Teachers Emily Sauder & Acquel Allen
Hello everyone! My name is Emily and I am studying Human and Organizational Development while hoping to add a second major in Statistics. I love reading, health & fitness, and playing the piano in my free time. But above all, I am so excited to start working with all of you beautiful girls!
Hello and Welcome lovely ladies. My name is Acquel but I'll probably give you a nickname to make it easier for you to say my name. I'm studying Medicine, Health, and Society with a minor in Business. I read all the time and I'm in the marching band. Can't wait to start teaching.
Today sadly was our last class, as we understand you are soon-to-be graduates of the Access Program and will be moving on to do wonderful things with your lives! We were able to share some favorite moments, sing some songs, and listened to some suggestions you had for us as teachers with a new class next year. Ladies, I can't say enough how much of an honor and privilege it has been to work with you this year. I hope you will always remember that you have loving friends in America who wish you all the best! As Acquel said this morning, never change. You're all incredible.
Today we spent a lot of class time continuing the lesson from last week and sharing some optical illusions. Homework is that draw a picture with some hidden element for us to uncover next week!
Today we started going over the "Illusions" lesson, though our time was cut very short by connection problems. This week try to learn something new about a good friend or activity, and next week we will continue the lesson!
This week we got to hear updates on the recent holiday that you all celebrated, Pakistan's recent cricket match, and all of your plans for your future. It was such a blessing to get to share in the dreams you have for your life! We have no homework for this week- next week we will focus our time on the "Illusions" lesson (PowerPoint attached under March 31st date above).
Today we mainly relaxed some and just talked about life in general, some questions you all had about America, and question we had about Pakistan. It was good to get to know a little more about each other! Homework for this week is to talk about what your plans are for your future (after graduation).
In this lesson we talked some about American "superheroes" and also about the heroes of Pakistan. I loved hearing your stories about these people and the poetry you shared! Homework for the week is to think about what qualities of heroes and superheroes you really admire and how you would want to develop and express these qualities in your own life.
No classes were held because of Vanderbilt's spring break.
Had some technology problems today that kept class very, very short... But we did get to hear about and see two beautiful pictures of our teacher's recent wedding! We do not have class next week due to our Spring Break.
February 17th lesson
Today we got to hear about all your interesting ideas for inventions! We then discussed the idea of community, what you think it is, why it is important to you, and what values are specific to your community. Your homework for next week is to draw a picture of yourself in your community and then write about what your perfect community would look like. See you then!
February 10th lesson
Today we went over your homework, talked about our weekends, and were able to talk a little bit about what inventions you appreciate the most. You all also made fun of us for using the word "cool" too much. We'll make sure to say things are hot instead! ;) Homework for the week is to talk about what type of invention you would make if you had unlimited resources. Have a great week and good luck on exams!
February 3rd lesson
Today we talked about what kindness and service looks like to us in our respective cultures. It was great to hear all your stories and hear you guys talk about the Access program! Homework this week is to 1. translate the Pakistani national anthem into English and 2. practice one of the skits you've done and show it to us next week. Our homework is to come up with one sentence that attempts to describe Pakistani culture. See you then!
November 10th lesson
November 3rd lesson
October 28th lesson
Sorry about the connection problems this morning! The homework this week is to come up with your own words of wisdom/inspirational quote to share with the class OR share a story of someone you know who achieved his/her dreams despite difficult circumstances. Attached is the lesson for this week. We look forward to seeing you next Monday!
October 7th Lesson
Today we had so much fun and so many laughs watching you all dance. We hope you liked our dance of the Macarena. For homework: create your own riddle to share with the class to try and solve. It can be easy or hard. We hope to see you all next week. If not, have a great holiday!
Today we mainly focused on talking about our families! Your homework, writing a paragraph about what you hope your future family will look like, is described on slide #7 of lesson 3.
September 23rd lesson
September 16 lesson
Today we spent a lot of time talking about the difference between our cultures' hand gestures. We then went on to talk about what the poem by Langston Hughes meant to us. A lot of you brought up very good points about how we are able to create the world that we see in our dreams. Your homework is on Slide #8.
