On November 18th 2015, we opened our school to the parents of the students. The day was called “Glass Class.” A few weeks before “Glass Class,” Molly Lou, our English teacher, assigned each student an oral presentation about WW2. The students were able to choose their topic as long as it related to The Diary of Anne Frank, the book we are reading in English class. All the parents came to school for “Glass Class”. In English class, we shared with our parents our oral presentations. We also wrote in our journals for 10 minutes. A final activity was when each student shared a citation from The Diary of Anne Frank and discussed the ideas, themes and importance of this citation to the book and in life. In Nataly’s Spanish class for native speakers, there also were oral presentations on Ancient Egypt. The parents really enjoyed these presentations. After English, my parents and I went to math class with Faith, the other student in my 7th grade math class. In math, we were learning how to add and subtract fractions. After math, we had 1 hour of Yoga. Some of the parents enjoyed attending yoga with the students. Fabrice took a lot of pictures during this and other classes. After Yoga, all of the parents left and the students ate lunch together. After lunch, the students had art for 1 hour. In this class we all were working on illustrations for our non-fiction book project for creative writing. Diego’s mother and cousin joined us for art class. After art, all of the kids packed up and went home. I think we all had a fabulous day and parents learned a lot about our school.
Glass Class occurs at least twice during the Sierra School year, in order for our parents to better understand our teaching vision, mission, class content and students everyday experience. All parents attended. With at least 20 parent and community members at school for different parts of the day, we discussed math definitions and solved math fraction problems with Fabrice. In English class, we did what we do everyday: writing, reading and speaking. We wrote in our journals, listened to student oral presentations on WWII and The Diary of Anne Frank; and students explored study questions with their parents. In Spanish World History class with Nataly, parents enjoyed student oral presentations on Ancient Egyptian mythology, architecture, science, and culture. Parents actively participated in Vinyasa Yoga class with Nataly as well. The day concluded with parents drawing in Cheri's art class. We are so grateful that parents expressed their pride in our school and gratitude for our program!