We were warmly
welcomed by the principal Nina Karnyushina and her assistants, provided with
some basic information about the gymnasium and then shown up to one of the English
classrooms. I was amazed how considerable and helpful were the hosting
colleagues and even more by politeness of the kids in the friendly hallways who
seem by no means to be excited by so many aliens in the school.
lesson was in Grade 7, English teacher Nadezhda Feoktistova. All girls and boys
were geared up and happy to showcase the final lesson on Music, Matrix Foundation.
Every piece of class equipment seem to serve the only purpose - to demonstrate
that ‘Music is the universal language of the world’. Having prepared team
presentations on some particular kind of music, these junior students used PowerPoint,
singing to the guitar, and even drama to make us believe that ‘Music is the
universal language’. And the colleague from Chelyabinsk couldn’t help but say in the end ‘…your
lesson has touched our hearts’.
After a short
break we changed to another classroom. A home reading lesson with Irina
Strakhova, English teacher. These Grade 6 kids seem really enjoy reading a
Dominoe series book ‘A Close Shave’ adapted by Bill Bowler. Everyone was active
and willing to be the first to respond to the teacher’s questions and
proposals. At the chalk board, at their Apple iBooks, acting out dialogues for
the characters, and even summarizing the whole story. No wonder the teacher was
happy to give only excellent and good marks assessing the teamwork.
the classrooms I enjoyed every minute and was amazed by the students’ fluency
in English, both Grade 7 and Grade 6. But what we were shown in the assembly
hall was beyond every expectation. Two pieces were staged by Grade 9 students. We
were told then that the school student project ‘Three Men in a Boat’ after Jerome
K. Jerome had been a prize winner at the Oxford
Quality municipal contest ‘Bookworms’. The research work ‘The Shakespeare Enigma’
was the best one at the international school student contest ‘Unity in
Diversity: Russia and Great Britain’. The teachers who have inspired their school students to these unique creative projects are Lyudmila Zakolodyazhnaya and Yelena Protasova.