A LONG ROAD FULL OF ADVENTURE.

We are, more or less, in the middle of our great project … A path that began with the academic course and that is gradually filling with beautiful experiences. This poem by Cavafy, an author who was introduced to us by our colleagues from Cyprus, describes our feelings very well …

Ithaka

BY C. P. CAVAFY

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

LEARNING FROM FABLES

The fox said to the bust after smelling it: “Your head is beautiful but without brain, like this one there are many who although they look like men are just busts“. Felix Maria de Samaniego.

Fourth grade student have entered the world of fables.

This reading activity has allowed them to: promote reflection, stimulate memory, broaden their sensitivity and empathy, discover a taste for reading, acquire values, and encourage their creativity by reading and working on several fables in the lego classroom.

MOOMINVALLEY

Year two students are about to start a new Social Science unit on LANDSCAPES...

For that reason, after reading about TOVE JANSSON AND THE MOOMINS ,

The Moomins live in harmony with nature in an idyllic and peaceful place called Moominvalley (…)

A river runs through this beautiful valley, which lies between the sea and the mountains, including a range called the Lonely Mountains. A path leads from the Moominhouse to the seashore, where the Moomins have built a small bathhouse. The Moomins love the sea.

we thought it would be a great idea to visit the MOOMIN VALLEY:

My students remember very well when teachers from faraway contries visited their classroom ,

so they were really enthusiastic about the idea of doing something shared by them, from so far…

The activities pages are taken from MOOMIN INSPIRATION. (Thank you, Anu)

Teach, create and involve- Lazarillo de Tormes

As every year, the students of the first and second of the Vocational Course –(Multi-platform Applications Development, DAM) in one of its modules, they have a mandatory practice that must be overcome to get the evaluation. Vocational training is focused on hands-on learning and over a series of software programming.

To empower motivation and avoid the feeling of doing always the same exercises, every year it is proposed new challenging activities. This year taking advantage of the theme of the Literature Fair (“Lazarillo de Tormes”), working all the educational levels of the school, it has been the chosen topic of the applications.

 

In addition, to distinguish from a normal class exercise, we have involved other educational levels, getting other personal goals: how to improve teamwork, oratory, working with unknown people, partnership. Even the timidest pupils were able to contribute to the final project.

 

Basically, the students of 1º of DAM have developed a small prototype of a website, which has helped them to settle their knowledge in languages HTML and CSS.  The 2nd DAM students have created versions of the famous “Alphabetical” and “Memorion” games to finish learning the JAVA programming language.

 

On the other hand, 4thsecondary graders have helped with their explanations to remind the vocational students, details, and curiosities of the Lazarillo de Tormes. Even some of them have given ideas for websites.  Finally, the secondary students translated the information into English, to make sure that all the members of the #FUNTASTIC project can enjoy these experiences.

 

If you want to see some of the pictures of students at different stages working together, you have these links from our social networks:

 

https://www.facebook.com/coletrinitarias/posts/2208087672795848

https://www.facebook.com/coletrinitarias/posts/2204962516441697

 

 

If you want to see the websites made by the students, or if you would like to play them, you will click on the links above. Clinking on the links where you can download the executable file.

Are you capable of overcoming all the games? All of them have something secret… are you in?

 

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Below, you can view some websites created. Remember that a month ago the students did not know anything, and they have not used any tools. In a month, they have programmed every line of code:

 

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Matching poems to biography game

Students are always intrigued by a little competition or by a challenging activity. They feel proud when winning or completing such activities. For the last activity the students were given the biographies of the two poets and they were asked to link the poet with its poem and provide reasoning  based on the analysis they did, as well as on the life experience of each poet that influences their writing style. Each group was evaluated on each activity by the teacher and the winner was decided based on originality of ideas, in-depth analysis and critical thinking.match (2)

 

Team work helps with poems’ analyzing & presenting

Team working is a skill that students must develop through school! Learning how to collaborate and applying the skill is challenging since the students must learn to delegate the work that must be done as well as take the responsibility to do their part and help the team to succeed. On the other hand, it is fun as the students interact with each other and can have fun while working on their project. Another important skill is the ability to speak and explain work in front of an audience (public speaking). With this activity the students will work on the structure of a presentation and they will be asked to present it, which will help them to interact with the audience and boost their self-confidence required for effective public speaking, by taking up the role of the presenter. The students were separated into two teams and each team got a poem. They had to work in groups and analyse the poems as shown in the first activity. Then each group had to create a short presentation based on the poem analysis and present to the other team.

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Discussion about unseen poetry

Class discussion is a great educational tool as students can share their ideas and listen to other people’s ideas. This helps to develop critical thinking skills as well as the ability to reason ideas. The aim of the activities was related to the class syllabus, therefore IGCSE-level students (14-15 years old) were introduced to unseen poetry along with a discussion in class about the term, their understanding of the term, as well as what is expected from them when working with an unseen poem. A plan of an unseen poem was put on board and students went over each part and explained how it should be developed. Also, they discussed the terminology used in the poems.

 

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