I will be taking a hiatus on contributing to the blog. I am currently packing to go overseas where I'll be teaching in
, UAE. The adventurer in me won out, so I’m off to live in an ancient culture with thousands of years of history. Abu Dhabi
I just came back from a going-away party thrown by my very talented teacher friends. They kept asking if I was excited. The answer was yes. And no. I’m excited to be part of a new adventure. And no at possibly messing up. Things are very different and there will be a learning curve. The last thing I want to do is insult someone without knowing it, or give false impressions. I know from living in
for three years that each culture is unique and that one country’s perception can be misunderstood by another. Only time will tell how successful I am. England
My days will be filled with either boys or girls. Which one I’m teaching is not known yet. My quandary at this point is which teaching materials to take since I’m not sure of the grade level. At the elementary level that is huge. The young brain is growing exponentially in the early years and there is a large gap between the abilities of a second grader verses a fourth grader. A child in second grade is introduced to polygons in math, while a fourth grader is multiplying fractions, and learning how to find the surface area of a cube. What to take is a challenge, but one I’m excited about.
The UAE is a very interesting country. Some call it the
Switzerland of the Middle East. They are forward thinking and very serious about education. The emirate has put a ten year educational initiative in place. The children will receive a bilingual education beginning in Kindergarten. I will be teaching math, science and language arts in English and the kids will take their other classes in Arabic. The goal is a world-class education.
I admit that I wasn’t that well informed about the region until researching this job opportunity.
is the richest city in the world. Abu Dhabi City , another major city in the UAE, lies not too far up the Gulf coast. I’ve read that the fashion industry is beginning to rival Dubai . Large world corporations are seeking out London Dubai and addresses. A Ferrari theme park in Abu Dhabi City is a grand attraction. Tourists from all over the world flock to the area. Camel racing is a million dollar sport. Abu Dhabi City
Think about the other things around. The pyramids of Egypt aren’t far away, the Taj Mahal in India is within reach, Asia, Europe, and African are all in the neighborhood. It will take some major shifting of geological locations in my brain to comprehend the new opportunities.
I’ve dropped in a link presented at the 2010, World Expo. It is a fun and enticing introduction to
. The music continues to play in my mind long after the video is finished. I love the music. If you are interested in learning more about the region, there are several excellent YouTube videos listed in the right column of the links page. For a country only 40 years old, they’ve grown into a world class country in an extraordinary amount of time. If you haven’t heard about the UAE, it is worth the time to learn. They are moving into the international spotlight. Abu Dhabi
Keep your eye out for my middle grade eBook, The Ghost, the Rat and Me. I hope to have it out by Christmas.
Well, take care and hopefully, we’ll chat later. Robyn
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We’re going to miss Robyn, she has been a good friend and great addition to this blog. Robyn is a very talented and eclectic writer who has received many kudos for her work which ranges from children’s history books to young adult mysteries. Check out the interview I did with her last November and watch the blog, when Robyn’s new book is out, we’ll post it here. Robyn, thanks, God Bless, and do keep in touch!