Prepa Celtas’ News
From Claudia Molleda´s desk| Prepa Celta´s Principal
During February, we had many important activities, the celebration of Friendship Day (St. Valentine’s Day) was one of them; the students during their classes carried out very creative activities alluding to this holiday, but also from the point of view of constructing concept based learning, such as Creative Writing, a subject in which they approached LOVE from the not necessarily romantic vision, but of love in the interpretation of the social context in which we live and from different authors.
On the other hand, some 10th grade students entered the creative photography contest in which they performed famous fictional couples. Congratulations to Fer Abarca, Mariana López, Juan Pulido, Arturo Águila, Ana Ozaeta and Carmen Caballero!. Here are some photographs so you can admire the work and creativity of our youngest students.
Speaking of the importance of teaming up and community, we will be presenting in March #MyFreedomDay 2021 version, addressing issues on how to abolish modern slavery and how from a young age we can seek for freedom, but above all understand it and use it with much respect for ourselves and others. Undoubtedly, with this project we promote, many attributes of the IB learner profile as international mindedness, reflection, thinking, risk-takers, balance and good communication.
All our high school students are Celta´s pride!
Career-related Programme´s News
From Claudia Molleda´s Desk | CP coordinator
In recent days we´ve talked a lot about reflection, I believe that this is due to the great need that human beings have, to explain what happens in our environment, however, reflecting is not easy. Each mental process that we carry out requires a final reflection to understand why and what for, this leads us to draw routes that allow us to make improvements in our daily activities.
Social problems must be approached from different angles, make an analysis of each phenomenon, and understand how we can help change it from our position.
Another important moment to reflect on is about what we learn, being in school allows us to acquire certain knowledge and concepts that, by giving them some time at the end, allows us to generate a metacognition process in which we can understand their purpose.
I share with you the work of some of the teachers in our community.
From Alicia Silva’s desk | MYP Coordinator
On February 3rd, we had the opportunity to share with some of our families the way in which the different IB programmes are connected and how the philosophy of the IB can be visualized in activities as complex as those carried out in each classroom of our school and what happens behind the scenes in a class.
These types of spaces are designed so that they can see first-hand how the work of one programme connects with the next. This time I want to explain very briefly the relationship between the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Career-Related Programme (CP).
Through learning in the IB, students have the opportunity to acquire and practice skills that will be useful to them for the rest of their lives, adapting and supporting our students and their career aspirations. We help our students through the Personal Project in tenth grade or classes like Design to have a clearer idea of what they want to do. Within this last class the students work the design cycle where they understand the process of creation, planning and previous work of the entire cycle.
All acquired skills will be exploited and used to the fullest in CP helping our kids to follow exciting careers and that one day they become their profession by exposing them to ideas, experiences, contexts and product creation, understanding processes and perfecting their tools in the daily work of the classroom.
#MyFreedomDay: for a world without slavery
From Daniel Salazar and Juan Carlos Cruz| Social Sciences and humanities
Works from Prepa Celta´s students and Juan Carlos Cruz
Even if it’s forbidden in national constitutions throughout the world, slavery subsists in many modern ways of exploitation, such as human trafficking, forced labor, prostitution, debt bondage, illegal organ trade, child labor, among others. Mexico, for example, according to 2016 data, is the highest-rate country in Latin American regarding this topic: about 376,800 people live under these circumstances. Gaining awareness of this situation is perhaps the first step on the pathway for our society to build a more fair and dignified world for everyone.
This is the main reason why our Celtic community, as we did last year, is partaking in #MyFreedomDay this 2021. On the date chosen —March 16th— we will be reflecting upon the concept of freedom while participating with numerous schools around the world in this strive against oppression and modern slavery, as we understand it and approach it from different perspectives. With that said, we have set ourselves on this edition to generate a social media campaign, as well as other IT solutions, in order to promote fair, honest and responsible decision-making for collective well-being and dignity.
Come on and join us!
Mathematics learning in the IB
From Jhonny Rafael Pérez´ desk | Math teacher
The exercise of my teaching practice as a Mathematics Professor in the IB Career-Related Programme increasingly reinforces my conviction about the determining role of this subject in the development and consolidation of the attributes that define the profile of the student of the IB Learning Community. Certainly, the performance of students in the current school year shows their understanding that learning Mathematics is doing Mathematics, realizing that the concepts of this subject apply in real-life situations and are useful for solving problems in various contexts, because it is not an isolated discipline, but on the contrary, it is strongly linked with other areas of knowledge, not only in science and engineering, but also in economics, the arts and the social sciences.
Our students today conceive the learning of mathematics as a formative process that simultaneously allows them to acquire the knowledge of this subject and develop higher thinking skills to apply this knowledge to the analysis of situations in various contexts and solve real-world problems.
I could mention many learning experiences under the International Baccalaureate approach that have as protagonists the students of our School, doing Mathematics and creating models that allow:
- calculate the depreciation of a car, a tool or a machine.
- estimate the growth of a population or predict the behavior of a variable.
- create a decision-making model that will guide the amount of an investment.
- decide a credit plan or another.
- determine the quantity of products that will be made in a factory or sold in a store.
- analyze and interpret the equations of supply and demand for a product.
- use Statistics to describe a current event or phenomenon, such as the scene of the pandemic created by the coronavirus.
- learn to calculate and interpret different probability approaches as a measure of uncertainty to visualize probable scenarios in the future and make the best decision.
All this mathematical work has promoted the gestation of inquiring, creative, reflective students, possessors of critical thinking, capable of expressing their ideas with precision and accuracy, bold and persevering, capable of overcoming frustration and understanding that mistakes are part of learning and that they only lead them to open their minds to try other methods and to look from another perspective.
Today we form and educate so that our students know how to make decisions
From Jesús Avalos’s desk | Coordination of Psychopedagogy and interinstitutional relations
Our reality has completely changed in a very short time, in fact, we have had to change and adapt by leaps and bounds to the one we are presented with.
We have had to accelerate the assimilation and accommodation processes in order to understand the new current rules and dynamics.
Education is no exception. The socio-educational processes that students lived in their process of immersion in society, allowed them to go gradually and in due time, understand how they should act and where to go, however, all that has also changed.
Today, more than ever it is important for students to understand that their preparation is focused on learning to make decisions.
There will be no good or bad decisions, there will simply be consequences that will awaken in them momentary or permanent emotions that will generate paths that give them the peace of moving naturally or tiles that screw them into unnecessary suffering.
Part of the philosophy as a school with an international vision and with IB foundations is that our students recognize their abilities and qualities to function as citizens of the world in the present.
Let’s stop justifying young people that their age does not allow them to transform the world. From their birth they already do. Let’s break stereotypes and help our students learn to make focused decisions and with the emotional resources necessary to take responsibility for what they do.
Deciding, is everything, learning to take responsibility for what we decide, will be the key to conquer our dreams.
Dates to remember
• MARCH 16th – #MyFreedomDay
• MARCH 16th – 19th – Art Week