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How to Make Education Process Attractive to the Teenagers of the 21st Century?
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

There have been a great number of changes in education systems worldwide recently. Schools used to be the source of knowledge, a place where children were educated more or less without parental control. Schools used to prepare learners for exams (both final exams in secondary education and entrance exams for university admissions). Thus, teaching was mostly exam preparation or exam training, especially in the final years of the secondary schools. The learners of the 21st century need innovative methods in teaching process. Students say they are motivated by solving real-world problems. They often express a preference for doing rather than listening. In this century : • learning has risen to the level of authenticity when it asks students to work actively with abstract concepts, facts, and formulae inside a realistic and highly social context • critical thinking has become a necessity in the learning process • students must know how to use a variety of resources • collaboration has become an integral • learners must reflect on their learning, both individually and as a team • Interdisciplinary perspective has entered education • students must get accustomed to integrated assessment that reflects real-world evaluation processes • students must be competitive in a global job market. These demands make teachers change their teaching methods in the lessons and out of class activities. Project partner schools each has good experience that can be shared with the others. But education methods develop and new – more innovative ones - are needed in the 21st century school. The main objectives of the project " How to Make Education Process Attractive to the Teenagers of the 21st Century? " are : • to improve the capacity of the partner school staff based on the needs of the 21st century • to modernize the study process • to work out a manual “ A Guide of a Modern Teacher” consisting of innovative methods on interdisciplinary teaching • to pilot the created courses in all the participating countries • to identify and analyze good practices of the partner schools in the field of teacher training • to strengthen mutual understanding among European nations through getting to know the cultures of the participating countries. 6 partner schools – Grobina gymnasium ( Latvia), Bartuvos progimnazija (Lithuania), Stadtteilschule Mümmelmannsberg (Germany), IIS Liceo "Bocchi-Galilei" ( Italy) , 4 Gymnasio of Thessaloniki ( Greece) and Kavaklidere Ortaokulu (Turkey) - will participate in the project. Each school has its strengths and best practices to share with the partners. The project will work in 2 directions – sharing good practices and creating innovative methods how to make the teaching process more attractive . There will be 6 training/ learning/teaching activities: • Creative methods in organizing students’ out of class activities and career education • Creative methods in the work of school psychologists • Creative methods in teaching exact subjects • Integration of subjects (CLIL) • Creative methods on inclusive education and peer teaching • Creative methods in teaching humanities Teachers will work together to create new teaching methods in different school subjects. The created methods will be piloted by students and improved in case of need. After each training/ learning/teaching activity teachers of all schools will work with both methods – the traditional and the created innovative – to compare the students academic success and interest in the subject. The results will be placed in the project webpage ‘ News from the schools’ .
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