Integrate Culture to Entangle Students in this Hybridization
The first thing we find when accessing the Public School of Infant and Primary Education ‘Antonio Palacios ‘ of O Porriño (Pontevedra) is a book of signatures in defense of the environment . The support that adults and students use to write a supporting text.
This window open to ecological awareness was an idea of students of sixth grade of primary education.
This group of students, who called themselves’ the Cooltureco’, he had achieved thanks to his commitment, work and behavior the involvement of more groups of the center and other centers in the deployment of actions, messages and behaviors of denunciation, awareness, protection and care of the environment.
The most daily evidence that many students distinguish better, and in more detail, two mobile phone models than two tree leaves, activated in Miriam Leirós , tutor of sixth grade, and in her classmate Nuria Rodríguez , the need for a new proposal curriculum that will integrate culture and ecology and ‘entangle’ students in this hybridization.
Thus arises the Project ‘ Cooltureco ‘(“Cultur” + “eco”, and replacing “cul” with the English expression ” cool “). A didactic-ecological-cultural initiative organized for two groups of sixth grade of primary school, with two tutors in front.
Miriam : “I consider culture and ecology two essential axes in the formation of the person, their presence in the curriculum is increasingly needed.
At recess I listened to sixth and even minor students, singing ‘reggaeton’ all the time, I asked them, then, to sing other songs to me and they didn’t know, they didn’t know more; the same happened with the cinema, they only saw commercial blockbusters devoid of content, so I thought it was necessary to pay attention in this regard. We wanted them to know other options.
On the other hand, ecology has always been a vitally important content for me. Years ago I had a project in which I worked language and mathematics through the reduction, reuse and recycling of plastics, the project we called ‘ PlasticOFF ‘ . Now I believe that concrete actions are fine, but I also believe that in order to generate a change of direction in the care of the planet, we must awaken in students the desire and the need to take care of nature, contacting it, making it known . We must make them see that their actions, those of their families and those of the rest of society have consequences, that we are destroying our planet by leaps and bounds. ”