As I teach our senior students, I can’t help but remember these same faces 5 years ago when the school opened. All excited and eager to learn, they were absorbing the Spanish numbers, alphabet, and vocabulary of this new (for most of them) language. I remember the excitement I felt when they created their first dialogue, wrote their first paragraph, and tried to express themselves in words that when connected together started to make comprehensible sentences. I remember their first Spanish play, first songs, first poems, and the first time they had to create a discussion without memorizing and preparing word by word what they wanted to say. Sometimes, we all laughed together about the sentences they were producing and sometimes I had to keep a straight face when what was said sounded so funny in the target language.
So here I am today, teaching these same kids - but instead of practicing the Spanish alphabet, we are discussing poverty and human rights in the world - in Spanish! Instead of stuttering while naming objects in the classroom, we are having discussions on the role of technology in our lives. Instead of reading basic texts about likes and dislikes, we are reading extracts from newspapers, online articles and magazines.
At the beginning of their journey, these students were dependent on their teachers, waiting to be taught. At the end of their journey, I see them confident, independent, and fully equipped to face and conquer the world. What Imagine gave them, from my teacher viewpoint, is not just knowledge but skills and tools to be global citizens in the world. After all, who of them will ever forget the IB learner profile of being an inquirer, communicator, knowledgeable, thinker, risk-taker, reflective, balanced, open minded, caring, and principled?
Imagine Seniors, there is nothing impossible for you! Go reach your dreams! You will be missed!