During their stay in Croatia, teachers worked on project-based learning as a tool of increasing students’ engagement.
On Monday, after the introductory workshop, they were job-shadowing on physics class that was an example of interdisciplinary approach of teaching Physics and Music as well as Croatia – full of life where they witnessed a combination of geography, foreign languages, history, art and gastronomy.
By taking part in the round-table discussion Our country’s educational system and the challenges we face they were able not only to share but also to learn other countries’ educational systems and the changes they are undergoing.
This was an excellent opportunity to exchange good practices, so they took part in Presentations of teachers’ PBL lesson plans, followed by discussions and suggestions for improvement.
On Tuesday, teachers attended a presentation Introduction to Innovative Teaching Methods and a workshop Hands-on Experience with LD to be ready for the production of the expected end-result of joint staff events: an ebook with lesson plans supporting new teaching methodologies.
Next, they took active part in a guest speakers workshop eTwinning in a Nutshell by Tomislav Pavlović, which was very important since dissemination of the RRC project on the eTwinning platform plays an important role.
Finally, the presentation PBL as a Tool of Increasing Students’ Engagement enabled the teachers to see how the host school High School ban Josip Jelačić has incorporated PBL into their teaching.
Wednesday was the day of joint collaboration of students and teachers – they jointly presented their schools’ projects to each other, answered questions and discussed improvements.
After that, teachers worked in teams to design PBL learning activities for outdoor learning activity to the Plitvice Lakes using LD.
Also, teachers attended a presentation by a guest speaker Transversal skills by Arjana Blažić.
On Thursday, both students and teachers went on excursion to the Plitvice Lakes National Park – the UNESCO World Heritage. Teachers used the jointly developed lesson plan to conduct this outdoor learning.
Friday was a very exciting day as the guest teachers went into Croatian classroom to talk to students about Culture of Portugal / Poland / Greece or Turkey. These teaching assignments were a great and beneficial experience for both students and teachers.
After that, teachers worked together on drafting the RRC ebook.