I hope you had a great spring break! Thank you for your Observing for Learnings Ethan. I’m responding to both your week 26 and 27 here under week 27 since you submitted them on the same day.
It’s exciting you’ve been doing so much Spanish and have learned over 90 words, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the Duolingo program. Have you considered taking a Spanish 9 course at your high school next year? Grade 9 language courses (that aren’t French) don’t assume students have any prior knowledge, but having some Duolingo background would be a great boost going into the class.
You did some good learning about the Ukraine/Russia war with What in the World before spring break. I was able to see a sample of the WitW materials on that a few weeks ago and it looked like a good resource for building background knowledge of the situation and geography. Of course the crisis has progressed since the materials were written and since you did the activity; have you been following it in the news or in another way?
You’re also doing some good learning about the Renaissance and I’m glad you’re enjoying watching lots of videos about it. As you mentioned in the essay portion you shared, along with a resurgence of Ancient-Greek-style art, there was a resurgence in studying Ancient Greek philosophy, and the philosophies and political theories that became popular in the Renaissance (often drawing on Greek ideas) are still very influential in “Western” philosophy and politics and culture today. Though, as articles like this [Slate] point out, it’s a very common, very big mistake for people to think of Renaissance as modern/good and the preceding Middle Ages to be backwards/bad.
The Brilliant course on logic looks very interesting and I’d love to hear more about what skills you learned that you found valuable. The IXL reading strategies practice also looks very useful and I’d love to hear what you found most valuable for yourself in that too.
Thank you again,