Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tribute & sorrow : Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla

Tribute at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
in Parkland, Fla.
credits: Associated Press Reports

There is no fire like greed,
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,


words of

It was Valentine's Day! A special day for teenagers. It's a festive day at school! Teens and teachers include it into school curriculum.

"It was just a brief 'Happy Valentine's,"

Tyra Hemans, a 19-year-old student

Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
in Parkland, Fla. 
credits: Wilfredo Lee / AP

However at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, this afternoon has left 17 teenagers and teachers dead and numerous others injured. They were fatally shot by a 17 years-old ex-student.

How can a 17th teenager be armed? 

He claimed the lives of students with their whole lives ahead of them, along with those of the teachers who tried to protect them.

credits:  Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock

I don't forget Sandy HookI have no words, I am devastated, absolutely devastated every time I read about a new shooting at an American school. I have no words.

The news said that it was the 18th school shooting since the 1st January? Is it possible?

As a teacher, I can feel the sadness and sorrow of the families so as the anger young people and families who lost their friends, schoolmates, teachers and beloved sons.

Students grieving each victim
credits: Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

In the days since the shooting, many students are frustrated at the expectation that nothing will change.

How it's too easy to enter school buildings? - some students and parents are asking, I read. Me too, I asked myself.

Grieving students
credits: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images

Some are questioning whether adults really understand the pain they are feeling. They are children. They believe in peace and a world without guns.

“There should not be lives lost in schools like this.”

I believe that children, teachers, parents and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting must keep their privacy. So I don't mentionne names or publish photos of the victims.

 Grieving students, parents and teachers
credits: Giorgio Viera/EPA

Once again, I repeat North's words: 

"It is our job to watch over the children of the world and keep them safe. For as long as they believe in us, we will guard them with our lives." 

North, Rise of the Guardians

It will be so difficult for students and teachers to come back to high school in  a few days!

A student wrote: "RIP and fly with the angels. You will be greatly missed, and we will always love you and celebrate your beautiful life."

May the teens and families take a breath to handle this horrendous sorrow!


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Schools : Pyeongchang 2018 : Olympic Winter Games & resources

credits: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Pyeongchang 2018 officially opened on Tuesday 8 February with the traditional Olympic Games Opening Ceremony seen by three billion people around the world. More than 35,000 professionals were involved on the night with the show featuring 12 samba schools and over 5,500 costumes.

Winter Olympic 2018 Open Ceremony
credits: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games began in PyeongChang last Friday 8 February 2018.

PyeongChang 2018, is an ongoing international multi-sport event hosted by the country of PyeongchangSouth Korea

"In an often divided world, sport is a unique and important connective tissue that binds people together, both across and within societies."

Mark Ein, WEF

North and South Korea competitors
credits: Matthias Hangst, Getty Images

Athletes from 92 countries, including competitors from North and South Korea, were welcomed for the Olympics Opening Ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

Nearly 3,000 athletes entered the stadium during the Opening Ceremony. The last nation to enter was Korea, with athletes walking behind a unification flag.

Olympic Winter Games 2018 will end the 25 February 2018. Schools all over the world are include this huge event in school curriculum. No doubt.

Winter Olympic Games 2018/ Pyeongchang 2018
credits: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Some information:

The Olympic Truce was reintroduced at the modern games in 1994, and it remains an ideal of the Olympic movement, with a related UN resolution passed every two years before each Olympics.

The country was selected as the host city in July 2011, during the 123rd IOC Session in DurbanSouth Africa

It marks the first time that South Korea has hosted the Winter Olympics, and the second Olympics held in the country, the first being the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

credits: Photo Illustration Getty Images 5 by Kim Bubello

The games feature 102 events in fifteen sports, including the addition of big air snowboarding, mass start speed skatingmixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skying to the Winter Olympic programme

A total of 2,952 athletes from 92 National Olympic Committees are slated to compete, including EcuadorEritreaKosovoMalaysiaNigeria and Singapore.

Olympic flame
AFP/ Getty Images

  • Olympic flame:
In the context of the modern Games, the Olympic flame represents the positive values that Man has always associated with fire. The purity of the flame is guaranteed by the way it is lit using the sun‟s rays. The choice of Olympia as a departure point emphasises the link between the Ancient and Modern Games and underlines the profound connection between these two events.

Winter Olympic 2018 Open Ceremony
Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images


"The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."

Teachers are including into their lessons the Olympic Winter GamesEvery four years, the Olympic Games create worldwide excitement of athletes from across the globe compete for a prestigious place on the podium. 

