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Tracing Our European Spirit

Posted in 08/12/2019 by Agnieszka Tyminska
Poland / Gimnazjum z Oddziałami Dwujęzycznymi nr 93 im. Księżnej Izabeli Czartoryskiej (Secondary)

Tracing Our European SpiritFrom 2017 to 2019, The Duchess Izabela Czartoryska No 158 Upper Secondary School with bilingual classes in Warsaw is taking part in the Erasmus Plus project: "TRACING OUR EUROPEAN SPIRIT". The project was carried out in a EU partnership coordinated by the school from Romania: 1. Liceul tehnologic “Sfantul Pantelimon” – the coordinator; 2. Scoala Gimnaziala nr 92, Romania; 3. CLVIII Liceum Ogólnokształcące z Oddziałami Dwujęzycznymi im. Księżnej Izabeli Czartoryskiej, Poland 4. Pascal Greek School Lemesos, Cyprus; 5. Fundació Escoles Garbí, Hiszpania; 6. General High School Of Sitia, Grecja; 7. Realgymnasium des Schulvereines am Benediktinerstift Lambach, Austria. The main objectives of the project included 1. improvemnt of communication skills in English, 2. use of ICT, 3. ability to work in groups, 4. increased understanding and appreciation of the European values and cultural heritage; 5. engagement of the students with learning disabilities and at risk of early school leaving; 6. revision and improvement of the professional profile of the teachers involved; Since October 2017, the students and teachers took part in mobilities to Sitia in Crete, Greece, Lambach in Austria, Limassol in Cyprus, in Barcelona in Spain, Warsaw in Poland. The last one took place in October 2019 in Bucharest in Romania. The school coordinators met in Crete at the beginning of the project to get to know each other and to discuss the activities and their schedule in details. At the end of the project they met in Spain where they summarised the two-year work. Every meeting involved students and teachers. The studetns worked in multinational teams to learn together about history of Europe from its legendary beginning through the series of events in middle ages and modern times to finish with the triumph of democracy. Each meeting was dedicated to different ages and had a topic: ‘’National legends” in Crete, ‘’Middle Ages in the Western countries” in Austria, ‘’Middle Ages in the East” in Cyprus, ‘’Architectural heritage’’ in Spain, ‘’The 20th century – the age of clashes” in Poland and ‘’The triumph of democracy” in Romania. The participants learned how each country shaped the history of Europe. They also collected materials in order to prepare school calendars, presentations, ebook, memory suitcase, DVD, YouTube channel, Newsletters, FB funpage and a website. After coming back home, the students met every week and edited the paralel eTwinning project, prepared posters, elaborated materials for future meetings and results. The teachers exchanged ideas about teaching, educational materials, managing the classroom and organising school work. They took part in training workshops in Spain (‘’Educational systems in Europe”, ‘’Using technology in the classroom”) and in Poland (‘’Innovative ways for improving the education results and for rising the interest for the school attendance” the use of the Internet in teaching history”). The result of their work will be a manual with a set of didactic materials ready to use in lessons after the end of the project. All the participants visited interesting places, learned to use ICT tools, worked on presentations together and communicated in English. The project activities can be followed on: - the website: https://erasmusczartoryska.wixsite.com/erasmus158liceum - Facebook funpage https://www.facebook.com/Tracing-Our-European-Spirit-2242419546007766/ - eTwinning platform https://twinspace.etwinning.net/49158/pages/page/284517



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