Today I want to share with you the kind of email that turns into a blog post. Just so that anyone who has never been featured on Voices From the Field will know how it happens. If I haven't happened to enter your classroom and take pictures of something you are doing, you can always send me an email and a few pics, and I would love to highlight you and your students' hard work. You can also invite me to come see you and your students. I know it takes an extra moment of your time, but it is such an honor to share what you are doing in your classes.
So here goes:
I just wanted to share what Rey and I have been doing at RBHS in our Spanish IV honors classes. We had our first Symposium about Mass Communication. This was a great opportunity for parents and students to see and hear their peers speak in Spanish.
For this unit, Spanish IV students investigated how technology is changing mass communication and affecting us globally. Students researched forms of mass communication and how they influence current events in Hispanic countries. In the Symposium, students had to explain in Spanish how this is relevant to our culture and other Spanish speaking countries. Attendees also saw artifacts based on students’ research portraying these differences and similarities. Attached below are the students' learning targets, rubric and photos of the event. It was such a great success, we thought we would share it with others. We are so proud of our students.
I love how the students are doing the work! That means they are doing the learning too. If we were not a proficiency-based WL program, I wonder if this would be possible? Great job Lisette and Rey! Thank you for pushing our students to produce language, to learn about culture and global issues, and to practice bilingual public speaking as well. So many skills rolled into one assignment!
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)