A project in the making
And we’d very much like that YOU:
- New graduate who wants to become an English teacher in the Spanish Education System
- English teacher
- preparing for the competitive exam.
- with a permanent position at secondary —or primary— level.
- who has been —at any given time— a member of the panels for the competitive exam
- Professional and would-be professional
- with an interest in the state of the teaching and learning of English in the Spanish State Sector at any level.
- located in Spain and interested in activities, services & resources in English & Spanish.
become an active part of the Poppies project.
How you can take part
- Register to receive our posts.
- Share the post on your social media.
- Write a comment, telling us what you would like to find here.
- Tell us about your experiences in the exam or the classroom.
- Share what you do in your classes.
- Share any other resource, information, etc. you consider may be of interest.
You can watch this presentation in Spanish https://view.knowledgevision.com/presentation/8eb65a2b9adb470cb89f9d7f66dc7356
And read more about POPPIES below
What it is and what it stands for
- An acronym
for Preparación Oposiciones Profesores-Pública Inglés Enseñanza Secundaria.
And a blending
Between English & Spanish
- turning this Spanish acronym into the English word “poppies”, i.e., “amapolas”, in Spanish.
- As many of you will know —in case you don’t, you can find out more about it here Poppies, in Britain, are the symbol of remembrance. In this line, I’d like POPPIES to be a symbol of remembrance and homage to all those educators who came before us and made a difference, and to those, in general, who long and care for education and the improvement of their fellow human beings, particularly their children and young people.
- But POPPIES is also a blending because we are going to be using and publishing both in English and in Spanish. Since the blog is about the teaching of English in the Spanish State Education System, and services, courses and activities in English and Spanish. So it seems appropriate to mix both languages. That’s what we do in my family, too.
Between past and present experiences
- It is also a blending between past and present experiences. Indeed, the Poppies’ blog is a blending and a development of what started as Sls Hallam’s Teachers blog.
- Last, but not least, POPPIES is a blending because the idea originated back in 2012 and developed further in 2014, when I, Paloma, was doing an online course on “B-learning management & design” at the UNED. Ever since I started writing the topics for the list of themes which were repealed on 7th February 2012 I had been mulling over the idea of “blending” the three parts of the competitive exam and that course helped me shape the idea better. It is still in the making, and I hope it will be, like learning, a life-long process.
What it aims to be
Yet, Poppies seeks to be more than just another B-learning, E-learning or face-to-face course preparing candidates for the competitive exam.
Poppies, above everything else, aims to be:
A B-learning platform
- Where people who are preparing for the exam exchange their work, experiences and ideas to learn more, help one another to improve —and thus get better in so doing— and get better prepared to successfully meet the challenges of the competitive exam.
- Where any education stakeholder and life-long learner can contribute in any way to:
- Help the candidates for the competitive exam.
- Exchange ideas to implement in our classrooms.
- Discuss our education concerns and needs.
- Suggest ways to improve the system and our teaching practice.
- Make State-schools indeed offer a 21st Century education for all. (You can read about my “vision” in the following posts:here here here and here
- Exchange information about courses, activities, resources, services, etc. in English and Spanish.