This article was short and to the point. But it is significant for two big reasons. One, the global cultural connections it will provide for my classroom. This is something my students can relate to – having to cut back because of the economy. Yet, at the same time, running of the bulls and bullfighting is something completely new. Before talking about the article I could show a clip of a previous running of the bulls.
This example has lots of energetic bulls. That way my students would understand how much has really changed. Not surprisingly the engaging article involves a holiday – which proves my point in my previous post. With the topic of bull fighting, an upset student always wants to know why they waste the life of the bull, which smoothly transitions into using every part of the bull, especially for Spanish tapas. Another food/significant cultural aspect of Spain.
The second significance to this article was more personal. I saw that how I (and most other people) attain knowledge has shifted. What is not taught in the classroom comes streaming in through RSS feeds, Twitter posts, and blogs. Out of the hundred stories that fill my netvibes page a day, this was one of the stories that got my attention. As I was reading I found an answer to a question I had been asked that day (How do you translate El Novillo Alegre un resturante en Costa Rica). Knowing it was a steak house, I was reasonably sure it had something to do with cattle. Looking it up in a Spanish-English dictionary told me it was a young bull. However, the article gave me so much more. It highlighted the differences between a young bull and a mature bull. Besides there being a 200kg difference in weight, the temperament is different. Young bulls are not exciting in a run or a ring. I might use traditional sources to get information, but I know that when I want to dig deeper I need to use digital resources. Also, I learn any time my computer is on. The new knowledge flows in almost unnoticed. When the situation arises when I need the information, I can usually recall reading something about that topic and back track my way to the correct answer.