FOCUS: Developing Learning, Life and Interpersonal skills through a new FOrm-teaching CUrricula for Secondary students Erasmus Project

General information for the FOCUS: Developing Learning, Life and Interpersonal skills through a new
FOrm-teaching CUrricula for Secondary students Erasmus Project

FOCUS: Developing Learning, Life and Interpersonal skills through a new  
FOrm-teaching CUrricula for Secondary students Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am
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Project Title

FOCUS: Developing Learning, Life and Interpersonal skills through a new
FOrm-teaching CUrricula for Secondary students

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Early School Leaving / combating failure in education; Teaching and learning of foreign languages; New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

Project Summary

The name of our project was FOCUS: Developing learning, life and interpersonal skills through a new FOrm-teaching CUrricula for Secondary students. There were 5 partner schools from Romania, Greece, Denmark and Poland. The direct beneficiaries were: 2000 students, age 14-18 who learnt in the partner schools, their form teachers (to a total of 80 form teachers and school counselors) and also the management positions who benefited from exchanges of good practices in educational management. Another 5200 indirect beneficiaries were identified through the dissemination and valorization activities held by the 5 partner schools.
The main objective of our partnership was to develop a series of 30 lessons based on 10 topics (3 lessons/topic) to be implemented during the classes of Guidance and Counseling, Social Sciences, English throughout the two years.
OBJECTIVES:
1 – Develop, test and implement innovative practices relating to: new curricula, teaching materials&tools and course on Guidance and Counseling for 2000 high school students in the partner schools;
2 – Strengthen teaching skills and professional development by attending Staff-Training courses, exchanging good practices, carry out peer learning activities and workshops, learning and teaching methodologies and pedagogical approaches, with a focus on guidance, counseling and coaching methods and tools, improving language skills and the use of ICT;
3 – Facilitate recognition and certification of skills and competences by using EU validation instruments;
4 – Promote cooperation between schools from 4 different European countries in order to support strategic development and school internationalization through projects;
5 – Promote school success and combat early-school leaving;
6- Promote active European citizenship & social inclusion.
Tasks were equally shared by all partners in producing the teaching materials and hosting one transnational meeting/Staff Training and one short-term exchange of pupils. All partners agreed on offering hosting in families for the students.

THE APPLIED METHODOLOGY was as following:
Each partner prepared the materials for one topic/year. During the Short-term staff training, each partner brought the teaching materials that they prepared and held one-day workshops to teach the other participants. Each topic was taught in one day. Each day included an evaluation and a round up time in which participants reflected upon their teaching and methods and ways of improving them. The final form of the materials presented was drafted. Methods used: peer-learning, project-based learning and CLIL based.

Each partners school chose 2 topics (one for each year) to prepare the teaching materials and the 6 lessons, as follows:
1. Learning Styles and how to make the most of them – Colegiul Tehnic Ana Aslan, Romania
2. The Learning Process: Learn-Revise-Learn Again – Greece
3. Efficient Communication – Denmark
4. Bullying and Teamwork – Poland
5. Time and Money Management – Seminarul Teologic Ortodox, Romania
6. Manage and Cope with Emotions and Stress – Greece
7. Emotional Intelligence – Denmark
8. Present Hobby, Future Career? – Poland
9. Creativity and Problem Solving – Seminarul Teologic Ortodox, Romania
10. Making your life green – Colegiul Tehnic Ana Aslan, Romania

All partners felt that they contributed equally in terms of time and financial resources.
Dissemination and exploitation of results were an ongoing part of our project throughout its lifetime: from the initial idea, during the project’s implementation and even after the project ended.
END PRODUCTS:
– the Guidance and counseling course on Life, Learning and Communication Skills, called FOCUS comprising of the 30 lessons (3 lessons/topic)
– the project website on the etwinning platform (public Twinspace) where all the materials, lessons etc are available and free of charge
– the Digital book (also distributed in our communities of teachers)

Non-tangible results:
– overall improvement of school performance (marks, willingness to perform, improved truancy/dropout statistics)
– Teachers developed appropriate instructional strategies to help students achieve the curriculum expectations
– Teachers benefited from professional development
– teachers got familiar with new innovative teaching methods
– the schools’ public image in the local community improved
– Headmasters worked to support and encourage partnerships between the school and the broader community
– the project activities enabled students to better customize their high school education and improve their prospects for success in school and in life
– students motivation to learn and improve themselves increased
-students better managed their time, resources, relationships
– students became more confident, more motivated, and more effective learners and learnt how to better identify their competencies.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 97280 Eur

Project Coordinator

COLEGIUL TEHNIC ANA ASLAN & Country: RO

Project Partners

  • Seminarul Teologic Ortodox
  • Geniko Lykeio Agrias
  • Szkola Podstawowa im. Ks. Kardynala Stefana Wyszynskiego w Glogowie Malopolskim
  • Gefion Gymnasium