READ in Europe

During this project the participating students from the partner countries introduce themselves, their schools and their towns and countries. They will cooperate on compiling a questionnaire on each other's reading habits and preferences, demonstrate their findings and will compare it with the other partner countries' results. Afterwards, ...

2nd teacher training in Spain

The  joint teacher training event  of the second project year took place in March 2017 in the Spanish partner school with the participation of 3 teachers from each school. The main purpose of this training event was to equip teachers with methods and practices they can exploit during the implementation of project activities. As the second project year mainly focuses on developing speaking , writing  and drama skills during this training session teachers got acquainted with tools and techniques in connection with teaching and developing these skills efficiently. The main methods we used during this training event were peer teaching, interactive workshops, presentations, observations and cooperation in smaller multinational groups. Participating teachers demonstrated good teaching practices with the help of Spanish students using different types of speaking activities and drama games. They did it by taking part in joint teaching sessions during which teachers of two partner schools jointly had lessons with Spanish students. It was an extremely useful activity as we could get our partners acquainted with different techniques we use for teaching speaking  skills. The different partners focused on various activity types based on the agreement made prior to the mobility. Before the joint teching sessions, the pairs of partner countries jointly elaborated on a lesson plan planning all the activities with great details. All the lesson plans and activities created for these lessons were compiled into a booklet and shared online. Prior to the meeting students had read ’The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde on which the speaking tasks and drama games were based.
Teachers visited school departments and facilities and got an insight into the Spanish educational system and the different teaching methods, programmes and project activities that Spanish partners take part in.
The teachers also took part in a creative writing workshop with lecturer, Schulyer Hedstrom who has been working as an actor, director and  educator in Madrid. He also works as a teacher trainer providing advanced education for bilingual Primary and Secondary school teachers across Spain. During this workshop participants learnt to tap into their creative energies and explore some specific writing techniques and exercises. Through group work, individual writing and peer critique this session helped increase our writing confidence.
During the project meeting the teachers agreed on the exact activities students would have to complete by the next meeting in Italy. They have also decided about the tool, target groups, deadlines and questions of the mid-project evaluation as well as about other project activities (creative writing competition, project newspaper and translation competition).
A Teachmeet session was also organized, where all countries presented two different drama games which are successfully used in their everyday teaching practice. These drama games were performed by the participating teachers and they  were also recorded.
The teachers  also visited school FEC, Santa Joaquina de Vedruna in Madrid. It is the biggest of the 31 schools which are part of FEC. We had a lecture on „Teacher training mode of FEC”. Teachers take part in continuous training and evaluation aimed to improve their competences in different fields. We also met two colleagues and exchanged ideas about their educational and project experience while visiting school after the lecture. We had the insight into the everyday life of the school, and learned that a huge institution is bound up on the basis of the shard values. We learned that studies of the students are based on project work. These projects are shared and followed by the different grades on their own level.
Teachers took part in a field trip to the town of Almagro and had a chance to visit the oldest open air theatre, Corral de comedias de Almagro (“Courtyard  theatre of Almagro”). The building is the best preserved example in the world of the corral de comedias of the 17th century..
During this teacher training the six countries commemorated about  the 30th anniversary of Erasmus projects with a conference at a local Mayor Hall with the kind participation of the Mayoress, the Educational Head of Tomelloso, as well as some further educational experts. Countries performed presentations about their own experiences related to different kind of Erasmus projects, enlightening the positive and fruitful outcome of the related projects. Even students from the local school presented an insight into their student-exchange memories. The conclusion was, that Erasmus projects provide both teachers and students with unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.
After the meeting the participating teachers used the acquired methods and skills in their everyday teaching practice and also had demonstration lessons for their colleagues from inside and outside their institutions in order to disseminate results and findings. All the produced activities are made public online through different dissemination platforms.


The materials created by the teachers:

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