Our final conclusions.

As closure of the blog we have decided to give our opinions of how our ideal school should be and our points to consider in the education.

Alba: from my point of view my ideal school should be a place where the participation of the families became a essential factor to the learning process and of course the laboral motivation of teachers not only in the transmission of knowledge but in get the best of each student. The motivation is a fundamental key that helps that all the learning process have good results and to get the motivation, teachers should give dynamic lessons including new things like technologies among we find videos, powerpoints, films… and attend to the places outside of classrooms where knowledge can be apply better because break the rutine usually is attractive for children. In conclusion, the future teachers as us,we need to use the opportunities and materials we have nowadays to change little by little the traditional school and to do of this place a nice meeting where children stay comfortable

Sara: I think that the most important thing is the way that children see the school, its meaning for them. The school should be a place to learn all kind of knowledges, including transversal content and for them to be a place of motivation, where they enjoy surrounded by that familiar and comfortable enviaronment. In addition, it is very important the involvement of the teacher, if she or he knows their students and the methodology that they carry out. In my first year of primary education at the university, I have changed my point of view, learning above all the most important aspects such as group work and the connection that the students should have and how to work this aspects through activities.

María Claros: I think a point very important in a schoool is the evaluation. Always the teachers evaluate the knowledge through an exam. From my experience, exams are not a good way of learning and working, for this reason i think that they aren’t so important. There are some methods that are more succesful like projects. The cooperative work is very important for the development of students. With this teachers can evaluate other aspects apart of the knowledge. Also, children will get some values like to help each others, learn from their classmates and to respect different thoughts in order to be more tolerant.

Cristina: From my point of view and personal experience, school should be a place that children want to go everyday to enjoy playing with their friends. Moreover, children will study through a dynamic way, with a lot of different resources in addition to the text books. The best methodology it that one based on the cooperative work through which children can learn in collaboration with their classmates, having a good time while they are learning. Moreover, it is very important that families take part in the learning process of their children since education starts at home.

María Anton:  My experience this year in this subject has been rewarding. I have been comfortable in class, surrounded by nice people, and I have learned more in depth interesting educational topics. Although my destiny as an educator is going to take another course, the things I have learned in this subject will be useful.
From my point of view, I think that the school should be a pleasant place where teachers and students come to an understanding through dialogue so as to be able to learn both formal and moral aspects.

 

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The interactive groups

The interactive groups is a way to organise the classroom which nowdays has been found better results regarding the dimensions the learning and of the coexistence. Through this new form of work the interpersonal relationships increase and diversify simultaneously as it is gained time in a work more effective.The groups are organized of hetergoneous form , there are some students who are fast doing the activities, in these cases the responsible must do the students interact with their classmates and they help them being cooperatives through the dialogue.Each group change the activity normally between 15 and 2 minutes, when they finish the activities the children could work three differentes activities about a content that it want reinforce or further. The teacher are the responsibles of the design and the planning of the session of these activities.The teacher have to design activities that break what they do in the other classes. The role of the volunteer people is a role of supporting both the teacher and the students.

Volunteer in a learning community: Los Aperones.

My experience in this center as volunteer person in the interactive groups have been very interesting. I´m very happy with my volunteer here in spite of the fear with which I entered. I have had the opportunity to be part of a different model of school. I would like to highlight the work of all teachers that  form this school because it is amazing all the projects and the activities that they do. I felt very comfortable in this spaces because although the context is not very appropiate the schoool has got to change the context and they have given the opportunity to all neighbourdhood the right of education. The school there is like the town hall and this is fantastic. I would like to repeat my experience in Los Asperones and I would like that all person will know this context because there are many prejudices about it.

Extracurricular activities

We have all enjoyed different extracurricular activities throughout our time in school; Football, tennis, chess, different dances … even our own centers organized parties or celebrated events marked in our calendar, such as Christmas, Peace Day, Andalusia Day. These are special days and moments that we share with our friends and colleagues, but also with our teachers and parents.

When we talk about out-of-school activity, we are referring to all those activities that are developed outside of school hours and that complement the educational work carried out in the school (Santos, 1998). Having said that, we agree that extracurricular activities, as their own name says, should be activities that take place outside the established school hours, for the subsequent enrichment of the training of our students. This type of activities, should not be evaluated, since it is done outside of school hours and are not mandatory. Also, they should not be discriminatory with respect to the sex, age or religion of the students.

A few years ago, urban gardens began to become fashionable within proposals outside of school hours. And now, in extra curricular studies curriculum yoga, mindfulness, circus or cooking, as in the European Lyceum. And it is no coincidence, the generation of parents of children in Infant and Primary have gone to a world very different from that of grandparents. The priorities of the new generations have changed, both when choosing work and for forms of leisure and healthy living.(Kayser, 2017)

And, if we want the best for our students, we must offer them a wide range of choices, so that, little by little, they can discover their concerns and interests.

