Impressions of the comenius meeting in güstrow còpia
IMPRESSIONS OFTHE COMENIUSMEETING INGÜSTROW
We are nice surprised of the responsibility and theautonomy of our host sisters, and of all the studentsand the school in general.
The welcome to the school was great andformal, and the Christmas concert at school wasalso incredible, something that seems impossibleto organise in our school (the choir was an afterschool activity).
Some German students also presented us the mostimportant places of the town.
We noticed some differences between our school andJohn Brinckman Gymnasium. For example they call theteachers Herr (Mr.) or Frau (Mrs.) and their surname.
The man who giveshis name to theschool, JohnBrinckman was somagnified. There wasa sculpture in theentrance, a bust in acorridor and a pictureof him in theauditorium.
The Principal was very important (more than here):
The building was old but beautiful and clean. The corridors were wideand with exhibitions of some work of art studentsAt the break we could listen to a girl playing the flute in the middle ofthe stairs.Classrooms were cosy and had comfortable chairs and carpet floor.They had smartboards only in the computer room, and blackboardswere expansible, a very useful feature.
There were not some restrictions in the classrooms: Some students drank, ate and saw their mobilephone, but obiously without gettingdistracted. *we don’t know if it was only during theComenius lessons, that were special
Students were respectful with other students and with us.They were responsible and they were able to choose moresubjects, like French, Russian or Spanish.Students could go out of the school during break times,because the doors were opened and there wasn’t any fence.
Autonomous classesRespectful, responsible and motivated studentsFunctional classrooms…Lessons lasted only 45 minutes, so after 6 lessonsand two breaks we could have lunch earlier than inCatalonia (they started school at 8 and finished at13.15).
All the Comenius students were divided into 3 work groups:Brave New World, Phrasebook and Questionnaires.We didn’t have much time, but we all worked a lot and studentshad creative and interesting ideas.At the end we did a presentation about what we did and learnt.
On Tuesday we went to Rostock, where apart from visiting theChristmas market we went to the Darwineum, a new place of thezoo of Rostock about the evolution that was good because it wasrelatedwith Brave New World.
Obviously we noticed other cultural differences in Germany, but themost shocking thing was the weather.It was difficult to adapt to the meteorological conditions. At half pastfour it was completely dark and we didn’t see the sun in all the trip.We only saw a bit of light among the fog sometimes.
Meals were also a bit strange: they were notstructured by a first and a second coursesand the dessert, but in some meals we onlyate a piece of pizza, a serving of spaghetti...And they usually drink sparkling water!