5-days international methodological workshop took place in Istanbul, Turkey in the period 24 – 28 April 2017. The event, perfectly hosted by METEGDER in the campus of Marmara University was attended by over 30 CL@SS pilot teachers, trainers and experts from all partner countries. Participants shared the results from the pilot testing of the transferred methodology in their schools and countries and discussed the process of adaptation of materials and creation of new ones. Further activities within the project period and beyond were also discussed, including further steps for developing new exercises for enriching the model. Certificates for teachers who passed all requirements for using the methodology were prepared.
For the purposes of the CL@SS project Slovenia implemented pilot activities in 2 Secondary Schools. 55 teachers from both schools were involved in teaching 1274 student’s different competences applying new and exciting teaching methods. 2 local license workshops took place simultaneously on 6th of April 2017 at two different places - School Center Velenje, and Secondary School for Nursing Celje. Teachers were very satisfied with all elements of the programme (content, balance between theory and practice, good approach, clear and accurate information provided).
In the period 27-28.03.2017, at the Economical College of Mountainous Banat in Reșița was organized the second national workshop in the framework of the CL@SS project. The event lasted two days with 42 participants (project team, 2 students, one university teacher and 34 trained teachers). The programme of the workshop focused on the following issues: presentation of the results from the pilot testing of the transferred methodology in class, discussions, presentation of the feedback results from teachers and students, discussion about the didactic materials, presentation and discussion about newly created exercises, demo activity, presentation of the on-line database with activities and discussion of opportunities for future use and development of methodology after the end of project.
All the participants were very active during the activities and very positive after the piloting activity, mostly because they considered that students were very enthusiastic about the exercises. At the end, a discussion followed about the future use of the proposed pedagogical approach in classes. All teachers consider the new methodological approach to be of major importance for changing mentality and didactical activity in classes. It represents the proper tool for the new approach that currently is trying to be implemented in Romanian educational system: education focused on the beneficiary and on competences learning.
In the framework of the CL@SS project, the Romanian partners have organized Information meetings for teachers and parents. At the University Eftimie Murgu in Reșița, in May 9-th 2016, was held one Information meeting with the participation of 63 teachers, headmasters and students from different schools in Reșița and also university professors and students. During October 2016 and January 2017, the Information meetings were focused on 225 parents (representatives from all classes), as target group. The aim of the Information meetings was to present general information about the CL@SS project and about the activities that will be carried out with the teachers and students in the following period. The project team presented the opportunity for the teachers to participate at the training courses and focused on raising their motivation to get involved in the piloting activity of the new didactical materials developed during the project. As for the parents, they were informed about the involvement of the students in this project, as target group and on the advantages of this project for the school, for the teachers and for the students (good key-competences, increased self-esteem and interest towards school subjects).
In October and December 2016, at the Economical College of Mountainous Banat were organized 3 Information campaigns for 121 students in the school, representatives from all classes. Flyers about the project were also distributed to different schools in the region, with the help of the trained teachers. The Information campaigns were organised to present the project and its objectives and to inform students about the aim of the pilot testing of the didactical materials, developed in the framework of the project.
The workshop entitled Career counseling and competence development for the labour market was held in Ostrava on December 15, 2016. The workshop was led by the labor market specialists from the consultancy company RPIC-ViP ltd. The workshop was held under the auspices of the Ostrava City Council within the Local Action Plan for Education.
All participants at the workshop agreed that in preparing children for the labor market, it is important to focus not only on knowledge but also on the development of soft skills.
Participants received information about the current situation and projections of the labor market in the region, had a chance to think about how to educate and prepare today's children for the future. In the second part of the workshop they talked about the current situation of the career counseling in elementary schools. Participants from among the directors, educators and teachers and guidance counselors were given information about methodological materials for the development of soft skills. They also had a chance to experience some of the activities by themselves. These educational materials have been developed within the project „Competencies for life“ and had been verified by 700 primary and secondary schools teachers and over 21,000 pupils. Currently these materials are part of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project „Cl@SS – Competences Learning at Secondary Schools“ and are being translated into other languages (Romanian, Bulgarian, Slovenian and Turkish), plus the database will be enriched with new exercises that arise in the context of international cooperation.
CL@SS project partners met in Prague (Czech Republic) on 8th and 9th of December 2016 for the second meeting of the project. During the meeting partners discussed the project progress together, highlighted deadlines and activities for the following months and checked the financial reporting and the dissemination process. Participants also identified and discussed possible risks or issues that could affect project schedules. A review of the project work plan and partners’ roles and responsibilities was made.
National methodological workshops where conducted between 1.12. and 7.12.2016 in Slovenia, as part of the CL@SS project. 77 teachers have attended the workshops organized in two different schools:
- School Centre Velenje;
- Secondary School of Nursing Celje.
In the workshops, teachers discussed the presented methodology and translated materials, their use in classroom, teaching of pupils with selected material and got ideas about creating a new set of exercises.
From 7.12.2017 on trainers are conducting support meetings for teachers while they are implementing methodology in their daily work in the classrooms.
During the period of 31.10.2016 - 01.11.2016, a 2-days National Workshop was held in Reșița, Romania at Colegiul Economic al Banatului Montan. The participants at the workshop were 40 teachers that also participated at the training courses organized in Romania in the framework of CL@SS project. The activities were focused on the following steps: explaining the methodology of training and presenting the didactical materials already translated, creating new exercises, forthcoming project activities and the teachers’ role in the project.
All the participants were very interested in the event, asked questions concerning the structure and use of didactic materials and the creation of the new exercises. They were involved and responsible in activities performed and they were also interested on the piloting activities and on their future activity in the project. Most of them admitted that the didactical materials are an important source for their future classes and they are anxious to use them and to create new exercises.
Teachers considered that trainers were very well prepared and gave them clear information. The workshop atmosphere was pleasant and it was an opportunity for them to participate to the workshop and exchange opinions with the other teachers.
On 14th and 15th October 2016 teachers from 137th Secondary School and 22nd Secondary school took part in a workshop about implementing soft skills in the process of learning at school. The participants tried some CL@SS activities, discussed the template of creating new activities and finally created some new exercises which were presented. At the end of the workshop possibilities of applying the approach during lessons were discussed and their importance was emphasized.
In October 2016, in the beautiful Logarska Valley the principals of primary and secondary schools from Velenje and Upper Savinja Valley took part in a workshop called Soft skills learning in class. The principals participated in workshops where soft skills were based on school management. During the workshop the bases of experiential learning were introduced. At the end some possibilities of soft skills learning were discussed and their importance was emphasized.