REPORT OF THE MOBILITY TO TENERIFE
DATES: 4-10 MARCH 2018
Our BCreAtive project started its mobilities in Tenerife from March 4th (arrival day) until Saturday 10th (departure day).
After welcoming our colleagues from Ireland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Germany at the airport, we moved to the hotel where the teachers would be staying and where they met families.
Nerves were the dominant factor for students who were dedicated to the task of making their guests feel at home. First "hello" and "how are you". Families leave for their homes and coexistence begins. Teachers proceed to check in at the hotel and dinner.
MONDAY 5 MARCH
To start, teachers have 30 minutes to talk with their students about the first night with their classmates and to exchange impressions. This will be repeated during all the days of the visit as the first activity of the day since we think that teachers are the reference for students when they are away from home.
Next, the principal of the school welcomes our guests and the activities begin. The physical education teacher was responsible for organizing them. International teams (students and some teachers as well) cooperated in games with balls, collaboration in teams, "geocaching" in the school in order to know the facilities, speed games etc. for the 45 minutes working time. At all times we also have the help of the eldest high school students, who were responsible for giving instructions to each of the teams and monitor each activity, controlling times and helping if necessary in order to make them participants in the project.
Break for coffee, students with all their peers and the rest of the students to promote knowledge and integration. This was repeated every day we were in high school. The teachers went to the "special needs students’ classroom" to learn about their work the facilities as they are an important part of our creative project. The teachers explained how they cope with the difficulties to sort them out and succeed in their integration.
Once the recess was over, a group of older students (Year 12) were in charge of guiding the teachers through the school (two teachers with two/three students so they could speak in English as long as possible) showing them the classrooms of the project "living classrooms" as well as giving practical information about our school and answering any questions that may arise.
Then the videos of each school are presented and commented. Once finished, the logos of each candidate country are displayed to be chosen logo of the project. A teacher and two students per school were responsible for choosing the winner that turned out to be the one presented by the student Patricia Luis Ruiz of the IES Cruz Santa.
As the last activity of the day, explanations were given of what a "poetry slam" is, which will be the first project of next day plan. Small oral poem of no more than minutes, which does not rhyme in a compulsory way and that should be recited only with the help of voice and gestures.
At 2pm the students went home with their hosts and spent the afternoon with the families. The teachers, after lunch in the school canteen, continued working on the project, coordinating the activities of the next mobility, solving doubts of the "mobility tool", adjusting dates etc.
TUESDAY 6 MARCH
After the time of conversation between teachers and students, we took up the "poetry slam" forming international groups so that each one would create his own and present it to the rest of the classmates. In this occasion the result was done in English and on the theme "Europe". It is agreed that each school will take an example of "poetry slam" to the next mobility in the Czech Republic to be recited in each of the languages f the participating countries about the stay in Tenerife, the friendship or the project itself.
"Magical shapes" in nature. Our national park Las Cañadas del Teide offers many magical forms that remind us of many other elements of daily life. A video presentation of the park and several photos gave rise to the following activity. Each group of students was given a photo with a magic form that they had to interpret and capture in another drawing. Thus came out forms of shoes, brides, trees, pilgrims, flowers, etc. This was the prelude to look for these and other forms in the national park the next day.
Break for coffee, teachers with the rest of the staff in the cafeteria of the school and students with all their colleagues and the rest of the students to promote knowledge and integration.
"Creativity in Mathematics" Workshop. The mathematics department prepared a number of activities to show how mathematics can be creative and can be applied to a multitude of fun activities. The student members of the mathematics committee along with the teachers of the subject were in charge of explaining the procedure. It was fun, entertaining, colorful and novel.
Workshop on "Creative Science". The high school students prepared a workshop in which they reported on various scientists from all the participating countries and their contribution to the world of science. With some informative panels as help along with the explanations of the students, everyone had to fill out some cards with the data that they were asked for. These panels remain as a permanent exhibition in the corridors of the IES Cruz Santa.
After lunch, the teachers had a visit to the town of La Orotava under the title "Creativity in Art", where by the hand of Jesus Rodriguez Bravo, a professor in Art History and an expert in the architecture of La Orotava, we toured the town and we were able to learn and observe the art from that point of view.
Throughout the morning, the visiting teachers could attend with their colleagues in our school to observe "in situ" the development of a class. Thus, several of them were part of lessons in Spanish Language, Religion, Mathematics, English and History.
WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH
We leave for the national park of Las Cañadas del Teide to spend the morning and afternoon discovering art in nature. With the information received the previous day on the magical forms, it was now the turn of the students and teachers to look for magical elements and photograph them. From the hand of a professional expert guide in the park we walked the road to Las Cañadas where we began a walk of several hours with detailed explanations. At the same time, students took pictures. But in addition, we were part of the “Yo soy Tenerife” (“I am Tenerife") campaign of the Cabildo Insular, one of whose leaders came with us to this activity. In the course of it, the students recorded a video for the president of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, who answered us back in a personalized way with another video.
The photographs taken, together with a drawing of what they remind the photographer (in this case each student), will be part of an exhibition that will be shown in the different schools.
THURSDAY 8 MARCH
"Breakfast talk". Gathered all in the library of the school we changed impressions on the visit until this moment - feelings, fears, expectations, achievements, organization, objectives.
At 9:30 we left for the town hall of Los Realejos where the mayor, Manuel Domínguez, welcomed us and gave us the warmest welcome and to whom we transmitted the conclusions of the previous talk at school.
Once back, we enjoyed one of the most successful activities of the week, our "ROLE MODELS". It was an honour for us to have the visit of Reyes de Miguel Renedo (ambassador of the Cabildo de Tenerife) and José David Cabrera Martín (former student of the school). Both stand out for their great skills as communicators and transmitters of important values or the development of our students and most importantly, they are ordinary people from whom we can learn a lot. But the latter had a previous step. We had asked our students to look for "role models" in their immediate surroundings and explain why they considered them that way. With the result they had to create a written text with images to illustrate it. We also filmed a video that we shared with all the attendees, students, teachers, parents and special needs students.
Before the talks, a plaque was discovered in honor of Reyes de Miguel as an example of a "role model" for women in their struggle for equality between men and women, also taking advantage of March 8, day of the working woman. Two of the youngest students in the school were responsible for making the introduction and reading a text from a book by Reyes de Miguel.
Reyes de Miguel managed to keep everyone's attention in an overwhelming way, with a moving life story full of effort, struggle and improvement, values hat we wanted to transmit to the students. At the end, both students and teachers gave her a well-deserved ovation and transmitted their impressions, all of them full of emotion and gratitude.
But not only her, José David Cabrera was chosen as a role model for being one of the most outstanding students who has gone through the school so far both at the level of academic performance and motivation for other students, commitment to education and to the school. Always willing to help to get their colleagues to go ahead and great dynamism of the students.
In the afternoon, the teachers were able to enjoy a guided tour of Puerto de la Cruz thanks to the collaboration of the special needs teacher.
FRIDAY 9 MARCH
"Creativity in nature". Cultural visit to Garachico, a village shaped by nature with the eruption of the Arenas Negras volcano in 1706 and one of whose charms lies in the forms created by the lava and how the town managed to keep going after the eruption. We visited the exhibition hall of the village with the intention of seeing the exhibition "Preserving the Skies" but unfortunately it had been withdrawn after the damage suffered by the last storm that had hit the island.
After returning to school, the students enjoyed the last afternoon with their families while the teachers made a final assessment of the mobility at a farewell dinner.
SATURDAY 10 MARCH
Day of tears for the joy lived throughout the week. Emotive “goodbye” and desire to continue working.
The preparation of the project involves the dissemination not only among the educational community but also through media, social networks, local community, the national agency (OPEEC), print advertising or any other way that allows its expansion.
Our project has been disseminated so far through several means:
-the website of the school.
-the etwinning platform.
-the social network "twitter", under the heading Bcreative where all participants can post their comments and photos and that serves as a great diffuser of the project, having quite a lot of followers by now. Here it is worth noting that the same president of the Cabildo de Tenerife (Tenerife Government) received an invitation from our students to come and visit us and had the kindness to answer us with a tweet addressed to them.In this social network, the information is posted in Spanish or English so that everyone can follow us.
-Media. During the mobility to Tenerife we ere part of the "I AM TENERIFE" campaign (#yosoytenerife) carried out by the Cabildo insular and that is a great diffusion for the project, counting on the invaluable collaboration of the ambassador of “YosoyTenerife” Reyes de Miguel Renedo. Through this campaign, we have appeared on the social network "facebook" (https://facebook.com/Yosoytenerife/posts/754319418101234).
Also, several digital newspapers echoed the visit of our colleagues from other European countries by publishing several reviews on Erasmus + and BCreAtive.
The newspaper laopinion.es in its edition of the 8/3/2018 publishes an article with reference to the project Eramus+ BCreAtive.
Also, on diariodetenerife.info on 8/3/2018 an article about the project was published.
-We have made hats publicizing the project that were delivered among the students and teachers of the school and those who visit us.
-The OPEEC (European Agency in the Canary Islands) also helps us with the dissemination of the projects.