Aránzazu Iturrioz

IES Cantabria-Santander-Spain

Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics, Citizenship.

 

 

                                                                         

Q: What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: Education has changed a lot in the last ten years and I´m trying to include new approaches and methodology in my lessons. My biggest motivation right now is to enable my students to enjoy learning, work in team, learn to learn and give their best at school. That´s not an easy challenge.

 

Q: What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A: I feel really proud of different achievements as an educator. When my students entering university get excellent marks in my subjects, I feel very proud of them. Philosophy is a quite rough subject but some students always get to understand and give life to old and new ideas, and that´s great. Another milestone as an educator has been my work with low motivated students. By helping them to develop their potentialities, they have achieved great results and have learnt to be good fellow citizens. Finally, I´m proud of my students´ work in collaborative and global projects during the last five years. Thanks to these projects we have developed new competences that were totally unexpected for us. Collaboration with other schools and teachers worldwide has been a fantastic achievement I´m very proud of.

 

Q: Who is your education hero?

A: Those who are passionate for their work as educators are my heros. Those who take this profession seriously and passionately are great educators.

 

Q: How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: We can help them to develop communication and social competences, two basic competences, no doubt. Besides, we can help them to be hardworking, flexible and resilient because they do not know what job they´ll be carrying out in the future. Critical thinking, working in team and creativity are valuable competences to develop in our students too. Our students are native digital so, we can just educate them to use tech in a proper and respectful way.  Not only teachers but also governments, families and social media are responsible for our students´ education.

 

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: I´m a long life-learner and every school-year I include new strategies and challenges to my teaching. I do try to combine my work and contribution with my students´ s work and contributions. Listening the teacher and reading, studying and learning some texts are necessary but then, the more participating steps come and my students write their essays, present their materials and share the results of their investigations. We have time devoted to oral presentations and ICT. I´ve been using gamification at some extent too. Learning outside school is important for me and I usually arrange activities concerning local organizations.

 

Q: Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: Education in my country is changing fast and many schools and many teachers are including new goals, methodology and technology in their daily routine. Most teachers in Spain prefer that their students develop competences and skills rather than learning by heart and repeating what´s written or said. We´d rather want our students to be competent in looking for meaningful information, communicating and expressing one´s point of view. Information is so wide and available everywhere that we, teachers, should contribute to educate for a good use of it.

 

Q: What interested you in joining this project?

A: First, I join this project to help my students broaden their minds and horizons, as they may be living and working anywhere in the future. I want them to enjoy learning and thinking about Sustainable Development in a global project because it´s a must nowadays. Second, I want to contribute with my students, as much as we can, to create a better world where we all can live peacefully. It´s a matter of thinking globally and acting locally.  Last but not least, I want to learn from other fellow teachers as they can inspire my work and help me to include new approaches in my lessons.

 

 

 

                                       

Your name and surname Elif Buyukuysal

Your school : Emlakbank Süleyman Demirel High School

Subject/subjects taught : English

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A:As the borders are disappearing and it is very easy to travel other countries, language learning and social inclusion are important issues in teaching.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story! 

A: There are lots of because whenever my students tell me that they are glad to have me as a teacher, I feel proud of myself. :) And my school principals celebrate me for my accomplishments such as QL etc. But the principle I am working now never celebrates it, I don’t know why and this makes me feel disappointed.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: They are not famous but I was impressed by two teachers in my life. When I started as a teacher at the age of 22, she was in her thirties and taught me a lot with her smiling face.And another was when I was in my thirties and she was in her forties, she taught me to be patient and never give up. I hope I can inspire other young teachers :)

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce? 

A: In fact I don’t have a clear answer for this. But I always want my students to express their feelings freely and independently without being rude. To keep up the speed of life.My motto is I am not a teacher but an awakener :) I hope at least :)

