I have worked with high school and middle school students for 12 years. In various learning environments including homeschooling my own children.
I believe that we are in an era of transition and change and that education is not advancing as fast as technology. This generation of high school aged students do not see value in education or any meaningful greater purpose in its end. Language especially Spanish can be practical and used in many environment. My lesson are TPRS® stories that have basis in the history of Spain and Latin America. I'm also developing guided lesson that use online translators. We as teachers need to help our students learn to use technology to their advantage.
Greatest Mom ever!
When I was in high school I failed Spanish I, repeated it and left Spanish II transferring to Latin. My spanish teacher said some people just don't have the capability to learn foreign languages. I traveled to Venezuela with a friend and picked it up right away, when I got to college the Spanish professors would not speak English and even if students had graduated with honors in Spanish they would not let them into anything more than an introductory class if they were unable to communicate in Spanish. I took a Spanish major as well as International Studies. Many Latinos and native speakers mistake me for one of them.
I am the director of AMUCA Art Center, a small non profit in the Dominican Republic, that assist women in rural areas through instruction in artistry and micro-business development. I live part time in the Dominican, "La tierra que Cristobol Colon mas amaba". Being surrounded by nature and this profound history inspires me in many of my stories.