Lauren Gamboa, Yoga and Art teacher
At The Sierra School of Todos Santos (BCS), students look forward to Yoga, our Physical Education class, in a beautiful outdoor setting. Our view is easy on the eyes and inspiring for the mind. From the school's shaded, back porch, students can see the breathtaking Pacific, with its palm studded coastline and mighty sand dunes. We appreciate the view while practicing our yogi breath and working into a silent, seated position. It's always a challenge to silence the inner and outer chatter; but nevertheless, the students seek to achieve silence as a cohesive unit. We recognize our attempt to become quiet as a point of pride and a work in progress.
In keeping with tradition, our yoga practice is a combination of mind and body activity. We work toward becoming more aware of what is going on in our bodies as we execute each movement. Using our breath helps us move further into each posture. We learn to lean more heavily on our breath, to feed muscles the oxygen they need to move and stretch. We recognize our attempt to become quiet as a point of pride and a work in progress. As entertaining as the sounds of our active breathing may be, we know conscious breathing is a challenging and vulnerable act that serves us on many levels. For one, active breathing nurtures our bodies and helps us move with more confidence and ease. Secondly, active breathing is an ever present reminder of other key piece of yoga practice: moving into a place of stillness within the mind. Hundreds of thoughts move through our heads in any given class period: from homework to classmates, to grades and matters outside of school hours. We are constantly experiencing our thoughts; and, as a result, we are constantly faced with a golden opportunity: to realize and express our inner power and freedom. For do we choose to believe our thoughts at face value, to blindly accept them as truth, or do we choose to meet them with compassion and inquiry? Through the physical and mental rigor of our regular yoga practice, we challenge ourselves to choose compassion and inquiry. We make the choice to feel comfortable in knowing the internal and external distractions are inevitable. How we want to place our attention and energy will always be our choice. We take great comfort in knowing we can breathe into the moment, follow our thoughts, and feel our bodies in motion or stillness.Yoga enables us to experience the beauty of the world within us and around us.
Aliya Florès, 7th grader
Soccer is one of the most popular sports around the world. At The Sierra School of Todos Santos (BCS), we play soccer as part of our twice weekly Physical Education program. We play at Las Tierritas, the local campo de futbol, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Monday mornings. Our trainer is named Marco Montaña. Marco is a local team soccer coach and a father of two kids. He is very interested in soccer and is a person who seeks to teach what he is knowledgeable and passionate about. Marco has lived in Todos Santos for years. Marco is a leader. I think it is important that we play soccer at The Sierra School of Todos Santos because it teaches us team work and healthy life habits. It is just another way that we learn outside of the classroom. Since the activity take place during the morning, it helps us wake up and do something healthy as I start my day. Here are some reasons why I think soccer is beneficial: it maintains health, fitness and endurance. It teaches coordination. This sport can provide an opportunity to increase confidence and self-esteem. In addition, soccer helps to reduce anxiety. Finally, it helps us increase our skills and concentration persistence and self-discipline. I also enjoy soccer because the sport teaches us the importance of teamwork. I do not really like working by myself. Since we have more teammates than last year, and we all know a bit about how to play soccer, this makes the activity more exciting. Why is teamwork important? Teamwork is important because rather than just playing by yourself, you rely and confide in each other and know you're not alone. We can all strengthen our weakness and become stronger team members. We can learn how it feels to work together as a team and be a captain (leader). This is the uniqueness of teamwork. Some people may be better at running and making goals, whereas others may be good at defending and passing.
I think we all enjoy our soccer class and we can all get better at it. My classmates agree.
Diego says, "I like soccer at The Sierra School because I like my coach."
Bellamy says, "I like soccer because it is a good way to strengthen our skills."
Ana Sofía adds, "I like soccer because I like teamwork (me gusta el fútbol porque me gusta el trabajo en equipo)."
Ana Sofia Gallardo Herreros, 8th grader
This year at the Sierra school of Todos Santos (B.C.S.), Lauren Gamboa teaches the art class. It’s a class in which she instructs on us how to interpret images from different perspectives. Lauren also teaches the elements and principals of art, such as line, shape, texture, color, pattern, and how to share empathy in a drawing. Lauren teaches us how to convert lines and shapes in a drawing. In art class, Lauren teaches us to listen to others and to learn from them. I think is a class that everyone enjoys and really likes. Lauren is an awesome teacher who always is there to help us. My goals for this class are to know the definitions of the elements of drawing as well as how to apply them. For me art class is an amazing and engaging class, where everyone has the opportunity to share and receive good comments from our peers to help us improve. This class also increases my love of drawing.
La clase de arte este año en la escuela sierra de Todos Santos la enseña Lauren Gamboa. Es una clase donde nos enseñan a interpretar las cosas en diferentes perspectivas. La maestra Lauren nos enseña los elementos que conforman el arte, como la línea, forma, texturas, color, patrones y a como compartir la empatía en un dibujo. Lauren nos enseña a como convertir líneas y formas en un dibujo concreto. En la clase de arte Lauren también nos enseña a escuchar a los otros y a aprender de ellos. Yo creo que todos disfrutamos esta clase. Lauren es una maestra asombrosa y muy divertida que siempre está ahí para ayudarnos.
Mis metas para esta clase son saber las definiciones de los elementos y saber aplicar los elementos en arte. Para mí la clase de arte se me hace una clase increíble y divertida, en la que todo el mundo tiene la oportunidad para compartir y recibir buenos comentarios de sus compañeros que nos ayudarán a mejoras. También incrementa mi amor por el dibujo.
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.