Fieldnote, 4 Dec. 2012

Tuesday, music class, and I filmed the class for Sara so she could write about her project for one of her courses. This would eventually become a website she made documenting footage (edited) from the class. I got some good footage of her playing the Sapo-Sapito-Sapo game with students, and I think she’ll be able to use this for her talk in the Spring–a panel with Francisco Salgado and myself about service learning and the Latino community. She will probably be the hit of the show, as I’ll be presenting some of my old research from MANOS.

The class had six students, and I noticed that the students seemed to really enjoy playing the game this evening, though there was some hesitation in terms of having me film with my iPad. But when the students learned that Sara would be using the footage for her college class, they took on a different tone. They wanted to help her with her project, and I think that demonstrated for them that adults really did have concerns with them.

Her games went well to plan, she edited the footage, and she began to work on her essay, which became more like an article, and which she published as a website.

Again, after we finished the class, we helped students with their homework. Sara helped one student who just arrived to Lexington by way of North Carolina and from Mexico. I helped a young man with a project for class, along with the supervising eyes of his mother and later his father. I had helped him previously with his homework. He attends the bilingual school in Lexington, and I noted how skillfully he could transition between languages.

When I shared this with Sara after the session, she also noted how students who attended this school had much more language skills than students who didn’t. This would eventually turn in to part of her project, a short comparison between students at the charter school in the wealthier part of central Lexington with a small minority of Latinos enrolled and the public school in Mexington with over 70% Latino enrollment and no bilingual program.

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