C2 Learning/teaching/training activity (Tukums,
October 9 – 14, 2017)
We left Arad at 3 o´clock in the morning... some of
us extremely stressed, others relaxed and very talkative... We
stopped at Milan, where we entered the Latin atmosphere, smiling
and welcoming people, sunny day and of course a strong espresso.
Two hours later we took off to Riga where we were met by the
punctual Linda. We did not find the sun, but we found the
landscape shaped by autumn with a large array of yellow and
brown hues, it was very impressive. Common landscapes, but,
Latvia, was going to impress us later with its modernity.
At 4 pm accommodated, and tired because of the long way, we crossed
the street to a nearby restaurant, a place that became our
DAY 2- MONDAY
Like any other Monday, we had breakfast and, at nine o´clock
sharp, we were led by our host to the school from Tukums. We
were introduced by our coordinators, nice people, relaxed and
willing to find new things about the Mooodle system with the
hope of solving a part of their school´s problems. We were
presented the school, their educational system and the agenda of
After lunch we were presented Moodle educational platform by means
of a test about Latvia. It was nice to be students again and to
feel the thrill of a test.
At 2 pm we visited the Jaunmoku castle and museum where we searched
all the rooms to find Dorothy, a ghost…. The old story, a
haunted castle where a pregnant nanny that took her life because
of an unrequited love. Some of us saw her…. some didn´t……..we
The first day ended with a
festive dinner offered by our guests at TLH where we were
offered a variety of dishes, delicious and fast…
DAY 3 – TUESDAY
After breakfast at nine, the bus was in front of the hotel and we
were taken to school (German punctuality)
We were presented some information about Moodle and we were invited
to assist at Russian and Geography lessons. The students were
given a test, they proved that they can manage, they surfed the
internet for information, and they made it through. It was
interesting that there were some students for the first time in
school, they can move, the school being a second chance to
continue their studies.
At 10 D. Miska from Oxford University press, presented some
strategies that were meant to teach students to learn more
effectively, Learning to Learn, and to develop their abilities
and skills. Interesting presentation. We learnt some new things
At 1 p.m. we visited No. 2 Tukums Primary School; we were very
impressed by the material base existent there. We had fun, we
took part in a music lesson, a very interactive one. We danced
and sang - we had no choice… the atmosphere was so contagious….
We felt like kids again.
Tired in the evening we went to our dining room.
Same programme. At 9.15 we started. The Belgians were the first.
They presented their school and a very different system. It is a
different school, with many migrant students of various ethnic
and religious backgrounds trying to integrate in Flemish
society. The Croats were next and they presented the modern
methods used by them in the teaching and
process and the way they approach special needs students.
In the afternoon we set off to Slobenska Mansion, a magic place
surrounded by the colorful autumn landscape.
DAY 5- THURSDAY
At 9.15 as usual the activities started with an incursion into the
Moodle system, discovering ourselves the possibilities offered
by E-Learning, digital tools Leraning Apps - a modern European
At 11 we visited the Tukums Special School. We were impressed by
the warm welcoming of the students and teachers that even though
they have deficiencies, proved to have special artistic
aptitudes. They put on quite a show. We were really impressed.
They showed us that they were really good bakers, the girls-
we ate delicious cakes made by the students in the school´s
At noon we visited the castle
where we had the nice surprise of a classical concert offered by
a trio of music teachers (piano, violin, acordeon).
Every team suggested new strategies to prevent early school drop-out,
offering a model of good practices, each of us having the
possibility to see if the method can be applied in its school.
Certificates were handled to all participants.
The day ended with a festive dinner and a bowling game.
We said our good-byes, looking forward to meeting them again in
March, in our country
DAY 7- SUNDAY
In the morning we went by train
to Riga, the capital of Latvia. We reached a city that charmed
us with its mélange of old and new, a town that managed to hold
on to the traditional without ignoring the modern architecture.
Opera was on the sights that fascinated us with its grandeur.
Next to it is the monument dedicated to the Latvian heroes that
sacrificed their lives to protect their country.
A perfect relaxing moment, was given to us by the nearby park,
sadly the weather was not on our side. We tried to discover a
gem of the city, The House of the Black Heads, but it was being
renovated…. But we tried to find another landmark, The House
with cats, no luck, and when we finally found it, we were
soaking wet like …cats.
A perfect day ends with the perfect
cup of coffee, thinking of the next day, at home in Romania.