This spring, French 3/4 students at Bellingham High School worked with Amanda Rengli, a student teacher in the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University (WWU). Rengli was brought in on a special practicum which was part of WWU’s CREATE program (Combining Research, Education and the Arts with Teaching and Entrepreneurship). CREATE works to sustain art in education and emphasize the importance of creativity by integrating the arts into core subjects and disciplines.
Over four class periods at BHS, she helped students learn about the history of the French Revolution through its art. She taught students how to engage in visual analysis by looking at paintings from the era, and helped breakdown the steps of understanding an image. The students also took their turn at creating art based on stories and history of the French Revolution.
Rengli is majoring in Visual Arts, but will also have a French endorsement.
French courses at Bellingham High are taught by Madame Svetlana Cuello.