Fragments of meaning

It’s the first day of teaching literature to my year 1 secondary school class. I choose several poems, chop them up into individual sentences, and divide the fragments among the students. Each student gets eight to ten sentences, and their task is to create their own poem out of them. I encourage them to be […]

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Good news about the SEEH!

SEEH children doing a Cretan dance

Friends of the SEEH have been very worried about the accreditation of the school, which was up for renewal. If the European Schools organization did not renew it, then the school could not continue — at least not as a European School.

So I was delighted to hear today that the school has had […]

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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #10

#10 Everyone wants one!

European Schools are well established and much valued by people across Europe and the world. Ministries of Education are keen to secure new European Schools for their countries, and city authorities are eager to welcome them. (See, for example, this recent blog post by the Secretary-General of the European School system […]

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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #9

#9 It connects teachers across Europe

Teachers in the European School Heraklion have opportunities to visit colleagues in other European Schools across Europe, to observe, share ideas, and develop common projects. We share know-how, learning strategies, curriculum ideas, and, most importantly, our love for what we do.

As a teacher at the school, I […]

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What can you do to help the European School Heraklion?

Some people have asked me what they can do to help the European School in Heraklion. Should they write to the European Schools organization, for example?

To answer this, I need to say a little about the nature of the problem. In order for the school to remain open, two things need to happen. […]

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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #8

#8 It creates citizens of the world

The Greeks have a saying: παπουτσι απ’ τον τόπο σου κι ας είν’ και μπαλωμένο (shoe from your own place even if it’s mended). It means that a partnership is more likely to succeed if it’s with someone from the same background. People sometimes use it to advise […]

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Why do I care about the European School Heraklion?

A friend has asked why I’ve been writing posts in support of the European School. After all, I’m not working there at the moment and my children do not currently attend the school. Why am I still bothered?

Well, I want to see the school survive and flourish. Selfishly, I would like to return […]

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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #7

#7 It gave a 5th grade Dutch/Italian student the confidence to perform Shakespeare like this

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #6

#6 It creates engaged and independent learners

Learning is (or should be) a journey of discovery, in which students learn how to approach problems and find solutions for themselves. It about learning how to learn as much as about acquiring information, and the teacher’s role is to accompany and assist students in their journey. Teaching […]

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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #5

#5 Because it has people like this

I stopped by the Venetian Loggia in Heraklion today, where children from various local schools were presenting their projects on the theme of water. The European School was represented, of course, and it was great to catch up with pupils, colleagues, and parents. Here are a couple of […]

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