September 9th Lesson
Teachers: Adele Zhou & Acquel Allen
adele.zhou@Vanderbilt.edu & email@example.com
Our Lovely Students:
Nosheen, Tumma, Mishal, Umaima Hafiz, Umaima Qureshi, Fatima Shahid, Fatima Usamani, Farwa Gul, Tuba Azhar, Aleena Atta, Amna Nadeem, Sana Ghafoor, Misbah Zafar, Maria Ali, Kaynat Gul, Kiran Aftab
Today's Lesson: Today was our last day of class. We talked about the Girls Satellite Town's visit from a German professor and how girls are so much smarter than boys ;). We sang songs to each other and reminisced about the semester and our favorite moments. We tried not to be sad and reminded one another never to forget the memories. Thank you to the girls of Satellite Town Government Center High School-- we will never forget you!
Today's Lesson: The original plan was to talk about baseball and cricket, but it turns out, these girls know more about baseball than I do! So, we called each of them up one at a time and talked about how their exams went and what they want to do when they are done with school. I loved hearing about all the different career options: doctor, engineer, accountant, singer, airplane stewardess!
Homework: None! Next week is the last week of class.
Homework: None! Next week is the last week of class.
Today's Lesson: It was rainy in Pakistan, so we had 3 brave students join our class today! We further discussed relationships in Pakistan. We talked about the prevalence of same-sex couples in both countries (nonexistent in Pakistan, growing trend in America). We talked about weddings in both countries and qualities we would like in our future partners.
Homework: Good luck on your exams! We will see you in April!
Today's lesson: Valentine's Day in the United States kicked off a discussion about marriages in Pakistan and the United States. In the US, people usually choose who they will marry, and the divorce rate is 50%. In Pakistan, the parents usually arrange marriages for their kids, and the divorce rate is 5%. We discussed the reasons behind our marriage cultures. We also read Dr. Seuss poems: "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?" and "A Prayer for a Child."
Today's homework: Write a poem with rhymes at the end of the lines.
Today's lesson: We read "A Special Present" and picked out the introduction, rising action, climax, and falling action. Then the girls broke up into two groups and wrote their own stories with an introduction, rising action, climax, and falling action. Then we discussed sending packages to one another from Vanderbilt to Pakistan and from Pakistan to Vanderbilt. We also talked a little bit about the Super Bowl, one of the biggest annual sporting events in the United States. The class also sang Happy Birthday to Adele!
Today's homework: Write your own story with introduction, rising action, climax, and falling action. Pick the 3 that you like the best out of all of the stories and we will read those first thing next class.
Today's Lesson: We read "Knoxville Tennessee" and "This Is Just To Say." We discussed foods that reminded us of home, and we talked about how words can transport scenes into our minds from the mind of the author. We also talked about famous American poems, such as the one by William Carlos Williams, that are very simple and yet have become very famous in American history. Acquel and I learned also learned how to sing "My Heart is Pakistan" in Urdu. It was a great lesson!
Today's homework: None!
Today's Lesson: Today, we read "Fog" by Carl Sandberg and talked about comparisons of weather and animals (i.e. quiet cats and fog, or lions and thunderstorms). We also read "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou and talked about the difference between our definition of beauty and the media's definition of beauty by looking at magazine covers from Pakistan and America.
Homework: Find a picture of a celebrity or a magazine cover and write a paragraph about the similarities and differences of this celebrity versus the average man/woman in your country.
Today's Lesson: Today was the very first lesson of our Education Series in poetry! We read "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost and talked about how we could prevent the world from ending in "fire" and "ice." We also read "Dreams" by Langston Hughes and talked about what a dream means to a life. We discussed metaphors and challenging vocabulary.
Homework: Create 2 metaphors and write a poem.
Today's Lesson: The girls came up one by one and said their Pakistan name and their American name that we gave them two weeks ago. Then they talked about their dreams, which included being army doctors, being models, and being singers. The girls also gave an awesome rendition of "Smack That" by Akon. It was a very cool moment.
Homework: Talk about what you did over the holiday break. Also talk about what you liked and didn't like about the Skype classes so we can make it better for next semester!
