Well, I could start by thanking all the people who involved in Comenius project and made it possible in our town because we all really enjoyed taking part in this project. It was a pleasant mixture between meeting new people and working with them. But it wasn’t only about that, we could also test ourselves, develop some skills maybe, our abilities of communication, of interaction with other people. We learned the meaning of “team work”and other key words like patience, self-control, but also rapidity, competition and how to not be afraid to use them when is necessary. When it comes to this kind of project, teenagers usually enjoy it and they don’t miss the chance to take part in it. My all classmates were very enthusiastic about the idea of hosting a foreign student. Because spending more time with him/her, in other words, means finding out more about he or she, including even traditions, customs or specific food in the respective country. What I want from this project and nothing more is to take place more often. We are all looking forward to the next Comenius project. But it’s more than a project, it’s a good for everyone, so I would rather call it an experience. An experience which has plenty of good sights and, as after it you’ll have healthy friendship and good memories, in my opinion is surely one not to be missed.
Ei bine, aş putea începe mulţumindu-le tuturor celor care s-au implicat în proiectul Comenius şi care l-au făcut posibil în oraşul nostru pentru că nouă tuturora chiar ne-a făcut plăcere să participăm. Dar nu a fost vorba doar despre asta, ci am şi putut să ne testăm pe noi înşine, să dezvoltăm nişte abilităţi poate, comunicarea şi interacţiunea cu alţi oameni. Am învăţat ce înseamnă “munca în echipă” şi alte cuvinte cheie cum ar fi răbdare, autocontrol, dar şi rapiditate, competiţie şi cum să nu ne fie teamă să le folosim atunci când este nevoie. Când vine vorba de acest tip de proiect, tinerilor de obicei le place şi nu ratează şansa de a face parte din el. Toţi colegii mei au fost încântaţi de ideea de a găzdui un student străin. Asta pentru că, petrecând mai mult timp cu el/ea, cu alte cuvinte înseamnă să afli mai multe despre el ori ea, asta incluzând până şi tradiţii, obiceiuri sau mâncarea specifică din ţara respectivă. Ceea ce vreau de la acest proiect şi nimic mai mult este să aibă loc mai des. Noi cu toţii aşteptăm cu nerăbdare următorul proiect Comenius. Dar este mai mult decât un proiect, este un bun pentru toată lumea, aşa că mai degrabă aş numi-o experienţă. O experienţă cu multe părţi pozitive şi, cum după trecerea ei vei rămâne cu prietenii sănătoase şi amintiri frumoase, eu cred că este cu siguranţă una de neratat.
MovEUs is a multi-outdoor sports project among 7 different EU partner schools encouraging people to integrate physical activity into their daily lives and make them aware of active lifestyles.
In today’s hi-tech world, exercise in nature is necessary for keeping a balanced life and improving people’s physical and mental health. Each kind of sport we do offers different benefits in various landscapes but also has different requirements in terms of equipments and skills.
Sport as a silent language unites people and creates team spirit. Many more people than just the participants of the project are going to be involved because we are taking part in big sport and social events, helping people with special needs as well as environmental organizations, supporting national parks and endangered species, embracing the notion of intergenerational solidarity, highlighting the importance of preventive health, showing young people entrepreneurial perspectives in the field of sport and tourism and provide further qualification for school staff and trainers / coaches as a necessity in a sustainable lifelong learning process.
IT skills such as handling new technologies (e.g. GPS), establishing a Blog and doing media as well as PR work will also be improved, although the priority of the project is set on special offline activities in healthy landscapes.
The knowledge of foreign languages, especially English, will help participants to develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication strategies in order to develop European collaboration.
Civic learning and charity work is going to make participants more aware of their environment, health and their solidarity with poor people.