REFERENCE

Santos, M. (1998). Actividades físicas extraescolares: una propuesta alternativa. (Primera edición). Barcelona: INDE.

Kayser, B. (13 de marzo de 2017). Unas extraescolares extraordinarias. El País. Recuperado de http://ccaa.elpais.com/ccaa/2017/03/13/madrid/1489409676_853113.html

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness means “full attention”. It is a technique similar to the meditation that can be used in the schools in order to contribute to the welfare and general development of the children. It is also a technique that help us to recover the inner serenity and the joy of living, very useful if we have a class with daily conflicts.

These are the advantages of mindfulness in the schools:

-Strengthen memory and improve concentration.

-Decrease anxiety.

-Improve self-control.

-Strengthen empathy and understanding to others.

-Develop skills for conflict resolution.

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Values. The importance of values.

Nowadays, there is a great debate about values. A large part of society thinks that they have disappeared and on the other hand it is the most modern society that thinks that only values ​​have changed, this change depends in turn of the technological and social advances that take place in a society.

As we grow we develop in the social, affective, psychomotor and cognitive domain in turn acquiring some or other values ​​of each. The main center of reference is society (family, school, peer group …). “From the time the child leaves home until he reaches the school, his brain receives hundreds of stimuli that will influence the development of his personality “(Arufe, 2011, p.5). All therefore we are a reference, and we as future teachers will also be and with a very important role, since the personality of the individual is formed mainly during his childhood.

Parents begin by instilling values ​​from home, but when inscribing their children in a type of center determine the secondary values ​​that are inculcated. The essential values ​​will always be given independently of the type of center, but for example in a public center will work more secularism and diversity, while in a concert will be given more insistently solidarity, respect for the neighbor … (Ochoa, A, 2014).

Currently there are materials, resources and projects on how to educate in values, an example is a web page (http://www.educaciontrespuntocero.com/recursos/familias-2/cortometrajes-educar-en-valores/16455.html) where we can Find different videos that treat each one about certain values, such as respect, companionship, solidarity … A program also very interesting is the one carried out by the city of Andújar (Jaén), in which we can see different activities to take Out in the classroom with our students to develop and increase the specified values. (Guidance Andújar, 2013)

In addition, we find different methodologies depending on the subject on which values ​​to emphasize in each one, such as the physical education project where stress, motivation, as well as negative values ​​that should not be given.

It is an extremely important topic and nowadays it is easier to work because we find infinite ways of being able to carry out the development of values ​​and also to work specific values ​​grouply and individually in the classroom. Above all, we educate people who must be full of values.

 

References:

-Ochoa, A. (2014). Educar en valores en Educación Primaria. (Tesis de Grado). Universidad de la Rioja, Logroño, España.

-Arufe, V. (2011). La educación en valores en el aula de educación física. ¿Mito o realidad? EmásF, Revista Digital de Educación Física, núm 9, 1-42.

-Orientación Andújar (2013). Tutorías Primaria Educación en Valores. Retrieved from: http://www.orientacionandujar.es/tutorias-primaria-educacion-en-valores/

Organization of the class.

The organization of the class is very important since it is where the teaching-learning process is carried out. During our school experience, we have gone through multiple forms of organization, from the traditional individual desks to be seated in pairs or by groups.

Space is a significant tool in the socialization and educational process since it determines the interactions between students and the way of communication in the class. Also, it has to be a motivating element in this teaching-learning process. Moreover, make changes in classroom spaces can positively change students’ academic performance and behaviour. (Morcillo, 2015).

Hall (1959), (as quoted in Prada, 2010) said that some space conditions such as ventilation, noise, the position of the desk and the space between the students and the teacher have a positive or negative effect on communication and teaching.

The different types of organizations depend on the teacher’s methodology, learning style, subject or competence that you want to train with your students. There is also another factor to take into account which is the age of the children. Through our experience we know that in kindergarten and preschool education children are seated in groups. Then, in primary school we can find diverse forms of organization. For instance, my classmate Sara was sitted in U-shaped, María in group and later in pairs and Alba was sitted in pairs, like me.

As stated Morcillo (2015), we have to avoid the traditional organization in which children are seated in a row since it contributes to the individualism and the lack of dialogue. From our point of view, it would be better if children were seated in small groups, in a circle or in U-shape in order to promote communication between them. Besides, this is a great way of sharing ideas, make debates and improve the relationship between children and the teacher.

We also think it is very important that children work in groups since this help them to learn through a cooperative and social learning. Because of that, according to Prada (2010), cooperative work can not be done with children in rows looking at their necks but must be seen to share.

References:

-Prada, E. (2010). Concepciones y prácticas de organización espaciotemporal y las actividades de enseñanza en el aula. Actualidades Pedagógicas, 55, 187-201. Retrieved from https://revistas.lasalle.edu.co/index.php/ap/article/view/867

-Morcillo, V. (2015). La acción educativa en el aula. Análisis de las variables que intervienen en la práctica : un estudio integrado. Retrieved from: https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/tesis?codigo=54265