Sunday, October 17

Tablets, ukuleles and neuroscience, the move of a rural teacher to attract students and save the village school

120 kilometers a day to take your children to school. This is the path that Elisabeth does every day, not for lack of a school in her locality, Villanúa, but because she has decided to bet on the Senegüé Unitary School, which is kept open this year thanks to the eight boys and girls from elementary school that share a classroom in this Huesca school. Virginia Blanco proposed to the Department of Education a project to make the center viable, which would have had to be closed due to lack of minors in the town.

“The Senegüé school has always been shaking and it seemed that it was going to close completely, a pity because it is the oldest school in the valley. Before, I was the mayor of Senegüé and we tried to promote the school, families came but we couldn’t find houses for them and in the end that path was over. So we proposed an educational project so that people from outside would come, what we do is combine methodologies that are used in many centers, we do not invent anything new, “explains Blanco.

This project uses “emotional education, movement, management and learning together by touching or living. In addition, I try to teach them to use technology as a means of learning. We have some tablets and an interactive screen, with this it is easy to use technology to learning, today for example we were looking at the roots and we have searched the internet for what the parts are called and what they are for. We use the ukulele in language classes for phonological awareness, we use music and everything that is neuroscience, among others things. We dedicate time to all that and I think that is how people are done, “explains the teacher.

These educational methods are what led Elisabeth to follow Virginia to Senegüé: “Virginia taught them when she was working in Villanúa and I really like her teaching style. My children have to have a curricular adaptation in language, they have hyperactivity and deficit of Attention, when the counselor Virginia discovered it, she took them great, last year that she was on leave it was noticeable a lot “, she explains. In addition, he assures that he was very interested in the project and wanted to avoid the closure of the school.

“Virginia has taught them a lot of technology, they have created their own video games based on mathematics, on language … even if it is a rural center, they are very modernized.” In addition, it is not only a naturist education, but the regulated contents are studied, “it is not a free education, they follow a curricular adaptation because when they finish primary school they will go to high school”, explains Elisabeth.

Isabel Jiménez Pellicer also chose this school for her son Akan “because it is a unitary rural school and boys and girls of different ages coexist which seems to me an advantage, the relationships are more human and close, there is more autonomous learning and greater participation of families at school and with people from the town, it is completely different from what we have in cities. ”

Jiménez considers that the educational system is still “anchored in a very old methodology that is not adapted to this century, which promotes the same thing for everyone: achieving very standard academic objectives, but children are different and there are different ways of learning the same thing, and I believe that this can be better applied in a rural school because there is also less ratio in the classroom. I think that each child is different and the talent of each child should be valued, we want to create standard children but the century we are in requires very different capacities ” .

Great effort for families

Virginia explains that a fundamental part of this project is the group of students “it depends on how the group is, the class is going to go one way or another, we have second, third, fourth and sixth. Some do not know Spanish. , another does not know how to write … and they help each other. They come from Biescas, Sabiñánigo, Cartirana and Villanúa. For the families it is a great effort at the level of organization and awareness, there are many people who have told me that they were interested but they could not”.

Many of these families could not because, at the moment, there is no transport route, so parents have to take their children every day, “the Department of Education did tell me that if the project was given at the moment it would cost zero, this is public school but there is no transportation. ” That is why he thanks the families for the “sacrifice” they are making for their children, “believing in this type of school, inertia often leads you to go to the center next to home, but prioritize the quality of education to your family life says a lot about them. ”

Both mothers say that their children go to school very happy and thank Virginia Blanco for her teaching method: “you can teach in another way that is kinder to children and fight for that, making it possible for these eight children the wonderful opportunity that it offers them. to be part of a change, “says Isabel, who also assures that her son” goes to school very happy, he is delighted with the children and with Virginia. He is very motivated and delighted, I see him as happy and happy. ”

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