Quest'anno i nostri vincitori sono davvero prodighi di parole.
E la lettura dei loro resoconti ci permette di chiudere gli occhi e immaginare di essere stati a Cambridge, tutti insieme.
Ecco l'esperieza di Gennaro Lorusso.
To be honest, before leaving I expected to attend a simple training course, just more interesting than the ones I usually attend in Italy. I was completely wrong. Nothing in this experience has been “simple”. I have to say it has been absolutely thrilling. Everything. First of all I met Patrizia, Maria and Giovanna, the other Iantorno winners, and it was really nice to talk about the lessons we had created for Premio Iantorno contest.
I attended the “Creativity in the classroom” course and I was the only man among twelve ladies, one of them was Patrizia, and someone called me “the best man in the class”, not bad at all since you can be the worst even when you are alone. Our teacher, Jim Carmichael, was just grand. My classmates from all over the world proved also to be additional teachers since I grew professionally simply by comparing my own teaching experience with their own.
Well, this is the only sad note: after comparing the school systems of other countries (all of them!) with ours, the working conditions, the number of students in a class and so on, you understand how poor and pitiful the situation of our school is at the moment. And the fact that this kind of training courses, high qualified and absolutely fundamental for us, are granted by Zanichelli and not by the Italian government tells everything about the interest our great political minds show in training and motivating teachers.
I have got an idea: maybe Zanichelli should grant a Bell scholarship to some of our great politicians, and maybe, once in Cambridge, after realizing (will they realize?) the appalling state of our school, we could hope for a serious reform plan of the whole system. Is it asking too much?
Anyway, I am here to celebrate and to thank Zanichelli for this wonderful opportunity. I am not going to repeat things already mentioned in the reports of the other colleagues. I can only say that this experience will stay with me for the rest of my life. I liked everything in Cambridge: the colours of the market, the parks and green areas (long long walks I had there), the pubs (let’s be honest, the pubs! Cheapest pint of Guinness in The Boathouse by the way!), the hard but funny study in the class, Homerton college itself with the Great Hall where we had our meals in an environment reminding us of Harry Potter, the wonderful people I met there (not only my classmates, but everyone else attending Bell courses, the teachers, the considerate and caring staff), the river, the cream teas and… Batman Street. Well, right, originally it was Bateman Street, but who cares? Just pretend you don’t know. Poetry needs creativity…