Noi, in Europa
Start date: Sep 1, 2014,
End date: Aug 31, 2016
Context / background of project
The Comprehensive School " Giuseppe Lombardo Radice " is located in the new city centre of Syracuse, in a busy neighborhood with a large number of schools, offices and commercial activities . The Institute is made up of 40 classes for a total of 972 students, divided into 202 pupils in Kindergarten, 520 attend Primary school, whereas 250 attend Secondary school .
The mission of the school can be summarized as follows :
1 . A school that is willing to talk and exchange information with students , families, and the territory ;
2 . Encourage awareness as regards respecting and accepting others ;
3 . Encourage the development of skills and competences to help students make appropriate choices
Objectives of our project ;
Socialize and disseminate initiatives, projects ,important experiences, to promote the European dimension in education ;
Identify good practices and develop extensible intervention models ;
Propose strategies and models of intervention for the promotion of inter- transcultural education ;
Encourage the development of common policies regarding the integration of foreign students in our school ;
Identify forms of exchange between teaching staff and, if possible, students.
Discuss the planning regarding Action Ka2 ( former Comenius)
Investigate and learn about the educational systems in the host countries .
Number and profile of Participants
The training needs of teachers relate primarily to the new methods and new tools for teaching , the knowledge of the European dimension in education , and the enhancement of language skills .
The participants include 12 secondary school teachers , 6 from primary school and 4 from kindergarten . The Head Teacher and the school secretary also take part in the project. English language teachers will be available to guide and support delegations and other colleagues in their needs. In addition , our school has provided for the inclusion of supply teachers working on short-term contracts, to participate in the training programme too, as they would otherwise be excluded from any training .
Description of activities
An activity plan has been drawn up, of which the details will be defined with the headmasters and the contact teachers of the schools in the future; the plan is subdivided as follows:
1. School visit and presentation of the Italian delegation;
2. Knowledge of the education system of the host countries;
3. Discussion about the learning methodology of foreign students' national language, also via TIC;
4. Evaluation methodologies of acquired learning;
Special attention should be applied to the following points:
• classroom observation, above all in the starting and finishing classes;
• inclusion of foreign students: case studies;
• acquisition of new teaching and evaluation strategies;
• studies of recovery models and evaluation sheets;
• setting up of a strategic partnership KA2 (ex Comenius).
Methodology to be used in carrying out the project
The training abroad program will follow established methodological criteria. It shall be carried out according to the job-shadowing methods, with moments of observation; teaching in the host country's language; exchanges of experiences with foreign colleagues; acquisition of new teaching and evaluation strategies, etc.
Job-shadowing is an occasion to provide skills, techniques and methods of concrete application for participants in the educational activities and to favor the exchanges of experiences and good teaching practices. Furthermore the use of the foreign languages will be stimulated, meanwhile teamworks, collaboration amongst teachers from different countries will contribute to concretely acting out the desired European dimension.
A short description of the results and impact envisaged
In synthesis, we can summarise the desired results:
• to improve the personal linguistic, social and intercultural skills and capabilities
• to acquire, develop and transmit abilities in specific areas
• to disseminate and socialize the acquired skills
• reinforcement of the European prospect
The potential longer term benefits
From the emotional point of view, it is intended to give a strong response to a diffuse state of apathy present in the category as regards the inadequate institutional role attributed/recognized to the teaching profession (unsatisfactory salary, lack of consideration on the part of public opinion, etc.). The comparison with experiences and methods, which comes from social realities, the possibility of entwining meetings and public relationships, the feeling of belonging to a new dimension of teaching will enable the school and the teachers envolved in the project to enrich the personal and professional experience.
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