Weekly Response Eight

The topic of conversation that interested me most this week was in relation to the class discussion about the book named The House on Mango Street. The House on Mango Street is a book about the life of a twelve – year – old girl of Mexican – American descent over the course of one year. The young girl, Esperanza, matures significantly over the course of this year as she makes friends, experiences puberty, lives through her first crush, endures sexual assault and begins to write. Esperanza discovers that writing is an outlet that lets her express herself; writing is also a way in which she can escape her neighborhood. The reader learns through Esperanza the power of language as she observes the people in her community. A lesson that Esperanza learns is that not knowing (mastering) a language creates powerlessness, having the ability to manipulate language will give you power.

A lesson that educators can take away from the book The House on Mango Street is that a student should be offered many different ways to participate in their education. Howard Gardner has taught educators that there are eight different learning styles that consist of…

If you want to know more about what learning style would benefit your students, click on the link to be redirected to a Multiple Intelligences Self-Assessment that can be found on the Edutopia website!


Educators can address these different learning styles by introducing common projects (project based learning) into the classroom curriculum. According to http://bie.org/about/what_pbl, project based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. A common project gives each student involved a chance to…



To learn more about how you can introduce project based learning into your classroom, click on the link below! When you click on the link you will be directed to the Buck institute for education website where they offer resources to educators that help you introduce project based learning into any grade level/subject area! I would like to leave the reader with a video found on their website that shows project based learning in action…




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