Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Saudi Aramco World (recommended website)

A few years ago, because of a dramatic shift in our student population from East Asia to the Arab Gulf, I decided that it would be useful for me to learn as much as possible about Arab and Muslim culture.  It was definitely a case of "the more you know, the more you realize that you don't know."  Now I think of it as Arab and Muslim cultures, plural, and am astonished at how little I was taught about any of it in school.

So I was delighted when I happened upon a copy of Saudi Aramco World, which endeavors to "broaden knowledge of the cultures, history and geography of the Arab and Muslim worlds and their connections with the West." 

I ordered a free bimonthly subscription to the print edition, but the articles are also available online, as well as suggestions for further reading, listening, and viewing.

For K-12 teachers, there is a classroom guide, as well as "Young Readers World" with kid-friendly articles on topics like Cairo Cats and Who Invented the Ice Cream Cone? Student might also enjoy the virtual tours of the Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, the  Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, and the Alhambra in Granada.

In my opinion, being a "mindful teacher" includes being aware of the diversity of human experience and trying to share that awareness with students.  This is one resource that can help.


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