About nataliagrushko

My name is Natalia Grushko. I am a teacher from Ukraine. I live in a beautiful town called Zalishchyky that is washed by the Dnister River. I have been teaching Maths and Computer Science at gymnasium. I have taken part in pedagogical skills contests. I prepare students for competitions. Also, we write research papers together. We are actively engaged in project activities. I am happy to have such a wonderful profession. I have some hobbies. I like traveling very much because, as for me, it is great to meet new people from other countries and learn something about their culture and customs. Travel opens me up to brand new experiences. Also, I enjoy cooking and taking pictures. In addition, I really like solving logical tasks, mathematical puzzles and sophisms. I am creative and sociable. I enjoy taking part in various projects and finding interesting colleagues and friends. I am open for cooperation and communication. I will be glad to acquaintance.

Circles in a Dreamcatcher

“The subject of Mathematics is so serious that should we not pass on an opportunity to make it more interesting” – said famous French philosopher, writer, physicist, and mathematician Blaise Pascal. The best tool to accomplish this is art while the most important resource is the Europeana portal – it stores so many treasures it’s hard to count! My lesson plan focuses on studying circles and their elements, features, and properties. To make the learning process as effective as possible, we use the theory behind chemical and physical processes relating to paint, engineering constructions that relate to the properties of circles, and exciting coding that allows student to create fascinating patterns with circles.

Mathematics and art are connected in different ways. Mathematics itself has been described as an art motivated by beauty. Mathematics can be distinguished in such arts as painting, architecture, sculpture, and so on. The content of this educational scenario focuses on mathematics in the  visual arts.

Often great artists in their works used geometric shapes to enhance thought, to express a philosophical vision of the world, to more clearly convey their thoughts and experiences. Geometric shapes in the composition perform two functions: highlighting the main and combining elements of the image. That is why the resources of Europeana, which show the connection between science and art, are useful, important and necessary.

According to the curriculum, seventh graders begin to learn geometry. Which is difficult for them, because children are not yet very well developed spatial vision. Therefore, when learning complex and fundamental geometric concepts, in particular, such as a circle, it is necessary to give children information about its meaning and importance in everyday use, art, environment. And here the resources of Europeana are best suited. After all, children search in a safe environment, work with primary sources, get acquainted with the world’s artistic heritage, learn.

This learning scenario combines the teaching of mathematics with the fine arts. This activity also takes place in conjunction with the study of artistic culture, based on Europeana resources. This learning scenario is integration between project learning, STEM and distance learning. Students implement mathematical knowledge to learn about cultural heritage, and vice versa, they test mathematical  knowledge based on cultural  heritage.  And all this is happening with the active use of fine arts.  Students search for information in Europeana’s cultural heritage collections and create digital content, drawings based on problems and solutions they have developed using digital cultural heritage materials found in Europeana.

This interdisciplinary lesson aims to:

  • Motivating students to search for information and knowledge about cultural heritage on the Europeana portal
  • Checking the mathematical knowledge of students
  • Development of creativity and innovation of students, flexibility and adaptability and problem-solving skills
  • Development  of  students’  critical  thinking  through  the  creation  of  drawings  for  the  formation  of  their  geometric representations

The aim of this lesson is that students take an active part in solving problems with geometric concepts, outside the traditional way of learning. In addition, the added value is that the proposed tasks are based on cultural heritage materials, as they focus on the links between history, art, fashion and mathematics.

An interdisciplinary approach helped us combine the lesson with STEM and integrate it into our school curriculum.

I planned my learning scenario using distance learning technologies, because Ukraine is currently at war. Therefore, it is not possible to conduct lessons in an educational institution. The lessons included students who came from the occupied territories, as well as students who study in this class and are currently abroad.

Participants were able to use and access the platform Europeana, geogebra, mentimeter, Padlet, as well as learn to create a digital presentation and exhibition. Participants increased their interest, knowledge, creativity and research of works of art and ways of working in Europeana with real works of art and digital instruments. Participants were able to work in a team, use their critical thinking about the past and present and compare information on a particular topic. Participants were able to learn how the project works, what stages need to be passed and what material can be obtained used to create it. Participants were able to add their own ideas and support their opinions, as well as observe how others create and comment on their work. And finally – they were convinced that mathematics is the key to knowledge, the basis of the basics, its study is fascinating, informative and extremely important

I believe that it is worthwhile for children to hold such classes, even at such a difficult time. This allows students to develop, learn, move forward.

Space Adventures with LEGO

Lego models

Our work on the project “Space Is Our Future” continues. We have already launched a paper rocket, a helicopter, simulated the movement of the rocket, created 3D models. And what else would be interesting and informative to learn about space exploration? And here Ivan Savchynskyi came to my aid. The student is in the seventh grade. His hobby is Lego design. This has been his hobby since childhood. But now it has grown into the creation of animation.

It all started in July 2019. Then Ivan’s first cartoon appeared. Then the collection began to replenish. A YouTube channel has appeared. It’s called “amigos production” because “amigos” means “friends” in Spanish, and Ivan makes all the cartoons for his friends. The hobby is supported by the family. Mum, dad, younger brother help with the sound. The next stage of work was to create a site and organize movies by category. The site also contains tips for those who want to design films.

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Make a Paper Mars Helicopter


Students making paper Mars helicopters

Let’s dive into space!

Boundless, fantastic, mysterious – so distant and at the same time so close, so native and at the same time so alien space attracts us, inspires and motivates us to never stop exploring the space around us, ask difficult questions and seek answers, dream of discovering new worlds and believe in the existence of something really unexpected.

If you are interested in space, construction and research, then this post is for you! Our activity today is to create a cardboard rover for our own space mission.

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Space Is Our Future – Fly me to the Moon

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Learning scenario “Mission to the Moon: Fly me to the Moon” By Barry McGuire helped me to develop my own learning scenario in the “Aerospace in Class”

The purpose of my lesson is to involve and stimulate children to learn about rocket flight. The students designed and programmed the rocket to show the importance of aerodynamics. They also learned about various forces that can affect their missiles.

During this lesson, students:

• Identified the main features of rockets designed for space travel

• Identified the design features required for a safe space flight

• Created and made their own rocket

• Tested the flight of the missile they developed and reviewed the findings. The children watched the video “Launch into space”, https://www.airbus.com/virtual.html?uuid=9fe99504-d265-47a9-9b5c-ad74843ae7f4&title=Airbus-Foundation-Discovery-Space:-Launching-into-space created by the Airbus Discovery Space Foundation. After watching the video, the students discussed the word “Aerodynamics”. They discussed why one shape is more aerodynamic than another, and where they could see it in the world around them.

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Together to successful communication and learning

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The parent community is an important ally of the school in the education and training of students. Established cooperation of parents, teachers and students helps to create a classroom environment that provides opportunities to meet the needs of a child in cognition, communication and provides free expression in a variety of activities.

Therefore, as part of our project Space Is Our Future, training for parents was conducted. We have reviewed resources that can be considered for the study, research and deepening of knowledge about space. The resources which will give parents and students more inspiration on how to connect science, technology, engineering and math. It will help to find common topics for communication between parents and children, will make their joint leisure rich and complete.

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