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context / project backgroundAll participating schools unanimously put the focus on increasing their effort in Europe-related work supported by active and vivid European projects. Goal is a constant development of teaching staff and student community including the school profiles. We aspire to involve students into the active project work (particularly the schools who did not travel with children before) as well as providing, increasing and using experiences (schools with practical traveling experience). According to this background the project "Childhood in a box" was developed by six schools from Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and Spain.
goalsStudents and teachers reflect and work on their living circumstances in order to understand them as their fundamental base. The children get to know their own and European identity. The forming of stereotypes and prejudices is going to be counteracted by a real getting-together related to the gained experiences. The participants think about their values and compare them in order to work out culturally corresponding conceptions. The learning contents are to be used during the project and beyond. The participating teachers are going to use and improve their knowledge about IT and increase their verbal skills in foreign languages.
number and profile of the participantsThe project is going to be realised by students, teachers and afterschool teachers. Two teachers per country travel and visit joint short term staff meetings. Six children per country participate in short term student exchange meetings. The age of the traveling students is set from eight to twelve years. They are going to be accompanied by three adults (2 teachers and 1 afterschool teacher). At the traveling destination there are younger students involved as well. The entire student community of the participating schools joins in the activities which are held during the duration of the project as well as the entire teaching staff (teachers and afterschool teachers) who are responsible for organization, implementation and evaluation. Parents are going to act as host families and support the local activities.
activitiesWithin the two years of the project there are going to be three teaching staff exchanges, three student exchanges and eleven internal school activities.
September 2018 - participants present their schools (involve movement)
Oktober 2018 - logo competition (participating schools)
November 2018 - teaching staff meeting Germany
- start up - moving teachers
- health awareness
December 2018 - Moving Box (small sports and games box)
January 2019 - moving leisure time or healthy food (everyday documentation)
March 2019 - teaching staff meeting Greece (games)
April 29th 2019 - Flashmob
May 2019 - student exchange Spain: Olympic Games (regional games)
Summary - termination year 1, refection, experience report
September 2019 - My personal hero
November 2019 - teaching staff meeting Italy (organization virtual museum visit)
December 2019 - Legendary local heroes (explore own history)
January 2020 - Virtual museum
(videotour, share online - "visit" museums in 6 countries)
February 2020 - Real heroes (real encounter with heroes of everyday life)
March 2020 - student exchange Slovakia / Czech Republic
- Heroes & Traditions
- play theatre, explore local history
April 2020 - Hero for one day!
- social commitment of student groups (self chosen activity)
May 2020 - Project Festival week (Student Exchange Leipzig)
July 2020 - sending Summer greetings
methodologyThe methods of the project are designed in various ways in order to support a diverse access to the selected topic. The beginning activities are characterized by mind maps or clustering in order to collect the students ideas. The following activities during the first year are going to take place in a discovering and experiencing way. Under the motto "moving" the participants explore the learning contents actively. The second year puts the focus on social learning goals. Common implementation, scenic plays, interviews and abstraction to the meta-level are the chosen methods. All reflection activities and feedbacks are going to be clarified by schemes and diagrammes.
results and outcome- intercultural learning boxes - eBook - project own homepage - cookbook
- regional presentations - photo book, videoclips
The videos and learning boxes guarantee a special sustainability of the results. Regardless of the project, the boxes can be used for all students. The cookbook can be used in the private sector and in the afterschool care. The results in the social area will permanently enrich all participants.