Pre-Quarantine: How Kids Play
During Quarantine: Learning How to Teach
Pre-quarantine: What gave you joy as a kid? What gives kids joy in Spanish speaking countries?
During quarantine: What do I want to teach others? What skill sets can I offer others while in quarantine?
Before the quarantine, we began the project by having teens reflect on games they enjoyed as a kid. We had group conversations about what games they played, then wrote down what made those games “games.” Then they chose a Spanish—speaking country, and searched on the internet what children’s games are played there. Through conversations, they identified the ways these games were similar to ones they had played as a child.
Once the lockdown began, students reflected on their own strengths and interests to create how-to videos to teach their particular know-how to someone else.
Words by Lake View High School, Teacher, Melody Foley, and Teaching Artist, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson.
After quarantine began, we shifted to asking the students what skills they want to teach others, like a YouTube “how to” video. We introduced the idea by sharing a number of different already existing how-to videos, asking them to reflect on what strengths and skills they already possess.
Making Mountains Instructions by a Student
1 Get a square sheet of paper.
2 Fold the top left corner to the center.
3 Fold the top right corner to the center.
4 Fold bottom right corner to the center.
5 Fold bottom left corner to the center.
6 Turn paper over.
7 Repeat steps 2-5. 8 Fold in half .
9 Put fingers in the opening so they look like little mountains.