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: To be honest I am not happy in this school. I love my students a lot and my colleagues as well. They are really nice., hardworking,kind etc. But the principle is always in his room and looking what we are doing from the cameras. I have got 2 QL and Erasmus KA2 project approved and he didn’t say anything or celebrated us. So, I don’t know his attitude or approach to teaching but my colleagues are really nice because they all celebrated me and my job. They always support me.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: This is my 20th year and 10 th school.It is hard to develop a vision if you change so many schools. You can’t adapt to corporate culture. To be honest , the educational system is really awful in Turkey. Nearly every 2 or 3 years the educational programmes change. The lessons change. The hours of the schools change. Last year we have 160 hours English and that means that the school needs 8 teachers but now, they decreased the English lessons and we will have 132 hours of English. This means that the youngest teacher in the school go to another school which needs an English teacher. Now , I hope I can stay in my school for next educational year but I am stressed if they send me to another school. I am the only one who makes projects and trying different methods of teaching in classes and I ask “Why am I going to other school,just for being the youngest? I want to stay at my school and want to run my projects.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A:As we worked together before, I knew that if you are the coordinator, then it will be a great project and well organized :)

The other point is that I have never heard  sustainable development goals and I wanted to learn and apply them in our lives to make the lives of my students better and their understanding as well. I believe we will success all together.

                                       

Shirlene Bemfica de Oliveira

Federal Institute of Minas Gerais - Brazil

English/ English

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: Motivate my students to learn. Most of them are too passive  and unmotivated.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A: By the end of each year I feel myself proud when my students contact me to tell that they are at university taking the courses they applied to.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: A teacher I had, she was my research project supervisor, Deise Prina Dutra. We have been studying and working together for more than ten years. I learned a lot about teaching with her. I owe her very big for this.

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: I believe students need to learn the basic issues such as Math, Language… But also the Humanities disciplines such as Sociology, Philosophy, … work out their bodies in Physical Education. In addition, they need to have the opportunity to prepare for their working career  with technician courses such as Industrial Automation, Mining, Administration, and so on.  Humanity disciplines prepare students to develop critical thinking. Language learning also help them to be critical citizens and they can also learn how to work in teams.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A:I try to promote situations in which students use the English language to communicate, to reflect about global issues, integrating the comprehension and productions skills.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: It depends on the context we are parting from. For example, in most of public state schools students study part time. They don’t prepare students for work or even for university. On the other hand, there are some federal public schools in which students spend all day long studying and preparing for work and for university. Students are well prepared for adult life.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A: I have been interested in this project because I believe the change for better  is possible and in a network we can learn with different people and we can collaborate each other. Social problems are everywhere and if we join together we can have good ideas to solve problems and we can test different alternatives.

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Lesley June Fearn

I.O. Guglionesi,

Via Cristoforo Colombo, 6

Guglionesi (CB), 86036

Italy

                                                                         

Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: My biggest motivation today is learning new teaching methods and meeting new people who have similar interests to me.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A: I have lots of proud moments as a teacher. It is difficult to choose one. Winning the first eTwinning label in a school with problem students has to be one of the most satisfying.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: I suppose Maria Montessori if I have to choose someone without thinking too much. Being a woman in those days must have made life so much more difficult.

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: ETwinning projects are certainly valid ways to prepare for the 21st century. The internet is wealth of information but people need to be careful and know how to move. I think that these projects take us on this journey together.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: My school is still set in the past with frontal lessons and textbook teaching but it is struggling to catch up with the 21st century. It is difficult without funds but the EU is helping us. Improvement means a lot of work, but slowly and with a good headteacher and a government that is pushing us to change, we are beginning to see change.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: Yes, I think I do. In the past I didn’t, also because I am not Italian. Experience has shown me that most teachers want to do the best for their students here and despite the lack of funds or help from higher up, they continue to succeed and make miracles.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A: I am a great fan of eTwinning projects and I love working with Barbara. The project is valid and of important topics of today and of the future. I know that it will be an important learning experience for our students and it I know that I will benefit from it in a wealth of ways too.

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LETIZIA CHERRI

Liceo Scientifico “G. B. GRASSI”

LATINA, ITALY

Subject: EFL

                                                                         

Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?  

A:  We are living in a more and more demanding global society where families need great support from other social agencies for the development of their children.  I have been teaching for about 25 years and I find that, from one side, teenagers are getting more and more vulnerable and suffering every year and from the other, the school seems unable to help them and it becomes a sort of enemy for them. So I am looking for new ways to build positive relationships with my sts, to help them find their talents and to become global citizens. For these reasons I am exploring different methodologies and try new ways.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A:Every time one of my sts says “Thank you, you have been really important” or “I love doing this stuff with you” I feel really proud of myself. On the other hand I was very proud also when I had an Erasmus+ KA1 project approved.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: All the teachers that are able to build strong relationships with their sts in a Dead- Poets-Society style.

