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 projects from the past four weeks. The students were divided into their groups of six and given six questions. The first half hour was for the groups to review everything together, and the next half hour was to work individually on the question assigned to them. Unlike during the second week of class when each group created one poster, this time each student created their own poster. The outcome was incredible. The students were able to make connections that were not possible the first or second week. They were able to work on their own with an abundance of knowledge and experiences and sort through which information was most important. After they finished their poster, they completed a gallery walk where they added information and questions to their respective peer’s work.
After our class session, we had a two-hour break before going to a casteller’s workshop. Here, the students learned about a tradition home to Catalonia which literally translates to “human tower.” Pep Ingles led the class through a presentation talking about the history, the uniform, the meaning and the values behind Castellers. As Pep said, it is the one activity that anyone can do. Even if you are the most non-athletic person, there is a place for you and you are valued greatly. From young children to elders, everyone is invited to participate. Teams are also found helping each other during competitions. After the presentation, we were lucky enough to join in and try it out. Check the photos below!