Digital Story Telling in the Process

Digital Story Telling in the Process

After our last weekend in Barcelona, it was time to come together for our last week in the Barcelona classroom. Our first session on Monday was with Karen Smyth. She previously worked with the students during the first week of the program which you can read about...
Bringing it All Together

Bringing it All Together

Thursday was our last content class as this week is project development, completion, and final presentations. Since it was our last day of discussing the material, experiences, etc. as a class, it was critical to bring together all the information, excursions, and...
Dairy and Apiculture Excursion

Dairy and Apiculture Excursion

On Wednesday we started the day early to head out of town to the dairy farm, La Selvatana. La Selvatana is a family farm that produces organic milk, cheese, and yogurt from cows that are able to graze the pasture. They sell their yogurt to schools throughout the...
Week 2: Drifting, Stress, and Pep!

Week 2: Drifting, Stress, and Pep!

This has been a busy, physical week as the students completed two derives and a trek of 8 miles. I think it’s safe to say that by Thursday, they were okay with not walking and being in the classroom. See my previous post to learn about derives. Unlike the...

Barcelona Week 3: Mental Health

After hikingMontserrat on Monday, Tuesday’s class was reflection based. What was supposed to be a short think-pair-share, turned into a whole class discussion on what the hike meant for each student personally and academically. This created the opportunity for...
Tapas, Tapas, Tapas

Tapas, Tapas, Tapas

Tapas are Spanish dishes that are typically, small plates or appetizers meant to be shared amongst family and friends before dinner. Last week, we were lucky enough to get the full tapa experience. The students divided themselves into cooking teams with each team...
Strave Until The End

Strave Until The End

Strave Adjective A combination of being strong and brave Strave is the word that I accidentally created when talking with students as we were hiking Montserrat. Costa Brava was nothing compared to Montserrat in that the latter was an incline the entire way. Strength...
Nature Leads to Self-Reflection

Nature Leads to Self-Reflection

If you have not caught on by my posts already, this program is active! Today, our excursion led us to Costa Brava. Some may argue, like me, that it is the most beautiful and serene place they’ve been too. We trekked 8 miles along the coast going up and down the...

Wandering Through Barcelona

Today, the students completed the first part of their second project. This time, they did a walking project called a derive (drift). It is a psychogeographic approach to research in which one literally drifts in the direction of whatever they are attracted too. This...
Hola Barcelona!

Hola Barcelona!

Can you believe our new classroom is situated in Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain? Neither can I! We did not plan for our program to have traditional lecture-style teaching and so far this has held true. Instead, the program is designed for the students to learn...
Until We Meet Again in Barcelona

Until We Meet Again in Barcelona

I am writing this post as I sit in the terminal at Chicago O’Hare and it still hasn’t hit me that I will be in Barcelona in 10 short hours. Time sure does fly! Yesterday was our final class here in Chicago and it is exciting to know the next time we meet will be in...
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