This is an Erasmus + project that includes the following schools: - Vasaskolan. Kalmar. Sweden - I.E.S. Los Moriscos. Hornachos. Spain. - Liceul Teoretic “Sabin Dragoi”. Deva. Romania - Yalova Anadolu Lisesi. Yalova. Turkey - Gimnazjum nr 2 mi. Polskich Noblistôw w Gostyninie. Gostyning. Poland - Smith's Wood Sports College. Birmingham. United K...

Project Journal

  • Hi everyone, its Emma here from the UK. Sorry to steal Angela's log in but I'm having trouble accessing Twinspace from my own.

    So here at Smiths Wood we have delivered a presentation on role models, looking specifically at what constitutes a positive and negative role model to us. I wanted to adapt the original idea of role models to fit in with the culture of the area and get students to understand that there are many negative role models portrayed in media and in fact their own communities that can be a damaging influence to young impressionable people.

    It was fascinating to learn that most unhealthy role models are considered 'cool' by my student group and so I again adapted the lesson to include lots of discussion around where these ideologies come from. I have learnt that some students come from homes where there is little behavioural structure and some come from broken families, therefore good, positive role models are scarce.

    Our lesson continued with a look at a series of popular role models from history and more recently, as well as some unsavoury characters. Students worked in groups to identify the positive and negative aspects of each role model and put these into columns. I then discussed with the students my role model, my Mother and what made me feel this way. I feel that the emotional connection between myself and the students strengthened due to this brief insight into my life, which was a nice positive outcome. Finally, students were asked to draw pictures of their role models and to explain what aspects made them look up to these people. The results were wonderful and some made me quite emotional. Some children have so much going on in their lives at home, its amazing how strong some of them are!
    - Posted by Angela Braid, 27.05.2016

  • Hi,
    I just want to share some of our ideas in working with the activity Role models . As we hadn´t specified any special role models, different classes have worked with different kind of role models. In the fifth grade the pupils got an introduction about role models and then they got free hands to choose any kind of role models in their lives. Their choices were for example a grandpa, a sister, a football player, an actor they admired. They wrote a text and drew a portrait from a photo. The nine graders translated the texts into English.
    The students in eight grade got a random chosen classmate to write four positive qualities about on a poster with a portrait photo of the classmate. The results were very encouraging for the students. They felt good and were proud when they read about themselves
    Some students in the ninth grade will study and write about well known/famous role models. How do you work with Role models? Share your ideas!
    See you soon!

    - Posted by Bitte Gudmundsson, 28.04.2016

  • Hello,
    What’s up? Is everything going as planned?
    We are role models of the European cooperation in our Educational program. We mustn’t forget that. The activity now is to inspire our students to work with role models at different levels. We have discussed personal role models and of course international, well known ones from different fields like the human rights field, voluntary work, sport and media.
    I haven’t been very sociable these days not feeling so well but I’m looking forward to our next meeting. I think it would be good with a short report here in Twinspace from everyone. We have to support each other in the continuing work.
    Angela and I have been in contact. England has a big task to convince teachers to get involved but as you have such experience, Angela, the teachers can lean on you, only they have to do activities in some lessons. It doesn’t take a lot of time and the final step in “Read a film” is/was a skype lesson this might inspire the students/teachers to get more up to it?
    Katrin and Murat have had a skype session about “Read a film”. Has anyone else been in contact with each other? Just to skype and let the students meet to discuss something in our project is fun for the students. Our students were very enthusiastic after the Yalova Skype.
    We are also planning for the presentation of our town. Just now our 8th graders have been studying media and they will make a film about Kalmar in each class.
    Last Thursday we met the parents of our students who are going to Gostynin.
    Last week we had a course in AVmedia for us teachers in Erasmus and some of our colleagues. We will soon have Google education and that, I know, some of you are already familiar with.
    Well friends, try to give us a couple of minutes and tell us where you are in the project work and don’t forget to inform Agniezska about your trip. The students are eager on getting in contact with each other.

    - Posted by Bitte Gudmundsson, 19.04.2016

  • Hi, we have now finished our project "read a film"- how to watch a film with reading strategies at Vasaskolan. All in all, the students appreciated to work with the method reciprocal teaching and they very much enjoyed the final step we added; the Skype session. If there is anyone who would be interested in a Skype session- please do not hesitate to let me know so we can set a date. Looking forward to our meeting in Poland- see you all soon!! :-)
    - Posted by Katrin Jahrehorn, 12.04.2016

  • Finally! :-) The power point on how to use reading strategies when watching a film is now uploaded under pages. Hope that it will be of some help when watching "My name is Khan". Best of luck!!
    - Posted by Katrin Jahrehorn, 01.12.2015