As you’ll remember, I attended #SLTEP, a train the trainer program run by Sabanci University in June and while getting prepared for the next term, I decided to change some of the motivating, inspiring quotes into posters. Once again, I’m so happy that I had the decision to attend this course. I’ll start the year with lots of food for thought.
The fifth mobility in our Comenius Project was to Calabria, a beautiful small town in the Southern Italy.
Our main task was to perform the plays our students wrote based on their short stories written from the same story beginning.
We watched the plays on Wednesday, 12th 2012. It was amazing to see how creative each school could go with the same story beginning we all had different plays, stressing the values we had chosen previously.
We also discussed the questionnaire results on how the project helped us and we were not surprised at all to have almost the same results.
Of course we worked hard but we also enjoyed the great hospitality and kindness of the Italian people, delicious food, fresh fruits from the trees, the beautiful view of the Tiranian see, walking in the narrow streets of the picturesque little towns like Ajeta, Tortora, Cosenza, Calabria which were great opportunities for all of us to breathe the mystic smell of the history. Walking on the same paths where our ancient ancestors had lived was exciting and seeing we haven’t come further than they already achieved was amazing. The civilization existed in the ancient times. We, human beings, haven’t changed a lot since then. Same problems, same passions, same dangers still exist. We just managed to build new cities based on what they had built, we designed new tools inspired by what they had created and now in this techie age, we have our computers, our lonely lives and even the games we play in our virtual worlds pay tribute to the ancient days.
Our host school organized the trips in a very careful way that from the second day of our mobility to the last minute we enjoyed every moment we spent together. Visiting Pompei and the beautiful Salerno decorated for Christmas were fascinating.
On the last day of the meeting the students, teamed with their international friends took part in a treasure hunt in the old town of Scale. They discovered both the town and the books and poems read during the project, enjoying working together.
It was hard to say goodbye but we all know that every ending is a new beginning and every beginning is a new adventure.
I am glad we had the chance to meet our Italian friends and I am sure the next mobility in Poland will be as amazing as this one.
The original activity is described here and the poem ‘Go and Open the Door’ by Miroslav Holub is here. This is a very powerful poem and I think it will work really well with teenagers and adults on the first week of the term.
Here is a variation with the poem for the new comers.
A big poster of a classroom door (or any other door)
Introduce some vocabulary if you think they will cause problems when you read the poem.
Tell them you will read a poem, they can close their eyes if they want.
Before you begin reading the poem, play a relaxing
Tell them they are about to open the door of their new classroom. They don’t know what they will find there. First focus on the followings:
What are their expectations?
Why are they in this class?
How will they improve themselves?
What are their expectations from their teachers?
When and how will they have fun?
Stop the music and read the poem.
Tell them to open the door of the classroom and step in, meet the people, the teacher and find a seat. Now tell them to open their eyes and jot down the things they thought.
Ask the volunteers to share their ideas.
Give them post-it notes and ask them to write what they’ve found when they opened their classroom door.
Stick the door poster on the wall.
Get students’ post-it notes and stick on the door.