Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy 8th grade students created websites in groups using a free website generator called wix.com to make informative blogs about hurricanes in the Virgin Islands, under the direction of MYP Teacher Jamie Truax.
"On these sites, the 8th graders shared personal stories, as well as information about past hurricanes. I am so proud of the hard work they put into these in just 4 short weeks. Check them out when you have a few minutes!" says Truax.
Truax explained that at times, the kids struggled emotionally because it brought up feelings that they may have bottled away for a while. They also struggled with some technology aspects, such as everyone in the group seeing the same screen, web layout, things not saving, etc.
"Some students didn't feel comfortable at all sharing their personal hurricane stories which is why I let them choose between writing their experience with the hurricanes or writing a history of hurricanes in St Thomas. Most students who ended up sharing their experience said it was difficult to reflect back on, but they were eager to share their experience of what happened with others because many people who don't live in the Virgin Islands don't know what we went through." added Truax.
Saskia, Thomas, N'Jheri, and Bianca's site https://saskiac8.wixsite.com/website
Layla, Rohan, Leah, and Anna's site https://laylar7.wixsite.com/hurricanes/about
Ava Jayne, Tyler, and Maia's site https://avajaynep.wixsite.com/mysite
Helen, Eliza, Aidan, and Ka'eo's site https://helenr36.wixsite.com/website-1
Amir, Tianna, and Sakari's site https://sakaric.wixsite.com/hurricane-history
Audrianna, Vidhika, and Diego's site https://vidhikak.wixsite.com/hurricaneedu