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        Barbara Stein

        Gary Klotzkin

 With Support from the NJDOE
         Project Summary
• Suggestions on how to teach about other
  nations and cultures, with specific
  emphasis on Ecuador and the Galapagos
• How to teach about other nations and
  cultures to students with ADHD
• How educators can earn scholarships to
  travel overseas
     Questions to Ponder…..
• Which country will I teach about next year
  (Choose one as an example)?
• How will I teach about this country in an
  interdisciplinary fashion?
• How can I make this lesson most
  memorable for the students?
• How can I modify this lesson for students
  with ADHD?
             Land Iguana

It has such a strong tounge that it eats Cactus plants
with the prickly spines still attached to the plant.
The Frigatebird
        • These scoundrels don't
          like to do much fishing,
          and so you can see
          them trying to distract
          boobies and other birds
          to snatch the prey
          caught by others. They
          are most spectacular
          during courtship when
          the male bird inflates
          the flap of bright-red
          skin found under his
          beak. It looks like a
          great red balloon and is
          stunningly colorful.
    •   The Galapagos Tortoise:
    •    You can't go to these islands
        without falling in love with
        these funny, pre-historic
        creatures. All turtles found on
        the islands belong to the group
        Geochelone elephantopus.
        They are divided into 14 sub-
        species (three of which are
        extinct), differentiated by the
        form and size of their shell as
        well as neck and extremities.
        Unfortunately, if they don't find
        a mate for Lonely George soon,
        there might be 4 extinct
               Life in the Ocean

Under the sea is a world rich with sea lions, fur seals, tropical fish, corals,
sharks, eels, rays, dolphins and more .
Ecuadorian Rain Forest Hunter
 Ecuadorian Giant Anaconda
Squeezing a Cayman for Dinner
Wild Macaws Flying Through
Ecuador Rain Forest
   Interdisciplinary Project Ideas
Geography= Andes, Galapagos, cities, Amazon River, Volcanoes
Music= Contemporary, Indigenous, Spanish Influence
Science=Ecosystems, Sustainable Development, Medicine, oil, fish,
   reptiles, mammals, vaccinations, Darwin
Business=Business Ethics, Industrialization versus Environmental
   Preservation, Profit Motive, Exporting flowers, oil, bananas, shrimp
Economics= Dollarization, Impact on Global Trade
Food Science= Ecuadorian Diet
Character Education= Global Citizenship, Multiculturalism,
Environmental awareness, social inequality
Government= Ecuadorian government
Linguistics= Spanish, Quecha
                 Teaching Tips
• Be very Audio and Visual when teaching about other
• Have students peer teach their topics (Harvard
  Researcher Glasser found that 90%of information is
  retained through peer teaching)
• Use the internet, united streaming, VCR, DVD, guest
  speakers, field trips, video-teleconferencing, assemblies,
  and personal experiences to teach about other cultures.
      Teaching Students with ADHD

• Students with ADHD present various challenges
  in the mainstream classroom. Typically, they
  are easily bored and frustrated with paper and
  pencil tasks. Consequently, a hands-on,
  multisensory approach is key to engaging their
  interest, maintaining their focus, and facilitating
  both task persistence and task completion.
  When learning about foreign countries, it helps
  to engage the student’s senses, and also to
  spark their imaginations.
      Tips for Avoiding Typical Problems

•   Students with ADHD often present difficulty with the approach to a
    research task.
•   Frequently, students with ADHD are disorganized, leading to LOST
•   Some students have graphomotor delays, resulting in frustration and
    sloppy handwriting for paper and pencil tasks. This can make note-
    taking a painful experience.
•   Many students with ADHD have difficulty pinpointing relevant
    information during the research process.
•   ADHD is frequently associated with being a PERFECTIONIST! This
    can get a student stuck. On the bright side, students with ADHD are
    often extremely creative. They naturally “think outside the box.”

•   Summary: Students with ADHD often have difficulty with following
    directions, maintaining focus, task persistence, task completion, and
    selective motivation.
                      Simple Solutions
*       Assist with narrowing down the aspect of the foreign country to be

*        Provide a cooperative learning setting in a small group.

