3rd day of Mobility in Lyceé L’Oustal, Montastruc-la-Conseillère (Written by Greek team)

On Thursday the 16th  of May the students worked together in international mixed groups on group project work, which our hosting school had arranged before the meeting

Morning activities started at 8.35 and lasted till 12 a.m with  the Dutch, German and three Italian students working on a kitchen project  while another group of Sweden, Greek and the rest of Italian students participated in a collaborative, game and sports tournament.

The students working on the kitchen project were introduced to a well equipped kitchen capable to invite up to 6 groups of  students. They were obliged to wear a kitchen apron, a hair net and  plastic foot pads for hygiene purposes. They were assigned to cook a traditional French recipe called  La Quiche Lorraine and  prepare the brioche dough for another recipe called Les mini Tropeziennes. This recipe was fulfilled by the group of students who worked in the afternoon on the kitchen project.

They were asked to work and mix together in groups of three students each one coming from a different country.  They followed instructions given on paper, collaborated and executed the recipe with success having fun and being proud of the result  Students tasted  the Quiche Lorraine pie, discussed about whether they liked it and served the pie to all teachers at school.

Alongside the group of Sweden, Greek and the rest of Italian students participated in a collaborative, game and sports tournament.

Students were divided into two groups with different nationalities through a game with a ball.

They were asked to cross an imaginary river stepping on imaginary rocks  represented by cardboards. Each team was on a different side of the river. Each time one stepped off a rock into the river the team had to start over again. Each student had to be stepping on a rock, never to leave a rock without being stepped on behind the first one crossing the river because a crocodile (a teacher) would remove the rock from the river making the task more difficult.  Students were placed in special roles. There was a student blindfolded, a pregnant one (with a balloon) and a student with tied hands. The task of crossing the river became more difficult and required asking for help and  collaboration between students. The photos below show highlights from the game.


The two teams managed to cross the river and each team with the help of each other was found on the opposite side of the river.

At the end of the game the students discussed about the game. How difficult or easy was it for each one, who was the one been grunting all the time, how did the students in the special roles feel. The students concluded that the game started off as a competitive game between the two teams on each side of the river only to realize that the only way to complete the task was, for the two teams to collaborate. Students were surprised to realize that at the end.

The same applies in real life, people start off competing with other only to realize that the best way to succeed a goal is for people to work with each other.

We all had lunch at the school canteen at 12 a.m Group activities started again at 2 p.m and lasted till 4 p.m

In the afternoon it was the turn of the Sweden, Greek  team and of four Italian students for a kitchen project. They worked in groups of three students of mixed nationalities and were asked to fulfill the recipe given in the morning of the mini Tropeziennes. They prepared the pastry cream and combined it with the brioche dough which was prepared by the morning group, in order to bake a set of mini Tropeziennes. Teachers participated as well.

The photos below show highlights from the cooking project.

The cooking project was an opportunity to work together and communicate over a common task in a language that was no one’s first language. It was a creative project with a tasteful result and an opportunity to learn about   traditional French food.

We left the kitchen to meet and taste the brioche mini Tropeziennes. French teachers presented us on posters other traditional French food and the places the food was coming from.

A poster with pictures of traditional food coming from each country participating in this Erasmus program was prepared by the school hosting us and students from each country were asked to present the food.

A booklet with traditional recipes coming from each country was prepared from the French teachers handed out to each teacher coming from the other countries.

Students returned to families hosting them at 5 p.m.

It was a full day and a fun opportunity for students to collaborate and come closer through the games, to create and learn about each other and others food culture.

Students from different nationalities,  setting a common goal, collaborating and coming to a tasteful result was a pleasant, playful way to relax, come together and get to know each other. Also a way to experience and appreciate different traditional recipes of France.

 

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.

Experience Cultures and Enjoy Diversity

Temple and Enchanted Castle

On Wednesday afternoon our project started with its well-deserved name “Experience Cultures and Enjoy Diversity”

Our trip started at lunchtime on the grounds of our Italian partnership school. From there we were picked up by a bus which took us to the so called „Enchanted Castle“.

It’s a garden with an infinity of mysterious faces carved into the rock made with the unusual creativity of Filippo Bentivegna. A person who, for over 50 years, hadn’t done anything but sculpt and carve heads, creating more than three thousand faces, some perhaps resembling famous historical figures, others with wide-eyed expressions.

Our tour was meant to begin at the foot of a mountain which we were able to climb under perfect weather conditions. Our efforts were rewarded at the top of the mountain with a wonderful view of the sea and the city below. The view was breathtakingly beautiful!

We were surprised to find that our ascent was accompanied by group of music students from the same school.

They were singing Sicilian songs and made the ascent less hard for everyone. From very early on we were impressed by huge bits of rock in the shape of heads that had many versatile faces carved into the stone.

At one of the mountains highest points all students and teachers took a break when suddenly a young actress appeared behind us to perform the tale of Filippo Bentivegna with a short play. During this play everyone learned a lot about Filippo Bentivegna, his tremendous creativity and his hard work with creating more than 3000 heads of rock down to the smallest, detailed carvings.

