One of my main goals as a World Language Teacher is to connect my students to the parts of the world that we are learning about. Ideally we make a real connection with real people in each country we learn about. That does not always occur just because we run out of time and it is difficult to make the connections, but the World Wise School Program through the Peace Corps has made these connections more accessible and even more meaningful to myself and hopefully my students.
Yesterday the 7th graders and I Skyped with Peace Corps volunteer David who just arrived in Nicaragua. He is our correspondence match for the school year, which is prefect because Nicaragua is our country focus this trimester. He was so great to connect with and my students did such a great job chatting with him in Spanish first and then English. Here’s our video below. We will chat with him again and hopefully talk to other teachers and students there to practice our Spanish
The 8th graders have been connecting with Peace Corps volunteer Ryan in Perú. They have done a good job as well chatting with him. He has opened our eyes to the differences in life there in Perú and taught us much about celebrations there. (In particular, the Day of the Dead celebration). We’ve Skyped with him two times now and I’ve posted videos to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
What a great experience! I am so grateful to have these connections and maybe bring a little piece of the lives and cultures of others in my tiny classroom.
We microfinanced a three Kiva loans today in class. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders worked hard researching the person they thought was most deserving of our class money. Our class voted and the end results are below.
If you click on Antonio Roberto, Héctor José and Félix’s names below, you can read their stories and maybe ask your child why they chose him or who they wanted our money to be lent to instead.
The 3rd grade class used iMovie on the iPads to create their own movies about three things they like. Check our videos out below! Leave us a comment to let us know that you were here. We brought our worksheet to life!
The 4th graders have been working hard on writing their very own first original stories. First, we wrote them in their books using any vocabulary we’ve learned together in class. Then we used an awesome app called Toontastic to digitize their stories and bring them to life! Here are a few! There are more to come! We hope you enjoy! Leave us a comment to let us know what you think. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, maybe you can leave a comment and tell what each was about based on our animations?
If you want middle school students to reeeeeeeeeally LOVE quizzes…every teacher should use Kahoot as as an assessment tool! Check out our video above. We tested our Cinco de Mayo knowledge in a very “game-based” way today! So fun! We were all so ENGAGED!
I had a great time at the ICE Conference collaborating, learning and growing. I was grateful to sit with colleagues and listen and learn alongside them. Here is a link to my presentation on Using Kidblog to Create ePortfolios.