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Καινοτόμες Προσεγγίσεις στη Διδασκαλία (Innovative approaches to teaching)
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A. Context/background-objectives of project: The plan refers to innovative teaching and management approaches in the classroom. This project had the following objectives, which, after attaining them, we solved school problems and needs: 1. Teachers improved their teaching and had the chance to evolve through innovative methods of the 21st century 2. Students improved their school performance 3. The school reached internationalization and European dimension 4. Promotion of the intercultural awareness 5. Better understanding of the educational methods, strategies and educational system 6. Opportunity to cooperate with other European partners 7. Increased the motivation for the teachers' participation in other projects Also, the project through the exchange of information and knowledge improved the work capacity of Headmistress of the school, in order to solve efficiently every problem arises in school. B. Number and profile of participants: From our school participated in the training the School Headmistress , which simultaneously teaches in E - F class of the school. As being the Headmistress of the school and simultaneously school teacher, I am always really interested in taking care of the school needs and I try to optimize the quality of teaching and the internationalization of the school community. Our school is located in a village in the province. For that reason there is a lack of equal opportunities and possibilities in comparison with the schools in big cities. There is an immediate need for students to develop their knowledge, for teachers to improve teaching methods and generally for school there is a necessity to open it's boarders in Europe. There is a need of the internationalization of Greek institutions and the combination of the Greek element in education with the European one. Through this particular project, we can say that there has been given a chance to the school to open its' horizons and offered to students european ideas and standards. C. Description of activities: The main activities which were achieved through the implementation of the plan were: 1. Theoretical module – 21st Century Skills 2. Critical and creative thinking. How can they be developed? 3. Project based learning, Inquiry based learning, Task based learning 4. Guide to successful brainstorming 5. Modern trends in assessment, formative vs. summative assessment, portfolios, rubrics, checklists, peer and self-assessment 6. Dealing with multicultural classes 7. Adapting teaching materials to suit the needs of differentiated classes 8. ICT as a tool for development of creativity and critical thinking D. Methodology to be used in carrying out the project: Trainees were shown new, innovative methodologies for teaching in different subjects, in cross-curricular projects and for solving real-world problems. They were given the opportunity to interact and generate new ideas for activities and to critically evaluate their results. Trainees worked within a group instructional setting. Trainers guided, observed, listened, evaluated and provided feedback for each module. Concepts were examined with regard to cross-curricular awareness. Activities suitable for special needs children were also presented, discussed and created. Time was allocated for discussion, feedback and sharing of ideas. E. Results and impact: The impact of this particular plan covers many school factors such as parents, students, teachers, school counselors, Directors of Education, other schools. With the dissemination of results and values grew the value and reputation of the school and gave equal opportunities for students with those of students in large cities. Monitoring of this project had the following results: 1. Development of students' learning and professional development of teachers. 2. Upgrading of school and joining a European infrastructure model. 3. Increased awareness of improving teaching skills through observation and interaction with other teachers at work in a different country. 4. By experiencing different cultures and actively participating in a group of teachers, there was a better understanding of important issues, such as the implementation of new teaching methods and approaches and how they are enabled through the active participation of students. 5. Improved the capacity to use information and knowledge elements and their application in practice. F. Longer term benefits: Students through activities they did in school, which were related to project, were able to enjoy new ways of teaching, to show the rest of the community the diversity in the way they learn and operate events, games, programs, national and international activities, etc. The benefits of implementing the plan is long term and aim to support and strengthen small schools and also develop the equation of school opportunities with the big schools in cities.

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