Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2015 - 2016 Recap Class of 2018

I'd like to take a few moments to review all the neat things we've done this year with the class of 2018!

Six Guests

At different points in the year we had guests come in and share their experiences with Spanish 1 class 

  • Brenda is a human rights activist, a professor of Spanish at University of Pittsburgh, and she also works at the Community Justice Project. She shared with students what people face when they attempt to immigrate from Central America to the United States. 
  • University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies had a student intern present about youth protesting for better education options in Chile. It was also a great opportunity for our students to pick the brain of a college student interested in World Languages!
  • Bozena visited us from Duolingo! Students got a chance to provide feedback on what they liked about Duolingo and ask questions about how it was structured. Bozena also talked about learning more than just two languages.
  • Ruth was with us for a week and she presented to one class about various adventures she's had, including a Fulbright Scholarship in Russia where they drove on a frozen river like it was a road!
  • Jasiri X shared stories of how he uses music & passion to speak truth about injustices. He shared a verse from his recent collaboration with Rhymefest #WarOnUs, which was informed by a trip to Colombia.

Trying new things

Students were open to trying new things in Spanish class

Students trying crickets

Salsa lessons!

Mate from Argentina

Fun in Clubs

Clubs this year were great! First trimester was Music Making Club and we borrowed Makey Makeys from the Remake Learning Digital Corps

Third trimester was photo/video club. The club partnered with 412Project, a Pittsburgh-area photo club. Students participated in a “mini-instameet”/ workshop with 412Project Photographers. The photographers mentored the students on some technical basics of photography as well as how to creatively see their everyday surroundings in a new perspective. The photographers and the club walked around downtown and focused on street life and architecture.  

Students then had 10 days to post photos under the hashtag #412project_cityhigh on instagram. 412Project photographers selected the best photos of the group and had them printed to be displayed at the school.

Great Final Projects

Throughout the second trimester of Spanish 1 students listened to music as part of their warm up activities. The final project in Spanish 1 class was to create something original that teaches about Spanish language or culture through music. All final projects can be viewed and voted for on The Showcase Website. Below are some great final projects

Overall the progress and creativity of the students of the class of 2018 was remarkable! 
Great job!