|Koltsovo team project, 2007
Some history of our project
We have read and disscussed an interesting article about the future of the school: Toffler's School of the Future www.alvintoffler.net. Our teacher found it on the iERN site.
Alvin Toffler is known for his work discussing the digital revolution, and the education system. Here are some of his predictions/sugestions:
Open twenty-four hours a day
Customized educational experience
Kids arrive at different times
Students begin their formalized schooling at different ages
Curriculum is integrated across disciplines
Nonteachers work with teachers
Teachers alternate working in schools and in business world
Local businesses have offices in the schools
Increased number of charter schools
The discussion made us think what we know about contemporary schools of the world. This was the start of our survey. We are greatly thankful to the teachers and students who shared the information about their schools. We hope this survey results will be of interest to you.
Mashar school students, Tehran, Iran Koltsovo school students, Siberia, Russia
Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Uganda, UK – Wales
School buildings are different. But the idea of every school is the same: to educate, to develop a personality, to give better future and success
Koltsovo school # 21 in Siberia, Russia Mashar school in Tehran, Iran
Lyceum # 130, Akademgorodok, Russia Alexandru Papiu Ilarian High School in Dej, Romania
reflect positive attitude of teachers, students, and communities to the educational institutions
The names of the schools of our international cyber class are Alexandru Papiu Ilarian High School, Crafts, DZDZ Liceum, Government Secondary School Garki, Gwent Coleg, Koltsovo School # 21, Lishan High School, Lyceum # 130, Mashar School, Mehregan High School, Menelik II Pre-college High School, Phoenix, Robert-Bosch Gesamtschule, Schoolers.
There is a story behind every name. Here there are some school names’ stories:
Alexandru Papiu Ilarian High School was founded in 1966. Its name comes from a representative figure in the history of Transylvania, Alexandru Papiu Ilarian, who fought for the rights of the Transylvanian people in the 19th century.
Crafts is two years since opening, focuses on non-traditional ways of teaching: like project based learning, constructivist approach.
Coleg Gwent was founded in 1992 as the result of the merger between further and tertiary education in Gwent.
Gayaza High School is one of the oldest Girl’s school in Uganda started by the church missionary society in 1905.
Government Secondary School Garki takes its name from its location with the literal meaning, "difficult to defeat". The original name of Garki means "rock".
Lishan High School is a pretty new school, which was founded in 1999. Lishan means Beautiful Mountain.
Lyceum-school # 130 is named after the famous Russian scientist academician Lavrentyev, the founder of the town, which is going to celebrate its 50th anniversary in May.
Mashar is the name of a holy place in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the place where Moslems gather small stones during their pilgrimage(haj) . They throw these stones to the Satan (sheytan) later.
The school name Mehregan means one of the old celebrations in Iran.
Menelik II Pre-college High School is named after Emperor (King) of Ethiopia in the late 19th Century, the King of modernization just before Emperor Hailesellasie I. The Italian invaders were defeated under the wise & heroic leadership Menelik II. This was the first and spectacular African victory against the then collonizers.
The school is named "Phoenix" because 25 years ago it was burned by an arsenist and the phoenix is a legendary bird that rose from the ashes.
The "Schoolers" are an eclectic group of homeschooled children, ranging in age from 11- 14. They live in small towns and in the country outside of Toronto, Canada.
6 to 2,500 students at school ☻☺ 6 to 56 students in class
Class at Schoolers, Canada
Class at Garki School, Nigeria
Favourite subjects are:
Computers, IT and related (10)
PE, Sports (5)
Favourite sports are:
Football and soccer (18)
Volleyball, baseball, swimming (5)
They read mostly
JK Rowling (7)
JRR Tolkien (5)
They play Sims
They like to eat
Spagetti, pasta (8)
to get ready for further life, university studying, and career
They attend school 5 - 6 days a week. They study one or more foreign languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian including Russian. They do homework 2 - 4 hours a day.