    *    Carefully select cooperative learning partners, and monitor the role
        of the student with ADHD. Encourage this student to choose hands-
        on, multi-sensory modalities of expression, using a computer, music,
        art, or cooking to develop his/her contribution to the group project.

    * Provide folders to keep project papers together. Encourage all
      students to staple loose papers into the folder. In this way,
      everybody stays organized, and the student with ADHD doesn’t
      appear different from his/her peers.
           Simple Solutions
  * Accompany written directions with oral
    directions, and visual cues whenever
    possible. Repeat directions, as needed.
    Casually check progress in small increments,
    to ensure that the target student is on task
    and on the right track.

• Provide encouragement and praise as often as
  possible to build confidence and to keep the
  student motivated.
        Websites on ADHD Children and Adults with
 Attention Deficit Disorders
 n.htm (Attention Deficit Disorder
 Made Easy)
    Creative Ways to Teach about
    Other Countries and Cultures
• Provide the target student with a list of websites
  to visit. His/her mission is to select pictures
  and information to support the group effort.
• This student can serve as a narrator in a
  program to be shared with other classes.
• If the target student is adept at using a
  computer, he/she can help to prepare a Power
  Point presentation using the information
  gathered by the group.
• Musical students can play an instrument and sing an
  original song about endangered species.
• Cooking and serving authentic Ecuadorian recipes can
  be a palatable manner in which to learn about Ecuador.
  Food preparation is a worthy hands-on activity.
• A student can assist in the making of fact filled flash
  cards to be used in the teaching of other classes.
• Hands-on activities, such as setting up exhibits for a
  school-wide program will keep this student motivated.
• A student can assist in developing mock travel brochures
  that depict the special features of Ecuador.
• A student can teach a group of younger students ten
  facts about wildlife on the Galapagos Islands.
   How to Earn a Free Trip to
 another country as an Educator
• Some of the best ways to teach about a
  country is to visit the country yourself.
• The secret to visiting a country on a
  teacher’s salary is to attempt to get
  paid to travel or win a free trip through
  a variety of ways.
          And, These Ways Are:
• 1) Apply for an ESL job over the summer. Internet websites such as
  Dave’s post thousands of advertisements for teachers
  to teach ESL. Some of these companies hire teachers to teach for
  the summer. Many of these companies do not require teachers to
  have an ESL teaching license.

• 2) Apply for a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarships. This scholarship will
  grant you an all expense paid trip to another country. You apply in
  the fall and leave in the summer. You spend 4 weeks learning about
  the country.
•      The application process includes:
•          1) Submitting your application and resume online.
•          2) 3 letters of reference on character, physical health, and
  academic abilities.
•           3) 6 Essays.
• 3) Apply for a National Endowment for Humanities
  summer seminar scholarship. This scholarship pays
  teachers to learn at a summer seminars and institutes
  mostly nationally, and occasionally, internationally.
• 4) Apply for a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American
  History scholarship. This scholarship will pay teachers
  to learn.
• 5) Apply to do research for a university that sponsors
  programs that pay teachers to travel and learn (ex.
  Kean University-NJ History trips).
• 6) Organize and chaperone an international school
  trip. You will get a free trip in the process. Examples
  of companies that give teachers free trips are EF
  tours, Passport, ACIS (most expensive for the
  students), Exploric, and People to People.
• 7) Apply for a study sabbatical. Many school systems will
  pay teachers to research overseas.
• 8) Apply to work on a cruise ship for the summer.
  Sometimes, cruise ships hire teachers, because they
  have strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
• 9) Apply to Semester at Sea. Semester at Sea hires
  accomplished teachers to teach students about other
  cultures and countries while traveling around the world.
  Most teachers who work for Semester at Sea hold
  doctorates or high degrees in their fields.
• 10) Read teacher magazines, newspapers, and
  websites, and seek out travel opportunities.
         Closing Thoughts
• Teaching about countries and cultures can
  be a truly enjoyable experience that can
  involve all members of the school
• Modifying lessons for students with ADHD
  is simple and effective
• Please take a packet home with you for
  future reference.

• Please contact Barbara Stein at or Gary
  Klotzkin or for
  any additional information. It would be our
  pleasure to assist you with resources,
  counsel, and suggestions.

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