Monday December 3rd
Today's lesson: Adele and Acquel talked about their dreams. Acquel dreamed about meeting Justin Bieber. Adele dreamed about fighting an enemy gang of vampires. We also discussed with the class our favorite inventions. Some favorites were computers, pens, and the Internet. Acquel's favorite is the iPhone. Adele's favorite is indoor plumbing. We also talked about finals in the US and the necessity of testing in general.
Today's homework assignment: Write about your favorite dream!
Today's Lesson: Adele talked about the American tradition of Thanksgiving and US holidays in general where families like to join together and eat unhealthy yet awe-inspiring amounts of food. The students also showcased their homework, "My Childhood Story," from two weeks ago. We all then talked about the ideal of beauty in our separate countries. In America, teenage girls often wear makeup to school, while not a single female in class today was wearing makeup! Finally, Adele re-learned everyone's names and gave everyone an American name. She also got a Pakistan name: Dua, meaning prayer from God.
Today's homework assignment: We had a really good connection during the Skype call today, so we decided to pay homage to technology. Write a paragraph about your favorite invention thus far-- it can be Skype, television, Internet, whatever. Talk about why it is your favorite invention and how your life would be different without it.
Note: You know, every Monday morning, I roll out of bed and think to myself, "It is too early. I am never doing this again." But then after 45 minutes with the Pakistan girls, I am reminded of how cool it is to learn about a different culture and yet still realize that teenage girls around the world are kind of the same. The students are always so excited to start class, and so I'm always really glad I woke up every time class ends. So thank you for that!
Today's Lesson: Class did not take place today due to technological issues. Next week, we will not have class due to the American Thanksgiving Break! See you all in 2 weeks!
Today's homework assignment: Write an essay about one place in the world that you would love to travel to and why.
Today's lesson: Aloha (hello in Hawaiian)! Today we talked about our likes and dislikes. The girls had likes ranging from chocolate to movies to education to hot people. The girls had dislikes ranging from hot weather to movies to fashion to moody people! We also had our girls showcase their homework, where they wrote and designed their likes and dislikes. These assignments are posted below. Adele also learned how to say goodbye in Urdu: khuda hafiz!
Today's homework assignment: Write about a fairytale (fictional story) that your parents told you when you were younger. Example: In America, parents often tell their children about Santa Claus, a man in a red suit who comes into children's houses on midnight on Christmas to deliver presents.
Today's lesson: Hola (hello in Spanish)! Today we talked about our goals and dreams for the future. We heard some great ideas-- many girls want to be doctors and engineers. Other girls had dreams of being singers and painters. Our students also taught us about Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul- Fitr, two major holidays in Pakistan.
Today's homework assignment: Write about something that you feel passionate about, that makes you mad or really happy, anything that makes you want to get up and tell everyone about. Example: Acquel would write about Justin Bieber. Adele would write about saving the education system. You can write about ANYTHING.
Today's Lesson: Hello there! We talked about what we wear for casual events (being at home, going to school, relaxing during the day, doing chores) and what we wear for formal events (going to dances, being in a performance). We also discussed different holidays in America, such as Halloween, which is October 31st. Adele and Acquel sang a rousing rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the end of class.
Today's homework assignment: Write a paragraph about a holiday or tradition that your family celebrates.
Today's Lesson: Howdy from Vanderbilt and Pakistan! We had some technology errors today but still got to meet for a few minutes. The students shared their homework assignments with us explaining what they wanted to learn from the class. Popular answers included learning about American culture, improving their American accents, keeping goals high, and achieving success in life.
Today's homework assignment: Bring in a picture or actual traditional clothing that Pakistan people wear for special occasions, such as parties, weddings, dances, etc. We will talk about American-style clothing and Pakistan-style clothing next class!
Today's Lesson: aslamualaiykum! السلام علیک! Adele and Acquel introduced themselves to the winter session class today. We were able to talk about some of hobbies and even sang a song - "Baby" by Justin Bieber. Overall it was a great class!
Today's Homework Assignment: Write a paragraph about what you would like to learn in this semester's class. If you have any questions that you would like us to answer, please write them down.
Today's Lesson: Class did not meet due to communication and technology errors.
Today's Lesson: Adele introduced herself to the fall session class. We discussed our possible future careers, our favorite subjects, our hobbies, and many other things.