Crysantus, Abuja - Nigeria
We have homework almost everyday in the various subjects.
We spend two hours on the average and more before and during examination doing homework.
We study average of 5 days a week.
Farnoush, Zahra Tehran, Iran (Mashar School, Mehregan School)
We have homework in most of the subjects.
We do our homework more than 3-4 hours a day.
We go to school 6 days: Saturday to Thursday 7:45 Am to 3 Pm each day. Our weekend is Friday.
In our country we have very, very difficult exam for entering university. It is called Konkoor; some of schools have extra curriculum for students to get ready for that exam. Mehregan is one of such schools, so we have extra science classes and extra weekly exams.
Tina Yu-Ting Huang, Taiwan
We do have homework sometimes.
I study around three hours on weekdays when I get home, and my study hours include the time I use to write homework.
I go to school from Monday to Friday, and I study almost everyday.
We have homework almost everyday in the various subjects.
Well two hours on the average and more before and during examination.
Average of 5 days a week are schooldays
One lesson lasts 45 minutes not longer. Then we have a break: it means 10 to 20 minutes off. At school I learn History, Polish, English, German, Biology, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geography. I also have information technology, PE and subject in which I learn how to protect myself in spite of any dangerously events. Mostly I have seven sometimes eight hours a day. During the 8th lesson I feel very tired. Frankly speaking, I cannot be concentated on the main topics. We have to make our duty at school; it means cleaning the blackboard, watering the flowers.
Our learning progresses are marked by teachers with sixs grade skale (from 1 to 6). ‘Six’ is the best note and ‘one’ is the worst. All our marks, information about our absences and us are written in the registers.
The school is not so strict as it looks. The atmosphere is really friendly. We have our own school shop with food and of course the equipment of pencil case.
Wendy, Schoolers, Canada
Each day is different. Mostly we study in small groups, as we are homeschoolers. Homeschoolers study in different ways. Some use a curriculum, so are the most like school. Others are unschoolers…meaning they study what interests them as they go along. For instance someone might spend 4 months painting and then switch to math. Homeschoolers like to go on field trips and do things very hands on. They find people that are specialists in their fields and get them to be mentors. Most of us study English and French and one of group studies Hebrew. We have lots of music and history and sports and gardening and cooking and fun.
Mashar School, Tehran, Iran
About Robotic classes: The students learn some electronic theories and then start to make robots. All of the teams from different schools register in a national competition. This competition is very tight and it is hard to be among the first three.
We have only girls at school. In Iran boys and girls get education separately in schools. At the university they study together.
We give homework or home assignment to our students.
Each teacher gives at least 2 homeworks per week. That means 20 homeworks per week for the 10 subjects or 2 homeworks per day, and each student is expected to spend 1 to 2 hours per day doing homeworks on the average.
The teaching days per week are 5 days: Monday to Friday b/n 8:15 A.M. to 3:35 P.M. each day.
The foreign language our students study is English from grade 3 to the university. But there're very few community schools which provide French, Arabic, German, Italian including Russian in Addis Ababa, the Capital City.
Our students wear uniforms: white shirt with blue outfit. Other schools will have different color outfits, but the white shirt in common to all. Teachers also wear voluntarily white gowns at work times.
In Russia, we study 6 days a week, 6 lessons or more a day. Students in senior classes have 16-17 compulsory subjects.
Something extremely unique with our school is that the Ordinary level girls have a number of differently coloured dress uniforms. It is up to an individual to select what colour to put on that particular day. It could be yellow, light blue, green, mauve, pink, brown, plum and royal blue. They all struggle to work very hard and join the A-level section that has a green skirt and cream blouse. All the girls have a white Sunday uniform with a red belt. So on Sunday the whole school is in white and red the school colours. Isn’t that unique?
Vika, Baryshevskaya School # 9, Russia
Vica sent us the most detailed description of her school life. Thank you for sharing
1 . Do you have any homework?