RESULTS AND OUTCOMES
field handball match
establishing a BLOG
starting the CHARITY PROJECT
working on teambuilding
LESSONS on healthy food –> RECIPE BOOKLET part 1
What impact do you expect partnership activities to have on persons (pupils/learners/trainees and staff) and on the
For every partner, the impact of the project will be:
for the students
– To create a feeling of belonging to Europe / to a community while being active (sport unites)
– To increase their motivation on the curriculum subjects involved: art and cultural legacy
– To become more aware of the importance of having better language and I.T skills
– To learn to “function” harmoniously in a group, thus having a constructive perspective in their future careers and daily lives
– To promote their foreign language skills and understanding about their own cultural legacy through comparison with partner cultures, learning about art, lifestyle
– To motivate students to create their own art, to create channels to communicate with people from other cultures
– To launch the interest in being active and to run a healthy lifestyle
– To make people familiar with modern geographic skills such as using the GPS
for the schools
– To improve the coordination between teachers and administration
– To include administration and improve management skills
– To improve teaching and language skills
– To improve IT skills for teachers too
– To exchange experiences getting in touch with different educational systems with different organization, curriculum, methods, etc
– To start teachers exchanges and to work as multipliers for other schools/ improve school management
– To make parents aware of the important role schools play in the social and human growth of their children and to make them more collaborative with the school staff
– To increase a positive image of school in the local community
– To put more emphasis on civic learning
– To learn to relax during special wellness lessons
– To improve language skills and intercultural learning skills
– To get along in a better way / understand each other
– To improve knowledge about the EU
for the participating institutions
– To create bilateral and multilateral contacts for the future
– To strengthen collaboration in the institutions as well as between them, a chance to mediate teaching experience between the participating institutions especially methodical workshops/ management
– To show that language learning as a means of democracy develops better understanding, tolerance and respect towards each other
for the local community
– an important involvment and contribution from parents in the realization of the project (organization of different competitions, international feasts, funds); appreciation of the work of schools.
RELEVANCE TOWARDS THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
To improve the quality and to increase the volume of mobility involving pupils and educational staff in different
Member States (COM-OpObj-1)
To improve the quality and to increase the volume of partnerships between schools in different Member States,
so as to involve at least 3 million pupils in joint educational activities during the period of the programme (COMOpObj-
To encourage the learning of modern foreign languages (COM-OpObj-3)
To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong
To enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training (COM-OpObj-5)
To support improvements in pedagogical approaches and school management (COM-OpObj-6)
Health education (TOPIC-24)
Methods to increase students motivation (TOPIC-34)
Physical education and sport (TOPIC-31)
Communication in foreign languages (KC2)
Cultural awareness and expression (KC8)
Digital competence (KC4)
Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship (KC7)
Social and civic competences (KC6)
DISTRIBUTION OF TASKS
The main aim of our project is to develop physical, social, intercultural and speaking skills including appreciation of everybody / everywhere in the participating countries, self-determination and taking over responsibility. All schools will establish a team of teachers working closely with students, staff, headmasters, parents, associations, communities and national partners.
During the preparatory visit in France every school declared its willingness to work in the project on the tasks according to the prepared programme.
Each school has to deal with the same tasks during the periods between the meetings and present their findings during the meetings.
All schools will be supported by parents’ associations and different national agencies as well as by sports commitees and -organisations.
Furthermore we think that the democratic process will provide freedom for the organisation of the meetings. Every school has to prepare a work schedule for the meeting on its premises and is responsible for providing a good working environment with the necessary digital equipment.
Besides these common tasks each partner has to ensure that the results are saved and that sporty outdoor activities take place:
Estonia is responsible for printing the calendar on sport and a flyer on discgolf, Romania will provide and run a BLOG as well as print the first part of the recipe booklet, France will make a video about the Grand Raid, the Netherlands will make a film about the common European flashmob, Norway is responsible for printing the second part of the recipe booklet on healthy food and the Italian partner will print the final diary.
The German coordinating school is organising an outdoor SPORT FESTIVAL with the support of national partners and parents’ association. In addition to this the Germans are going to make a video on life underwater and create photobooks of every meeting during our two years’ common Comenius work and introduce the geocaching.
Every partner is responsible for publishing articles in their regional newspapers, for providing the base of hiding a stash (s.a.), and for the preparation and presentation of a green classroom lesson as well as a wellness lesson for teachers.
Our common task is to improve knowledge about basic human rights in Europe. With the project we will develop central skills for team spirit, skills in communication and media use and the ability to show tolerance and acceptance of others, this being the key if we want to achieve unity.
COOPERATION AND COMMUNICATION
The main means of communication will be Internet based messengers such as Facebook whenever necessary, but at least once a month – monthly letter, e-mail contact between coordinators and project meetings. The language of communication between all partners will be English.
Contact between students will be made through the exchange of e-mails and participating in e-networks such as Facebook and Twitter, not to forget the BLOG provided especially for our project.
Furthermore visits during the holidays help to keep the contacts between the partners and lead to a better cooperation.
Another helpful mean for checking the results of the project are checklists the aspired results can be controlled with. In addition it will be helpful to design a timeline including the single steps of our common work during the first meeting. So we we have a generally binding reference to see where we are, how long it will take us, whether the products will be finished in time and if not, how we can support each other.
During each working meeting the coordinators and the headteachers of the schools take part in the “Teachers’ Chat” where the meetings get evaluated, problems get solved and the further steps of work are planned.
To get especially the students into contact to each other we will use game based learning (edutainment) – exergames are an efficient tool to inspire physical activity and provide fun as a sustainable solution to fight e.g. obesity. These digital games get more and more important in the sector of physical activity.
