The eSchool 2017 - 2019 project - completed

Basing on analysing teachers’ work, Primary School no.61 diagnosed what follows: teachers’ lack of IT skills, poor knowledge of web safety among students and their parents alike, as well as an extremely rare and not always

intentional use of the school’s multimedia; almost total lack of using students’ personal devices for educational purposes during lessons. As a way of meeting students’ expectations in terms of using IT, our teachers wanted to include into educational process multimedia devices and internet applications. However, they were lacking knowledge and skills in this area. We have decided that our school needed to join yet another KA1 project. Furthermore, communication in the age of a global village requires knowledge of foreign languages and that is why we also aimed at motivating our teachers and students to learn them. 

We have set 3 main aims of the project: school’s digitalization, raising the attractiveness and quality of foreign language teaching and making our school an international organization. Our Teachers’ Panel have chosen a selection committee and set predispositions of the members of the prospective team. Out of the persons willing to participate in the project the committee have chosen 6 people that guaranteed an effective execution of the set aims: the headmistress, an English teacher, an IT teacher, 2 early education teachers and a French teacher. After reviewing available courses and verifying them in terms of compliance with our school’s needs, as well as checking the organizations, we have chosen the mobilities and planned tasks that would implement the effects of the courses. We have also planned the monitoring of the effects, dissemination and evaluation. 

We have completed two types of mobilities: two methodical courses for our English and IT teachers in Florence: Photo & Video Making in our Classroom: Creating and Adapting Visual Resources and Build your App, teach your student show to build their Apps! as well as job shadowing for 5 other participants (Orihuela, Spain – the headmistress, 2 early education teachers and Paris, France – the headmistress, the French teacher). All of the mobilities concerned getting to know new IT tools and developing linguistic skills. A novelty for us was a job shadowing visit of our Spanish partners in our school. We have also hosted our prospective partners of an Erasmus + KA2 project and as an effect we are currently implementing Erasmus+ KA2 RAINBOW project with one of our KA1 partners among others. Benefitting from the contacts we have gained, we have filed more applications: Erasmus + KA1 Together 2018 , Erasmus + KA1 Modern school 2019, Transnational Mobility of Pupils POWER, Polish-Lithuanian Fundfor Teenagers Exchange. Realising of the project was accompanied by following types of actions: implementing (recommending presentations, courses, OK-observations, Educational Walk, supervision), dissemination (web and press publications, student-made films, meetings) and evaluating (surveys evaluating the quality and suitability of courses, conversations). Our school has undertaken a wide range of tasks that were aimed at students such as: workshops, actions ‘Safe Internet Day’, ‘Technology Day – I am SMART’, ‘Safe breaks’, thematic arts classes, ‘Well-acquainted with Technology’ play. We have also carried out tasks for parents: an Internet course, giving out educational materials on web safety. Our teachers’ panel have taken a course ‘Cybernauts’ and took part in workshops on counteracting cyberbullying. Our teachers took part in internet courses on eTwinning platform and created eTwinning projects with students that were supposed to develop studets’ language skills, among other things. In order to popularise this particular and other Erasmus projects, our headmistress has organized a meeting with 10 other primary school headmasters and individual consultations with 4 of them. 

As a result of conducting Erasmus + e-School project we have widened our competence in the area of effective use of newly introduced IT tools, web safety, social media code of conduct, developing educational materials for other teachers, teaching programming to students. Our teachers are more and more willing to use English interface on their devices. There has been an increase in openness and respect for cultural diversity. As for the long term gains, bigger group of our teachers are able to communicate in English and are more interested in international educational programmes, the prestige of our school as an institution that benefits from and implements the best of European solutions has grown; the school has also gained a reputation for promoting international contacts and undertaking eTwinning and KA2 projects.

Tutoring – ‘How to raise a clever person’?

A nationwide Project, To Raise a Clever Person: Implementing a Model for Educational and Rehabilitation Work with the use of a Method of School Tutoring as a Positive Prevention of Problems in Polish Schools.

The aim of the project is to implement a model for work that would prevent social exclusion by means of early recognition and undertaking any necessary action that would resocialize a student and lead them out of a critical situation with a view to success.

Participating in this project will enable us to:
Commonly create an atmosphere at school that will be based on ‘dialogue pedagogy’, building a solid, co-educating community of students, teachers, and parents.
Gain unique competences in the field of successful pedagogical actions, together with proper diagnostics and organisational tools that will contribute to building satisfactory relations with students and parents alike.   
Develop students’ autonomy and responsibility for their educational process, by perfecting such skills as: self-discipline, planning one’s career, appropriate life choices, setting goals, and realizing them consequently.   
Increase students’ feeling of self-acceptance, openness and kindness towards others, which will make them braver in standing their own ground and making independent decisions.

