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Getting ready to travel">Getting ready to travel

Posted December 17th, 2017

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 was a little bit of a slow start for them but now they are picking it up as fast as we are putting down.


The schools here do is safety day. Basically, for a week the students go over road safety and talk about police and paramedics.


Then at our school there was a period where the police and paramedics were brought in to show what they do. They gave some pretty exhilarating demonstrations for the students. Some of the pupils also got to dress in full SWAT gear to see how it feels.


Something really cool that has gone on the last couple of days is Yom HaMorah (or teacher’s appreciation day). This isn’t something we have back home but it is basically a day dedicated to the hard work the teacher’s here put in for their students. On Sunday, our school invited us to attend a dinner in honour of the teachers. It was such a fun experience to see our co-workers outside of school. It was such a relaxed and fun atmosphere.


They had a slideshow where they secretly asked family members to right something for each of the teacher’s and include a picture. It was really sweet, they did one for us as well. They also had a comedian come in. As you know there have been some construction issues at my school, so they made light of the situation. It was so nice to see everyone let loose and just laugh at themselves. Also, this was all done in Hebrew, and Marni and I held our own…


After the comedy show it was time for dessert and DANCING! We had a lot of fun letting loose and I’ve learned that not much changes once you leave Bar/Bat Mitzvah age. You still gather in a circle and dance with each other, and shove people into the middle to show off their moves.


On Monday, it was the in-school appreciation day. The school had set up a red carpet for the teachers to walk where they were awarded a medal of honour. For the morning, there was no school for the first 2 periods. The parents came to supervise the students while the teachers got a morning of food, fun and relaxation. All the parents brought in breakfast and pastries for the teachers. There was also hair braiding, manicures and massages!


Tonight, is the first night of Hanukah which means for the last couple of weeks we have been feasting on Suffganiot and Latkes galore.


What this also means is that we have a school break, which means travel time for me! So right now, as I’m writing this I am also packing my bags to get ready to leave super early in the morning (I’m talking 3am early). I won’t spoil my destinations. It just means you have to keep checking in here.




Read more from Rebecca’s blog Teaching Abroad 101


DAY 96. Erica Weiner, MITF (Beit She'an)">DAY 96. Erica Weiner, MITF (Beit She'an)

Posted December 17th, 2017

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 them that I usually say “nes gadol haya sham” (a big miracle happened there) while they say “nes gadol haya po” (a big miracle happened here). It was a bit of a confusing concept for them. Eventually they understand that only people in Israel say “here” because that is where the miracle happened! I taught them the English words for doughnuts, potato pancakes (fun fact: latkes is actually Yiddush!), candles, and dreidels (yes, that one is Yiddush). We also made Hanukkah cards to give to their family. I had weaker students during one of my lessons with the 5th grade boys. One of my students didn’t know how to write his name in English but I taught him! He wrote his card to his Mom and Dad, the content is in Hebrew, BUT he was able to sign his card in English so that was amazing. My other student wrote his card to his Grandma. They were both very excited to give them to their family members next week.

So many students told me today that this was the best English lesson they have ever had!


I was in such a holiday mood, I went to the grocery store and bought potatoes. I came home and made latkes! They were delicious!

I went to the community center tonight and 14 children came to come cook with me! On tonight’s menu: pizza! A crowd favorite. It was so much fun! The kids all asked if I was coming back tomorrow to teach them something new to make.

Overall, today was a good day.

Read more from Erica's blog - Erica's Journey


Happy Thanksgiving!">Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted December 6th, 2017
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 could bring home and share with their families. Two of my fellow teachers who work at a different school shared this activity with me, and the kids loved it! Each student had to write down something that they were thankful for on each of the turkey's wings. It was really sweet to see what the students came up with and also a great way for them to learn some new vocabulary words.
After talking about Thanksgiving all day long with the kids, I got to come back and prepare for our Masa "Friends-giving" celebration. This was organized by some people in our Netanya cohort (which is in total 30 Americans/Canadians).  A google doc was created beforehand so everyone knew what they were bringing and there was SO much good food. It was so heartwarming to have everyone together and of course eat all of the delicious food. We stuck to a mainly "traditional" thanksgiving menu, however there were some variations and new additions that made the meal that much more fun. It is during moments like these that I feel so grateful to be a part of such a community and have a home away from home.
This weekend we have off on Sunday, so we are getting ready to have a fun long weekend! My roommates and I are going to hike part of the Israel trail on Saturday and then spend the day in Acre (Akko) on Sunday! Overall, I am having a very festive weekend and enjoying every moment of it!
Check out some pictures from my Israeli Thanksgiving celebrations below :)
Read More in Heather's blog Sunshine In The City 

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