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Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The national core curriculum for pre-primary and basic education is being renewed in Finland. New local curricula that are based on this core curriculum should be prepared by the beginning of school year 2016–2017. The new curriculum aims to respond to changes in the surrounding world. The focus in education is now on transversal competence: knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. Teaching will become more broad-based and cross-curricular.In this project we want to focus on the following transversal skills: thinking and learning to learn, cultural competence and cultural literacy, ICT competence and participation and influence building sustainable future. Pupils must take more responsibility for their learning while a teacher becomes more a facilitator and supporters of learning. To enhance pupils responsibility and active role in learning we use task-related, problem based, active and functional learning methods. We as teachers need to do continuous cooperation with each other, adapt to more variable learning groups, colleagues and schedules. We need new pedagogical tools, constant dialogue among teachers, motivation to develop our own work as well as encouraging atmosphere to try new learning methods. In order to achieve these goals we need to change our school culture. With this Erasmus KA1 project we are trying to meet the demands of the future by finding courses and job shadowing partners in Europe. The title of our project is On our way towards a new school culture.With this project we try to· find new ways to develop thinking skills and transversal competence areas·strengthen our roles as encouraging and inspiring facilitators and supporters·develop our school more meaningful for learning·create positive school climate. Taking part in the cooperation with other European schools and in-service training responds to the staff’s ongoing need for improvement and training. There will be fourteen mobilities in this project. Eight teachers are going to take part in international courses. These courses are about creating positive atmosphere in class, improving motivation, studying different learning methods, active learning, improving ICT skills and how to use social media in classroom as a tool. Five teachers and a school assistant will be going to Job shadowing in France or Sweden. The aims of these visits are to get acquainted with and observe how pupils feel being in school, how to use ICT in learning, multiculturalism, how to integrate pupils with special needs and immigrant background to classes and school community as well as teachers’ cooperation and active learning methods. All mobilities will take place in 2017 during school holidays. Sharing and discussing good practices with European colleagues broadens everyone’s perspectives. We planned our mobilities to different countries in different parts of Europe in order to get transversal and cultural perspectives from different environments. We want to be examples to our pupils and bring language showers in different languages to our classrooms as well as contacts and interaction with European pupils through eTwinning. Several teachers being involved in this project enables versatile and rich experiences for the whole school and in the future to be passed on to other schools in Janakkala. Altogether the biggest beneficiaries are the pupils in Turenki School. There will be more involvement and active learning methods used after these international courses and Job shadowing periods. Positive school climate enables academic achievement in our school. Teachers are able to support and advice students to become more independent in planning their learning, setting goals, utilizing new learning environments and tools as well as in evaluating their work.
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