The Global Classrooms journey is almost coming to a close as we move into the regional Madrid conference in late January. Last December, all students in 3 ESO participated in the Global Classrooms conference on December 14 at Valdebernardo and, the following week, on December 20, students and assistants recreated a mock conference together with IES Maria Rodrigo, where the final candidates were chosen for the final conference, next 28 January.
Below the pictures of the December conference are shown and an entry for this post by Mitch Wellman, our language assistant who is leading successfully the Global Classroom program, together with the English and History teachers who are, at the same time, supporting and encouraging students to get the final goal.
Well done for everyone and lots of luck for next January!!
This past December, students from 3°ESO competed in the first mock conference of Global Classrooms, a type of model United Nations for English learners. The students performed very well and practiced both their listening and speaking skills across many long hours. We are proud of this performance, as it is the culmination of a whole term of hard work and practice.Ten of the students will now compete in January at the Madrid Regional Global Classrooms competition for a chance to move on to the final round of debate in February. We wish them luck!
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!!
Hola! My name is Andrea and I am from Burlington, Vermont. The past 4 years I have been living in Boston, where I attended school and have recently graduated with a degree in Biology. Outside of school, I love to travel and play futbol.
I am very excited for this year and to get to know and work with so many students. I will be mostly in the physical education department as well as a mix of a few other courses!
My name is Alyssa, and I am from the state of Vermont in the U.S. I studied biology at Syracuse University in New York and did research in neuroscience. I am very excited to be in Madrid this year and to be spending my first year teaching at Valdebernardo. At school, I will be spending much of my time in biology and technology classrooms. In my free time, I like to play soccer, travel and read. I look forward to helping students improve their English this year!!!
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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!
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.