Creativity, Technology, Opportunity and Alligators
As the school year begins in the US, students in El Salvador are into their last 6 weeks of classes. September brings a focus on history and patriotism. October is the month of the child. November is graduation month. For older students, these last months of school are filled with many special celebrations which makes it even more challenging to complete group projects, present graduation projects and theses, pass examinations and secure good evaluations.
The parades and cultural events are super fun. The students are nervous but love seeing the photos of themselves and their friends in costumes, dancing, making music and marching. Sometimes I am frustrated by the amount of time these events take away from coursework (at all levels). As a former teacher, for me, it is a greater honor to receive an invitation to share in special, end-of-school-year scholastic events with Salvadoran families. Proud parents are truly joyful when guests from their sister church can see first-hand the accomplishments of their children.
|Opening assembly for incoming students
|Students in the automotive mechanics course building
small racers for a competition.
|Students in this group developed a cool phone app for controlling the car.
Don't want to say too much - this idea has serious marketing potential.
|An award-winning project for a sophisticated
|Industrial arts machines
|If you look very carefully, you can see an alligator in the
grass near the yellow plant.
|The school mascot is very prominently displayed at the entrance.
We observed that while boys still outnumber girls in the school, many of the project groups were led by girls. In a country in which there is much discrimination against women in the workplace, it was heartening to see boys and girls working well together and girls taking on leadership roles in the work and presentations.
For security reasons, I do not include faces of students.