ESO students are devoting the last week before their Easter break to working on their annual Treball de síntesi (1st, 2nd and 3rd ESO) and Projecte de recerca (4th ESO).
This year´s projects and destinations are the following: 1st ESO, Barcelona: insòlita i secreta; 2nd ESO, Girona: insòlita i secreta; and 3rd and 4th ESO, Sitges: una vila diferent. Dels 4 Gats al Cau Ferrat. They are given a portfolio with activities which are aimed to focus on many different aspects of the students´ learning process (reading, listening to explanations, answering questions, observing, selecting information, working collaboratively,…).
The outing is one of the most important parts of the project since it implies many different things: it makes students appreciate the culture which is near us, in our own city, or in cities or towns nearby. Besides, asking them to observe different aspects (sometimes curious or anecdotal) of that city or town makes them discover it from different angles they may not have taken into account before. Both teachers and students can enjoy a different way of teaching and learning with these outdoor classes.
As we are also aware how new technologies can engage and motivate today´s students, we have integrated them in the project: taking photos with their mobiles, taking profit of the QR points of information town councils provide, searching for information surfing the Net, using the projectors for their PowerPoints,…
But not only do outings help in the students´ academic betterment, they are also a way to make classmates be closer and work together in a different way, outside the classroom. With the outings we outline the importance of incorporating life skills in our students´ learning, rather than focusing only on classroom activities.
Once that field work is done in those towns or cities, in school they will have to organize all the information and take decisions: of all that information they have been given or they have looked for and found, they must be capable of selecting what is really important and search any other information which can be essential and they don´t have. So research is very important.
Again it is here, in the classroom, that cooperative work is needed: every member of the group can contribute his/her different skills to making the shared final project as good as possible. So all the members of the group must do their bit to help, which will enable them to assemble a common final project to show the other students and the teachers on Friday.