sabato 14 novembre 2015

We need peace Paris 13 November 2015

13 November  2015        
            It happened in Paris: a terrorist attack against people  who were in  Paris

What happened last night Paris  was terrible and made me think about the importance of teaching good  values, democracy and  respect  and what we should all teach our students. 

We should  all teach " love  and respect" for anybody.   There is no  religion that tells us " go and kill the others".  Those who kill are not human beings. Why should I kill people  I do not know?   You may be a  Catholic, a Muslim or  a person who is not  religious,but   you must  respect everybody.

We believe in freedom and respect: this is the only religion I am following. I will never  destroy your freedom and I would like the others  to let me choose and do what I feel is right for me.

I am so sorry  for those who died in the terrorist attack in Paris and  I am against all people who destroy the lives of people who happen to be just in the wrong place. 

I hope we can still build  a  place  where we are all friends and respect those who are  different from us.

Hoping there will be a better day from now on

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Free picture of Indigenous Indian children playing little kids in the parenting park of Quito. 

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“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

   Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” 
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

mercoledì 11 novembre 2015

Changing faces of heroism Futurelearn MOOC autumn 2015

I have been doing a Mooc about  WW1 : " Changing Faces of Heroism  " run  by chose to do it to learn more about this sad war which reshaped " Europe" but also had events that also led to the rise of Nazism in Germany.
As a teacher of English I have also written a short blog online where I  have kept files and documents which are in relationship with this interesting topic. Much has been written and said but we still cannot understand it and what values were shared by many soldiers who loved their countries and were ready to accept war and also death.
The focus of the course was on heroism and on how it changed.  I must admit that I  could reflect on what ideas of heroism we have today and how different it is today from the past.
By reading the poems by Ungaretti in Italy I have the idea that the war had a  deep impact on the mind of  the men who went to war.  The course focussed on Britain, France and Germany but I know that also Italy had its  heroes.There were many voices against this war that marked the beginning of a new nation with new territories for Italy. In England many poets criticized it , but we also have voices of poets like R.Brooke who were supporting  the war.  Who were heroes?  I think that many soldiers who lost their lives were heroes but also their women and  wives who worked in factories and helped their families to continue living.  Some soldiers  came back home and never lived a life which was worth living. They had lost  their identities, they had seen so many  atrocities. Books and films have been reviewed in this  course and in particular I liked the critical voices of many who thought that making war was the best way to solve  problems.

What I liked was the idea of sharing a padlet about WW1 Memorials and  presenting a review about a film or a book that  dealt with the topic presented.Many voices and also many opinions.
As a child my  primary school teacher used to talk about the values of WW1 : Italy was a nation with the new territories like Udine and Trento/Trieste. Her father had been to war and he had to suffer because he had been hurt at war.  Then there was the second worl war and again there were new values: people  and civilians fought against the Nazis and maybe most of the Italian people forgot the many soldiers who had  died in the First World War.
This poem by Ungaretti  is  a good  summary of what soldiers had to see and how they suffered: 

Valloncello dell’Albero Isolato il 27 agosto 1916
Di queste case
non e’ rimasto
che qualche
brandello di muro
Di tanti
che mi corrispondevano
non e’ rimasto
neppure tanto
Ma nel cuore
nessuna croce manca
E’ il mio cuore
il paese piu’ straziato

This video shows us how Italian soldiers suffered but also  how people celebrated the end of the war in November 1918.  It is an old document but it shows the cruelty of wars and the poor soldiers who suffered and also died to have a united nation- Italy. 

Dio segnò i confini d'Italia (Sezione Cinematografica del Regio Esercito Italiano) from Cineteca MNC on Vimeo.

This is the  padlet where you can see many interesting pictures/photos about memorials. Also in my country we have places that remind us of those who died at war.  This could be an interesting idea for teachers who want to work on memorials and would like their students to carry out their researches. 
I have also done other Moocs about  WW1 and they all described many interesting issues about this event that changed the lives of millions of people. 

mercoledì 4 novembre 2015

Reading and studying Literature on line: new MOOC about Pride and Prejudice

The Mooc platform has been providing interesting courses online about Literature. It is a sort of a Book Club online where  readers share ideas and what they have learnt about the writer and the book they have been reading. This month I am doing  Jane Austen.

The Professor running the course  is Maggie Sokolik, Ph.D., Instructor 
We can follow her  on Twitter: @maggiesokolik,   by using the hashtag #cwp3x for this course. 

I finished my MOOC " A Study in Scarlet" in October and 
now I have just started reading " Pride and Prejudice"-  you  can check the link to the  course on line : 

Why reading it? Because I am a lover of Jane Austen and also because I want to develop my reading skills and to continue doing some Literature. Currently, I am not teaching Literature and I miss it.
The course will last four weeks and I will have to read the text, do some quizzes and enjoy reading.

This is my first padlet about the research that I am doing this month: the aim is to bookmark and keep a lot of materials online that I might use if I can move to another course next year. But what I like most is the idea of reading  a classic that  I loved as a teenager and  I studied many years ago when I was doing my English Literature course at Parma University. I am going to write more about this experience by the end of the month.