Today I had the opportunity to listen to Katherine Stannett’s talk about making an impact and how to teach students to be global explorers. She pointed out that students in the 21st century have limitless access to information and therefore need teachers to guide and advise them to find the relevant one. As she works for National Geographic Learning, she provided two very interesting topics in form of photos and short videos: One was about returning pandas (born in captivity) back to the wild and the other one about a young man who tries to remove rubbish from oceans. I found her concept of the four “Cs” very interesting and convincing. It stands for Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity, which should be the basis for activities.
When for example a photo is shown to students, they should not only question the obvious content but also reflect critically about it. Additionally, they should come up with predictions what the content is about. While working with a partner or in a group, the students have to communicate with their peers and also show their creativity.
A crucial point was that Katherine emphasized that students should have the possibility to choose from offered activities, as they often feel being overruled or having no voice. By letting them decide they feel respected and can relate to the required activity. Students need to be taken seriously! I believe teachers do their best to give students a voice and help them to become critical thinking persons.
After enjoying a few meals together, Lisa and I want to share our experiences about one of the most important parts of culture: FOOD. Imagine you are starving after a long day at the conference and you have never been to a Scottish pub before. Here comes a guide how to do it.
- DO order your food and drinks at the bar and pay immediately
- DON’T wait for the staff to take your order
(Fish and Chips)
- DO try something traditional Scottish
- DON’T stick with your usuals
- DO pay 2.65 £ for a pint in Scotland
- DON’T pay 4.90 € for a pint in Austria
- DO go into the most expensive looking pub, it might be the cheapest (The Crystal Palace)
- DON’T go into the smallest and darkest pub to save money
(Sweet Potato Curry)
- DON’T judge a book by its cover (bread meats bread)
- DO order a vegan burger at a meat-loving restaurant
(pulled mushroom burger)
Even being vegan is no big deal in Glasgow, the vegan friendliest city in Scotland, I (Lisa) could find vegan options in every place we visited and there are even completely vegan pubs like the Flying Duck near the city centre. If you don’t want to miss out on haggis they serve vegan fried haggis bites there. Therefore you get the full Scottish experience.
I have never been to Scotland before, so I am really excited to visit Glasgow. It will also be my first IATEFL Conference and I am looking forward to meeting teachers from all over the world and attending inspiring workshops. On the one hand the excursion will be a great opportunity for me to explore the city of Glasgow and the Scottish culture. On the other hand it allows me to learn about new teaching methods, which will be important for my future career as a teacher.
I think we are going to have a great time at the IATEFL Conference 2017!!