Conclusion about our mobility to Sweden. (Written by German team)

In conclusion our mobility to Sweden has been a great experience not only for students but also for the participating teachers.

Our Swedish partners welcomed us in an amazing and hearty way.

And it really felt like meeting friends again.

The topic of our Sweden mobility was to find out about the diversity of teaching and learning methods.

Right in the beginning of our mobility we watched tiny recorded films about typical teaching and learning methods in the different countries of our project. It was interesting to get a closer look into the way of teaching and learning in other European countries.

Within the scope of this week the teachers also got the chance for team teaching lessons. Teacher taught together. They used Swedish, English and German and established intercultural and international learning in lessons. One of the highlights was to learn about the way to work with tablets in lessons.

So, the international students got the great chance to visit an IT – lesson at Gränbyskolan. They learned about programming and the skills to navigate robots. It has been an important learning process for all the students to work with new media as part of daily lessons at school. While programming they improved their media skills and learned about a modern way of learning and teaching.

Students and teachers really appreciated the possibility to learn about the variety of teaching and learning methods and the way students learn in an international exchange. They found out about similarities and differences in education in different European countries.

Additionally, the knowledge and the important experiences they made will be the basis for the development of teaching and learning processes at the other schools. The intercultural and European exchange has offered a positive reflection on lessons and teaching in general.

The longer our journey took the more our young students widened their horizons. They became more tolerant and open-minded and they really enjoyed the close contact to their host families. They improved their language skills and became more self-confident.

They more and more solved language problems and found ways to communicate with each other. Especially the Swedish host families have been very protective, and they helped with their hospitality to melt the ice quickly.  

All in all, the journey to Sweden was great fun for everyone. We got many chances to improve our intercultural knowledge about Sweden and all the other participating countries and culture. Especially for students it was an important possibility to widen their media competence and to get to know about other ways of learning at school.

It has been an amazing and very educational journey with ongoing experiences and friendships.

Work of Greek team for Uppsala meeting

Greek team presented 2 courses of Greek education system.

One course is in technology , where students work in teams.The objectives are to develop students’ understanding of the steps to be followed and the activities they will have to engaged in while studying about industry and to learn about ways of finding and evaluating information relevant to industrial production.

One course is in French as foreign language , where used the technique: R.E.D. (rêve éveillé dirigé = directed dream). This is a technique where students, after hearing a text that the teacher has read, close their eyes and take a relaxed position at their desks and tell their own dream.

 

2nd day in Uppsala meeting

The second day (Tuesday 5-2-2019) of meeting in “GRANBY SKOLAN” of Uppsala, Sweden. (Written by Greek team)

At 9:00 we meet students and teachers at Uppsala central Square. At start we took a memorial photo. Sweden teachers explained to us that we will see the most important monuments and sights of the city. They gave us a map and a questionnaire with which we would discover the city ourselves. The teachers were divided into groups and the students in their own groups and we started. 

The tour was wonderful. We first started from the city’s cathedral which was impressive. The music that we listened to, while we visited the temple, was a   terrific impression. Something we do not meet in Orthodox churches. It is an imposing and very handsome temple. We wanted to visit the museum of Gustav but it was closed for technical reasons. Coming past we passed the theater and then visited the University Library “CAROLINA REDIVIVA”, where we saw the silver Bible of 6th century.

We visited the historic University of Uppsala, one of the oldest in Northern Europe. It was a terrific impression that the building was preserved after about 500 years in operation. We ended up on the hill with the castle, where we met our pupils and together we ride on a sleigh in snow, with the help of Sweden colleagues.  In snowy Sweden, all of us love to play with the snow!

The tour ended with a local sweet and coffee or tea (“fika”). We returned to school. After eating in the school’s restaurant and tasting the wonderful Swedish tastes once again, we work with 3-D printing and programming robots. Students were especially gratified because they were engaged in Robotics that was of particular interest to them. We also found that every Swedish student had a computer or a tablet for use in class.

The lesson ended at 16:00. The experience of all day was unique.

We look forward to coming the next day to learn new things.

4rd day in Uppsala meeting

February 7th 2019

We arrived at the high school at 8.30 a.m and we all went to a cooking lesson. All various nationalities were there except the Swedish students. We divided the group into two. A Swedish cooking teacher wrote down on the board what we were going to do during three hours (the plan). First, we watched a video on « having fika ». It was  a very funny rap video.

Afterwards, we all put on our aprons. We were given a cooking recipe « baking of traditional fika ». The different nationalities were mixed and there was even a teachers’ group.

Everybody had a great time preparing the fika even if sometimes they had some difficulties understanding all the different steps of the recipe. By 12 O’clock we all finished and we sat down and ate our preparation with a cup of tea, coffee or water. The Swedish students joined us.

We then all set off to have lunch. Thursday is a particular day in the school where you traditionally eat pancakes and parsnip soup.

At 1 O’clock the coordinators gathered together to discuss the Erasmus timetable schedule until May. The other teachers were free.

At six in the evening we were all invited to the school in the cafeteria for the closing ceremony at the school cantine. When we arrived we were welcomed by the headmaster and the vice headmaster. The headmaster did a little speech and we all started eating a traditional Swedish meal. During the meal we were accompanied by a Swedish teacher who played the guitar. The Swedish teachers and students began singing «Vem kan segla » « »and then we all sang in English the same song « Who can sail ». Later on we all sang the following  song :«We are the world ».

Followed the Diplomas’ ceremony. Coordinators of the different countries were asked to come forward and they received the certificates of attendance. Afterwards we went to « Jalla » and the conference room. Almost all the students started singing and dancing songs from different origins. Others played ping pong. There was a bar where we were able to drink soft drinks and eat crisps. All things come to an end. At 9 O’clock we stopped dancing and time came to say goodbye to Swedish teachers.

Photos of Uppsala meeting