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March 15, 2014

Learning about ‘the real world’

Morris students showcase knowledge

Mahmood “Momo” Alhijazi, a freshmen at Morris Innovative High School, speaks fluent English. A year ago, he said he didn’t know much outside his native language of Arabic.

“I knew a little bit, but not a lot,” he said. “Now, I have really picked it up. It’s pretty cool.”

Alhijazi was one of hundreds of students to fill the halls and classrooms of Morris Innovative on Friday morning, showcasing what students have learned at the school. Alhijazi said his English as a second language class, taught by Debra Clark, has helped him a lot as seen in his freestyling video that was on display Friday.

“I wrote the poem,” Alhijazi said of his video. “I did my own beat. It’s freeverse, which is poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter. It’s kind of easy to do it because I’ve always done it, I enjoy writing about my life and my feelings.”

Who knows? Alhijazi might be the next big singer like Lorde or Taylor Swift, Clark said.

“Students learning English really need their self-esteem built,” she added. “So I show them successful teenagers like Lorde.”

In another classroom, Morris students were teaching Dalton Middle School students about mathematical probabilities in a classroom-turned-carnival, complete with dart boards and roulettes.

Justin Scott, a sophomore at Morris, helped design a game where he sat in a box and quickly put two targets through several holes for students to hit — if they were fast enough.

“This is about the probability of how much you will hit,” he said. “I try to keep it fast and only do it about 15 times in 30 seconds, so students can try to figure out what their chances are of hitting a target.”

It all ties to “the real world,” said Omar Sheikh, a senior at Morris.

“Think of a casino, for example,” he said. “That’s real world application of probability. Everyone will have a chance to do that. I want to do that. Probability also helps with like making choices in buying a house or cars. It’s all real world.”

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