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: Making them look outside their countries, making them feel part of the global society and willing to have an active role in getting it better. Global projects where they meet other peers, know them and work with them on authentic issues seem to me the best way.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: I teach in a liceo scientifico, a secondary school based on stem subjects that prepare mainly for university. The approach is definitely traditional even if there are a few more innovative teachers who are exploring new ways. In the last few years the school has improved the digital resources but they still are not enough.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: I think that my country is working hard to improve our school system, to update it, to meet 21st century needs. They are investing money to promote teacher’s development and lifelong learning.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A: I think teenagers ( and teachers ) need to know and to work with foreign countries’ peers to develop a global attitude and grow as global citizens to ensure a better future to the whole world. I have been working on Erasmus+ projects but they are time and energy consuming only for small numbers of sts. So I was exploring Etwinning looking for new ideas and contacts. And there I bumped into your project: you were offering the possibility of meeting not only European schools, but all the world’s schools to share a dream with. Now these 2 words “change” and “challenge” are always in my mind and I am thinking about how make my sts understand how lucky we are to have joined in this mission.  On the other hand, last year I started UN Models in my school and this year we will implement that deeply. So working on SDGs is perfectly tuning in what I need to teach my sts!

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 Maria Teresa Rughi

I.I.S. “G. Mazzatinti” - Gubbio - Italy

 English Language and Literature

 

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A:My biggest motivation is to face the challenge of a long transitional period in education in which traditional teaching-learning approaches are being replaced by new theories, based on the importance of developing competences, entrepreneurial skills, socio-emotional attitudes. Moreover all this is being supported by the growing use of technology and tools which can help a modern view of pedagogy and skills. All this passage is not easy and often a bit blurry,especially in my country where state of the art schools parallel closed,hard to change realities.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A:My proudest moment has been when I realized I have a latent resilience I was unaware of. I was strongly  conditioned by the model of the teachers I had as student, until by chance and due to my curiosity I discovered eTwinning and the opportunity to teach differently: My initial impact with a project based method and the new technologies turned out to be a real struggle. But now I feel  I have been able to overcome some obstacles , increasing my own motivation as teacher and also my students’ motivation.Last year I was invited to illustrate one of my projects at the eTwinning Thematic Conference 2016  “Citizenship: a new ethic for the 21st Century - the contribution of eTwinning” , where I also held a workshop with Caroline Kearney on the theme of competences.  I have also had an experience as tutor to other teachers  about the PBL approach and the use of ITC.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A:: Apart from well known names, I think that the education hero is the teacher who doesn’t give up at the first obstacle, who is always curious to learn, who cares about students’intersts and needs, who doesn’t like isolation and regret but who is willing to experiment and be part of a learning community to enrich abilities and to exchange mutual help.

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A:It is now clear that in a fast connected world, where the top ten jobs of the future have not been invented yet, education has a crucial role, that must be high standard and flexible.Students have to know what the opportunities for innovations are and be always collaborative learners.In my opinion teachers should be able to give students voice and choice first of all, making them main actors of their growth process.Moreover we should go beyond facts and notions and make them able to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Finally we should help them to be self aware, self confident and self assessor, being able to overcome difficulties and develop resilience.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A:The main teaching approach in my school is still linked to the traditional teacher to student model mentioned above.I wish I had  more collaborative colleagues and headteacher, curious to try new teaching approaches that would favour a more connected learning. But unfortunately most teachers are afraid of going out of the comfort zone and different subjects are taught in isolation within the classroom walls. Informal learning is not valued and little weight is given to ICT.Also the spaces need renewing.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A:Even if the government has been giving a strong impulse to a new form of education in which skills and competences could be adequate to the fast changing world, some schools are still reluctant and do not rely on reforms from the up. A digital coach in each school and massive digital training has been done in the last two years.At the moment in our country there are schools which are going fast towards a proper XXI century model of education and schools which hardly keep up with development.In my opinion we’ll take years before being able to change the whole system, but I am happy that something is being done.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A:I think that making students know and reflect on the SDG is a priority for teachers who want to help them live a better future as responsible citizens. Moreover this project might be a great support to develop the competences mentioned above,like critical thinking, problem solving,collaboration. eTwinning projects always represent a good opportunity to put these competences into action in a real communication context,where ideas and creativity can be expressed in a mutual exchange among young people with similar problems, passions and expectations.

