Goldberg, a terrific educator from North Carolina, was kind enough to spend his morning discussing Syria with us. 

The students learned a great deal about the unrest there, including the fact that Syria's president is ordering attacks on his own people. Lots of good questions were asked and the students made some very insightful comments.

We're going to continue to explore this story as it develops. We'll also be working with Mr. Goldberg again next week to start creating an online guide for other students so that they can learn about Syria, too. Here are some pictures from Tuesday:

Stay tuned for more updates!

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