Juan de Lanuza School,
educating with passion since 1978.
Educating and training the young people of the future, from 2 years to the University doorstep.
TO BE TO KNOW TO CREATE
Projects and methods
Juan de Lanuza School’s innovative character has gradually shaped its Education Project, taking inspiration from authors such as Freinet or Rodari, positive psychology, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and Spencer Kagan’s cooperative learning, among others. They all structure the basis of our project, which holds its Emotional Education Program as a strong pillar that guides the educative team’s attitude and seeks to be a model for the students.
Innovation has always been a differential element in Juan de Lanuza, and has thus marked the itinerary of an educative team involved and concerned with the continual improvement of the students’ education and in constant and permanent process of evaluation, training and improvement.
Our educative policy is based on a process of continuous quality improvement, encouraging the teachers’ constant training in new education paradigms, which allows us to adapt our project as a Centre, hence responding to current educational challenges and adapting our structure to the specific needs of families and students.
This compromise with educative innovation peaked at the creation of the Juan de Lanuza Educative Innovation Professorship, brought to life with the University of Zaragoza.
COME AND LET´S TALK:
Respect and Coexistence
PROJECT STUDENT STUDENT AND STUDENT MEDIATOR
In the year 2015/2016 it was implemented the program of prevention and resolution of conflicts in coexistence, personalized and designed by our Team of Counselors, for the Center. The results obtained from the beginning of the program, both in the participation of the students and the teaching staff, and the positive interventions of the assistant students and the mediations carried out have both been very satisfactory.
READING AND WRITING IN ENGLISH. Synthetic Phonics
Synthetic Phonics is a method of phonetical reading and writing used in our school for the learning of English. Besides from the good results in the students’ levels of English, it has been a great back-up for us to find out that, after years of investigation, the Government of the United Kingdom approved by law this method to teach reading and writing in English as a native language in their schools.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN MY SCHOOL
Entrepreneurship in my School (EME) is an educative program coordinated by Valnalon in cooperation with Ibercaja and the Government of Aragón, aimed at the third cycle of Primary Education. During the school year, the students create and manage a cooperative.
The setting up of the cooperative is carried out following in every sense the real steps of the process: creation of a product, market study, coming up with a name and a logo for the enterprise, choosing of representatives, administrative certificates, creation of statutes.
In their cooperative the pupils, by classes, manufacture products that are sold once a year, in a market or fair celebrated in Zaragoza. EME favours the development of skills related to communication, analysis of the physical environment, creation, coexistence and citizenship, and new technologies.
It is a program where the different areas included in the curriculum of Primary Education are comprised in a globalized way, practically easing the development of different basic skills.
Each activity will be a new challenge that will start with the integration of cooperative groups and with a process of analysis in order to extract conclusions, both personal and group-wise; the school year finishes with the market and the closing of the balance account.
The calculation method ABN (Open Number Based Algorithms) promotes numerical sense, calculation and problem solving through direct experience and the handling of objects and the actions they perform with them, everyday objects such as toothpicks, buttons, pegs or rubber floors numbered from 0 to 9, since this direct experience can not be replaced by verbal learning that forces an abuse of memory, and that fails to make sense of what has been learned. The child must build their own learning, be an active agent of their learning, and it is we, the school, who are in charge of providing these experiences so that the children can build mathematical knowledge about what they already know and about those situations to which They have already found an explanation, about what has already made sense for them.
Why all students are required to learn the same, in the same way, at the same time and at the same pace, if each student has their capacity, their style and their pace of learning, instead of appreciating as meritorious?
School of Computational Thinking
We are aware that for a few years and increasingly, there has been a boom in the world of education to do educational activities related to programming and robotics.
We are convinced that sooner or later there will be a revision of our educational law to accommodate the learning of these subjects. In our case, since 5 years we have been betting on these subjects because we are convinced of the potential they have in the integral development of our students, and especially in terms of thinking skills and stimulating their creativity.
After the inclusion of subjects of programming and educational robotics for 4 years both in Primary and Secondary and Baccalaureate, the logical evolution from a conceptual point of view was the creation of a space where students could meet, individually or in groups , sharing knowledge, where they could create projects not only putting into practice what they have learned, but daring with new challenges.
New Venture Today
In order to prepare students even better so that all of them succeed in society, and become leaders of their own future, our Baccalaureate students carry out social responsibility practices.
New Venture Today is about creating learning environments that provide them with situations to develop skills, habits and skills that make them feel better with others, with themselves, as well as being prepared to face the future with more tools. Practices that bring them closer to what is happening in the world.
It is a international project that seeks a greater contact between our students and foreign students in American classes, enabling them to work in common projects and get to know each other’s customs, working methods, etc.
The Spanish students become integrated in the class with American students. For more than four years, Juan de Lanuza School has been collaborating with School Year Abroad (SYA), an American High School located in Zaragoza, carrying out different international activities.
The purpose of the program is to unite Spanish and American students in a continuous dialogue about their own culture and that of others. Besides from the advantages implicit in this variety of students, another aim is to encourage students to cross the conventional boundaries of schools, languages and cultures and make friends outside the classroom for academic, cultural and social purposes.
The content of the class consists of linguistic, geographic, cultural and current issues, so that it can capture the attention of any student who aspires, on the long term, to a career in diplomacy, international relationships, human rights, arts and cultural studies.
Complement to the Title
Throughout the academic life of the student, the activities, challenges, awards, certifications, projects etc in which a student can participate, offered from the School, are many and varied. The baggage that a student takes to graduate, not only at an academic level but also at a personal level is clear, but has not been certified so far.
The Complement to the Title is a certification, issued from the school, which collects all the achievements obtained by a student at all levels, demonstrating their development as a citizen of the world, student and person.
The JdL Work Experience project aims at offering pupils in 4th ESO and 1st Bachillerato an experience in an adult and working environment where they will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and their personal and social skills. It is not intended as training for a particular career, but it can be used as a part of their preparation for their future area of interest and bring them closer to the world of work.
Students are encouraged to observe the structure of the place of employment and the working conditions of various types of employees. Occasionally, they will be given simple tasks to do and at the end of the project, all participating students receive a certificate attesting their work experience.
The pupils are not allowed to be paid for their work experience since it takes place during the school year and is part of their education. In all workplaces approved by the school management, the school insurance covers the pupils for the whole period of the work experience.
Companies which have welcomed students from Juan de Lanuza in the past include: Bureau Veritas, Central de Reservas, Oerlikon Soldadura S.S., Kirei Viajes, GRB Mixers, COPO Zaragoza, Fundación Piquer.