On Monday, we were asked to teach about American holidays. We chose Thanksgiving. Since this is almost exclusively an American holiday (you’re welcome, Canada), we thought that students in #theotherGeorgia wouldn’t have heard of it. We were right.
After explaining the history behind it (with the help of my family’s favorite, Charlie Brown) and how Americans celebrate it today, we had the students make the classic hand-turkey. And like we all did as a young child, students wrote what they were thankful for on all the “feathers.” It was a lot of fun and the students got into it. We ended with having them write an explanation of Thanksgiving in 10 - 15 words. Some of the students were very sweet and wrote Mr. Blan and Mr. Perez on their turkeys. I hope that foreign teachers that come to the States are as warmly received as we have been here.
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Stephen Blan teaches US History at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, TX and is a 2015 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow.