9 Jan. 2013

Back to the HS to see what becomes of this book project. Under new leadership, so he has assured me that the book project is high on the priority list for this term. That bodes well for that then. But still only three students have submitted work, and one of those students I found her work in a local newspaper and typed it for her.

I see now that this club is run completely on its own. The students conduct themselves mostly in English, but they use Spanish or Spanglish when necessary, or when they want to. The English accents range from Spanish-inflected to rural Kentuckian English. I stop and wonder, but can’t hear, if that tone finds its way into their Spanish accents.

Mrs. C is not here, she’s having surgery. Looks like she’ll be out for a while. The students are running their own show now, and I observe. I make a small announcement, but nothing significant. I sit back and take part in an activity.

Broken into groups, each table was given a historical figure. There were six groups. Our group was given Carnegie. Other groups received various world figures. We all used our phones to research our figure (each group had at least one person with a smart phone), and we gave short presentations to everyone. In the end, our group leader pointed out that all the great figures we researched were immigrants. He then made arguments about how they as a group of immigrants could impact the world.

It was a good lesson structure, and I liked how it incorporated participation. The entire event was playful.

Everyone also had to reintroduce themselves.

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