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Teaching/learning activities in Norway

On June 18-22, Gedminai progymnasium team led by the Deputy Director for education Saulius Rudelis participated in the final meeting of Erasmus+ 2nd main action of general education sector interschool strategic partnership project “Active in NATURE, ENJOYING the NATURE!” in Norway – Engerdal barne-og ungdomsskole school. During the training activities, students attended non-traditional educational activities at school, the Blokkodden wildlife museum and the Gutulia National park. There they tested the project’s app for Android smart devices designed to know about each project country partner’s national park.

Teachers were acquainted with the Norwegian educational system, shared their best practices in organizing formal and non-formal education. They discussed teaching methods, forms for conducting the lessons, educational environments, reviewed completed works and presented final products developed for the project to the local community.

During the training in a multicultural environment members of the team consolidated the skills of cooperation, communication in a foreign language and were acquainted with Norwegian nature and culture.


This project was partly funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program with the support of the European Commission. The content of this article does not reflect the official opinion of the European Commission. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the article lies entirely with the author(s).

Environmental Education Day

On April 18th, environmental education activities took place at the progymnasium. Docent Dr. Rita Nekrosiene and Senior Ecologist of the Seaside Regional Park Erlandas Paplauskis taught the students about “Preservation of the Earth in our hands”, “Ecological Problems in the Regional Park”.
6-8th grade students participating in the Erasmus+ KA2 Interschool Strategic partnership project “Active in Nature, Enjoying the Nature” taught 4th grade pupils on topic “Nature Teaches Us”.

Project Fair 2018. 100 messages to You, Lithuania

The third national exhibition/mini training of educational institutions “Project Fair 2018. 100 messages to You, Lithuania” was held at Klaipeda Gedminai progymnasium on 2nd March. The aim of this event was to enable to exchange valuable experience of project activities, to present the benefits of projects to the community, to disseminate the contribution of project managers and participants to the improvement of education quality through the funds. The fair was attended by teams of preschool, general education and non-formal education institutions. Altogether they presented more than 80 projects of various levels. The innovation of the fair was a center of Education Exchanges Support Foundation. All interested persons could consult on the preparation, implementation and other relevant issues of the projects that were administrated by this fund. Our institution presented the ongoing “Erasmus+” program’s project „Active in nature, enjoying the nature!“, an eTwinning project “ANEN”
“Project Fair 2018” was a great way to know more not only about different project activities and opportunities, but as well as to get fresh ideas for future activities. We are thankful to active, creative students and teachers of the country, who shared, presented, surprised and proved once again, that Lithuania is being created by a great community of education.

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3rd international partners‘ meeting of the Erasmus + project ANEN

On October 19-21, project coordinators and teachers from Lithuania, Norway and France attended the IES Leonardo Da Vinci School (Alicante, Spain) where was held the third international project partner meeting for project implementation and coordination purposes of Erasmus + KA2 School Strategic Partnership Project “Active in Nature, enjoying the nature!”. During the meeting, the project partners discussed the work has been done, evaluated its quality, prepared a report, planned activities for the third year of the project, shared the ideas on how to make the project even more effective in order to maximize its impact. During the meeting, the project partners also discussed all issues related to the project implementation, shared responsibilities and tasks to implement the project’s results and ensure the quality of the project.

 

Students works on international teams about the Seaside Regional Park and learning activities in Lithuania

                 

                 

                 

                 

                  

                  

                  

                 

                

               

              

              

Educational trip

On 3 February, a group of students of Gedminai School studied with a difference – they went to the National Visitor Centre and the Institute of Lithuanian Language. National Visitor Centre is the gateway to the protected areas of Lithuania. During the educational activity here students felt as they were surrounded by nature: grasslands, birds, grasshoppers around them and clouds above their heads. They got to know with the system of protected areas and learned that there are 5 national and 30 regional parks, 3 state natural and 2 cultural reserves, about 300 nature reserves, more than 500 state-protected natural heritage sites in Lithuania. The exhibition helped to understand what and why have to be protected, why ecology is becoming increasingly important to the whole civilized humanity. The exceptional value of national and regional parks and nature reserves has been illustrated with images and specific items. In the Cinema hall students watched a film about the capercailzies and listened to the mysterious sounds of nature in a special chair. Children really liked the laboratory table – question-mark, where various natural riddle are explained with motion pictures; they also played an interactive game about the cormorants. Terminals that provide the information on protected areas helped students to discover special places in Lithuania.

After the natural lessons students had the Lithuanian language lesson in the Institute of Lithuanian language. This is a unique Language Museum which is part of this institute where the latest linguistic information is provided in an attractive and modern form. Students got to know with the archival documents, linguists’ personal belongings and the other authentic material. Students carefully listened how the Lithuanian alphabet was formed; they wrote their own names using special letter stamps. Students were attracted by speech toys – unique exhibits, which allow to touch the language. The language computer games, karaoke of dialects, a special program to learn Lithuanian sign language were very interesting as well.

That day spent without classes and school desks was full of ex new things.

 

“Team work – project’s success”

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.

2nd transnational meeting in Klaipeda

by Lithuania

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.

Teaching/learning activities in French nature

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.

 

Sapling’s day

by Lithuania

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.