Teachers’ Meeting in Sweden 8 au 15-12-201312 déc. 2013
During the week from 8-12 to 15-12 some of the teachers taking part in the European Comenius Project “Smart and Simple” met, as previously agreed at the partner school in Sweden. Participants:
Finnland: Mr Niklas Degerlund, Mr Peter Nordlund
Sweden: Mrs Ingrid Lundin, Mr Ingvar Bjorn
The Netherlands: Mr Rogér Dols, Mr Rudy Bakx
Italy: Mrs Daniela Romoli
Poland: Mrs Anna Brygman-Studencka, Mrs Anna Czyzewska
France: M. Fabrice Tondeur, M. Julien Piette with the support of Mrs Brigitte Jouglet
England: Mrs Fiona Burchell
Aims of the meeting:
a- Monitoring the project development and updating the common site
b- Showing and sharing the students’ work and products
c- Discussing the partnership activities undertaken so far and the results achieved
d- Sharing obstacles and problems met in the implementation of the project
e- Discovering the local culture and visiting places of natural and cultural importance.
f- Agreeing themes and activities to take part in the 2014-2017 Erasmus plus programme,
According to the programme planned by the hosting team, every day the teachers worked to reach the aims described.
Sunday 8th December
Arrival of the Italian Team
Monday 9th December
Moving to the meeting place in the mountains
Arrival of the Dutch, Polish and Finnish Teams (late afternoon)
Arrival of the English and French Teams (late night)
Tuesday 10 th December
Morning session: h. 10.00 Project meeting
Smart and Simple evaluation: what has been done so far? What is still to be done?
Every partners explained the products done so far. Every country has been working on Fibonacci Christmas cards: some of the products have been handmade and some have been collected into ppt presentations. Mrs. Daniela Romoli from Italy gave the other teachers the Italian students’ Christmas cards. Also the English and Polish cards were shown.
As far as the theme of music and rhythm is concerned she informed that the Italian school is working on a play (drama) with the help of a professional director: the students are attending lessons twice a month for 1hour and a half. The play will be shown in occasion of the exchange.
Finnish students have been working on music patterns as well. They’ll produce something fun with music in occasion of Christmas. The French students have been working on poetry patterns. The Polish teachers suggested to take a poem “Lokomotiv” by Julien Tuwin and record the reading of it in every language of the project to find and show its rhythm.
As far as the year themes are concerned Poland will be responsible for the design and inventions in sport and Sweden will be responsible for the final product, the Smart and Simple invention. The responsible country will be in charge of giving ideas and examples to the others and contribute to a real cooperative work.
Planned activity for May-June: inviting a local artist.
12.00 end of the morning session- walk in the wilderness
13.00 Swedish lunch
Afternoon session: 14.00 Project Meeting:
Sharing obstacles and problems met in the implementation of the project-
Updating the Common site
- Sharing the first year report results: apart from the French, the other countries didn’t get any feedback from national agency following the mid-project report. What the French agency remarked as “negative” was the lack of real sharing and collaboration among the partner schools. As a matter of fact the google group didn’t work for everyone and there were problems with the common site. M. Dols said he had problems with the server computer during the summer and lots of the products sent were lost. That’s why he is going to collect all the first year students’ products and will upload them to the common site as soon as possible. Some of the teachers suggested we should make a
common product for each topic instead of having country sessions on the website.
To solve the problem of communication, Mrs Fiona Burchell, responsible for the google group will create a facebook group which will make communication easier since each teacher in the project has got a Facebook profile.
The partners then decided about the dates of the final meeting in Poland. Everyone agreed on arriving at the weekend ( Sunday 18th May) and concentrating work on the first three days and leaving activities in the last days of the week.
The group started thinking about the new project. Unluckily no clear information is available for the new Erasmus plus programme. The French teacher M. Tondeur showed slides to explain the new actions and everyone was invited to think about a possible project structure and themes to be treated the following days
Works ended at 17.00
Dinner prepared by local cooks at 18.30
Wednesday 11th December
Morning session: 9.30 Project meeting
Planning the new project. Brainstorming and discussion.
Visiting the national agencies sites to look for news about the Erasmus + form release. Most of the national agencies will release information at the beginning of January. The project submission deadline will be the 30th April 2014. Appliance will have to be sent by the coordinator and the new rules state that if one country is accepted, all the others will be as well. The French national agency site seems to be the more complete and detailed and new updated news will be available by December the 12th.
12.00 lunch: outside BBQ
13.30-15.30 outside activities: walks and snowmobile tour of the area
Afternoon session: 16.00 Project meeting
Planning the new project. Brainstorming and discussion about possible themes, students and teachers’ activities.
Works ended at 18.00
Dinner at 19.30
Evening session: 20.30 Project meeting
Planning the new three-year project. Deciding exchanges and teachers’ project meeting
Thursday 12th December
Morning session: 9.00 Project meeting
Planning the new three-year project: students’ and teachers’ activities, works and products
Meeting with a local journalist. Interview aboul the Smart and Simple project.
Afternoon session: 15.15 Project meeting
Stating project general and specific objectives.
Producing teachers’ and students’ methodology questionnaires
Dinner prepared by local cooks at 18.30
Friday 13th December
8.30 Activity in Funasdalen: Santa Lucia ceremony in local church.
9.30 School: visit of the school and meeting with the head teacher and the regional responsible of education
12.00 Lunch at school
13.00 Departure of the English and Finnish team
Afternoon session: Project meeting
16.30 Agreeing on students’ products. Planning year one activities
late afternoon: on the site of the national French agency a draft of the new form is released
Evening session: project meeting
The teachers read through the questions of the form and discuss possible answers
Saturday 14th December
Mid-morning- afternoon session project meeting
Planning year one and year two activities ( to be renegotiated with the maths an science teacher ). Works ended at 17.00
Sunday 15th December
Packing and departures of the Italian, Dutch and Polish teams
Monday 16th December
Departure of the French team
THE SMART AND SIMPLE COMENIUS TEAM