My 5th grade students have been responsible for both my best and worst days teaching at the Islamic Educational College. They have great personalities, and I’m glad I’ve had the time to get to know most of them pretty well this year. I’ve really learned a lot just by working with girls in the 5th through 9th grades- it’s interesting to see how much they change each year, and is also interesting to think about how these changes are similar and different to US girls of the same age. The gender dynamic in Jordan is something always on my mind, and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to get to know so many Jordanian girls and women of all different ages in a male-free environment this year.
The pictures above are of my 5th graders preparing a dance for the Open Day (end of year party), the animals they were selling the girls at Open Day (don’t get me started), and two of my favorite girls- Mira on the drums, and Mona in the traditional Circassian outfit.