четверг, 26 февраля 2015 г.

Exploring the educational area nearby

As a teacher  I was eager to visit schools of California, to meet typical American teenagers. 
And we did it!
We visited two High Schools and communicated with students. Interesting…they know nothing about Russia and the Russians. At the same time our teenagers know everything about Hollywood actors and actresses, wear “Converse”, “Levi’s”, “Gap”, drink coffee in “Starbucks’, prefer American music to Russian  and tend to have the latest model of iPhone.

This way Students of High School in California see the Russians

Our first school.
Carlsbad High School has great facilities for study and self development. A lot of classes for choice.  Сhildren are not forced to get involved they do it with a great pleasure. And, for example, in order to participate in School Educational TV you should pass the test. They do a great job and of course it requires a lot of funding. As Russian guests we were interviewed by Carlsbad High School Educational TV. Look here.

Second school.
El Camino High School, in Oceanside.
Again it’s an excellent example of High School Education.
We visited theatre class there, watch their video works, were on their ‘big’ stage. There  we found the wall of social wishes. Of course, honest thoughts of teens can help identify problems that they faced nowadays. These photos are about…

That was our school trip. Now I know that people here are interested in people more than political issues.

It’s not the ideal world but it is a good example of a good education for teenagers. Here in California everything seems perfect but it’s only the part of a big system. I am planning a visit to a school for children with difficulties with studies or behavior.  It can be another side of a coin. We’ll see.

вторник, 24 февраля 2015 г.

In the wake of youth development

Hi, I'am Lena. The participant of SEE Fellowship of the working group 'Education And Youth'. I am 24 years. I am of the age category of "youth". In addition, this category is an object of my professional direction. Following my blog you will open with me interesting facts, learn about the differences between Russian and American cultures, their common features. We will observe and study youth in California, collaborate with  organizations which are working with this category. ....let's do it!
24 February. 
We are in San-Diego. And at least we started our great professional trip. Today our little but very friendly team visited «San Diego County Office Of Education». Yvonne, our supervisor and the host organization Global School Net arranged this meeting. The meeting with the professionals, the people who are directly connected with the development of the educational environment. All the participants were very welcoming, interested in our professional interests. Together we could identify what organizations we can visit to expand our knowledge and get new experiences. 

And of course California is a wonderful place to create, to have 'sunny' ideas and implement them!