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Imparare insegnando: nuove competenze per nuovi orizzonti.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The proposed 2-year project "Imparare insegnando: nuove competenze per nuovi orizzonti" (Learning teaching: new competences for wider horizons) is meant to offer the members of staff of the applying institution ('Card. A. Casaroli') the possibility of improving their competences and skills, and of learning by teaching. The project arises in the context of an institution already involved with European projects, which are an integral part of its plan of the educational offering. The project is aimed at promoting a wider European dimension in order to improve on the members of staff's language, pedagogical and methodological competences and to better cope with the growing needs of immigrant children and of students with special educational needs. The 17 members of staff participating in the project, selected from both primary and lower secondary school levels (plus one member of the administration staff), will have the opportunity to improve their language competence, share and compare their pedagogical approaches, try out new different technological tools, and re-think about their beliefs in a multi-cultural environment. Eleven of them (respectively four, four and three) will take part in Job Shadowing activities in a bilingual school in Spain, in a primary school in Finland with a music curriculum and in a school in the UK whose mission is to prepare children to get into the world and make it a better place. The remaining six will take part in more structured learning activities in training courses at centres in Ireland or the UK, specifically aiming at improving their language, pedagogical or subject-matter competence. This in order to be equipped with better tools to perform their daily tasks, as well as promote innovative activities once back home (eg. CLIL modules or the use of new technologies for their classes or groups of students, especially for those with special needs). They will cope with the challenge of using a foreign language for learning, teaching and for everyday routines, thus applying their old skills to new and wider contexts. They will be expected to help, plan, deliver, and evaluate their training activities by means of formal and informal tools, and use the eTwinning platform to get in touch and remain in contact with partners and fellow participants. Expected results and longer-term benefits include increased awareness of students' needs, higher motivation of both teachers and students, better use of materials already present in the institution, more informed decisions about teaching and learning to complement the school educational plan. A multiplying effect is also envisaged insofar as the involved staff would share their new competences in informal ways at school and during more formal training events open to staff of other schools, local communities and associations operating within the municipality, as well as start and participate in transnational eTwinning projects.
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