On 23 November teachers Saul Rudelis, Gediminas Jonauskas Kristina Rudelienė, Asta Jankauskienė conducted a seminar “Team work – project’s success”. The teachers shared the project work experience: they presented the projects and successful stories of teamwork to their coleagues from other schools of the city. They aslo presented the tools for the project execution and for assessment of the impact. Our project “ACTIVE IN NATURE – ENJOYING THE NATURE!” – ANEN was also presented in this seminar.
On October 28th – 29th, the Erasmus+ K2 interschool strategic partnership project “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” second transnational meeting of the partners was held. Teachers from Norway, Spain and France were acquainted with the progymnasium, its history and its project team. The guests from Norway Mihaela Nymoen and Siri Enger conducted an English language lessons to our eighth graders and teachers of foreign languages. The partners monitored an integrated IT-English language lesson for seventh class prepared by Gediminas Jonauskas and Iveta Anužienė and intergrated dance-English language lesson for sixth class, prepared by Saulius Rudelis and Anton Petrovskij. After that, teachers discussed the lessons, shared the experience. In the meantime, our students, moderated by IT teacher and the specialist of career development Asta Norkienė, taught our guests to work with ICT tools for interactive mapping and deepen their English language skills as well as career planning skills. During this meeting, the project partners discussed all the issues related to the implementation of the project, shared responsibilities and task in order to ensure the quality of the project and its final result.
On September 26 th – 30 th , the team of Erasmus+ K2 for the 2 General Education Session of interschool strategic partnership project “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” visited the French St. Gervais town’s school – Collåge des Ecrivains Combattants. During the teaching/learning activities, students took part in geography, chemistry, English, PE and nature lessons. Other activities took place in the wild. The participants were climbing „Clocher de Neyran“, biking 14 kilometres into the campsite where they styed over the night. A real test – kayaking in the mountain river was waiting after the campfire. Everyone wearing special suits and helmets was very eager to start kayaking as soon as possible, but it was not as easy as it seemed to be – everybody stuck among the stones at least once. Despite the difficulties, everyone enjoyed this activity very much. The trip to Montpellier also left a great impression. A challenge to try out sailboats, catamaran and windsurfing was waiting in the Lion Bay. On the last day, the pupils played games and then all the project participants and lots of local government and community representatives attended the school ceremony, during which the school was given the name of writer-fighters for freedom. Interesting activities ended with a general party for all the project participants and pupils’ parents.
The teachers were acquainted with the French education system, shared their best experiences in organising formal and non-formal education. They discussed the teaching methods, the forms on conducting the lessons, educational environments, reviewed done tasks, the issues of preparation of the final product and planned further project activities. The team members established collaborative, communication skills in a foreign language, familiarized French nature and culture in a multicultural environment throughout the week.
On the last week of the schoolyear, students and teachers of Gedminai progymasium planted “ANEN” project tree – a maple tree, which will symbolise the values of our project: cooperation, friendship, tolerance and commitment to the environment.
Lithuanian old customs and folk songs show traditions of the old culture, where the tree of life, perception of affinity between human and nature dominated. In the past, oaks, lindens, birches, maples, pines and firs were considered as magic trees. It was also believed, that particularly old, strong and the stranger forms of trees have healing features.
Maple – a tree that allows all the people to recover spiritual balance and self-confidence. In Lithuanian folk songs, this tree is used to make a boat that sails the lad to his virgin girl, a cot and boards for the dirt floor. Women used maple leaves to cover the bottom of furnace for the bread cooking and to dye in black or yellow woollen yarn. In spring, you can taste maple sap, which is sweet.
The entire growth process during the project will be recorded on the project website.
In most countries of the world Flash Mob is an essential part of the youth culture. The aim of the young is to pay attention of hurrying people or peers on the existing problems.
One of such events was organized in Debrecenas square on May 10. Passersby were able to spectate a sudden mobilization of young people, which aim was to draw public attention on today’s most popular issues (violence against children, troubles in the world) and that they care about it. Children from Gedminai progymnasium, Vetrunges progymnasium, Vydunas progymnasium, Children’s entertainment center, PI Edukateka and PI Hatora were involved in this campaign. This Flash Mob was a part of Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships between schools project “We are the world, we are the children” and “ANEN”, so students from Croatia, Greece, Romania and Turkey joined the dance.
On May 10, a project team from Klaipeda Gedminai progymnasium organized an international teachers’ conference “The Impact of Project Activity on School Community”. Its aim was to gather Lithuanian and foreign teachers to discuss the impact of project activities on the school community and to share the gained methodical, practical experience from various projects. Different subject teachers from Greece, Romania, Croatia, Turkey and Lithuania attended this conference. Our project “ACTIVE IN NATURE – ENJOYING THE NATURE!” – ANEN was also presented in this conference.
Last Friday (08-04) the students from Gedminai progymnasium took part in our ERASMUS+ program “Active in Nature, Enjoying the Nature”. Our project team had a workshop to learn how to create an interactive map using ThingLink. ThingLink is an interactive media platform that empowers publishers, educators, brands, and bloggers to create more engaging content by adding rich media links to photos and videos.
The republic arts teachers’ methodological – practical conference “Teaching and learning differently” was held on March 23 in Gedminai progymnasium. Plenty of participants were listening to presentations on a contribution of art subjects to a personal learner’s development, discussed the trend of artistic subjects, perspective, possibilities of education of artistic creativity during the project activities and also education opportunities of children with special needs.
Attending the workshop teachers shared their own methodical and practical experience, presented own ways of organizing lessons and methods which help to motivate students, develop their creativity.
Klaipeda region’s educational institutions “Project Fair” was held in Gedminai progymnasium on 4th February. The fair was really fruitful – there were 55 projects presented from Klaipeda, Klaipeda district, Silute district and Plunge educational institutions. Students, teachers and various education related individuals from 30 institutions creatively presented school, national, international (Erasmus+, Lifelong Learning, eTwinning, Nordplus, the EU Structural Funds) project activities enriching school life and the whole process of education. Participant innovatively showed their designed products, demonstrated how they are continuing their project activities which have already ended. All the participants shared joyful mood, got new ideas, teachers and students discussed the success of the project, the impact on the institution community, funds, programs and partner search as well as project application and the whole project implementation. Honored guests of the event from The department of Education and Culture of the municipality of Klaipeda City, Klaipeda Teachers` Center for Culture and Education and Klaipeda Pedagogical Psychological Service were delighted by excellent presentations.
Probably the best assessment of the event was participants‘ impressions, experiences recorded on the evaluation wall and the questions „Will we be able to participate again next year?“
The prizes for the “Project Fair” attendees were established by Education Exchanges Support Foundation, JSC „Eurobiuras“ and PI “Edukateka
A get together meeting of Erasmus + (KA 2) inter-school strategic partnerships “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” and “We Are the World, We Are The Children” participants was held in progymnasium on 9th December. Students according the given information from project partners prepared interesting presentations about Romanian, Spanish, Croatian, Norwegian, Greek, Turkish and French Christmas traditions. Participants took lessons on how to dance partners’ folk dances and play games.
The evening passed by quickly and it was fun for all to escape from daily routine and troubles, to stay together.