2nd Project Meeting in Poland May 2018
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Meeting in Poland 07.05.18 – 11.05.18
Monday 5th May – ‘Trzy po Trzy’ Restaurant
1) Welcome to everyone from Polish partners
2) Timetable for the week distributed and discussed. Questions answered. All partners requested to be on time for morning pick-ups.
3) Workshop and Quiz on Rights of the Child. Exercise demonstrated that the chances of children are very much reduced when deprived of rights. If rights are respected then chances in life are much better. Very thought provoking quiz and discussion. (Example given of Finland where there is a very positive pro-active approach to children with SEN.) Highlighted the importance of this project in changing the world.
4) Rights of the Child – manifestation in Polish School. Focus in Polish school on Rights of the Child and how this is implemented. Examples given: Quiet Spaces; Specific Policies; Student Counsellors; Therapy rooms and equipment; Playground targeted places etc. Other countries gave examples of similar policies, procedures and practices.
Tuesday 6th May – School
1) Welcome by the head teacher.
2) Presentation by the students – traditional dance, singing and gymnastics.
3) Introductory game with students and teachers.
4) Tour of the school with focus on how children’s rights are protected.
5) Polish Traditional Dance – partners and students learnt how to do the Polish Polonaise.
6) Teaching Activities for Wednesday were discussed– timetable and description. Student ambassadors will take visitors to the correct classrooms.
7) Outline of cookery workshop for Wednesday. We will need to pay for the trip with cash tomorrow and will receive an invoice.
Presentations from Module 2.
Each country – students and teachers - presented to the group the activities they had carried out linked to Module 2. Each school had carried out a very wide range of project work. One innovative example was Italy who wrote to the President about an environmental issue and were invited to visit the President to discuss this. We watched a video of this very important meeting in Rome.
It was pleasing to see the number of schools who had made Pigotta dolls out of recycled materials – inspired by our visit to Italy – and sold them for charity.
Greece filmed a play made by the children which highlighted the many ways in which their school focuses on and addresses environmental issues. A variety of programmes were used for the presentations, including Padlet.
Activities for Module 3
Healthy Eating. Discussion around preparing an international recipe book. Activity ideas for schools to carry out at home schools discussed. Prepared sheet of ideas distributed by Iza.
General Project Meeting delivered by Project Co-ordinator
1) Evaluations-Thanks given for Module 1 evaluations. Module 2 evaluations asked for by Kath. Reminder that the idea is each country’s coordinator should write the summary and collect evaluations. Deadline set as Friday 25th May for Module 2 evaluation. The Module 3 evaluation deadline is the week after we return from Greece.
2) E-twinning- Iza will post about the week on E-twinning. Each module should have its own file on E-twinning for Module 2. Reminder to also post on Facebook.
3) Video Conferences- schools should try to hold video conferences before next meeting. For example we could video conference about Pigotta dolls etc… The teachers’ monthly video conference to continue on 2nd Wed of each month at 4pm UK time.
4) ICT- Reminder to introduce partners to new programmes for use in their schools. In this module in Poland, children are making a welcome poster using ICT as an activity. ‘Plickers in teaching’ is the name of the programme. We need more ICT programmes to find out about. Canva, Padlet, Movie Maker, Glogster edu, etc... Iza will create something where all schools can share the programmes they use
5) Dissemination- Kath asked the question if anyone has shared the project ideas with anybody in an important way. E.G. the Italians went to Rome to discuss this project with the President of Italy. Iza has said she will talk to the host families and share information next week. There has been a long piece about the project on Polish TV. Greece shared ideas of this project in their local festival. The whole community there has heard about MRMR and Erasmus. This was a week ago and it was a 4-day festival. Information about these opportunities to be shared on Facebook. Italy has had two articles written in separate newspapers about the project. Italy has had experts visit school to talk about the Rights of the Child. Iza suggested that she has a dissemination folder on E-twinning, so all schools can list the dissemination activities along with the date and some details. Kath said that if people do it as they go along using social media, this would be a more interactive way to share information.