The play was accompanied by music which was meant to help us listeners back shift in time and therefore served the purpose of a perfect foundation for the following task. The 3000 heads of rock show particular emotions and expressions. We realized that diversity can be portrayed with the illustration of emotions. The task was for everyone to find partner who was unknown to us, to look into each others eyes for five minutes and not to speak a single word.

There was a beautiful peace and silence at this historical place. Nobody was talking or gesticulating yet still so many emotions and information were exchanged.

Afterwards every participant was given the time to move around in between these impressive carvings. The stone grottos, which were built inside the mountain creating a sub terrestrial labyrinth, were particularly interesting for us students.

Our visit to the Enchanted Castle was topped off beautifully by a joint traditional Italian lunch.

After these wonderful impressions and emotions our further travels led us into the history of old Greece. Once again, we got onto the bus which took us to „Agrigento“ an important location for Greece in the antique.

At the foot of a mountain we could only guess which impressive buildings we were going to visit. We were right in the middle of an archeological site of old Greece. At this sight you can visit the biggest remaining temples of antique Greece. Even today it’s a symbol for greatness, power and a true treasure of cultural inheritance.

Today the temples are part of the UNESCO world heritage. We qiucly found out why they are some of the most important constructions of the world. Huge greek pillars emerge from the ground the left the most impressive moment when the sun went down.

As these beautiful pillars are a true image of the culture and history the greeks build these impressive pillars to honour their gods. We could learn many thinks about the religion in antique Greece by doing a guided tour.

Eventually we enjoyed a beautiful sunset which served perfectly as a motive for many amazing photographs.

Both trips were special in their own way.  They helped us to bring history alive and made sure the students could experience cultural diversity. 

1st day in Sciacca meeting

Our adventure begins on Monday, the 12th November 2018, when, one by one our guest partners arrived in Sciacca.

Each group was met and the guest students were introduced to their host families who quickly took them home and got them settled in ‘Sicilian style’, good food, friendly hospitality.

The next day, Tuesday, all the students and teachers involved in the project met in the school’s main hall. Our headmistress, Ms. Giuseppa Diliberto, welcomed our guest partners wishing all the best for a profitable meeting, enjoyable activities and stimulating experiences.

Each school gave a presentation of their schools and the courses they offer and their participation in the European dimension.

Ms Katherine Mùnstermann then presented the project outlining its aims and objectives in the light of the development of more and more multicultural societies.

Following the presentation of the project the students began their first activity by creating an ‘Answer Garden’ inserting a word that conveys their personal idea of ‘diversity’. The word that the majority of students used to define diversity was ‘OPINION’.

At the end of this activity there was a break before leaving school to visit the Carnival Museum.

2nd day in Sciacca meeting (Face across sea)

A part of the program presented at Sciacca was called : «A face across the sea». Two adolescent refugees from Africa spoke during the presentation.

 

 

They spoke about their personal experiences about the difficulties they had since they were forced to leave their homeland due to war and poverty, until the moment when they alone, losing their families, were hosted by the Sciacca inhabitants. There, they met the humanity, the care and the love of the inhabitants. Their dignity and their narrations about their life were shocking. It was a presentation of the real life of the refugees. It became completely perceived by all with the help of the teachers of the Sciacca school.

Then, after being informed by the responsible organization who takes care of refugees, the students were asked to record in one word each, on the white paper that was on the wall, their feelings about the diversity and the refugee .

In addition, divided into two children from all countries present, they read “The rules of the travel” .They were rules that can protect  the refugees from different problems.

It was a very interesting activity,  that  moved, trouble and mobilized the students and teachers.

3rd day in Sciacca meeting

Workshop on diversity and farewell party

At 08.30 am, we started working together in the school. The students worked together in international mixed groups, which our hosting school had arranged before the meeting. The students sat in their groups to listen to the instructions given by the Italian teachers. Each group got a different task, but all tasks were on the theme of the project; diversity. One group made a film, where they interviewed each other, one group recreated the life story of a young migrant, who we listened to the day before. Another group coloured the colours of the rainbow and wrote words that they associate with each colour on the theme diversity, another group wrote a short story and one group worked about “The Enchanted Castle”, which we visited the day before. After working together, the whole morning, the groups presented their work for each other and for all teachers. They did a great job and learnt a lot, not only about diversity but also about working together and communicating over a common task in a language that was no one’s first language.

The teachers also had a meeting in the afternoon to talk about upcoming tasks, trips and plan our project more in detail. We also talked about how we are dividing the tasks and the responsibilities.

In the evening, there was a farewell party for all students and teachers at a local pizzeria. It was great fun, but sad at the same time since our first project meeting was coming to an end after a great week with great sunny weather, lots of new friends and many new experiences. There was lots of food, music and dance. As dessert, there was a big Erasmus cake. A fun night together, that will be remembered.