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Barbara Ostrowska

Paderewski Private Grammar School Lublin, Poland

Theory of knowledge; Creativity, Activity, Service Coordinator; psychologist

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: My biggest motivation is to make the knowledge accessible and understandable for my students. I would also like them to become active, compassionate and aware citizens who are able to make a change in the world.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A: My proudest moments are when students who are not meant to succeed - do succeed, when students come back to school to see me and tell me their success stories and when I can see that they grew to be beautiful people. It is difficult to choose one success story but I think the biggest success is Joanna who after participating in activities led by me changed her mind when it comes to the university degree (from psychology to law). She just graduated and is extremely happy, still involving in MUNs and EYPs. I have former students working for the European parliament, pursuing their goals in universities in Poland and abroad and being happy about their choices - partly also thanks to the activities we’ve done together.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: Ken Robinson - my dream is to meet him!

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: We can prepare the students by giving them a chance to participate in meaningful and authentic experiences that enable them to gain key competences and essential skills like planning, communication, teamwork and entrepreneurial skills.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: My school is aiming at innovative teaching and learning using IT and cloud computing. We are also an IB world school and we are engaging students in lessons in critical thinking as well as programmes like Creativity, Activity, Service that enables them to engage with society’s needs as well as grown outside of their academic disciplines.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: If I were responsible for education in Poland, I would definitely introduce more project work and engage students with more up to date, authentic material. I would also strengthen the role of educators and make the way you can become a teacher more competitive so that it is not for everyone.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A: The project aims to gain a deeper understanding of the SDG - that is exactly what I planned for my students this year and making it the project in global partnership makes it an ideal opportunity for collaboration.

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Katarzyna Siwczak

IV Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. M. Kopernika, Rybnik, Poland

English teacher

                                     

Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: My biggest motivation in education is the wish to learn constantly. It is common knowledge that if you are a teacher you must be able to put yourself in a student’s position and you must learn all the time to develop personally (lifelong learning). Actually, the same applies to students: as it goes in the popular quote,”If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you; if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” I think I have such determination and willingness and when teaching my students I am trying to make them realise they need to develop this positive attitude to learning since without education one cannot easily succeed in today’s world.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A: It is really hard to choose just one such a moment. As a matter of fact, every year when studying my students’ exam results I feel very proud: even students who do not achieve very good grades in class do well or very well in external exams. Last year there was a girl who visited me after she had passed her oral exam  and who came to thank me for preparing her for the experience. She said, “Do you remember me on my first day at school? I couldn’t say a word in English and you taught me everything. Thank you - it’s thanks to you I’ve passed the exam with flying colours.” That was definitely a time I felt extremely proud of myself and really moved by her appreciation. There were also moments when some of my best students won important competitions in English that also meant a lot to me; as well as the fact of receiving the European Language Label for my first eTwinning project in 2006.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: The answer to this question will be very personal. It is my secondary school teacher of English. As a matter of fact, she was a substitute teacher providing us with English lessons for one year only but she did make a difference. At the time when there were no ready resources she was able to create great materials for her classes. There was always a lot happening in class - no place for boredom! It was obvious for everyone that teaching was her passion and I think it was her who infected me with this passion.

