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"Three Cups of Tea" book study

Faculty members eagerly worked together in groups to present lesson plans they created using the tools they were given.

Faculty members worked on the final steps of their global book study after reading “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. Faculty members eagerly worked together in groups to present lesson plans they created using the tools they were given.
Weddington High School’s faculty completed their book study last week on “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. The Globalization team reviewed several books before selecting this particular one. The book recounted Greg’s journeys to Korphe, a small farming village in northeastern Pakistan, to build schools for the children of that village. After his failed attempt to reach the summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world, he spent time in the village recovering from his climb. It was then that he became aware of the lack of schools for the village children, especially the lack of opportunity for the girls. Before leaving, Mortenson promised the village elders that he would help them build a school. Mortenson returned home and began a fundraising effort to purchase building supplies for the school. He had no idea that what began as a simple promise would turn into a lifelong passion to build schools in Pakistan. After money was raised for the school, Mortenson travelled to Pakistan, and purchased building supplies, only to realize that the village was only accessible by a small bridge, incapable of sustaining the weight of building materials being carried over it. The villagers and Mortenson worked together to build a new bridge, and Mortenson was able to fulfill his promise of building a school. His passion for providing schools for the Pakistani children led him to the founding of the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing schools for remote villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan. After the success of “Three Cups of Tea”, Mortenson went on to write another book entitled “Stones for Schools.”
The staff began their book study in January, at the monthly faculty meeting. Each teacher was given a copy of the book to read and a bookmark with the reading timeline printed on it. Using the Weddington High School Faculty Connection page on Moodle, teachers answered questions and engaged in discussion forums for each chapter of the book, earning renewal credit for their participation in this book study.
At the April faculty meeting teachers had a final discussion and activity session to complete the book study. Teachers watched a video clip about working with limited tools and were then instructed to open a bag of materials that had been placed on their table. Working with colleagues from different departments, they were given the task of quickly developing a lesson plan using the “tools” found in their bag, and presenting it to the group. The differing ideas and opinions of each group member resulted in phenomenal plans being presented at each table. Teachers then answered two final reflective questions to wrap up this global book study. Based on those answers, it was concluded that after reading this book, teachers felt it gave them a better insight of how fortunate they are to have the tools and materials needed to teach their students, and they enjoyed learning about the culture in that area of our world.

Written by: Brenda Jackson, Assistant Principal
Posted: May 05, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards

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