Recent visitors to the Legner Learning Village Library may have noticed a new installation where the Quiet Room windows are usually found, a “Yo Soy/I Am” wall full of statements from the St. Anne’s-Belfield School community.
The product of a collaboration between Librarian Sarah FitzHenry and Grades K – 4 Spanish teacher Erica Roth, the idea for the display was originally brought to them by Director of Admissions Grades 1 – 8 and former fourth grade teacher McKenzie Inigo.
“We’re always looking for opportunities for students to flex their voices,” said FitzHenry. “We started the wall with one statement – your story matters, use your voice – and Ms. Roth was nice enough to have our Residential Life students translate it into the seven languages spoken on dorm.”
Students in Grades 3 and 4 Spanish classes were then instructed to think about who they are and develop “Yo soy/I am” statements based on identifying pieces of themselves that they would miss if taken away. “I am bilingual,” “I am extroverted,” and “I am a dancer” are just a few of the answers that students decided to display.
For those interested in contributing to the wall, blank paper is available in the library for contributions. Students and family members of all ages are encouraged to participate.
This article was originally published by St. Anne’s-Belfield School. Read from the original source here.
2 thoughts on “Yo Soy/I Am: Interdisciplinary Bilingual Identity Wall”
I absolutely love this idea, the acknowledgement of the Mother language is fantastic, do you know if this will be continued especially for next year’s UN Year of the Indigenous Language?