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Europäische Konzepte zur Unterrichtsoptimierung der MINT Fächer
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We want to improve our teachers' skills in the field of STEM subjects. Having attended several courses as part of a workforce training programme abroad and in Germany, we decided in agreement with our fellow colleagues from our school to implement measures focussing on the improvement of our STEM teachers' didactic and methodological knowledge, as we want to achieve the best balanced educational level for our students including the latest European developments. Another reason for these further training measures is our aim to make STEM-based subjects more interesting and productive for female teenagers as it is generally reagarded as being difficult and male centred. All six participants of this project belong to the STEM department and will participate at the structured courses. As we are a so-called "European School" we decided to start new cooperations with schools all over Europe. Our long-term strategy is to find schools and institutions for an exchange on various issues. We are planning to connect and improve school education in STEM subjects and the students' future career perspectives after the A-level. Here, we want to focus on the interaction between students and teaching skills in STEM classes and how effective they are. At the moment, our Erasmus-team consists of six teachers including two members of the school administration. One of them is also responsible for our school's self-evaluation. We are convinced that these advanced training programmes will expand the participants intrest in further internaional projects.Our continued training concept includes the following issues:- 2 Maths-, Physics-, Biology- and Chemistry teachers: STEM based methodology, learning competences, school management and quality development- 2 Biology-, and Natural Science teachers: Natural sciences, technology and the improvement of digital competences - 1 Maths teacher: teaching and learning ICT based activities in classroom, ICT in the syllabus- 1 Maths- and Physics teacher: e-Learning, networking and educational quality development in classThe training encompasses the following activities:- Courses focussing on:New methodologial and didactical approaches in STEM-based subjectsSchool- and quality development (organisation, implementation)DifferentiationDigital classroom and networking (ICT)e-Learning and tablet-PC/smartboard- Job-shadowing and hospitation:Exchange with professors, principals etc. and hospitationsPractical insights and exchange, expert knowledgeThe aim is, then, to find ways of how to implement and integrate those new methods and ideas in our STEM subjects. In addition, we regard these training courses as part of our long-term strategy to improve the skills of all teachers of the STEM department. We want to learn new methods in order to support and promote not only the weak but also the talented and gifted students, which is connected with the aim to improve our quality standards and to help all students properly and equally. Structured courses on a European level are, thus, the perfect platforms to get to know new approaches as well as more experience in the target language, especially for those who do not teach bilingual subjects.Project's further procedure:The participants will get further knowledge of how to use new approaches in STEM subjects. In the medium run, the results and methods learned will be tested, documented and reflected. Then we should decide which approaches are fruitful and, if necessary, how to improve them. It will, then, become part of our school's or subject's syllabus/curriculum. Thus everybody can use the material and will get access to lesson plans etc. All the results will be part of our (then: new) school's portfolio and published. The implementation will furthermore be a basis for strategic schoolpartnerships.All these measures are part of our attempts for a strategic partnership with other European schools. Our school has specialized in the field of strategic partnerships with companies such as Bosch and universities. Our seminar course called 'SIA' (~ Students' Engineer Academy) offers students the chance to work together with those institutions mentioned above, including the planning, the calculation of the charges etc. as awell as advice for job-interviews. Other countries will definitely benefit from our experience with the dual education system. Thus, our structured course in Finland will be our first module for a further cooperation. Especially the synergy effect will help us improving our colleagues' individual competences and develop their teaching qualities. Here, our students will benefit from all those measures. Finally, our cooperation will help to connect people in Europe, particularly when applying for a KA2 project. Maybe we can offer soon another fruitful Erasmus+cooperation in a Europe full of mutual misunderstanding. Unity, unfortunately, cannot be taken for granted when facing all the contradictions.
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