Firstly, ı want to give some information about the national bird of Denmark: the Mute Swan
The National Bird of Denmark is the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) or Knopsvane (of course), made famous in the story by Hans Christian Andersen, "The Ugly Duckling".
In the 1920's the Mute Swan was nearly extinct, until in 1926 it became a protected species and has now regained its population and is seen all over Denmark and most of northern Europe.
They breed in colonies all over Denmark and are a magnificent bird to see.
At an early age the Mute Swan or cygnet is not always white and is usually an off-white, grey or brownish tint. Their beaks/bills are black and it is not until after their first year that they turn all white and the beak/bill gets its orange color.
This is where the Hans Christian Andersen story has its origins. Many Mute Swans are ugly ducklings – some cygnets are white, but most are not - but all Mute Swans are white when they mature.
And that is the story of the National Bird of Denmark.
The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is the national bird. Chosen by thousands of Danes in 1984 in a national election initiated by Danish Television. This beautiful and majestic bird is the largest bird here in Denmark and very common throughout the country.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Nazlı and me have been in Paris on vacation for a week and it was very amazing. we saw many plcaes there and ı felt as if ı was in Turkey in terms of streets, people, cafes, etc. French people were very nice and friendly to us. Although they cant speak English, they tried to help us whenever we asked sth. The funny part is that everybody we met asked whether we are from Spain, Italy or portugal and even some people stopped us to ask this question. Anyway, paris is really city of art as you can see many statues or old buildings in everywhere. The Louvre Museum is really very big and it took our whole day to see works like statues, paintings, Mona Lisa, and the flat of Napoleon Bonaparte. The next day we went to The Eiffel Tower and also many other places. we walked a lot in the streets of Paris and when we got tired, we stopped in one of the amazing cafes to drink coffee. I hope one day ı can go to Paris again...
Monday, March 7, 2011
ı want to talk about our teaching practice.
As for lessons, we observed math, English and music classes. ın math class, students made paperflies for learn how to measure. they made their own paperfly but they worked in pairs. while all of the students were flying their paperflies out of the classroom , two students were doing sth else in the classroom. when we asked them why they stayed in, they said that they forgot to do their homework and they wanted to finish their homework and then they would participate in flying paperflies later. ı was very surprised that they knew their own responsibilities and they did this without their theacher's saying anything about that.
ın English lessons, they listened a story and studied on this story. After they listened this story, they read the story from their books and wrote the story again with their own sentences and filled in the blanks in their books related to the story. Also, students knowledge of vocabulary is very good.
Most amazing lesson was music lessons. younger students were making rhythmes with their hands and with some instruments and playing games and older students were playing instruments and singing songs. Martin also made some classes listen classic music at the end of the lesson and they all lied on the ground and closed their eyes and took the pleasure of relaxing.
one more thing is that school was full of posters that studetns made. ı think they are really good at task based works and their products are amazing. they choose their topic and they prepare their demonstrations how they want.
All in all, it was a fantastic teaching practice. ı have a lot to tell but for now ı could write my first impressions.