It’s providing an individualised care and support from the teacher-tutor that provides your child with the feeling of safety.
It’s discovering and then developing child’s individual talents and strengths that builds sustainable self-confidence and proper self-assessment.  
It’s an effective dealing with your own weaknesses and preventing the feeling of inferiority in a certain field. 
It’s an awareness that your child always has somebody at school to talk to, be listened and given support.  
It’s giving yourself the right to make mistakes, which should lead to situations enhancing your child’s development. 
It’s a chance to create a long-lasting relation between you, your child, and a teacher-tutor; a relation based on dialogue where each part co-learns and co-teaches. 
It’s a mutual accompanying, observing and discussing of what gives satisfaction to your child, you as parents and teachers-tutors; but it’s also discussing what needs improving, altering and perfecting.  
It’s a systematic, mutually and consciously planned work on your child’s development at making him or her responsible for their own development and future. 

Further information on TUTORING:
1. website of Institute for School Tutoring
2. website of a nationwide pilot project To Raise a Clever Person, implemented by our Institute
3. a book by dr Adrianna Sarnat-Ciastko „Tutoring w polskiej szkole”

Erasmus + KA2 action

This year we have applied for Erasmus + KA2 action.

Reading Awakens Imagination, Nourishes Brain, Opens Worlds (R.A.I.N.B.O.W.) is our way of stressing out the importance of reading nowadays, not only as a means of personal development or simply a pastime, but as a way to promote priorities and values applying to the whole of mankind. This ERASMUS+ project has been designed by teachers coming from Spain, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Greece and Poland in order to address the needs of primary and secondary school students, taking into account the SWOT analysis carried out in each school. It has been noted that these needs comply with the three main axes which are predefined for Erasmus+ projects:
1. To improve reading skills and interest towards reading, promoting the acquisition of skills and competences for all participants involved.
2. To promote social inclusion, tolerance and understanding between cultures, by focusing on the social and educational value of European cultural heritage. We will confront xenophobic attitudes, create cooperation networks and strengthen our European spirit.
3. To share best practice and methods in teaching and learning and to improve language and ICT-skills, sharing innovative activities and methods and promoting teachers’ professional development.
The protagonists in the project are students 9-14 years old, out of whom the participants of mobilities will be chosen; their task will be to attend  mobilities and host their peers. Nevertheless all the students of the schools will be involved and will participate in activities appropriate for their age. The project will also include students facing various obstacles (economic, social, health, educational).
All the teachers will support project work, some of them directly and some indirectly through incorporating project themes into their subjects' curricula and in the individual classroom program.
Parents will organise the accommodation of the visiting students, various events and will participate in certain project activities.
We will cooperate with libraries, municipalities, orphanages, etc.
During the project we will implement six sub- projects, one every trimester. The activities will take place in each of the partner schools prior to the meetings and the presentation of their effects will be the main point of each meeting.
Throughout the project we will use student activating methodologies: The students will work in transnational teams with students of different ages, knowledge and ones of fewer opportunities. The students will be working actively producing results and discussing in groups to encourage peer-to-peer learning. Modern methods that enhance ICT skills will also be a vital part of the project, resulting in mutual sharing of ideas and experiences in this area. The activities will include CLIL, PBL and Game Based Learning methodologies in order to encourage students to love reading through playful activities, according to their skills and needs.  
The participants will also be introduced to a phenomenon based learning method which is an integral part of the new curriculum in Finland.
For students and their families, the project will broaden their horizons towards people from EU countries with particular emphasis on introducing the cultural features of partner countries in the year dedicated to European cultural heritage.
Teachers will develop their professional and personal skills, other school staff will improve their management skills with the project tasks and establish a constant co-operation with the local community that promotes and links important pillars of society: school-parents-local community institutions - european institutions.
The results will grow slowly, according to the planned modules, and will be used during the project, but after its completion as well. A number of visible project results are planned: eTwinning project, ebooks, project website, a glossary, Book Club, Live Library and many more.
Our diffusion strategy involves making our experience accessible to everyone interested, either online or by local seminars and informative events. We expect the continuation of the internationalization of schools by new EU projects and project activities that create significant links to schools at home and abroad, also motivating others to join us .
We plan to continue with project activities in the future too. One of them is a Book Club which will be established in each school as a new extracurricular activity. Teaching will be updated with the new methods, teachers will be encouraged to continue developing communication and ICT skills, and project results will be promoted on important sites such as School Education Gateway, eTwinning and the official website of national school portals. All these activities will ensure the sustainability of the project and its achievements, as they will be ascertained by the evaluation carried out during and after the end of the project.

eTwinning READ 2018

This was a project to celebrate reading as a way to have fun, open up your mind and collaborate with friends around Europe. All partners came from 6 different countries and participating students were 6 to 14 years old. The main idea was to have a photography contest with original photos around the theme of reading. After voting, we had 5 winners to be awarded their prizes during a videoconference.
Our students practised their collaborative skills, enhanced their creativity and improved the use of the English language as a means of communication. Moreover, they practised the use of ICT according to their age.
All partner schools collaborated in a common Twinspace. The main task was to upload original photos taken by the students to a shared padlet wall, showing themselves, their pets or anything else they choose while reading their favourite book. The next step was for all partners to vote for their favourite photos and have five winners who were consequently given their awards during a videoconference. The project lasted until April, the month when the International Day of Children's book is celebrated.

The main product of our project was a public twinspace , accessible to students, parents and teachers with phoots from all partners: