Within the framework of Europe 2020, improving the quality and efficiency of education and training is a common objective and a challenge for EU countries. Skills like literacy, basic math and foreign languages are key foundations for further learning and are a gateway to employment and social inclusion. These skills are being redefined by the on-going digital revolution, as new forms of reading and writing and the diversity of information sources are changing their very nature. In a world of international exchanges, the ability to speak foreign languages is a factor for competitiveness and for individual fulfillment. From this perspective, each partner started with a needs analysis at their school level and some common issues were identified. Our project rose from these issues and from the shared desire of making learning more meaningful to our students by offering them access to a high quality education. We consider that the way we live our modern lives could be described as cross-curricular. Our students and teachers need to have transferable skills developed. Moreover, we believe that each partner country has valuable experiences to share in the field of school education and also areas which need improvement. That is why we intend to include activities which promote dissemination of best teaching and learning practices. Each partner feels the need for improvements at the level of innovative practices in education by supporting personalized and collaborative learning approaches as well as critical thinking, because our students need to learn contextually, creatively and critically. An active European citizen should have a high communication competence in foreign languages as well as ICT abilities. We intend to give clear examples of how technology can be used during lessons. Our institutions trust that a future successful European citizen and employee must be skilled in these very important fields.
There are fewer possibilities to combine and develop all these skills within an individual school sphere. This is why this project must be carried out trans nationally. We are going to encourage the use and learning of modern foreign languages. Both teachers and pupils will be involved in a multilingual partnership where English will act as a exchange language. Teachers will have the opportunity to find out the differences between the varied educational systems and to know how schools from different parts of Europe work. Sharing experiences and models of good practices is a good way of creating a deeper European empathy. The impact will be improved teaching and learning skills and improved written and spoken English. Furthermore, the use of ICT tools will be a key point as well. It will have a meaningful purpose in a transnational partnership. Our project will give the participating institutions the opportunity to live a real intercultural exchange and will let us show our schools as a place of concord and friendship between the different European people, going beyond the barriers of language or religion.
„INNOVATIVE CROSS-CURRICULAR LESSONS” project is aimed to make a contribution to the development of cross-curricular teaching and learning. It arouse from the realities in our schools and the characteristics of our society, which requires multi-skilled citizens. Our main goal is to qualify our teachers in updated innovative strategies including the use of modern technologies and the foreign language, essential issues to fulfill our objectives. The purpose of this approach is to increase our students key skills (literacy in native and foreign languages, ICT, learning to learn and critical thinking skills) in order to deep comprehension of the world around them. This strategic partnership involves five state schools from Italy, Lithuania, Turkey, Bulgaria ,Greece and Romania with students aged 3-12, located either in towns or rural areas, all linked by the same educational aspirations- to give new strength to the teaching profession at the same time we empower our students with skills and values for the 21st century life through a more meaningful learning. Starting from our school curricula and some of our successful practices, we intend to create a model of a cross-curricular lesson with examples of good practices and resources which will enable teachers to implement this approach. We will achieve our objectives through a variety of activities, such as training sessions for teachers, observation of classroom good practices, application of innovative cross-curricular projects, communication between schools and students, students’ work in cross-curricular research work and dissemination tasks. The implementation of this project in all partner schools is supposed to become a factor influencing the improvement of our schools’ work quality. The impact is believed to go beyond the project duration because of the useful skills acquired both by teachers and learners.
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