My personal philosophy of education is that I teach kids, not Spanish. Part of teaching kids is incorporating lessons of empathy and humanity into the everyday. However, parents and administrators still expect me to teach Spanish, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, so I look for ways to do all of it together!
There were a few flaws in this activity that I would change for next year. For starters, some of the websites were not as thorough in Spanish and students had to flip back and forth to the English versions at times. Additionally, a lot of the reflecting had to be done in English because the 8th graders just didn't have enough language to do it justice in Spanish, but I could see this being an awesome activity for Spanish III and up. Also, I am okay with them using English for deeper thinking because they received Spanish input while reading the websites.
Overall, I was happy with the assignment because I felt like it allowed me to use the vocabulary that I'm required to teach in a more meaningful way and brought in lots of outside topics like economics, math, and social studies.
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