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 S├╝leymaniye 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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