Students will be students

MEET - January 2017

It’s been a while since I wrote specifically about the MEET students, so I thought now would be as good of a time as any.

My typical teaching schedule looks like this:

SundayYear 2FlaskJerusalem
MondayYear 1Python OOP and inheritanceJerusalem
TuesdayAllOpen Session (office hours)Jerusalem
WednesdayAllOpen Session (office hours)Nazareth
ThursdayYear 1Python OOP and inheritanceNazareth

As you might notice, we see each student 1-2 times per week, which is not a lot, considering that Shankha and I are here for only four weeks. Anyway, we’ve been doing the best we can to make the most out of each 3-hour session.

I’ve noticed that the students generally are not afraid to ask for help when they need it. In fact, they are so comfortable asking questions that sometimes they’ll forgo the process of reading the instructions…

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Deeper understanding

MEET - January 2017

Our mission is to educate and empower tomorrow’s most promising Palestinian and Israeli leaders to take action towards creating positive social and political impact in the Middle East.
—MEET mission statement

Spending the day with Lorenzo gave us an opportunity to learn more about the history of MEET, as well as how the program has evolved since its conception in 2004. I thought I’d share a brief story from yesterday that resonated with me.

A relatively newer component of the MEET program is the Deeper Understanding curricula. The goal of this additional component is to help foster—you guessed it—a deeper understanding between the Israeli and Palestinian students. Lorenzo told us about one particular emotion-filled Deeper Understanding class, during which the students were asked to bring in an object that meant a lot to their family and culture. One Palestinian student brought the keys to his grandmother’s home before they were…

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Safe arrival in Jerusalem

The beginning of a month-long adventure in Jerusalem and Nazareth!

MEET - January 2017


After a full day of traveling, Shankha and I finally made it to our apartment in Jerusalem! Even though we haven’t spent a full day here yet, I’ve already noticed a few cultural differences since boarding my plane to Tel Aviv.

The first thing that struck me on my flight from San Francisco to Tel Aviv was how friendly the passengers were with each other. I’ll admit that whenever I board an airplane, I always wonder who the person sitting next to me will be and whether or not we’ll have an interesting conversation. More often that not, we don’t speak a word to each other besides excusing ourselves to go to the bathroom. However, on my Tel Aviv flight, I noticed several strangers striking up friendly conversations with each other. They were speaking in Hebrew, so I had no idea what they were talking about, though I did pick up the words 

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