Another teaching update here.
I am primarily working in a Geography classroom this semester, but because of my Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor, I have been working in an ESL classroom for the past two weeks as well.
I love these ESL kids! They are so eager to learn English. I can tell they are bright and talented. I know they just want to be able to express themselves in English so that they can show what they are capable of.
Well, I found out that one of my students from Brazil loves making movies. He has his own website and has professional editing programs. I had an idea pop in to my head as I was talking with this student and thought, "He should make a movie for us on Latin American culture for my next Geography unit!" I went ahead a asked him, giving almost no instructions and only a short time to complete it.
He showed up to class on Thursday ready to share his movie. When I asked him how long he worked on it, he said, "I started it at 7:30 pm last night and worked until....um...1:30." I immediately felt horrible that I made him stay up so late, but he said with a smile on his face, "No, I don't mind. I love to do this. "
When I watched the movie, I was both in awe of his editing talent and of Brazil.
So, here it is ladies and gentlemen. An amazing movie made by an amazing student.