Twelve educators from Jerusalem who are participants in a global exchange organized by the JCC on the Hudson visited Fox Meadow Elementary School on Wednesday, March 28. They spent time in the kindergarten and first grade classes and were interviewed by the students. Liat Hidekel-Cohen, an English teacher at Pola Ben-Gurion, enjoyed talking to the kindergarteners who asked her questions about where she lives, what she does, how many languages she speaks and if she has a dog. They were eager to learn about her life in Israel and what her students are like. The first graders prepared interview questions and took notes, just like professional reporters! Etty Rosen, a computer teacher at Yehuda Halevi, was asked if her school had animals. She showed the class her school's website which has photos of students playing with rabbits during recess time.
The Israeli teachers had the opportunity to see Public Service Announcements produced by the fifth graders on topics like water conservation, bullying and pollution, as well as technology projects that are being developed by the younger students. After their visit at Fox Meadow the group met with Susan Taylor, Director of Scarsdale Teacher’s Institute and Joan Weber, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administrative Services to discuss current issues in education in the U.S. and in Israel.
Photo Credit: Victoria Free Presser