“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit” – Jawaarlal Nehru
These last couple of days have been amazing! I've had the opportunity to conduct an interactive read aloud activity with 7th graders at a private school called Colegio Universitario Ingles. I had the students write on white boards what they know about Pablo Neruda and then share with the class what they wrote in English. I was excited to learn more about Neruda mainly because of his positive influence on Chilean culture and literature. Some students shared that Neruda was a Chilean poet others mentioned his many houses he owned in various places in Chile that are now beautiful museums (Casa de Isla Negra, La Chascona, and La Sebastiana). Afterwards, I asked the students to jot down new facts they learn as I read the book Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People.
I was surprised how engaged the students were throughout the read aloud. They were so attentive and I could tell they enjoyed the book a lot. Many students shared the new facts they learned with the class and I, such as Neruda’s legal name Neftali. This field placement was my favorite of all; I realized how important student engagement is in the classroom. Interactive read alouds are indeed essential and useful for teaching new vocabulary and content to students. I enjoyed teaching, learning, and interacting with the students it truly made my day.
Over the weekend, I took some time to myself and visited a masjid (place of worship) in Ñuñoa. It was exciting being able to travel around the city on my own and take the bus for the second time. I actually felt like one of the locals! This is a picture of Mezquita As-Salam, it is much more beautiful in person!! I learned that this was the first masjid built in Chile and has been here since 1989. Yo soy musulmana (I am Muslim) and it is Ramadan for me and many muslims around the world. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Quran was revealed. The month is spent by Muslims fasting from daylight hours from dawn to sunset among other things. This visit was special to me; it gave me the opportunity to experience something familiar to me in a different country. I appreciate how welcoming the people were and all the different cultures I encountered during my visit.
I enjoy being able to explore the different neighborhoods and schools in Santiago. It has reminded how important it is to learn about the culture of others. We all come from various backgrounds and have experienced different walks of life. At the end of the day, the ability to share our interests and appreciate the differences of others is what makes us better teachers and therapists but most importantly better people as a whole. Culture competence is an integral part of positive professional and personal development. I plan to continue to build upon this factor throughout my life journey.
¡Hola! I'm Jameelat and welcome to my blog!