Celeste Simões, teacher, materials writer and teacher trainer talks about her Image Conference experience and her workshop delivered with Helena Oliveira
- What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?
The sharing of ideas was the most important thing for me. Lifelong learning is necessary to keep you updated and informed in a professional sense, but for me it is also as essential as breathing. The Image Conference allowed me to refresh my skills and knowledge and learn new strategies and methodologies to become a better teacher and motivate my students.
- How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?
I’m used to attending several types of Conferences, both in Portugal and abroad, but this is the first time I attended a Conference entirely dedicated to the visual image.
- Sum up your talk briefly.
I shared my talk with my best friend Helena Oliveira, which was great, because we have similar ideas and beliefs and we’re quite used to working together (we co-authored 2 coursebooks). What we did was really something very simple: we showed examples of activities we created in our classes, from 1st cycle (10-year-olds) to secondary level (16-year-olds). So, people who attended our session could read the poems and stories they created using paintings or flashcards, listen to their voices describing their pets, watch their ad campaigns and understand their feelings through their drawings.
- What were the main discussion points to arise in The Image Conference?
For me the question now is: how can I implement all the excellent ideas I learned at the Conference? And another, very important one: how can I attend the next one in Athens?