The Diversity Blog

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Brazilian Carnival

#48 Brazilian Carnaval!

By Jenny | Feb 18, 2020

For the podcast episode #48 I wanted to talk all things Brazilian Carnaval! However, even though I’ve spent 8 years living in Brazil, I’m not an expert and I wanted to give you expert and reliable information to use in your classrooms! Success! I found Manuela Green, born in Rio de Janeiro but spent 20 …

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#47 Teaching with Irish Folklore

By Jenny | Feb 11, 2020

Use Irish Folklore to retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate an understanding of their central message or lesson. These stories were passed down orally for many many years and in Ireland, many of these stories were in their native language of Gaelic – which most people refer to as Irish. The oral tradition has …

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#46 How to handle ethical dilemmas with your students

By Jenny | Feb 3, 2020

When in doubt, talk to your trusted colleagues and be completely transparent in all situations. Most teachers come from a place of caring and therefore don’t learn to navigate the risk of ethical dilemmas because they don’t see it coming. Most of the time complaints that are made about unethical conduct is with regards to …

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#45 Teaching can be a lot like Marketing!

By Jenny | Jan 26, 2020

Here are my 3 favorite rules of marketing (and proven techniques) that you can steal for your classroom needs! Know your client – like really know them! Where do they shop, what do they eat, what type of clothes do they like, what is their favorite sport, do they like to draw, and where do …

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Finding Student Superpowers

By Jenny | Jan 20, 2020

 Each and every student in your class deserves to know what their superpower is – and as a teacher, once you know their superpowers, you will feel the most powerful of all!  I want you to have an actionable plan for finding your student’s superpowers because I really think it will give you a lot …

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#43 Inquiry-based learning with the PYP.

By Jenny | Jan 8, 2020

An Interview with Shannon McMahon. This episode and blog act as a starter guide to the IB Organization and Primary Years Program. Teaching at an IB school or transitioning to one can be overwhelming, but our guest today breaks it down very clearly for you! For the full interview, listen to the episode. The PYP, …

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Ireland: What is Nollaig na mBan?

By Jenny | Jan 5, 2020

The Cultural Tradition: Woman’s Christmas January 6th is an important date in many cultures. For Christians, it is the day called Epiphany when the kings arrived to bring gifts to Jesus Christ. An older Irish tradition is to celebrate this date that marks Ephiphany with what they call Women’s Christmas (Nollaig na mBan) or sometimes …

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Scottish New Years! Hogmanay!

By Jenny | Dec 30, 2019

For almost 400 years Scotland couldn’t celebrate Christmas!  In the days before Christ, the winter solstice was celebrated. This was the shortest day on the calendar and seemed be an important time in history.  When the vikings raided Scotland they too celebrated the Winter solstice and it’s believed they celebrated their ancestors during this darkest …

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An International Festival Season – Korea

By Jenny | Dec 23, 2019

To complement the mini-series on my podcast: An International Festive Season in Korea episode no. 40.  Our podcast guest, Lisa from Korea, tells us that Christmas is celebrated in most of Korea but it is not a huge celebration. Many people will put up Christmas trees and give gifts, but it’s not their biggest celebration …

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