MERRY CHRISTMAS

From Colegio Santísima Trinidad, we would like to wish you all MERRY CHRISTMAS and a FUNTASTIC NEW YEAR

APATHY IN SCHOOLS

I share today a very interesting article about one of the biggest problems in the classroom:

HOW TO FIX THE APATHY PROBLEM IN SCHOOLS

I very much agree with what the article says. Nowadays, all the pressure falls on the teacher, who must constantly train and find new methodologies that are motivating and adapt to the ever-changing reality of the classroom. What impact does this have on our students? As the article says:

many students do not see education as a privilege. They see it as a product. And if they do not like the salesperson, if they are not impressed with how it is packaged, they are not buying. But our kids have to learn to be self-motivated because at some point in every person’s life, either at school or in a job or in a marriage, he or she will have a buck up and say, “This is hard. This is boring. I do not want to do this. But I’m doing it anyway. And I’ll do my best.

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I leave here some of the most interesting aspects discussed in the article:

[…]“That problem is apathy. In classrooms all over the country, the teacher cares more about her students’ grades, learning and futures than they do.”

[…] “Teachers are expected to combat apathy by continually finding new and innovative ways to reach students – through multimedia lessons, group work, games, alternative assessments or whatever it takes. To ensure student engagement and skill acquisition, we must teach to the individual learning styles, interests and abilities of each of our students. If a student can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach the way he learns – times infinity.”

“Sadly, all the attempts to dazzle and awe eventually wear some teachers down. They burn out. They leave a profession they are good at and once felt called to.”

[…] “The real danger is that this way of thinking has shifted the responsibility of learning, and of caring about learning, from the student to the teacher. Because it isn’t just administrators and parents who believe that it is a teacher’s job to make learning fun. Kids believe it, too. As a result we have a generation of students who think that if a lesson or an assignment or a class is not interesting, if it isn’t engaging and fun and inspiring, then it simply isn’t worth caring about. They are not obligated to care about it. It’s a teacher’s job to make all learning exciting. If the teacher hasn’t lived up to her responsibility, why should the child?” […]

 

YOUR PARENTS NEED YOU

We share today a commercial of a famous Spanish toy brand. Their inspiration for this commercial came from the following data: 73.7% of parents know that playing with their children is important, but 65% still claim that they do not play long enough (and the main reason is work in 48.70% of the survey respondents).

That is why, they ask the children to help their parents!

 

Happy Holidays and 2019 From Everyone at Töölö Elementary School!

We started off the holiday season with our traditional Lucia Day event! Our fabulous Riitta has been organizing the Lucia Day event for 24 years!
Our Lucia girls sang traditional Lucia Day songs, spread holiday cheer, and shared gingerbread cookies with students and staff.
Students practicing Christmas songs.

After our lovely festivities, we are all ready for the holiday season!

Everyone at Töölö Elementary School wishes you a lovely holiday season and all the best in 2019!

Open Doors day at Töölö Elementary School

On December 1 Töölö held an open doors day for our Erasmus+ project along with our traditional Christmas Market for students. At our open doors day, teachers held an Erasmus workshop for students, parents, and members of the community. At the workshop, participants got to take part in trivia about our partner countries and color flags of the different wonderful countries of our Funtastic project!

Riitta and Anu excitedly sharing information about our great Funtastic project!
Students at the workshop read over trivia about our Erasmus partner countries!

Our teachers have also been in cooperation with our local library and have created an exhibit of some of the Moomin-inspired work our students completed during our Tove Jansson week. The exhibit is open through the beginning of next year and we encourage our students and members of the community to go and see our students’ fabulous work!

Student work on display at our local library.

FUNTASTIC MATHEMATICS

“We often give children answers to remember instead of problems to solve.”

(Roger Lewin).

Traditional educational methods have always been criticized for being based basically on the memorization of content and the lack of context to relate these contents with reality. For this reason, teachers who are a little committed always try to find alternatives, trying to apply that  “if a child does not learn in the way we teach him, perhaps we should teach him in the way he learns.” Motivation becomes, in this context, an essential ingredient  that every good teacher should try to incorporate into their practice.

Mathematics are a clear example, as they have always followed rigid methods to learn content in a systematic way. In our school, however, we have been trying for several years to respond to the new and always changing reality of our students. We work on mathematics in a manipulative and contextualized way, making learning meaningful. This change has brought into our math classes activities such as mathematical duels, mathematical mikados, using popsicle sticks, working symmetry using LEGO, and even different ways of adding or substracting.

If we look back, with the perspective we already have, we can say that the results are very positive. Many children say that mathematics is their favourit subject;  and their performance has improved. Students have a more active role in their own learning, they are able to solve a problem in several ways, to check and understand for themselves the operations they carry out …; and something very important as well: each student adapts to his level of proficiency the way to perform the necessary operations to solve a problem.