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Szkoła Podstawowa z Oddziałami Integracyjnymi Nr 6 in Siedlce, Poland
Our school is a primary school situated in the city of Siedlce. There are 550 students in it (7-14 years old boys and girls). The staff is 151 people – 1 headmistress, 3 deputy assistants, 55 teachers, 31 support teachers, and 12 specialists (speech therapists, sensory integration therapists, psychologists, and school counsellors). Our students have got general subjects – Maths, Polish language, English, IT, History, Biology, etc. There are 35 classes and 32 of them are inclusive (integrated classes) in our school. Integrated classes are groups in which the students with special needs spend most or all of their time with non-special needs students. During the lesson there are two teachers – one is a content teacher and one is a special education teacher who helps build classroom communities and assist students' individual needs. Apart from providing integrated education, we provide also individual education and compensatory classes for some inclusive students. Our students finish their primary education in two stages – 1-3 class –consolidated education early stage and 4-8 class - lower secondary stage (they finish them with national exam). Our school got Twinning School Label for 2018-2020 which proves that it is recognised as a leader in digital practice, eSafety practice, innovative and creative approaches to pedagogy, promoting continuous professional development of staff, promoting collaborative learning practices with staff and students. Nowadays, we need to search for new, innovative teaching methodologies to gain the interest and attention of our students in classes and in their home learning. Our motivation to participate in this project is that we want to use gamification in our schools not only digital but also non-formal ones. Modern technology also improves our students’ results and makes them more eager to attend school, which after the project will be a better place for them. We would like to exchange our experiences with partner schools, learn from each other methodologies and gain knowledge of how to solve our problems together. Our school organise extracurricular activities such as music, dance, chess, modelling, and eTwinning classes – to increase digital and English competencies, scouting etc.
Abdulhamit Han Ortaokulu in Nigde, Turkey
It was previously Kemal Aydoğan Secondary School and was built in 1990 by Kemal Aydoğan. In the 2018-2019 Education year, it changed its name to Abdulhamit Han Secondary School with its new building. It is in the city centre of Niğde, which is in the Cappadocia Area. Our school has thirty-seven teachers one headmaster and two assistant directors. We have seven hundred students and four of them are having difficulty in learning. In our school, there is 1 science laboratory,1 IT class,2 workshop classes,1 English, 1 Maths and 1 Music class and 1 Art class. In the 2017-2018 Education year our school was the first one of all other schools in terms of examination success. Teachers of our school have been preparing and carrying out different projects via the E-twinning platform. Our teachers also receive online training from E-twinning Eba and use the E-twinning portal actively. The Energy Infrastructure of the Ministry of Development has benefited from the energy infrastructure as a project partner from the financial support program and some of its electricity needs are met by solar energy, which is one of the renewable energy sources. Participants who will take part in project mobility are experienced in issues such as multi-intelligence theory, STEM-based learning, learning and teaching with peer-to-peer learning, and cross-cultural studies of interdisciplinary collaboration. Our school principal has encouraged us to prepare projects. He always supports the professional development of their teachers with his innovative vision. He has been involved in project activities in different countries before. A project team has been created by the teachers in our school. The members of this project team are trying to carry out E-twinning projects, too. Our teachers' professional experiences vary between 10-20 years. Our teachers are dominant and successful ones in their own branches and make different educational projects, especially in science, try to integrate innovative approaches to their lessons and use technology effectively. Some of our teachers attended some courses or took part in some Erasmus+projects before
Agrupamento de Escolas do Forte da Casa in Forte da Casa, Portugal
The “Agrupamento de Escolas do Forte da casa" (AEFC), http://www.aefc.edu.pt/, consists of a grouping of 3 schools that cover all levels of education, from primary to secondary and high school, except the pre-primary level. The AEFC serves a population of about 1700 students with 200 teachers from all teaching areas and 10 administrative staff. It is the only public education in “Forte da Casa” village (20 km from Lisbon) with a population of about 15,000 inhabitants, serving the neighbouring villages till the level of secondary and high school education (12th grade). The school group receives students from multiple origins including Africa through cooperation agreements with Portuguese-speaking countries and also students from Eastern Europe. The latter arrives with reduced competencies in the Portuguese language domain, although each group faces the education system and presents different intrinsic motivations to embrace and process the language learning of their host country. The school group offer the traditional and normative curriculum emanated from the Portuguese Ministry of Education for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd studies cycle (from 6 to 14 years old) and The school group offers several Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses with equivalence to highschool program. Our school faces some issues related to students' origins, namely, mother language versus hosting country language, social and behavioural rules, and acceptance of hosting country rules and laws. We are also facing the arrival at our school of students with special needs.
Istituto Comprensivo Statale "Fiorentino" in BATTIPAGLIA, Italy
The State Comprehensive School “Fiorentino” is located in Battipaglia, a town in the Province of Salerno (South of Italy). It is characterized by three levels of education: Preschool Level, not compulsory, for children aged 3 to 6; Primary Level, compulsory, for children aged 6 to 11; Secondary Level, compulsory, for students aged 11 to 14. There are, in total, 828 students and 86 teachers. Among these, we have 85 foreign students and 51 with Special needs who have personalized learning teaching programmes specific to their needs. Laboratory classes are widely practised in order to reach successful results in each subject.“Fiorentino” Comprehensive Institute aims to develop its educational action by improving and strengthening the quality of basic skills and competencies as well as by giving great importance to transversal experiences. These transversal skills are essential to students, teachers and the whole community in order to build a European dimension of education. Our school has given particular emphasis to the study of foreign languages and to digital competencies.
Osnovna Škola Čazma in Čazma, Croatia
Osnovna škola Čazma is a primary school with students aged 7-15.The director is Lidija Osman . Danijela Šajtar is an English teacher and a project coordinator. Our school tries to keep up with modern world trends. Teachers were voluntarily involved in various national projects: eSchool and School for life where they have to implement knowledge of teaching for the 21st century. The school was IKT-equipped by these projects. All teachers have participated in the proposed education. They voluntarily participate in education in virtual classrooms. There is a city project Čazma Natura 2000 where the teachers and students take part. Primary School Čazma will be included in this project and its students through workshops in Biology and English language will improve the implementation of the project. Students will be donated by the city with ICT equipment. Our school is trying to become a leader in the region with the integration of innovative teaching and mobile methods technology in curricula and has therefore decided to improve the digital competencies of our teaching staff.