I want to apologize to my Romanian friends. No, I haven’t forgotten my mother tongue (yet), although it has been a whole week to practice my poor Italian, Spanish and English. But since I have promised my new friends I will write about the course, I want them to understand that I really enjoyed being there with them all!
I am going to write about my experience in Italy, which has been a great one, by the way. I had my expectations and my doubts, but it seems like the Romanian saying is still available: „socoteala din târg, nu se potrivește cu cea de acasă” (You think you get something, and then you get more 🙂 ), in a good sense, obviously. So you have to take things as they come and only hope for the best.
The trip was…uhmmmmm…interesting, with the trembling plane, almost looping, with all the kids screaming, crying and jumping on the plane. The trip back was even more interesting, as one of us had to go to Milano and took the train to Bologna whereas four of us, including myself, took the train to Milano although our destination was Bologna. So this course made us dizzy like ants randomly running to find their way back to the heap 😆 (kidding, Lisa! 😀 ) And yes, I was reading your thoughts on the plane, as promised 🙂
The course was extremely interesting and I am going to write a separate post about it. It was worth working hard with the application form. The things that I’ve learned there, were a lot more than information on a board or on sheets of paper. It was about literally cooperating for better learning. It was not only about the methods we have learned and the instruments (Talking Chips, Table K-W-L, Broken Circles, Six Thinking Hats), but also about understanding the mechanisms, finding ways of personalizing them and efficiently using them in the classroom with our students. It was about having fun while learning, about being creative, about forming a team, about rules, roles, time, results. Sanne and Lisa were great teachers and offered us the opportunity of attending a course with a lot of interesting things, they led us towards finding the answers to our questions, provided materials and facilitated meetings with great people: the best guide to the city of Reggio Emilia, the most involved representative of a Municipality Project with kids, the most interesting teacher in the International Malaguzzi Center, the best team of teachers in the Castellarano Pre-school, the best psyschologist in Arcobaleno Servizi.
The places were fabulous. They chose to mix important places that were relevant to the theme and objectives of the course, but also relevant to Italy, to Reggio Emilia in such a way that we had a great time.
The people…well the people are wonderful! Great teachers, very involved in the process of teaching. They were both funny and serious, played their roles well and proved to be good students too. Pernille (Denmark) is a very intelligent woman, interested in finding new solutions. A great personality and a good leader. Jan (Norway) is very balanced and deep, always thinking twice (even three times 😀 ) before giving his answer and…has a wonderful laughter 😆 . Jordina (Catalunya) traveled a lot and has great experience with kids from different countries. Very smart and willing to know more and more. She will be an excellent mom! (soon, actually 🙂 ). And then…there are the Romanians. 🙂 Radu is a very persevering person, realistic and passionate for music. Stefania is always careful to the details, always tried to give very professional solutions, a great psychologist. Cristina has a beautiful soul and she really is a great friend! Apparently shy, she is great with kids and does some hard work at her school.