I live on Kibbutz Nir-Oz in the Western Negev in Israel. I teach at Nofei Habsor Regional High School and have been for the past 17 years.
My interests are ADHD and teaching kids to work with it. I write poetry (specifically haiku) as an expression of all that I absorb. I believe that using the arts as a tool for focusing our students is a better tool for life than simply advocating medications and leaving it at that.
Since I work in Otef Azza (the area east of the Gaza strip, filled with kibbutzim), I have been loathe to write honestly about what I’m experiencing. This is mostly due to the fact that if I speak of qassams or other fire aimed our way, I cause my family in the U.S. and Canada to worry, for no reason, for worry does nothing but eat up the worrier. However, since speaking to students here and a little further north in the city of Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev area, I know that speaking about what’s going on is the only way to honestly share our predicament.
Expression is the best way to personally cope with trauma and anxiety.
I may choose to be personal or simply a vessel for others, but this blog is for talking about things.
September 25, 2012