Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jules Verne School (Mexico) Chimney Hill - Canda a new chapter in this learning story...

May 15, 2016

Just think about 10 to 13 year old kids, 6th and 7th graders. 15 of them  all ready to experience the time of their lives, all of them writing their own story but keeping on telling wonderful international novel that started 10 years ago.

It was 2006 when we started this wonderful adventure with a group of 15 mexican ambassadors.  Today we are more than 200 people involved in this amazing program. This program is a consequence of passion, hard work but mostly love for our children with the aim of designing experiences that connect with their hearts.

Since then we have been learning a lot as teachers too, I can tell as a Principal that each time I travel or host Canadian groups, I learned a more than I teach.  We have been sharing our programs so our students can work together during the school year, we become educational friends, because we share our passion for education and the same ideal of our students to become global citizens. 

Today, this is not a dream anymore. Canadian students have been traveling Mexico too, learning from our culture, learning from our city and integrating a Mexican-Canadian global community, we are family now.  

Technology plays a key role here, our students have been doing so many activities during this 10 years from Global reading to iBooks.  Knowing that culture may be different, maybe we speak different languages, maybe religion, maybe food, maybe the landscape could be different but we all are human beings. They all are children, and we all are educators who love our profession. 

But, let this adventure start again. And our students to write another chapter of this real life novel.

DAY 1: Families, airports and a new group

Our Canadian families just waiting for us... Can´t we ask for more?  
Love, love, love...


Families who were excited to have a new child among them, and children willing to be part of them!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chimney Hill Jules Verne 10 years friends across borders

For more almost a decade or students have the great opportunity to build bridges and create a Mexican-Canadian community.

Since 2006 our first mexican ambassadors visited Canada learning from their amazing culture, not only practicing english or having a regular summer camp.  Since that time we learned from each other. 

Each year either they visit us or we visited them, 10-15 students and hole families have been totally envolved in this amazing program.  Today our first ambassadors are almost 23, and they are successful people knowing that the world is larger than their classroom or school.

Thanks to spirt and passion of amazing educators such as Mrs. Heather Briske, Michelle Mac Farlane, Martha Morett, (Jules Verne) Glenn Hilder from Erma Stevenson and Chimney Hill principal Chris Baldry and my own aim give our students a broad perspective of a global society our dream of working together come true. 

Today,  each group of students have a lot stories to tell and memories that will be kept in their minds and souls.  Each one travel with a message, each one take  their own culture to a far away country, and bring to their community what they learned.

This year, we will have an amazing adventure traveling to Canada, and visiting again Chimney Hill our second home.

We have a history now, we have developed a common culture, we know that this kids are now changing education to change their reality to become those who may change the world. 

This adventure is on its way!!! Here we go again!! 

Our Jules Verne Students think they know their homestay since they have been communicating via emails, facebook or videoconferences, so they draw  and  paint (using techniques they learn in their art class) their homestay canadian friends, and write their likes and dislikes.

Chimney Hill homestay students, identify your portrait, and see if our kids know you as well as they say!!