Adriana Álvarez participated in the training program for the implementation of La Aldea as a return to school and blended learning strategy. She tells us about her experience of using this tool in her classroom.
A vaccine against COVID-19, a bee guarding a heart, a syringe, a message of support for science… were some of the drawings and messages created by students in Adriana Alvarez’s classroom. She’s an english teacher, working at the Artemio Mendoza Carvajal school, in the town of San Juan de Pasto, in the Nariño department.
She decided to use La Aldea: Stories for a world in transition in order to improve student motivation and tackle subjects like health, self-care and the protection of life. “I have been using La Aldea to teach English, because it allows me to approach cross-cutting contents and secure my student’s attention to open up conversations on current subjects”, Adriana says.
According to the teacher, La Aldea has been useful because it enhances learning of a foreign language through the exploration of new and surprising subjects and activities. She has introduced meaningful reflections in her classroom, such as the importance of following health and safety protocols, ensuring the well-being of the school community and caring about others. As an English teacher, the strategy has been very useful for Adriana. But she thinks it could also be used in any other course.
La Aldea is a tool for everyone. With it you can teach mathematics, social sciences, english (…). And the best of all: it allows the development of beautiful academic projects where students can form their own ideas, not just to get a grade, but because they understand that learning and sharing is really worth it.
“With this educational strategy I want my students to look around them and recognize all the effort that has been made to improve the school facilities and to give them all they need to care for themselves and their families during the return to school”, the teacher points out. At the end, with the help of the characters in La Aldea, what she and her students have though about the most is that protecting life is much more than just a rule; it’s all about developing a mindset to understand that if I take care of myself, then I take care of others.