|Day 1 of 31 at TWT!|
"Yeah, and in Egypt we have something that's just like what they have in Argentina!" M. chimed in.
After a class period practicing their mini-presentations with their squad groups, my students were all fired up for the main event: our school's annual "Global Cafe", featuring over a hundred student displays showcasing our diversity. American students research their family's heritage, but my ELLs particularly shine as they bring their cultures alive with unique pride. Hundreds of students and staff members voluntarily fill the cafeteria for two hours after school to learn, share, and celebrate each other.
Balancing everything from Libyan pasta to Venezuelan arroz con leche to Iraqi baklava on my clipboard, I float through a vibrant sea of color, music, flavor, and the sweet chatter of unbridled pride meeting genuine curiosity.
|K. teaches me all about Albania!|
|As I scarf down some sweets from Qatar to make room for alfajores from Argentina, M. shows me how he organized his display by geographic regions.|
|I hold still while S, in traditional Syrian clothes, writes my last name in Arabic on my hand with Henna!|
|A. gives my daughter a card where he wrote her name in Arabic!|
|M, in traditional clothing, teaches my daughter and me about Egypt!|