When nearly all has been done and the long list of authors and topics printed on the final programme looks pretty worrying, students always ask for revisions and repetitions of our syllabus.
But not this year...
With my 5DU students we decided at the beginning of the year that no "passive revision" would be done at the very end. That is almost a waste of time...
No, no, no! We would do it in progress: once in a while, two or three of them would make their own presentation on a topic, a character, an issue which they found particularly interesting.
They accepted my proposal with mixed feelings: on the one hand they were aware that this would help them develop speaking and digital competences; on the other, they did not know where to start from! It was something completely new to them.
Here is a poll we had in class:
Below are just some of their presentations. Well done class :)
Francesco got hooked by Sir Ken Robinson's ideas about school education presented at a TED-show we shared on Edmodo. He decided to prepare a Prezi on it:
First class Padlet on Romanticism:
Class Padlet on "I Wandered Lonely as I Cloud"
Alessia and Anna researched the issue of Child Labour in the Victorian Age:
Chiara made a Prezi on David Copperfield:
Arianna developed the topic of the female role in the Victorian Age:
Shanna on The Picture of Dorian Gray:
Neda made a Prezi on Tess of the d'Ubervilles:
Eva ed Elisabetta made a Google Slides on the War Poets:
Now that the exam is gone and my students have received their diplomas, I can tell them that I am really proud of what they have done this year! Although some were initially really weak in English, they have improved a lot and all did pretty well at the exam.
I hope they will remember what we have learnt together:
"There are many reasons
why one should always try to make an effort and evolve!
If I look at you class, I can see there are at least 16 reasons"
- yes, sixteen + me = that makes 17!"
I wish them the best of luck for their future!
And hope they will remember Mr Einstein's words:
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Goodbye Class 5DU