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The Role of Effective Teaching

Posted in 23/05/2020 by Plamena Ilieva
Bulgaria / Sava Dobroplodny Secondary School (Secondary)

The Role of Effective TeachingAccording to the Erasmus+ Programme guide: “ there is a need to provide youth organisations and youth workers with training and cooperation opportunities, to develop their professionalism and the European dimension of youth work.” /p. 9/ Based on that perception and on our ambition to provide high-quality education that helps young people in the process of their social integration in Europe, we (Sava Dobroplodny Secondary School, Shumen, Bulgaria) have designed the current project under the title “The Role of Effective Teaching” The main objectives of the project were to improve teaching competencies, social competencies and cultural awareness of the “Sava Dobroplodny” Secondary School staff as well as competencies of communication in a foreign language and digital competences, through the participation in training courses in the Universities in Ireland and Spain, organised by English Matters. The chosen universities training programme priorities were to provide teachers with practical guidance to help teachers to design and implement interactive, motivating activities; to help participants to develop their communication skills in English, to explore the potential of an inquiry-based project-work approach to CLIL through practical ideas for classroom management, lesson planning and materials development; to organize cultural awareness activities . The project also aimed: - to improve students learning and achievement in different subjects , digital and social competencies of students, as well as their cultural awareness and communication in English in the process of completing project activities aiming to incorporate the acquired knowledge through the mobility training programs into the school's learning environment; -to make familiar the rest of the school’s staff, teachers from other schools and university students with the mobility training programs content in order to enrich their knowledge in the field of interactive teaching The team of the participants consisted of 9 teaching different subjects teachers from a Bulgarian Secondary School. They had some experience in using interactive teaching strategies as a means to increase students’ motivation. The participants had different level of English /А2, В1, В2, С1/ . Most of them had qualifications in Methods of teaching. During the last five years they had taken part into different European projects that the school was working on. All of the participants were ambitious and keen to improve their teaching qualifications and to share the acquired skills and knowledge with the rest of the staff. Achieved impact: 1. Impact on the participants in mobility trainings – participants teaching ans social competencies were improved as well as their cultural awareness, communication in English and digital competences; their knowledge and skills in developing interactive, motivating classroom activities were developed 2. Impact on the rest of the teaching staff, on the teachers from other schools in Shumen, Bulgaria, on the students from The University of Shumen – their teaching skills and knowledge were enriched through the organized workshops and seminars for sharing the learned during the mobility trainings 3. Impact on the school's students –teams of students took part in the process of creating resources in Bulgarian and English /students portfolios, multimedia presentations, group projects/. Consequently they increased their communication in mother tongue and foreign language. In the process of creating these resources their social and digital competences were influenced positively. As a long-term outcomes, it is expected the acquired skills and knowledge during the mobility trainings to be permanently integrated into the teaching activities organized by school's staff and as a result to benefit current and future students in the process of developing key competencies for their social and professional integration in Europe through the systematic improvement of students’ communicative skills in English, their digital competences and through making them familiar with the cultural diversity in Global Europe. For more information visit us on

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