Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

miércoles, 8 de abril de 2015

Tutti Frutti - A bit of everything

Well, when I have to come to choose a topic about this getting-to-know-each-other period, it's difficult... Simply because there are many things I thought of, and felt proud of, and maybe some others I could have done better...
I loved the way we could deal with the project and give it a twist to help them use some specific vocabulary so naturally, and creative tasks we could do with them.
I feel really proud of our new blog... I have to say, some years ago I was a bit scared of technology at school. I thought that maybe kids would be noisy and too excited and their work would turn up to be messy and not right... But I have to say I was SOOO WRONG! It is too engaging for them and makes our lives easier! And actually when they are working with the nets or with a technological device they are so concentrated and they get great results. Kari and I are so engaged with it too, so it's highly motivating for both sts and teachers.

I am still finding the way and trying out different strategies to make them listen to each other... What an issue... Nowadays the main problem we as a society have is that we have trouble in listening to the others, looking at each others' eyes, being present in a situation in body and mind. I have that feeling. And of course school is a picture of the world, a tiny picture of the world...
Look what I found on the net, I'm sure it can be useful and will be helpful for listening to each other and turn taking

I think last year I didn't mention this, but I am really happy to get to know all the people I'm working with. I have the feeling you are all the time pushing each other to learn, to make things better, always willing to give a hand. This feeling of not being alone... All my colleagues have been always eager to help me when I first started, and they still are.

Now, that I came to the end of this reflection I could notice the topic I wanted to write about (now I'm thinking of it), and it's the topic of CHANGE. As teachers, we should always be flexible, and change for a good cause. And if something doesn't work out, try a new one: I was scared of using technology and now I'm thankful of it. I have tried many strategies to help kids listen to each other and keep finding the right one that works for them. We have made some changes to our projects and came up with interesting ideas. Change is the paradigm, the structure that underlies our work as teachers... God, what a never ending career we have chosen. IT'S GREAT IT'S NEVER ENDING AND IT'S ALL THE TIME CHANGING AND THAT WE ARE ALL THE TIME LEARNING, not only teaching!!!