Our planned activities will be held from 1st September 2021 to 31st September 2022 and we are going to take part in teacher training courses, which will help us achieve 3 main objectives:
- Expanding the course offer to cater to the local community in connecting language learning with local heritage
- Improving the existing practices regarding the courses we already offer with the main focus on assessment
- Creating and maintaining a healthy working environment for the school employees through leadership mentoring
We are looking forward to connecting with other similar schools to exchange the best practices and offer insights from our experiences and enabling our teachers to further develop their skills. We strongly believe that happy teachers = happy students, so all of this is going to have the greatest impact on the people we teach daily.
Our school director, Eva, has recently finished our first ERASMUS+ Mobility program. It took place in Berlin from 1st to 6th November 2021 and it consisted of a training course about Effective Leadership Mentoring.
As the description of the course states: "Leadership Mentoring is like holding up a mirror in front of your mentees, helping them recognize their functional or dysfunctional emotions and feelings in a natural manner, enabling them to become aware of and to address their actions and behaviors. A good mentor will know how to draw a mentee out of his comfort zone into more leadership-oriented environments and scenarios.
Mentoring is not the same concept as coaching. Mentoring is concerned with the development of the whole person and mentors are focused on providing individual support, growth, and maturity to mentees in order to attain their own work/life goals. Mentoring has a positive effect on one’s essential and hard skills and it facilitates socialization."
The course helped the participants to:
- Develop assertiveness, self-awareness, and self-confidence;
- Manage and prevent conflict in training environments;
- Apply transactional and transformational leadership in training environments, the principles of transactional analyses and cognitive-behavioral schema and situational leadership in training environments;
- Promote problem-solving contexts and attitudes;
- Manage reverse mentoring and delegation.
Transfer of Knowledge is one of the key aspects of ERASMUS+, as it helps promote and share our new skills and knowledge with our immediate colleagues and then they can share it onwards.
That's why Eva, Antonia, and Katarina held a knowledge transfer session today, where Eva gave them all the info about her ERASMUS+ experience and shared the best practices from her course.
They have tried out various methods and techniques that can be used in leadership mentoring and the session was very productive. The best part of it was that it felt like a team-building session as well, where everyone got to know each other better.
If you would like to try out some of the activities and learn some of these methods, here's a link to the padlet that Eva created about her ERASMUS+ experience.
Last month our English and German teacher Antonia traveled to San Cristóbal de la Laguna in Tenerife to take part in an ERASMUS+ mobility program. She attended a course on assessment and evaluation from 21st March to 26th March 2022.
Evaluation and assessment are something that we as teachers deal with consistently throughout our teaching. It can easily become a routine for the teacher and learners tend to develop a certain aversion and fear towards it. However, Antonia has learned that it can be a powerful and motivating tool in a classroom, beneficial to both the teachers and the learners.
The description of the course sums up this everyday predicament: “All learners want to pass, but they are too often in the dark about how their habits and attitudes are preventing them from achieving their true potential. By negotiating and sharing evaluation processes that value behavior and attitudes, as well as procedures and contents, learners begin to take responsibility for their own education; ‘What mark did she give you?’ becomes ‘What mark did you earn?’.”
During the course Antonia has learned:
- how evaluation and assessment can help us guide our learners’ learning process
- how to implement a self-evaluation scheme in order to help our learners take control of their own learning process
- how to use checklists as an immensely useful and practical tool to keep track of our learners’ progress
- how to foster inclusion by adjusting the evaluation and assessment criteria
After returning from her course, Antonia has shared her new knowledge and skills with the rest of our team, so that now we can all apply these new methods in our everyday work. So, dear learners, get ready to move your learning (and assessment) processes onto a new level.