Tomasz Wąsik’s assistantship can be considered
an example of the positive impact of mobility on
European education. His stay at Sandenskolan
enhanced his teaching skills, brought the realities
of European enlargement to a whole community and
shortened the distance between Poland and the
northern extremities of Sweden.
Tomasz Wąsik was fully prepared for his mission and
so was the host school. He planned, implemented and
followed up on his assistantship, proving himself a reliable
and dedicated professional. As a future teacher,
Tomasz Wąsik used his assistantship as an opportunity
to hone his teaching skills using diff erent approaches in
a variety of situations, and with diff erent age groups. He
gave all the pupils the possibility to learn the basics of
the Polish language as well as a chance to get to know
Poland, its history, socio-economic status and culture.
He designed multimedia shows called “Club-classes” to
stimulate debate and improve the pupils’ communication
skills while making learning as attractive as possible. His
main goal was to create a pleasant classroom atmosphere
and, at the same time, increase his pupils’ understanding
about the importance of learning a foreign language and
getting to know other cultures.
His colleagues and head teacher all agreed that he was an
asset to the school and that he went far beyond the tasks
originally assigned to him.
Sandenskolan in Boden has taken part in many European
projects and initiatives. During his stay, Tomasz took
an active part in establishing contact with a Polish
secondary school in Wawrzeńczyce, a village in south
western Poland, which resulted in a Comenius bilateral
project titled ‘Welcome to My Country’. Another important
outcome of his assistantship was the organisation of the
fi rst meeting of the Polish community in northern Sweden.
He was responsible for designing and providing practical
information as well as a database for the guests. This
event helped cement the bonds between the two countries
Even after his assistantship, Tomasz continues to collaborate
with his host school and acts as a guide during staff
visits in his native Poland. The school is now involved in
extensive cooperation projects with Poland and combines
them with pupil exchanges.
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