2. If yes, how much time do you spend on your home homework a day?
My school day starts at 855 with a homeroom lesson or a meeting in the assembly hall if it’s Monday, when we learn about major events that are going to take place or the results of some important things we’ve already participated in, for example, sports competitions in basketball or a School Competition Miss 2007, etc. The first lesson starts at 9 05. Usually we have six lessons a day of 40 minutes each. The sixth lesson is over at 1410, and then it’s time for extracurricular activities. Very often I stay after school to play sports. I learn Russian language and literature, Maths, Algebra, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computing, English, P.E., and Technical Drawing.
We can go to the dining room during the breaks. Our school duties include washing the floor of the classroom, watering the flowers, and looking after them. In summer we have several days of summer practice where we help to repair the classrooms or work on the flowerbeds.
Though some of my classmates hate homework and think it a mere waste of time, I can’t imagine school life without homework. It is an important part of learning. I understand this, and as a hard working student I am keen on my studies. But sometimes when I am very busy before my lessons I allow myself to come to school without my home assignment. I manage to do my homework during the break then., if it’s not big. But you know, you can’t behave so when you are given to write essay or a composition, or prepare a project.
Some of my classmates think that cheating is enough for them. I don’t think so. Learning is very important for me. By the way I won the 3-rd prize in the district Olympiad in Maths this year.
3. How many days a week do you study?
We attend school 6 days a week.
4. Do you wear a school uniform?
We don’t wear a school uniform. But the dress code doesn’t allow any frivolity. That means no baggy jeans, no bare belly, and no spaghetti like blouses. Everything should be decent. And in spring, when its rather dirty and there’s lots of mud we are to change our footwear that we wear outdoors to another pair when in school.
5. What foreign languages do you study?
Students can choose either English or German as foreign languages. Some classes study both.
6. What does the name of your school mean?
I learn at Baryshevskaya Secondary Schhol # 9. The word Baryshevskaya stands for ‘ belonging to the village of Baryshevo’ where it is situated. Our number is 9, though we are the only school in the village. Number 9 indicates its number in the district. All in all there are more than 60 schools in the entire district.
8. What do you do in your free time?
I do lots of things in my free time: I hang along with my friends, help my mum about the house, plays sports, or computer games or just take part in extracurricular activities.
On April 7 a joined group of my schoolmates, grades 7-11, including me, gave a performance called “ The World of Illusions”. It deals with the most serious global problem – the use of drugs. We’ve been rehearsing after the lessons for about an hour and a half each day, then we had to prepare the decoration and our clothes, and it lasted for about three weeks. And when the day of performance came we worried a lot. Our first spectators were our schoolmates from different grades (5-11) and our teachers. They say it was gorgeous. Some confessed they couldn’t help crying. It was decided to show the performance at other schools and we’ve already performed for the kids who live in the orphanage.
I am interested in foreign languages and arts. I learned at the music school and play the piano; also I like to sing and to visit theatres.
9. When is /are your days off?
The school year consists of four terms or semesters.. The first term starts on September the 1st and lasts till 3rd -5th of November – then we have our autumn holidays. The 2-nd term begins on November10-11 and ends on December 28-29 with a New Year Performance and a disco party, and the New Year holidays last till 12-13-14th of January. Winter holidays coincide with Christmas holidays. The 3-rd semester is the most boring; it lasts till March 23, which opens the spring holidays. April1-2 usually starts the last, 4-th term. The school year ends at the end of May for junior students. Grade 9 and 11 will have to pass the final exams for the Certificates of Basic and Full Secondary Education.
Summer holidays last for three months up to September the 1st. Grades 5-8, and 10 will have to do their summer practice, helping to repair the school and looking after the flowers: planting, watering, pulling weeds.
This year I finish my 9th grade and I plan to continue my education till 11th grade.
Most of the students do not wear any uniform
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