Overheard today: "We don’t live in tents!"

One of my extremely excited and talented assistant project managers for Horizon Project has set up an appointment to instant message the project manager in Doha, Qatar today. They had an appointment for 8 am and 12:30 noon! (Uhm — we got out at noon for spring break!).

As they made their intros and said hello, first she exclaimed to the class:

“Hey, guys — they go to school on Sunday through Thursday.”

Another one of my students didn't “get” what she was saying and said, “Let them just TRY to make ME go to school on Sunday.”

“No, you don't understand, she said, their weekend is Friday and Saturday.”

Now this is interesting because I had told my students this… in fact, I have told them multiple times, however, it was this exchange that got their attention. It was this exchange that TAUGHT them!

Then, as I peeked over her shoulder (as I always do when my students are instant messaging), I saw this conversation. (I got permission to take a shot of the screen over her shoulder.)

…and on they went about misconceptions about the culture of South Georgia and the Middle East. It was a conversation that impressed me with its depth, breadth, and humor.

It was an honest, real exchange between two students who were very professional but very authentic at the same time.

We've only entered the “handshake” phase of this project and yet the conversations move me almost to tears when I see the almost visible shifting of my student's world views.

It is something that needs to happen more!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Clix March 28, 2008 - 11:51 pm

ok, I just GOTTA know … what are/were some of the misconceptions about south Georgia?

Vicki A. Davis March 29, 2008 - 12:53 pm

@clix – Let’s say that Jeff Foxworthy may have influenced a few of those!

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