The successful end products, the local media response to the project and activities of pupils will show effective cooperation between the participating institutions.
Participating students and teachers will have to deal with certain issues that will be brought together and presented during the meetings. Students of different grades – because of the different types of school – will be involved in the exchanges and activities at all. School reporters (if available, otherwise students who are good at media work) will be integrated in the work by writing articles for the school magazines and the local papers. Students will have to take photos, work on them and arrange them to prepare calendars, brochures and PowerPoint presentations in their IT-lessons. During their Art lessons they will take, adapt, select and arrange pictures with sports content for the calendar, the flyer and the booklets.
In addition to this learners and teachers who took part in the working meetings should function as multipliers and present their experiences, findings and results in an appropriate way at their home schools during the lessons as well as in the staff meetings. Moreover students are involved in planning and preparing the trips to the working meetings and they will have support teachers and organisations in planning the activities at their schools when it is the location for the meeting Doing research on entrance fees, finding sponsors, decorating the school building, providing host families etc.).
Teachers (English, PE, Arts, Mathematics, German, Geography, Social Science, IT and Economics) will help to prepare the above mentioned products. They will exchange and evaluate experiences of their work at schools, plan and prepare the lessons and seminars on special topics and plan the trips together with the students.
The head teachers will improve their knowledge of school management taking part in the meetings by talking to their colleagues, the teachers and the students and by visiting the schools .
Students, parents and teachers will take an active part in the constant evaluation of the project by meeting at special occasions at school referring to the programme (parent meetings, school council meetings etc.).
PE teachers will take part in further qualification seminars (e.g. on rope skipping, long distance run, cross country skiing, alpine skiing and swimming) provided in different countries during the working period.
Teachers and sports coaches prepare and guide sporty students and disabled kids for the Rennsteig Run and help to establish training programmes for sporty as well as overweight and obese students.
INTEGRATION INTO ONGOING ACTIVITIES
The project focuses on pupil involvement as well as on teaching and management issues.
Students of each school will work on subjects such as Ethics, Geography, Social Science, English, IT, Music, Arts and Physical Education on special topics referring to the topic “S.O.S. MovEUs”
Arts: logo / mascot, calendar, stickers,sculptures
Geography: environmental research, view on differnt landscapes and geographical conditions
Home economics: healthy food
Ethics / Social Science: cultural background and living conditions of minorities, values, stereotypes, using the EU calendar
English: providing language material, communicating language
Music: flashmob (rhythm), rap
PE: work on balance, concentration, coordination and endurance as the ground for complex types of sport, flashmob
IT: media work such as homepages, blog, emails, wiriting the diary, creating the calendar and the booklets /flyer
Biology: endangered species, obesity, first aid, healthy food
School magazine: extracurricular public relation work
Teachers and school administrations will work on the topic sports as “Democratic Education”, reform pedagogic work and try to integrate their findings into school development (e.g. special sports classes).
Because of the different types of schools (different ages of the students) there should be found the balance to move them to the schools and to do special educational topics: the younger ones e.g. have to create and learn the rap and do research on healthy food whereas elderly ones will participate in the half marathon or prepare the sculptures and the blog work.
Furthermore the project should be an important basis for further projects in each school. It should help to create multilateral and / or bilateral exchanges. By the end of the two year Comenius period, each participating school should be able to organize additional exchanges or projects perfectly.
short term evaluation:
Every meeting and its previous working period will be assessed by all participants in different ways. In the end of every meeting there will be a discussion about what was good and what was not. To make the next meeting better we will have to find the reasons for those parts which were not the best (Feedback sheets or questionnaires should be filled in by the participating students and teachers). Upon return to our schools, students will write articles (public relations) for the school magazines (including interviews), the home pages, regional papers etc. Furthermore there will be a forum at a provided site in the internet (BLOG), where all participating students can talk about the meeting itself and its results.
long term evaluation:
After the first year there will be an evaluation of the development of the common project. Every partner has to give a written statement of what the work between the partners was like. What was very important and what we should focus on should be noted then. We will present our statements during the fifth meeting in Estonia. The meeting should be used to discuss agreements and – what is more important – different points of view on special topics to reach a mutual conclusion, which will help our project work in a better way. In addition to this the results will be presented on our BLOG, so that every member of every school will get an idea of the ongoing activities and probable changes during the second year.
And – of course – there will be a final evaluation at the end of our project. All participants will have to fill in a complex evaluation sheet. They should evaluate the main parts of our work, the results, how each participating school fulfilled their role and what we should aim at for later projects and ongoing activities after the common Comenius project.