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Pumping Teaching Quality
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Pumping teaching quality" project is a mobility under KA1 Adult Education for teacher training, teachers from Latvia will improve their compentencies in activities in the host organizations in Petite Somme, Belgium at the Bhaktvedanta College – in September 2015 and in Ljubljana, Slovenia in September 2016. Competent teaching has positive long-term consequences for students and society as a whole. "To teach is to touch a life forever" is commons saying that inspires us and since "pumping up" competence of our teacher staff is our goal we chose the title for project according to this outcome. After several questionnaires given to our teacher and lecturers about their knowledge, skills and competences we could see they feel a need for more effective 1) teaching, 2) leading and 3) counseling skills in interaction with their students. Also our teachers are eager to learn good practices and develop new skills in ITC field, which becomes more and more important for personal and professional development for their students. All the project objectives below are centered around following needs: - to improve the core quality of teaching skills of our teachers and lecturers (both theoretical an practical) - to develop their IT skills connected to teaching in face-to-face and via internet and communication with their students, colleagues and administration of organization. - to improve language competences of our teachers - to increase the international dimension of our organization - to increase personal motivation skills of our teachers - to increase their awareness of Erasmus+ projects and the learning opportunities they bring. Our organization will increase the number of learning activities on a national level and will reach more students using the newly acquired IT and teaching skills. Our Belgium partner will focus upon developing of core teacher skills for our educators. Our Slovenian partner will focus upon developing IT skills and compentencies of our teachers. The methods used by our partners will be: Keynote (Mac application) presentations, ice-breaking events, workshops, lectures, brainstorming, energizers, group discussions, questionnaires, and various self-evaluation, learning by doing. Our educators will attend and experience ice-breakers and energizers, presentations and workshops, and will imbibe various methods and pedagogical methods. They will learn how better to plan and deliver the lesson and how to counsel the students. In how to prepare workshops on IT skills (how to develop a high quality PPT presentation, social media, teaching via internet). Teachers from Latvia will be actively engages in workshops for personal and professional development, evaluation and self-reflection and motivational activities. Along with direct teaching our partners will demonstrate and explain interactive presentations about Erasmus+ program in general. Visits will include sightseeing of the tourist attractions of Belgium in the vicinity of Bhaktivedanta College and mountains and seaside of Slovenia. The impact level of this project is aimed mostly at local, regional and national level. Although the teachers will be gaining international insight and experience, it is their local communities in Latvia that they will go back to serve and help change. At the end of mobility participants will write down their Action Plans –what they will do when they go back to their organizations to put all they’ve learnt into action. Each participants will write their Europass CVs as this is a standard CV in EU and it clearly describes the participants' academic, training and professional accomplishments. The 4 participants of each of the mobilities will be teachers and lecturers who work for our organization, professional teachers as well as part-time teachers. The mobility activity will give the participants many learning and development opportunities that will be useful in their future private and professional life, and will bring benefits for them personally, for the organization they belong to and for the local community. Participating in the training course will help our organization to gain and develop not only very valuable competences and skills, but also experience and more recognition and credibility in our teaching staff on a local level and possibly more students and new teachers By using Facebook, project's website and other IT tools our organization will be able to increase the number of learning activities also on a national level. The international network of the sending and receiving organizations will be notified about the project objectives and results during the Skype or one-on-one meetings, e-mail exchenge, webpage articles or Facebook page dedicated to project.

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