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Ted-style Talks
Posted 06/07/2016 01:09PM

For the second year in a row, students in Spanish 6 Honors spent much of the year researching an area of evolving interest and ultimately presenting their big ideas in the form of short TED-style talks. They were shepherded by teacher Angela Mitchell and Upper School Director of Academic Technology Conway Brackett. Students delivered their speeches in both Spanish and English, and four students’ speeches were featured on the Ted-Ed blog.

Students addressed topics ranging from trophy hunting to bipolar disorder to women in sports. Each student was challenged to understand his or her topic in a global context, through a solution-oriented lens. They spent months conducting research, refining their ideas, and preparing near-flawless TED-style speeches. Along the way, they honed not only their Spanish skills, but their public speaking, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills as well. Here’s the Spanish version of Estee Park’s ’16 talk about the unequal payment of women soccer players and the English version of Kiki Pare’s speech on trophy hunting.

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