We had an amazing week of learning about the sciences this week. Our week started with a visit to the NASA Gateway to Space Exhibit in Warsaw. Here we learned about the history of space exploration and the visions for the future. It was aptly planned as space travel history was made just last month with the launch of the Dragon spacecraft and landing of the Falcon 9 rocket!
On Tuesday we celebrated International Pi Day. This was a fun day of activities centered around the number Pi and other mathematical adventures. We met famous mathematicians, enjoyed some tasty treats, and solved numerous brain-twisting math problems. We even crowed “Pi Masters” for their uncanny ability to remember over 100 places of Pi after the decimal. Congratulations to Julia S., Filip, and Emilia!
Our next adventures in learning led us to the medieval city of Torun. Here, in the foot steps of Copernicus, we studied science. More specifically, Chemistry. Our instructors at the Chemistry Center were talented and inspiring as they taught us many things about science through hands on experiments including candle and soap making, work with chemical reactions, and possibly some explosions! We learned about the life of Marie Curie with a trip to the movie theater. And our trip was completed with a visit to the interactive science center, The Knowledge Mill.
Our students spent a lot of time learning this week – and not just science. A guided tour taught us about the history of Torun, and we even learned to make gingerbread at the Living Museum of Gingerbread!
Project Week wrapped up with an intense day of student work. MIS students worked in teams to develop a business plan and prepare a pitch for the 1st Annual Dragon’s Den Competition.
It is amazing what happens when you provide students with the tools, teach them the skills, and then let them loose with their creativity. They can and willproduce amazing work. A huge round of applause for all our students in their business plans!
It’s been another successful project week at MIS! How great it is to take part in hands-on, real-life learning.
After our first day in the field, we returned to school for Days 2 and 3 to sharpen our skills in money, management, and effectiveness. Classes met with experts, Marek Socha and instructors from FCEDU, and learned about creating a business plan with Artur Obarzanek of Phillips. Meanwhile, classes were also rehearsing and recording footage for our own music video which will be released soon…
Day 4 we were about town again! Students put their math and logic skills to work at Dom Zagadek, a escape room.
We wrapped up the day with a guided tour of the Money Center, where students learned about the history and development of money. Interesting stuff!
This week, our Project is entitled “We are ALL Born Entrepreneurs,” and we are delving deep into the business world! Our first day started with some lessons in how to be an effective person – both professionally and personally. We explored the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written about by Steven Covey. Covey’s book was (and still is!) extremely popular and has helped many people become more effective!
After these sessions, we embarked on a trip to Sodexho to learn more about organizational management. Students saw first-hand the management structure of the company, and they learned from Professor Andrzej Blikle about what good management should look like. CEO of Sodexho Services Central and Eastern Europe, Yann Gontard, also spoke with us about how he manages this company.
December at MIS is nothing short of an extravaganza! The students worked hard in the last weeks before the break in order to fully experience all the season has to offer.
Grade 8 spent the month digging into the Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We explored the Victorian Era and the Christmas traditions that originated from Dickens’ time. We viewed the 1984 film version of the movie – a classic it’s own right – with George C. Scott in the leading role of Ebeneezer Scrooge.
Students from all grades rehearsed regularly to perfect their roles in this year’s Christmas Show. It was a wonderful success – funny and meaningful for the spirit of the season! A special thank you to all those who made our Wigilia evening so meaningful!
The following day we took our learning outside the classroom! MIS had the opportunity to learn about Staropolska cooking traditions at Villa Intrata. We learned about the traditions of Polish cookings, and got our hands dirty in the kitchen making pierogi and kompot. It was certainly a reward to taste our creations. Some of our students were even featured in a piece for television.
And of course the holiday season isn’t complete without some ice skating! We had a wonderful time on a beautiful sunny day skating with friends!
Our humanities project week took place November 14-18. It was a sobering time of reflection on the life and times of the heroes in the book Kamienie na Szaniec. As an American, I was not familiar with the story, but with 3MIS as our teachers, I learned right along with our students.
Day 1 – 3MIS Taught us about the life and times of the main characters. We also watched the 2014 film by the same name and had a surprise visit from some of the actors in the film.
Day 2 – An excursion through the central part of Warsaw allowed us to see first hand where the young men lived and went to school. To see these places first hand helped bring to life the importance and message this book has for us.
Day 3 – We learned about “Fair Play” and some of the history of sport and tourism in Poland at the Olympic Center on the north side of town.
Day 4 – At the PAST building, we met with Mr. J. Jakubowski who taught us about his life as a child during the Warsaw Uprising. We also traveled to the Warsaw Zoo to learn about the efforts of the Zookeeper and his wife during WWII. Having read the book The Zookeeper’s Wife in English, I was particularly interested in seeing the home where so much history happened. An American film is being made about this same story and will be released in 2017.
Day 5 – Our final day was emotional as the students visited some significant historical locations including our heroes’ final resting places in Powązki Cemetery. Students used their time this day, to finalize their projects – interactive maps which are on display in the main hallway at school.
Project weeks are an excellent way for our students to deepen their knowledge about a particular subject. This week was a success for all, and we look forward to the next one.
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, USA, I always wanted to see more than my small corner of the universe. I have long had a fascination with travel and languages, from the time I was quite young. My first studies in college were in International Relations and trade. I studied languages and hoped to one day be tri-lingual. But life has a way of changing our best laid plans, and I found myself in the field of education. I was first certified to teach elementary education and students with disabilities, but I quickly felt the call of the international on my life. I returned to school for a Master’s degree in teaching English as a second language, and blended my two passions together. For 12 years I have been teaching in the Rochester, NY area. I have taught a wide range of grade levels and subjects, but primarily I have taught ESL. I believe in empowering students with language so they can fully experience the world around them. It has been a constant pleasure to work with and also learn from students of varying language backgrounds.
More recently I became an adjunct professor teaching both English learners at the undergraduate level and future teachers of English in a TESOL Master’s program. During the last year, I decided to make the switch from public schools to private work, where I’ve been blessed to teach children and adults from around the world. I’ve spent the last two summers in Poland trying to improve my Polish, and I haven’t had enough. I love Poland: the land and its people. I am very excited to be joining the Middle International School. With great anticipation, I am looking forward to this new opportunity. Together, my students and I will explore the world through the English language!
When I am not teaching, you can usually find me outside exploring. I used do long distance running, but have since shifted my efforts to hiking. I enjoy traveling, tennis, gardening, reading, studying languages, eating and cooking foods from around the world, meeting new people, and living life to its fullest.