As a teacher I encourage my students to explore literature though a variety of techniques, including class presentations, dramatic readings, artwork, and music. We have also made video recordings of some of our work (with permission of the students’ parents) for display in school and to a wider audience via YouTube. Some of these video projects are presented below.
I have also made some school videos, celebrating the SEE, its staff, and parents.
Student video projects
Shakespeare in Crisis
This is a project by my fifth-grade class at the School of European Education in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. We have been studying The Merchant of Venice and the issues it raises about prejudice and social exclusion, especially in the context of the current crisis in Greece and Europe. In the video, students interpret Shylock’s famous monologue in modern terms, putting his words into the mouths of people who have been affected by the crisis. This project brings together our work on language, literature, ethics, and European studies.
Shakespeare’s Halloween, 1: The Witches’ spell (Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1).
Performed by fifth-grade students from the English section of the School of European Education, Heraklion, Crete.
Shakespeare’s Halloween, 2: Macbeth’s Tomorrow speech (Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5).
Performed by Suami Dekker, fifth-grade student of the English section of the School of European Education, Heraklion, Crete.
To Kill a Mockingbird (fifth grade project)
A project on Harper Lee’s novel by fifth graders of the English section of the European School, Heraklion, Crete. June 2013. With artwork, performances, and class discussion.
School video projects
Voices from the SEE
Teachers, parents, and students of the School of European Education (SEE) Heraklion talk about their school and about the future for the children of Europe. A project for Europe Day by Maria Kasmirli. May 2013.