This year, high school seniors were offered an elective on the Vietnam War. Part of the course involved spending an entire term creating a documentary about the war based on the experiences of veterans.
Ann Romero de Córdoba, Lower Division Visual Arts Teacher
The kindergarten Dragons and Eagles classes in New York and all three kindergarten classes in São Paulo – the Macaws, Hummingirds, and Toucans – have embarked upon an exciting artistic collaboration over the past few months
Middle grades students could be found studying bank statements, comparing credit cards and deciphering paycheck stubs in a Winter Seminar class that was all about taking a deep dive into the very real, everyday world of math: financial literacy.
As we moved forward in our Passions unit, having finished our short films documenting our own individual passions in life as a solo project, students broke into small groups and crafted empathy interviews.
In Chinese 4, we began our year with a brief review unit before diving into a topic with a mission for students to explore themselves. We began our Passions unit with class discussion each day, acquiring a little more relevant grammar and vocabulary to articulate what drives our students’ free time in deeper and deeper ways.
Evelyn Vivar, Spanish Fellow in the Early Learning Center
Kindergarten has been counting the days of school, and we finally reached 100! Students have been keeping count daily using straws and a pocket chart. When they finally reached 100, the students looked for 100 Hershey kisses and sang a special 100th day of school song.
Diana Arboleda and Olga Valeria, Middle Grades Spanish Teachers
Students from the elective middle grades course Spanish: Hispanic Culture, Community and Friendship, the Spanish Club and their teachers spent part of the winter working with the Pulsera Project, a fair trade nonprofit organization that seeks to empower, inspire and educate people in Central America and the U.S.
Our 12th grade English students visited St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn, to view a production titled The Jungle. Students took a seat inside the bustling Afghan Café to experience how, with minimal resources in a cold, inhospitable environment, refugees, and volunteers built a warm, self-governing society out of nothing.
For a single week, students chose two electives – one morning and one afternoon course – from a menu of more than 40 offerings. These electives are connected in every way to larger Avenues learning aims, but they focus on topics not explicitly taught in any single course.