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1.en.10 Up and Down the stairs: Changing habits

With Núria, your art teacher,  you are working on Escher paintings, aren’t you? So you must be familiar with Escher’s stairs, which seem to take you nowhere. Imaginary buildings where  people  go up and down aimlessly.

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Last week, we went on a school tour. As people in Escher’s paintings we went up and down endless  stairs. The central stairway in our school is really beautiful, isn’t it? You had also the chance to go even further,  all the way to the tower.  The reward for so much exercise was a nice view from the top, wasn’t it? How many steps did you count?

In our school there is a Captura de pantalla 2013-10-27 a la(s) 1.34.18 PMlift. It was built a few years ago to be used by disabled people, for instance, people in  Captura de pantalla 2013-10-27 a la(s) 1.01.49 PMwheel chairs  or people with a broken a leg who have to use crutches We also have some ramps, to facilitate access to classrooms

Most students and teachers use the stairs. Going up the stairs keeps you fit and it is good for your health. If you could use a lift or an escalator, would you go up the stairs? Most of us probably wouldn’t.

In cities you can also find stairs, ramps and oftenCaptura de pantalla 2013-10-27 a la(s) 1.26.32 PM escalators, moving staircase devices for carrying people between floors of a building.

Next week we shall go on a city walk. You will observe Palma with new eyes.

  • Is our city adapted for disabled people?
  • Are there lots of stairs?
  • Are there  ramps to facilitate access to people with disabilities?

Can we change our habits by looking at things from a different perspective?

Stockholm, a beautiful city with a modern underground system they did an experiment to encourage people going up the stairs instead of choosing the escalator.

Can we change our habits  by making them fun? What the video an write a comment on your notebook

on Monday we’ll go on a walk in the city and one of your tasks will be  to find ways to improve city life.

What do you think of this idea?  Do you believe the  theory of fun might work?