Originally posted on Prayers and Piazzas: I never meant to climb to the top of the Duomo in Florence, but then I did. And, as often happens while traveling, this accident turned into a very special memory. I wandered the…
The Gran Premio d’Italia took place today at the Mugello circuit, 20 minutes drive from Florence. In Moto2, former Scuola Toscana student Tom Luethi, from Switzerland, arrived at the 4th place, after the first two laps in the lead.
Tom Luethi, with n.12, 3rd after Zarco and Baldassarri
It is not that Tom Luethi’s ability has to do with the fact that he learned Italian at Scuola Toscana, but just to let you know that we are proud of our students ..!
Florentines seem to be really passionate about city competitive walks, marathons, half-marathons and the like. As soon as spring arrives, almost every Sunday there is some competition open to all, amateurs and professionals. It must be said that, if it is true that Italian do not excel in organizing (more serious) things, these events are organized perfectly, with off-limits roads, closed parkings, fenced sidewalks, cancellation of buses etc. – everything for the event to go smoothly.
For those who are not participating, that’s their problem.
I do not know why, but “our” square of Santa Croce is regularly chosen as the starting point and final goal for all these races (did not we have a stadium?)
As for those of us who use to work in the area on Sundays – sorry, this is not contemplated, it is a great festival of sport and everyone has to make party: now there is even a disc-jockey who starts babbling at 8.30 AM (for the few remaining inhabitants of the center, who maybe would like to sleep on Sunday morning, who cares).
Well, the show is beautiful, as you can see from the photos but … Sunday being the only day the center is open to traffic, we at Scuola Toscana use it not only to do our preparation work, but also to make our small deliveries (bulky rubbish, old furniture, some supplies), … but during the marathon season – forget it. The area is only reachable by walk, and with some effort… We have to keep at school all the old stuff, until next winter comes..!
We are not high-tech fanatics at Scuola Toscana, we are really convinced that the human being is at the centre of the teaching/learning experience and you do not need much more, therefore we invest a lot in teachers, in their improvement and in their well-being – not so much in technical items.
Anyway, whiteboards are basic tools of the trade for a school of Italian, while you can deliver a good lesson even without any support, just with your voice and your teaching skills, a piece of something where you can write down some words helps a lot. And the mood of the teachers (and of the students as well) improves a lot when they can write on a new, smooth, ample surface, like this.
A checkered surface, where you can even study chess problems…
Thi is the second board we replace this year, and the biggest, (2mt x 1mt). This one comes from an Italian firm, Ligra, and the specs say : “magnetic matt white enamel / enamel steel whiteboard processed at 800 ° ideal for the screening, it can also be used for writing with felt pens , erasable with umid cloth” – which -if true – would be a fantastic gift for your director, as these boards become very hard to be cleaned over time… let’see !