6) Evaluation of the pupil’s mobility. How are we going to do this? In Italy interviews were undertaken to evaluate the pupils experience. Iza said a questionnaire would be useful for this mobility as there are many more students this time. Iza will provide the questionnaire on Thursday with quantifiable questions.
7) Attendance sheets- Iza has attendance sheets for pupil’s activities. Schools decided to receive a scan from Iza rather than a hard copy. Staff are signing attendance sheets on a daily basis. Every country will get the attendance sheet. Kath reminded schools that the project has to be over 5 days and at least 5 hours per day.
8) Reminder to Greece, Spain and Great Britain, if you want to, you can change/add another article. It can be the focus that you want.
9) Video of the week. Maria has remembered about the video of the Italian meeting. It is on E-Twinning and it is about 15 minutes long. We will see this on Thursday or Friday.
10) Feedback on Lessons- Iza suggested sending a questionnaire for this module on Poland. Brain storming, what have you learned voting Y/N suggested, feedback in paper form. Each school can decide how they collect feedback during the mobility at their school.
11) Pupil and Staff surveys- do we need an interim survey? Or should we have just one at the beginning and one at the end project? Teachers have agreed to do an interim survey in September 18. Discussion around the survey being completed at the end of this academic year. Kath to talk to Maria from Greece about survey.
12) Thank you for everyone’s hard work for the Module 2 - the presentations were fantastic. Great to see so many students and staff involved in the project.
Wednesday 9th May
Teaching in school all morning. Partner teachers carried out activities with classes across the school, focussing on culture, language and Rights.
Healthy lunch prepared by the parents. Ideas for Healthy eating shared.
Healthy activities – cookery (making pierogi) , archery, golf. Forest School activities – grilling sausages etc round campfire.
Thursday 10th May
- Meeting to discuss student exchange – ways of working. We agreed that students should be prepared to accept that it may not be easy to stay with families. There may be language, culture, food problems…. But it is important that students and teachers trust the host school, and the families they have chosen to be involved. Moving from one family to another should not be encouraged – every effort should be made to keep the child in the original family.
- ICT Workshop for staff
Use of the programme Plicker in the classroom
Use of the programme Power Director
Polish students assisted with computer work
- Healthy Eating Workshop for students – led by Polish teachers. Focus on different types of foods and designing Healthy Eating posters in groups made up of a mix of international students.
- Interview with Polish television – Dissemination activity
- Article 29 Developing talents ‘Mam talent’ ‘I’ve got Talent’ show. Students from the Polish school demonstrate their right to develop diverse talents in a very impressive performance in the school.
- Guided tour of the city – focus on the Right to have a culture and religion
Friday 11th May
Project Meeting led by Iza
1) Greece Project- 5-9th November. Hotel recommendation- The President hotel in Athens. It is in the centre and is near a metro station. It is big enough for everyone. It is in touch with the school and in touch with the centre of Athens and interesting places such as the old town. Greece cannot pre book this hotel for us – we must organise ourselves. There is another place but it is not as good. Greece can host 6 children in total. 2-3 from Poland and 3 from Spain. The meeting will begin on Monday afternoon/evening. This depends on when people arrive. Athens school is 20 minutes train ride from the airport. Everyone to give information to Greek teachers about when we can arrive as soon as possible.
2) Spain Mobility- Poland 2 children. Great Britain are taking 7. Italy are taking 2. Greece are taking 2. Spanish school does not have an ICT classroom but has an interactive whiteboard and laptop so can schools prepare their presentations on USB. It is recommended that we stay in a Valencia hotel/apartment as there is more to do. If we want to stay nearer to the school, it is recommended we book now. Great Britain has already booked hotel nearer to the school.
3) Contracts- Most schools have now signed their contracts – only Romania to be signed by head teacher and brought to next meeting
4) Next Skype Meeting- the second Wednesday in June (13th), 4pm English time
5) Video of the Italian Visit – provided an excellent summary of our visit to Italy. It is available to view on E-Twinning. Romania to upload on the website.
6) Watching video clip of MRMR news item on TVP last night!
7) Presentation of certificates
Thanks from the Project Co-ordinator to Poland for an excellent International Meeting.