With stories of hard-work, determination, sacrifice, Olympians are great role models for students of any age to show that 'practice, practice, practice' is the way to achieve their goals.

Chloe Kim/ Gold Medall
credits: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images


"Sport’s role in reducing conflict can be traced back to the creation of the Olympic Games."

Of course, teachers can't lose this splendid event! Such a great subject to talk about some values and beliefs: courage, self-estime, confidence, effort, work, solidarity, fellowship,mutual support. Sport teachers for sure. But why not Languages, Geography, History in a cross-curricular project?

Canada team Figure Skating
Canada took Gold in the Team Figure Skating
credits: Getty Images

Winter Olympic Games 2018
credits:  Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

So many young people, girls and boys who raise the flags from their countries proudly and fighting for a medal! 

I am sure that a lot of students will want to talk about Olympic Winter Games 2018! Asian students are the luckiest because most of them are at the Olympic stadium with their parents or teachers as visitors or participating as volunteers.

Pyeongchang 2018 Passion Crew Volunteering
credits: Getty Images

But there will be a big number all over the world that are watching live on TV or online, day by day, following their favorite athletes and sports. And the most curious will know a lot about Olympic Winter Games, the athletes, sharing ideas,
in the classroom.

Aljona Savchenko pair Figure Skating
credits: Getty Images

“I feel free on the ice, I love the atmosphere,” (...) “It’s hard to explain, but when you go to a competition you are going to work, but you are doing what you love. I enjoy every second of it, the adrenaline flowing, the public giving you energy and you giving it back.”

Aljona Savchenko

Winter Olympic Games 2018
credits: Getty Images

I picked some of the best Olympic-themed teaching resources to help you encourage both individual achievement and teamwork, while inspiring your students to strive for gold in the classroom. Wow! It will be amazing.

  • The teen hero : Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim/ USA 
Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

“I knew that if I went home with a gold medal knowing I could do better, I wasn’t going to be satisfied,”

Chloe Kim

The exuberant Southern California native has a phenom’s resume! She's the youngest snowboarder to earn a gold medal at the X Games - in 2015, at age 15 - and the first female athlete to land back-to-back 1080s (three full revolutions in the air) in competition. 

After missing out on the 2014 Sochi Olympics because she didn’t yet meet the minimum-age requirement, Kim won a historic gold in the women’s half pipe at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics at age 17. 

The 17-year-old U.S. snowboarder dominated the women’s half pipe competition winning gold in her first Winter Olympics.

Chloe Kim
credits: AP Photo/Gregory Bull

The American teen sensation who began snowboarding at age 4 in California, became the youngest half pipe medalist in Olympics history on Tuesday in South Korea by racking up the two highest scores in the final.

“She rides with incredible style and goes huge,” (...) “She’s at the pinnacle right now.”

Jake Burton, snowboarding legend

Chloe Kim/ Liu Jiayu/ Arielle Gold
Podium women's halp pipe
credits: Getty Images


As I wrote about Olympic Games London 2012 and Olympic Games Rio 2014Here are couple of ideas and resources to include into school curriculum about  Pyeongchang 2018

  • Video Olympic Games history:

  • Video What are the Olympics (cartoon for kids)

  • Google doodles
Google is publishing a Doodle every day since the Opening ceremony Olympic Winter Games 2018.  There will be a total of 17 different designs.

For the next few weeks young students will stop on Google browse to keep up with all the action from the Doodle Snow Games! 

Kids can activate the whimsical, animal-based sporting animations by simply clicking on the play button at the centre of the designs.

screenshot Google Doodle Snow Games
Olympic Winter Games/ Day 1

Google Snow Games Doodles will be a lovely digital resource to motivate kids at Primary education to the different snow sports. They will love and learn about snow sports and athletes.

Languages/ Geograpy/ History:

  • The Olympic Charter to download here to be discuss in Languages curriculum. Ask your students to write a youth charter by themselves.
    • Torch video here to be include into sciences curriculum.

    The Olympic Winter Games will be updated! Teachers and students wil have news and stories  to be informed every day about sports, athletes,  countries, medals, results, mascots, torch relay
    photos, videos.

    Other Resources for Teachers: Pyeongchang 2018 website

     PyeongChang 2018 Official App screenshot

    • Apps:

    Olympics Android

    Olympic Channel

    Don't lose the great opportunity to develop a cross-curricular project that students and teachers can share with other colleagues and parents at school at the end of  Pyeongchang 2018 next 25 February.

    Later, next 8 March, I will try to be back with Pyeongchan 2018 Paralympics

    "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal"



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