Rita Zurrapa

Country: 
Portugal
Rita Zurrapa

I am an English teacher. I have been teaching since 1992. I have taught from Preschool up to Secondary. Right now I teach in one of the biggest schools in Sintra, 8th Graders (12-13 years old).

I think being a Language teacher is wonderful. We do have a curriculum but I feel that everything fits in it. It is just the way you look at it. I could live without books in my class (but not in my life, but that is another topic).

For me the most important thing is getting those kids to speak. Without fear of making mistakes. Make them realize and believe that they have to make mistakes to learn. That's my and their biggest challenge. I usually say that I was never just a teacher. I always felt that going to school, have classes and go home was not enough to me. I am always involve in the life of the school and promote many things with my students outside the classes. (That's when we get to know them better, don't you agree?) I have experience as a headteacher, as a in-service teacher trainer, as a teacher trainer, as a Comenius teacher, as project manager,... I am an eTwinner since 2006. I belonged to the National Support Service for 9 years and was the eTwinning National Coordinator of Portugal for the past 6 years. It has been a great adventure! I met the best teachers. Teachers that teach students and not curriculum. Teachers that matter in their students' lives.

I am a mother of two girls. I am a super geek. (It takes one to find another ;) ) I am a gymnast (have been all my life). And much more...

 

Our work

Week 1 

We did group work to build the video.

This is our Padlet where we are collecting news that show Climate Change. We are concerned... https://padlet.com/zurrapinha/climateAction If you want you can also add any news you find.

 

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Co-teacher: 
Teresa Relvas, Luísa Rodrigues

School: Escola Básica Ferreira de Castro - Ouressa Sintra

This is us!

Our Projects

Our video

The class worked in small groups. There were moments of individual work but mostly group work. The students played Plickers to express their ideas, played a puzzle to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, made brainstorm about the causes, made some research online and at the School Library. Students were presented to a new digital tool, Powtoon. After some exploration each group made a video. All videos had the same script. At the end every video was evaluated and the whole class elected their favourite.

At the end students reflected about their work and learnt from their experiences. 

There were 4 subjects involved: English, Citizenship,  Sciences and ICT.

And this the video students chose to represent them. 


Impressions

Starting!!
Starting!!