**Click on the name of the project to view all project videos**
Students Who Work–I worked with Ms. Lord-Morgan from Cherokee High School in New Jersey on a video project that focused on students who work. Students who work in different countries around the world answered the same 10 questions about their jobs. The questions were:
1. How much money do you make per hour?
2. How many hours a week do you work?
3. What do you usually buy with the money you get from working?
4. What is the most interesting part of your job?
5. Does your job make studying difficult?
6. Do many of your friends also work? If so, what percent of your friends work?
7. Is there an opportunity to advance in your job?
8. In (your country), what types of things could you buy with $25?
9. Can you afford to own a car thanks to your job?
10. What type of job do you think you will have in five years?
Sample video: Natalia talks about her job at a call center in Costa Rica
Spanish/English Videos–I worked with Ms. Peterson, a Spanish teacher from Birchwood High School in Wisconsin, on a video project in which students made videos in their non-native languages. My students in Spanish-speaking countries practiced their English by making videos in English that described local foods, traditions, and sports. Students in Ms. Peterson’s Spanish classes made similar videos in Spanish about their home country and their lives.
Sample video: Three students from Kamuk School in Costa Rica present a commercial for a fictional Costa Rican fruit company, Del-Rican Fruits (Del-Rican = combination of the words ‘Delicious’ and ‘Costa Rican’)
Cultural Traditions—I worked with Mr. Maniscalco from Bradford Elementary School in New Jersey on a video project about cultural traditions. Videos posted here show different cultural traditions I encountered along my route. From street festivals to birthdays, events captured in the videos for this project represent the cultures that created them. Mr. Maniscalco also showed his students pictures and text posts from the Teacher on Two Wheels website to generate in-class discussion about cultures from around the world.
Sample video: Birthday celebration in Heredia, Costa Rica. Just like in the states, Costa Ricans often celebrate birthdays by having a family party, eating cake, blowing out birthday candles, and singing “Happy Birthday” (in Spanish of course!)
1. How do you feel about use of the N-word? How often do you hear it? How is it used?
2. Do you have any non-white friends?
3. How do you feel about interracial couples? Do you often see interracial couples?
4. What types of racism do you witness in your daily life?
5. How have people of other races affected the area in which you live?
6. What is your opinion on the immigration issue in the United States?
7. Do you and your family have any personal connection to slavery?
8. What, if any, are some of the prejudices southerners have about northerners?
9. Do you think it’s possible to still feel the effects of slavery in your area?
**Note: If you live in the U.S. and would like to post a video response to the videos I posted, a response in which you answer the nine questions above, please feel free to do so! I know that I was only able to capture a limited perspective on race during my ride through the U.S. Please help students gain a broader perspective of this complex issue by posting a video response of your own. Thank you in advance!**
Sample Video: Perry in Houma, Louisiana