Born in Switzerland, Katia S. has Mexican and Swiss genes. She is 30 and a great traveller: this lovely teacher has lived and worked in Switzerland, México and Denmark. Katia is a primary teacher since 2007. She works in a bilingual school in Copenhagen for 6 to 9 years old children.What an international background!
1. Who are you?
My name is Katia. I moved to Copenhagen in September 2014 to start my job at one of Denmark’s bilingual schools. My mother is from Mexico and my father is Swiss. I’m married to a Danish man.
2. What do you do?
I’m a primary school teacher. I obtained my teacher-diploma in Zurich, Switzerland and have been working as a teacher for 1st to 4th grade children, since 2007. After having grown up in Zurich, I was living and working in Mexico for the last 3 years.
3. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I always knew that I love to work with people. I was very interested in psychology as well as in sociology. I see the job as a possibility to make a change in the world, to accompany those little human beings during a very important time in their life – to help them navigate in our society, to keep them curious and show them how to find the answers to their questions.
4. What is the best part of being in contact with the children’s universe?
I love the fact that children from the age group, which I’m teaching are very honest, curious, creative and emotional. I can always learn from them as well as they can learn from me. The happiness and pride you can see on their faces, when they understand something or can notice an improvement, is really nice.
5. The best anecdote about your profession?
I love the honesty of my students. Whenever I have new hairstyle or new clothes, they will always say what they think about it. Things like “you look great with that new hair”, “I don’t like your new shoes” or even “You have to cut your nails” are my daily conversations. They can have strong opinions about almost everything! If you want a brutally honest feedback go into one of my classes!
6. Do you play games? Which is your favorite media?
During my childhood I didn’t really play games on computers and I never had a Gameboy or Nintendo… but I always enjoyed playing different games, where you had to improve your skills or to find the best strategy to succeed.
7. Do you think to allow your kid to play games is positive?
Yes. By playing games you don’t only have fun and learn whatever the game is teaching us but also focus, patience, consistency, to handle frustration and success, follow and understand rules, remember things, find strategies and much more.
8. What do you think about gamification? And, specifically, in education?
I play a lot with my students. I´ve been working in different cultures and with different age groups and what they all have in common is their motivation and joy when it comes to playing games. The challenge is to find the right games for your purpose. Learning with fun is definitely the best way to learn. There are some subjects and contents in school that require a lot of repetition and memory skills, what can become boring with time. Making a game out of the repetitive exercises works very well and is motivating for my students.
9. What do you think about Milk Hunt? How did you get to know it?
My friend in Copenhagen presented it to me. I immediately liked the idea of connecting math-exercises with a game. I like the fact that you can choose the difficulty level in math. I find it as well very motivating to get new challenges when one level is passed. The summaries are also very practical for us, teachers, or for parents, so they follow the child’s improvement. I believe Milk Hunt is a good alternative to other games, for those parents who allow their children to play on tablets/smartphones.
10. What is your score in the game?
Very poor!! My problem weren’t the math exercises but the actual playing skills with jumping and collecting milk.
I´m sure my students would win!!
Teacher in European bilingual school
By Ángela R.