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I Am A 2024 FFT Fellow

Embarking on a Journey of Cultural Immersion and Educational Enrichment:

My Fund for Teachers Fellowship Adventure

I am thrilled to share with the Culture Chatt community and beyond that I have been awarded the prestigious Fund for Teachers (FFT) fellowship for 2024. This recognition not only celebrates my dedication to fostering cultural awareness and linguistic proficiency but also provides an unparalleled opportunity to deepen my understanding of diverse cultures. My journey this summer will take me across Morocco and the Canary Islands, a voyage aimed at enhancing my teaching methodologies and enriching our collective appreciation for global cultures.

The Itinerary: A Cultural Tapestry

From June 16th to July 14th, I will embark on a meticulously planned journey across Morocco and the Canary Islands. This adventure will begin in the vibrant streets of Marrakech, exploring its historic medina, Jardin Majorelle, Bahia Palace, and Koutoubia Mosque, and delving into Moroccan Arabic and Amazigh culture through specialized workshops. My travels will then lead me to the breathtaking landscapes of La Palma, Gomera, and Tenerife, where I'll immerse myself in the unique natural and cultural heritage of these islands. The journey culminates in Gran Canaria with an intensive two-week Spanish language course, living with a host family to ensure a deep, immersive learning experience.

Fellowship Goals: Bridging Cultures Through Education

As a veteran Spanish teacher, my mission has always been to create an engaging and culturally rich learning environment for my students. This fellowship aligns perfectly with my aspirations to:

  • Enhance Cultural Knowledge: By directly engaging with the historical and cultural landmarks of Morocco and the Canary Islands, I aim to acquire rich firsthand experiences that will infuse my teaching with authenticity and depth.

  • Improve Language Proficiency: The intensive language course in Gran Canaria is a pivotal element of my journey, aimed at bolstering my Spanish fluency to elevate the quality of language instruction for my students.

  • Develop Interdisciplinary Teaching Materials: The diverse experiences planned, from ecological explorations to cultural immersions, will enable me to craft unique teaching resources that cater to the varied interests and educational needs of my students.

Impact on Teaching Practices and Culture Chatt's Goals

My fellowship experience will not only refine my teaching strategies but also significantly contribute to Culture Chatt's mission of promoting cultural appreciation and understanding. By integrating my newfound insights and experiences into the my classroom and curriculum, I will:

  • Foster a classroom environment that celebrates diversity and encourages students to explore global cultures.

  • Utilize innovative, technology-driven methods, such as "TikTok" style educational videos, to connect with my students in an engaging and meaningful way.

  • Implement interdisciplinary lessons that highlight the interconnectedness of history, geography, and language, thereby broadening our students' perspectives.

In summary, this FFT fellowship represents a pivotal moment in my professional journey and a significant opportunity for me to help Culture Chatt to further our commitment to global awareness and cultural sensitivity. I eagerly anticipate sharing the knowledge and experiences gained from this adventure with my students, colleagues, and the broader community, reinforcing the importance of cultural exploration and language learning.

As I prepare for this journey, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Fund for Teachers for this incredible opportunity and to our cultural and community partners in the Culture Chatt family for their unwavering support. Stay tuned for updates and insights from my travels!


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