Fourth day at Lake School, Oxford, UK.

Good evening from Oxford!

Today’s lesson at Lake School was mostly about Writing and error correction, where we learned new ways of teaching through creative writing. We were encouraged to use creative activities such as cooperative story making, expanded articles or “dictogloss” (quick dictation reconstructed through teamwork).

During the break we could appreciate the vibrant Glouchester Green street market, where you can find a wide range of fresh products, and international quick meals.

Back at the Lake School, we spend the afternoon talking about critical thinking. During that session we discussed over different ways to show our students the complexity of the use of information. Tools like picture brainstorming, alternative storytelling from traditional stories, and analyses of same news in different newspapers or advertisements could become a truly useful activities.

Later on, I had the opportunity to assist with my host, David, at one pub famous for their tournaments of “Aunt Sally” game. The main objective is to hit the “doll”, which is a white ball on a short plinth. Each player has 6 wooden sticks, though they have six chances to hit the doll for their team. Consequently, the loosing team must pay the next round of pints for the other team. Apparently, the origin of this game dates back to the 17th century, played by the Cavaliers, king’s supporters established in Oxfordshire during the English civil war, as a way to train themselves before the battle.

See you in the next blog!

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