December 1, 2011
As a teacher, I consider myself a lifelong learner. My ongoing professional development has helped me grow as an instructor by improving my teaching practices, which results in a better Spanish education for my students.
Recently selected to speak at the annual national convention for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Denver, Colorado, I presented (in cooperation with my Spanish teaching colleague at Stella Maris Academy) a session titled, “Project Based Learning: Culturally Rich Projects for the K-8 Classroom.” Participants learned how to bring together the studies of culture and grammar with 28 creative and culturally relevant projects with examples of some successful projects made by our students.
In addition to presenting a session, I was able to attend a dozen other sessions that helped me learn new ways to incorporate technology into my classroom, energize students to talk about art in Spanish, use music in the classroom, and incorporate authentic Spanish literature into my curriculum. As a complementary experience this December, I will attend the local workshop 21st Century Teaching and Learning as organized by the Foreign Language Council of San Diego.
I am grateful to have my professional growth supported in so many ways: the Gillispie Endowment for Excellence in Teaching, my encouraging faculty colleagues and administration, and the School’s overall climate as a community of lifelong learners.