Today's post comes to you from guest blogger, Celine Miller, French teacher at PHMS. She recently took a group of 8th graders on a French related field trip, and was so encouraged by her students' abilities to connect relevant information to other disciplines, as well as their kindness to strangers, I asked her if I could share her message. I will let Celine tell you in her own words...
"I wanted to let you know that today's French II field trip was such an awesome experience. I would do it again! And I will probably plan to do it again next year! The kids were so wonderful. They surprise me continually!
At our first stop, the Columbia Art Museum, they were able to answer art-related questions while touring the Matisse expo, they were able to relate the artwork to aspects of the history of France that they have learned in 7th grade (the Resistance during WWII), one student was able to recount an entire story about a mythological character Matisse used in his art as symbolism,... and I could go on about these kiddos who just impressed me one after the other!
At the French restaurant, Crêpe et Croissant, the students were respectful and so awesome! Three of the boys offered to help clean up the tables by picking up everyone's dirty dishes and bringing them to the counter, another group of boys saw that a car parked outside the restaurant had a parking meter about to run out. Therefore, they took it upon themselves to add coins in the meter for this person and they left the owner of the car a little note that should have made that person smile a little more hopefully! :)
These children make me prouder than ever to be one of their teachers. I think all of the teachers these kids have ever had ought to be recognized for what they have taught them, which transcends beyond the classroom! I received a huge reward today for being with these children. I hope our teachers know that this reward is not my own, but OURS. It is indeed the product of the efforts, work, tears and sweat at times, that each teacher at PHMS has provided for each student who once stepped into their classroom."
Thank you Celine, and truly each one of you. I couldn't have said it better myself.
Guest Blogger: Amelia Groza, GHS
Here we are, at the end of another semester and GHS French 3HN students have proved once again that environmental issues are important. We've just completed the second edition of the Green Fashion Show (La mode verte).
The students designed an outfit to illustrate an environmental problem. Boys were allowed to design a product, instead of a wearable outfit, if they chose so. The outfits/products were made from recyclable materials or trash. Then they presented their outfit/product in the learning commons, to an audience made of students from other classes, teachers or anyone else interested in what they had to show. The presentation had to be focused on one environment problem, causes, solutions, what the outfit was made of and how it connected to the problem, and a bibliography. They had to model their product and add French music in the background.
We're hoping that our show has raised awareness to the problems presented and, even though the presentations were in French, the outfits/products helped everyone else understand why it is important to do our part in caring for the environment.
In the future, we foresee a tradition being instituted here at GHS. We're looking forward to making more connections to the community and growing the impact our Green Fashion Show has.
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)