The term “magical realism” is most often associated with Gabriel García Márquez’s wondrous novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Márquez captured critical elements of Latin American culture—and our humanity in general—highlighting ways that imagination can enhance our daily lives. At Habla we’ve found that activating the imagination, and actually cultivating these magical experiences, can be a way of teaching and learning. An international community of teachers came together for “a magical adventure” exploring how literacies, languages, and the arts can be integrated in any classroom setting, virtually or in-person. This institute was for teachers of all grade levels, elementary to secondary.
Engaging students’ attention online can by challenging. Habla has years of experience teaching online students of every age. This institute provided teachers with a host of free online tools for engaging students in a range of arts integrated experiences.