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Õppiv õpetaja - õppiv kool
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A change in the approach to learning expects a change in the way we think about teaching, learning and schools in general, also different methods for teaching, learning and leading of the school. The idea of the changed learning approach addresses the need to support each individual learner as well as making learning more interesting to keep the motivation and desire to study. Teacher is the supporter of the student and to be able to fulfill the expectations describe above, we need to enhance their own competences and keep their motivation high as all the necessary changes in the people start within. Change is possible when employees are offered opportunities to experience good practices and to develop their own skills.The project carries the meaning of a teacher as a learner who has the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to form a student who corresponds to the expectations and needs of the 21st century. The schools that learn need teachers that are willing to learn. Regarding the above, the objectives of European-directional mobility are the following:- raising the competence of teachers, support staff and school leaders to support each individual student and ones development; - develop didactic skills of teachers to teach students (SEN students, immigrants), differentiate learning and develop creativity; - raise the motivation to start, continue and implement the necessary changes in teaching, school environment and leading. - raise the teachers motivation and beliefs that teachers have a very important leadership role in the school. The objectives will be achieved thanks to the active participation in teacher training courses and job-shadowing programme in Berufskolleg in Germany. The participants in the mobilities are teachers (English, Estonian language and literature, special education teacher, teacher assistant, biology and English teacher) and the head of the school. The participants had a chance to voluntarily let the school know about their wish and needs for the training. The decision was made based on individual needs, training and school’s needs. Prerequisite for the selection of participants is that they are willing to share their experience and information obtained to other colleagues and to keep the mobility blog. Project management begins with setting specific goals and activities and notifying participants. The basis for assuring the quality of the project is trust and effective cooperation between the parties involved. Each participant has to sign a mobility contract , which stipulates the assigned use of the grant and obligation of the project follow-up activities. It also ensures the personal responsibility ensuring the success of the project by each participant. In the job-shadowing programme it is an important to have constant communication with the host organization, which will be ensured by the use of various ICT tools. The successful implementation of the project is related to the continuous monitoring that allows to detect potential problems early enough and prevent possible bottlenecks.The most direct impact of the mobility project is on the participants, and through them it is possible to achieve results such as new methods and ideas within the school and the classroom, which includes both the specific techniques (management of group processes, trust building with students, creating positive environment, didactical methods etc) as well as the school's development in the wider aspects such as grading as a part of curriculum, support systems and school management. Since all starts with setting the example, the mobility project contributes to the increase of motivation and quality of performance of each participant, which on the other hand is indirectly affected by both the pupils, colleagues and parents. All the mobility actions are necessary in order to increase the participants' awareness of the change of the approach to learning, to continue with discussions and initiatives that have been started in order to implement the necessary changes in the organization.
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