Posts Tagged ‘school



21
Mar
11

080/2011 paper cranes for japan

080/2011 paper cranes for japan, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The power of social media in action again! I learned about an initiative called Students Rebuild through twitter, and so set one of my English groups folding paper cranes to be sent with a wish, to collect some aid funds for Japan.

We didn’t have proper origami paper, naturally, but it was heartwarming to see even some of the clumsy 17-year-old boys making an effort with our coloured copy paper sheets. The message they worked out was: Our thoughts are with you, and we wish you strength to carry on!

17
Mar
11

076/2011 big brother is watching

076/2011 big brother is watching, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

All day workshop to learn about distance teaching methods and techniques, using the Adobe Connect pro system. A lot of things you can do, and it seems that even young students enjoy learning foreign languages this way, judging by the positive feedback the experienced teachers reported.

Technology shouldn’t become the master, though. I found it curious that some teachers even ‘distance teach’, with their students in the same building, only in a different room!

17
Feb
11

048/2011 surprise!

048/2011 surprise!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Class of 2011 left school with a bang, to then start studying for their final exams at home. Amidst their end of school festivities, fancy dresses, tricks and shows, to make teachers and younger fellow students remember them, seniors also decorate (or mess up?) the building. This was part of this year’s shenanigans. Quite a cute surprise!

15
Feb
11

046/2011 signs

046/2011 signs, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

National final exam time is here again. ‘Silence’ signs are put up, to remind the rest of the school to give the seniors the peace and quiet they need to do their best. Another sure sign of final exams are the desks and chairs piled around the corridors, on their way in and out of the gym, where the exams are held.

For me, seeing these signs evokes the tangible nervous atmosphere all round the school at this time. But also lighter mornings, longer and longer days, and the slow but sure approach of still distant spring. It is all part of the repeating cycle of our school year.

11
Feb
11

042/2011 an expensive toy?

042/2011 an expensive toy?, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Finally got a chance to get a quick feel of one of these. Many school administrators over here seem to believe that the future of education lies inside a tablet format tool, so we got one trial version to see what we think.

I must say, the shiny screen and cute icons drew my fingers like a strong magnet. First impression – typing on it was slightly problematic. A lot of hype around it, but I’m not totally convinced…

03
Feb
11

034/2011 21st-century classroom?

034/2011 21st-century classroom?, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Visited a local primary school. This is a clean and light classroom in a brand-new extention of the school. What surprised me, though, was that the decor was so similar to when I went to school eons ago!

02
Feb
11

033/2011 last winter in this yard

033/2011 last winter in this yard, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I wanted to take this picture as this will be the last winter with snow in this inside yard of the school. Next summer this space will be covered with a glass roof, to give us lots of extra space, but also to economize heating costs and prevent moisture damage. The garden furniture will find new places around the school, so nothing will be wasted.

We are in the process of designing a totally new style classroom in this space – no ordinary desks and chairs, for example. Interesting project!




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