SIGO!Lennik: a STEAM story
Start date: 01 Jul 2016,
End date: 30 Jun 2018
SIGO!Lennik is a small, dynamic secondary school in the neighbourhood of Brussels. We emphasize the individual development of each student. Our main goal is to give all students the necessary tools to perform optimally, in a personal, social and economic point of vue within our future society. This can not be done in the same manner as 20 years ago. We want to prepare our youngsters to participate in an ever-changing society and prepare them by implementing 21st century skills, like innovation, flexibility and creativity in their learning processes.Responsible and committed global citizens with respect for others and the environment and an open view on the world: that is where we stand for!We are convinced that professionalism and vision widening of the team guarantees qualitative education. Motivating the students and the teachers to optimalise their learning efficiency and strategies, is also an important aspect.In terms of content we want to increase STE(A)M literacy (both substantive, methodological and didactical), European citizenship and the European "key competences" of our team and our students in particular. In the same time, we want to optimize the deployment of ICT in our lessons.We are experiencing a surge in motivation, in academic performance, in level of perceived well-being and an increased acquisition of competences within our students who now receive tuition in our STEAM classes (the ASO level). Different science disciplines, technology, mathematics and physical education are teached crosscurricular, with an extra focus on culture and creativity skills. Next year, we want to expand our project to other student ages and to our vocational secondary education, while safeguarding the quality of our existing project. There is a further need for professional development for our teachers and coordinators.The implementation of other valorised frameworks (with a focus on innovation, creation of a team-shared vision, intercultural awareness, enhancing competences, motivation and internationalization) within our schools strategic development plan is a necessity to our educational quality. It's extremely important for our school management to follow up the outcomes of our STEAM methodology and to make adjustments according new (academic) insights and international good practices. Therefore, we'd like to get connected to certain international courses ("meta learning and thinking skills" and "benchmarking"). It is also essential to offer the best possible PD and in-service training to strenghten and motivate our teachers ("coaching course").Additionally, we'd like to expand our network and detect potential benificial partnerships. As of today, we experience an exponential increase in (inter)national interest for our STEAM-methodology. As a result, different partnerships (national and international) were initiated with other schools, university colleges, universities (research and the training of future teachers), educational counseling services and learning networks. Thus automatically ensuring the dissemination of knowledge and content.On the teacher level, we focus (besides developing new subject matter, ICT implementation in the classroom and new teaching methods) primarily on interdisciplinary collaboration and on a project-based, inquiry-based approach while applying 21st century skills. Not every teacher feels sufficiently confident (STEAM- and ICT-literated) to incorporate innovative methods in their classes. By increasing the PD of our teachers, by creating a team-shared vision, by giving them new tools, good practices and new methods, by promoting peer and co-teaching, we want to be able to provide an answer. Attending the courses "STE (A) M", "teaching tomorrow" and the "ASE conference" will help us in formulating this answer.Specifically to motivate pupils and ICT literacy, the course "game-based learning and gamification" is very valuable. Our main goal is to be able to link the context to the world of young people and thus enhancing their motivation.Another important topic for the future of our young people is "sustainable development in a global society". In this course "Education for Sustainable Development in a circular economy" will be discussed in more detail. The link to the vocational education and enterprises is strongly emphasized.We are convinced that an increased level of professionalisation and internationalization of the team through participation in international events contributes to the realization of our priority objectives and results in greater support for vision development, innovation and dissemination (both students and other teachers and external).To ensure the smooth realization , a cel "internationalization" is established which is responsible for the logistics, networking, monitoring and coordination of the Erasmus+ project.
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