Interview with Kimberly Sanchez: Argument in the Digital Age

Each mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom, shares an example of the Mission in Action by a teacher I admire. When I was writing the Mission: Debate the Issues, Don’t Diss People, I asked my younger sister, Kimberly Sanchez, to share her school’s project, The Great Debate. The Great Debate was an interdisciplinary project organized by the senior teachers at the high school. The seniors were grouped to represent different candidates in the 2016 election. They researched the issues, fact checked, created raps for the candidates, analyzed statistics, and debated with each other. One student in the group was designated as the spokesperson who acted as one of the actual 2016 presidential candidates. They used their evidence from the research to debate the issues and rebuttal. This was a powerful project for the students who are new voters. Learn more about the project in our conversation below.

Kimberly Sanchez is an ESL / SIFE teacher at The International High School at Lafayette in New York, a small high school exclusively for recently arrived English Language Learners. Students come from over 50 different countries and speak 26 different languages.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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