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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.

 

LEARNING ENGLISH CAN BE EXTREMELY FUN!

by Spain

Marta Armendia Santos. Spanish coordinator

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Our first mobility with the students took place from the 2nd of May to the 6th of May of 2016, as the starting point of the Program Erasmus +, ANEN: “Active in Natur e, Enjoying the Nature”. Sixteen students and teachers from Spain,together with eighting students and seven teachers from Norway, France and Lithuania.

Our goals to achieve were: In the first place, that all the students meet each other face to face and begin to interact and develop their communicative skills; as second goal, their participation in several outdoor activities, such as beach volley, kayak and paddle surf, mixed in international teams; and finally, working in the app about Tabarca Island which is the Natural Reserve that the Project is based on, looking for information about its History and taking wáter pictures. Furthermore, improving the student´s creativity through different workshops.

The meeting was very successful. We began with the traditional “Welcome day” at the school, IES Leonardo da Vinci in Alicante. We enjoyed seeing the spectacular “batukada”, played by the group: “La ciudad de los colores” and we learnt a lot of things about eTwinning.

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Students and teachers of ANEN-e+ in the hall of the school

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Performance of the group: “La ciudad de los colores”

 

On Tuesday, we went to Muchavista Beach in order to learn to do Paddle surf and Kayak, with the colaboration of ALOHA SPORT school. At the end of the day, we had a volley ball competition and a traditional “Chocolate con churros” snack in the Chocolatería Valor , in the village called El Campello.

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Students and teachers in Muchavista Beach

 

On wednesday and thuersday, we were in Tabarca Island. We could do snorkel, even though the weather consitions were not good enough, get information about its History and improve our creativity with the decorating stones workshop.

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Students during the snorkel activity in Tabarca

The last day, we had a very warm and sweet farewell at the school with a typical Spanish lunch. Thank you very much to all the participants!

U.K – Nordics eTwinning conference, Hillerød/ Denmark 19-22 of May 2016

U.K – Nordics eTwinning conference, Hillerød/ Denmark 19-22 of May 2016

Our institution was so lucky to be a part of a really meaningful conference last weekend, with focus on how do we adjust ourselves as European institutions in our meeting with migrant and refugee pupils from all over the world. The focus was on exchanging the best experiences in making a difference for a better and safer everyday for this diverse group of pupils. In every project we run, we must not forget to include this group of pupils, regardless of the different obstacles we may meet…instead of seeing the obstacles, we should focus on possibilities of inclusion in our common society! Wonderful experiences which I’ll definitely adapt into our organisation’s working programme with this project, in order to highlight the European and global DIVERSITY!

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We are the children

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.

 

“The Impact of Project Activity on School Community”

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.

 

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LEARNING ENGLISH CAN BE EXTREMELY FUN!

Our first mobility with the students took place from the 2nd of May to the 6th of May of 2016, as the starting point of the Program Erasmus +, ANEN: “Active in Nature, Enjoying the Nature”. Sixteen students and teachers from Spain,together with eighting students and seven teachers from Norway, France and Lithuania.

Our goals to achieve were: In the first place, that all the students meet each other face to face and begin to interact and develop their communicative skills; as second goal, their participation in several outdoor activities, such as beach volley, kayak and paddle surf, mixed in international teams; and finally, working in the app about Tabarca Island which is the Natural Reserve that the Project is based on, looking for information about its History and taking wáter pictures. Furthermore, improving the student´s creativity through different workshops.

The meeting was very successful. We began with the traditional “Welcome day” at the school, IES Leonardo da Vinci in Alicante. We enjoyed seeing the spectacular “batukada”, played by the group: “La ciudad de los colores” and we learnt a lot of things about eTwinning.

es teamStudents and teachers of ANEN-e+ in the hall of the school

es groupPerformance of the group: “La ciudad de los colores”

On Tuesday, we went to Muchavista Beach in order to learn to do Paddle surf and Kayak, with the colaboration of ALOHA SPORT school. At the end of the day, we had a volley ball competition and a traditional “Chocolate con churros” snack in the Chocolatería Valor , in the village called El Campello.

es beachStudents and teachers in Muchavista Beach

 

On wednesday and thuersday, we were in Tabarca Island. We could do snorkel, even though the weather consitions were not good enough, get information about its History and improve our creativity with the decorating stones workshop.

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Students during the snorkel activity in Tabarca

The last day, we had a very warm and sweet farewell at the school with a typical Spanish lunch. Thank you very much to all the participants!

Workshop “Tools for creating interactive maps”

by Lithuania

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 conference “Teaching and learning differently”

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.

An olive tree for “ANEN-E+”

by Spain

Last wednesday, 9/3/2016, the students of the PFCB (a basic studies for vocational training qualification) of Wood of our high school, IES Leonardo da Vinci of Alicante, took part in our program ERASMUS+, ANEN: “Active in Nature, Enjoying the Nature”, planting the tree that will symbolise the values of our project: Cooperation, friendship, tolerance and commitment to the environment.

Firstly, we explained them what the European Union and the ERASMUS + programs mean, especially, we showed the objectives and the activities that we are going to do during the Spanish meeting in relation to our project. The students loved the outdoor activities and wanted to participate in everything. Secondly, they made two murals about Tabarca Island and the olive tree.

It was one of the best experiences I have had as a teacher, because this is a group with special needs and they did their best, working hand by hand with other students of our high school. I loved their creativity and their enthusiastic attitude.

Finally, we went out to plant the olive tree with other students of the Project. Thank you very much, guys!

Students working together and the final product.