As a follow-up to our donation to their Ecuador Earthquake Relief fund, Samaritan's Purse sent me this update about the work that they have done in Ecuador to date. I am sharing it here because so many of you contributed! As always, I am so pleased with their stewardship of the funds that we donated. … Continue reading Update: Art for Ecuador
Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Grazie... The Art for Ecuador fundraiser wrapped up 10 days ago, and in total we raised over $7000.00 (that I know about--not all of it went through our CrowdRise campaign). I am so grateful to all of you for sharing the articles about the Ecuador earthquake and Gianina's project with … Continue reading We did it!
I just heard from some more teachers today that are working on fundraisers for our Art for Ecuador CrowdRise campaign! If your class is doing a fundraiser for Ecuador earthquake relief efforts, inspired by Gianina's story, please contribute the funds raised to our CrowdRise campaign by this Friday, May 7, so that we can see … Continue reading Four days remain to contribute to Art for Ecuador
There is one week left in our CrowdRise campaign to show students that they CAN make a difference and raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. Rincon Valley Middle School in California wrapped up their fundraiser today with a smashing $1,005.00 raised! If you are looking for ways to continue talking about the earthquake … Continue reading Drone footage of earthquake damage
Faith Laux shared with me a summary that she wrote about the story of a brave rescue dog that gave his life to earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. She gave me permission to share the story here, and I've written a second, even more simplified summary so that more teachers can use it in their classes. Thank you … Continue reading Article in Spanish: A rescue dog dies in Ecuador
On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Ecuador was devastated by the worst earthquake to shake its shores in nearly seven decades. One week later, the death toll is at 650, more than 12,000 people are injured, and hundreds are missing. Carol Kovatch's middle school Spanish class in Santa Rosa, California read last week's special edition of EL MUNDO … Continue reading I can make a difference.
Y'all have been asking me if I am going to continue the weekly news summaries in the 2016-2017 school year, and I've been dodgy with my response. I don't think it's actually worth my time, as a stay at home mom, but if I were still in the classroom I would want to be making the time … Continue reading 2016-2017 subscription to EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS
Inspired by Maris Hawkins and feedback from all of you, I decided to undertake the project of finding and summarizing news stories from the Spanish speaking world and publishing them every week. As it turns out, this project is a bit overwhelming! Good and valuable…but overwhelming. Thousands of news stories are published every hour: political … Continue reading The Curation of Culture
From time to time, Maris Hawkins puts together and shares Noticias (news summaries) on her blog. Her noticias are GREAT because they provide comprehensible reading material to students that they can choose to review during Free Voluntary Reading or that the teacher can use as a starting point for class discussion on current events or broader discussion of cultural … Continue reading Noticias – El 11 de marzo de 2016
Teaching culture to our students is not easy. Culture is complex. It is messy. But it is beautiful, and it is important. We cannot hope that our students will be able to successfully communicate with speakers of the target language without awareness of the target culture. We can’t teach them every subtlety that they will … Continue reading What does it mean to be Afro-Latino?