Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This week in teaching.

We are currently in the midst of the craziest, most insomnia-inducing, stressful, rewarding week of the school year. Tomorrow is our biggest night of the year with our school wide exhibition. My team of 54 students has been working on a project for the past two months called "The Walls that Surround Us." Our students studied international walls/borders, did a case study on the local U.S./Mexico wall/border, and then explored the invisible walls that divide people in our community and society. They wrote memoirs on their invisible walls, and then artistically expressed their ideas on a piece of a wall we built, which we are knocking down as a symbol of our commitment to actively work to break down the walls that divide us.

Tomorrow night, we are exhibiting all of our work, and we will be having four wall breaking ceremonies, where people will read their pledges and excerpts from their memoirs. Here is a small piece of our exhibition, a documentary that was created on invisible walls. If you want to smile a bit, see some reflective high school students, and gain a little hope for the world, I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch it. It's been a week of extreme highs and lows, and this is one of the high points:

(Note: The quality of the video for our exhibition is a lot better, but I had to reduce the size to upload it here.)

1 comment:

  1. Migration is a natural process; it cannot be stopped. Tear down those walls!