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Statistics and You: European Quality Schools

Juan Luis Salguero Rodríguez, from I.E.S. “Campos de San Roque”, who was awarded the European Quality label for a math project, conducted in English, explains;

The project:“ Statistics and you “ involved three schools: Gimnazjum im. Jana Pawła II w Krempachach, Poland, Scuola Media Statale „L.Sinisgalli” Potenza, Italy and IES “Campos de San Roque, Spain.

quality statisticsThe aim of the project was to use Maths in everyday activities and to improve the level of students’ English competence. Furthermore, for enhancing students’ media competence and better knowledge of culture in other countries in the EU.

Pupils from each partner school was to collect data about themselves, and other students like themselves. Hereafter, they collated it in simple statistic surveys. This, was then exchanged with their partner schools and evaluated. This way, we could apply mathematics to the everyday life of the students, their surroundings and family background, hereby developing a better understanding of each other. English language was to be used to develop the project, and learning about the use of this language, as a means of communication.

The project was divided in three steps:

First step was for the students to elaborate the questionnaires that they wanted to administer at a selected sample of students. Secondly, the statistical data, based on answers of 50 students in each country, was analyzed and interpreted. But it was also printed for presentations, by all of the schools. Third; on the 27th March we made a short movie called “One day of my life”. Time of each scene was proportional to time in a real life: 12 seconds = 1 hour. Allowing us to show and to compare a timetable of the student’s day in each country.

All the results were shown to the rest of the students, parents and other teachers during public presentations which took place in Poland and Spain on 29th April, and in Italy one week later.

Boarding Schools and Parents

Here is an article regarding Boarding Schools and the Parent – School relationship.

The boarding school doesn’t replace a parent.  The school is more like a sibling, or a mentor.  Partnering with parent, the school reinforces the parent’s voice. On the other hand, the boarding school can relieve the parent from having to constantly “enforce the rules.”  This may enable the parent to relate from what both parent and student find a more pleasant position.

A single parent, in particular, may find boarding school a mutually attractive option. Yet, the single parent is often most concerned about the appearance of this suggestion.

How, the single parent worries, will child will see it? The parent doesn’t want to be seen as wanting the child “out of the way.”  Or as saying the child “interferes” with the parent’s job or social life.  The parent may even feel guilty. Not wanting to appear insensitive, to the single parent it can seem there is no appropriate way improve the child’s educational opportunities. The child’s counselors and boarding school itself can help work though this issue. Often the parent is far more concerned than the child is about such appearances.

Where the child lacks a male role  model, boarding schools may enable the student to choose from a wide range of them.

Likewise parents enrolling a child into a specialty boarding school often times feel bad sometimes feeling that they had failed their child as a parent, ironically almost universally the opposite is true these parents are so dedicated to their child’s sucess that they are willing to spend Harvard tuition rates to give their child the professional assistance that they need. Some specialty boarding schools have excellent motivational and awareness coaches that conduct workshops and educational seminars for the parents of these once struggling teens the parents are not spectators in their childs growth and development they act as active participants. As the child progresses they parent (s) and child have opportunities to re-bond and oftentimes the student will thank their parents for holding them to higher standards and sacrificing much energy, financial resources, time for their behalf.