Thanks to the help of the English assistants, the bilingual coordinator, and several teachers, Valdebernardo hosted its second Haunted Library last week on Halloween. Students from 1º and 2º ESO had the opportunity to take a tour through the spooky Haunted Library during school and meet ghouls, witches, and some unexpected surprises along the way… Activities included crawling through three different dark tunnels, getting candies, and answering hard questions regarding different contents from some subjects. We were excited to see the students’ interest and teachers in the celebration of Halloween!.
What is more, the Spanish Language Department also helped to develop and decorate the corridors of the high schools by using epitaphs, graves, and quotes from writers who devoted their literary works based on death and `El día de todos los Santos´. Thanks to their effort, it was possible to carry out a different perspective of the celebration!!
This week, the students from 4ºESO Isabel and Estrella, have been telling 3ºESO students about their experiences in Global Classrooms last year. Congratulations!!
Students were delighted by listening to them, getting a very useful, productive and engaging idea about what Global Classroom is. Teachers who are preparing 3ºESO students for this year´s edition must be very proud of them!!
Keep up the good work for the next conference, both students and teachers!!
Below are the spelling words lists for the students who will participate in the IES Valdebernardo Spelling Bee on June 12 and 14, 2018. Find your correct level and study the words on the list. Be ready to spell them from memory!
1 SECCION Spelling Bee
1 PROGRAMA Spelling Bee
2 SECCION Spelling Bee
2 PROGRAMA Spelling Bee
Martin Luther King Junior was an American hero; whose life choices offer many teaching opportunities. On Monday January 15, Valdebernardo celebrated MLK day. For most students it was their first time hearing about the late activist. Dr. King experienced racial segregation and police brutality until the day of his untimely death, but even through the hardship he envisioned a better world, so that no person would have to live the way he was forced to. The goal of introducing Martin Luther King Junior and his legacy to the classrooms was to create a dialogue about stereotyping, race, and respect. It’s key that students think critically, so we asked them to compare and contrast race relations in the United States and in Spain. We hope that the celebration and discussion of Dr. King has left a footprint with all of the students at Valdebernardo high-school.
The Global Classrooms journey is almost coming to a close as we move into December, when we will have our first practice conferences to prepare our students for the regional Madrid conference in late January. All students in 3 ESO will participate in the Global Classrooms conference on December 12 at Valdebernardo.
It is an all day event (9 AM – 2 PM) in which students will need to dress professionally and present their country’s perspective on the global issues of migrant rights. In pairs, students have worked very hard in class to research, report, and refine a substantial research paper on their respective country’s position, and now we are ready for them to apply this information in an oral debate!
Mitch Wellman (Global Classrooms Assistant)
Thanksgiving is an American and Canadian holiday that, among other things, involves eating large amounts of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, bread, pumpkin pies and cranberry sauce. The holiday annually celebrates the first American pilgrims’ gratitude toward Native Americans for teaching them how to grow crops and survive on American soil.
The English language assitants used this holiday to make students think about what they are thankful for. Students traced their hands on colored paper and wrote things they were thankful for, and after the language assistants formed a giant turkey out of the hands to be displayed on the wall at Valdebernardo (picture below).
Students in 3º ESO have been working hard on preparing for the Global Classrooms Conference, which is a Model United Nations activity where students represent the interests of various countries as delegates. Students focus on a specific world problem (e.g. poverty, hunger, infant mortality) from the perspective of a specific country, and then work with other country delegations to form resolutions for that issue.
Each year the Comunidad de Madrid assigns participating schools a specific topic and specific countries to prepare. This year, Valdebernardo has been assigned the topic of human rights of migrants. Our specific countries of study are Andorra, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Liberia, and Slovakia. We will ask students to participate in a practice conference with local schools in December (date TBD) and the offical conference on January 26, 2018.
Visit the Valdebernardo Global Classrooms website for more information: https://gcvaldebernardo.weebly.com
Mitch (Global Classrooms Language Assistant)