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: I strongly believe we have to show flexibility and react to the changing requirements of the work market, teaching our students flexibility as well. As it is the information-based world, we need to concentrate on the 21st century skills such as ICT skills, creativity, communication and collaboration. Students must know how to think critically, solve problems creatively, work in teams and deal successfully with  changes. Thus, allowing students to work on international project seems perfect preparation. We also have to teach them how to cope with failures so that they do not give up easily. This is the ability that quite a lot of young people still lack.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: My school is a general secondary school aiming at preparing our students well for the Matura exams (school-leaving exams) letting them enter university and continue higher education. Thus, the teachers participate in numerous courses both at school and outside (Erasmus, Power, European Schoolnet, etc) to learn new methods and techniques to make the learning process as effective and attractive as it is only possible. Our school’s policy also bases on another key element - upbringing. We concentrate on social skills a lot as well and try to make our students sensitive to other human beings by organising, among others, various voluntary actions.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: Well, the educational system in Poland is currently undergoing a serious reformation as a result of the political change. I feel rather confused about some of the ideas so I will refrain from commenting on them right now. Still, if I could implement some changes, I would definitely start with lowering the number of students in classes. It seems extremely difficult to conduct, for instance,  a chemical experiment, with about 30 students around. Another thing is the equipment. As a school, we are quite lucky to have modern science labs and mobile language labs being added this year, but quite a lot of Polish schools cannot enjoy the same situation.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A:The topic is really interesting: Be the Change. Take the Challenge. Following Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world." I believe it will be a great opportunity to teach students responsibility and show them every single individual can make a difference. In this way we can encourage students to take the initiative. Moreover, there is this personal factor: when taking part in The Tiny Stories project last year I learnt a lot from the other participating teachers and had a lot of fun teaching and learning at the same time. Thus, frankly speaking, regardless of the topic, I feel I just have to be part of this wonderful team of educators again!

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Teresa Ferrarese

IIS G.Marconi -Latina Italy

English

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A:Maintaining students enthusiasm for school and motivation towards learning is a challenging task for me. Students engagement is of critical importance in today’s competitive environment therefore goal directed activities should begin and then sustained.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A:Whenever a student comes back to me for advice is a proud moment. One day an old student of mine came to me asking to suggest him a short sentence to be written on his and his wife -to -be ring!!! I thought it was an amazing sign of trust and love towards his teacher. There will be many other little stories to be narrated but I would probably need an extra file!

Q:Who is your education hero?

A:I actually have two heroes Lev Vygotsky who gave way to the concept of scaffolding, that is to give students support to complete the task that they cannot quite do on their own, but then scaffolding will be reduced once they can stand on their own feet.

Howard Gardner because I believe in the theory of Multiple intelligences. Students have more than one way of processing information ,in the classroom we can engage multiple intelligences by singing educational songs, allowing students to work through concepts verbally, through art, through writing, with partners, and through movement. Students are constantly exposed to stimulus through the use of technological devices, therefore they need to keep  up with their learning pace.

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: Students  engagement is more likely to occur when students themselves value the learning task. Teachers should spread excitement about projects, give a reason for choosing the activities. Stimulate their creativity is also a very important task.

Students will care more if they identify themselves on their everyday lives in what they are learning. In a digitalized era they need to employ their skills fruitfully.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A:My school is highly technological , it has  lots of IT , biology, physics and language labs, so students can practice their work many hours a day. There are some teachers who have been approaching flipped classes activities, which are rather new for our system. We try to keep up with the latest government ‘s guidelines. We encourage studying abroad and invite foreign teachers for their training courses.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A:Schools in Italy are facing a new reform which foresees changes in several aspects of education and training provision management and of the curricula. It reinforces the school-work relationship and improving of digital skills.It also encourages work-based learning ,exchange programs and partnerships.

The creation of schools networks at local level  allow better use of resources, realisation of projects or initiatives for didactics, education, sports or culture with local relevance.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A:Going global is the issue I personally think is the main focus. Students need to know what happens in our world, what are the main problems in our society. Internet offers a lot of information, however young people tend to look at their surroundings superficially. This project will surely offer them the possibility to get acquainted with real facts, they will be able to look at the real problems, get into the problems and try to solve them. Problem solving is a great activity, it would open their minds and prepare themselves to a wider task.

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Lisa Somma

IIS Vittorio Emanuele II

Literature and History

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: In the new educational setting, teaching and learning are closely linked, this makes my professional life exciting, pushing me to constantly experiment with new methodologies and deepen themes in an innovative and creative way.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A: Moments of pride pave the way of teachers' careers and give us the charge to do better. Among my memories, the one I remember with greater happiness is when one of my students, demotivated in reading and writing tasks because of dyslexia, has had great satisfaction in a cooperative learning project of digital storytelling, showing himself and others to actively contribute to group work, with remarkable results.

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Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: I think it is very important to stimulate creative and innovative competences, as well problem solving skills and critical thinking, to be able for facing increasingly complex issues, related to the world of work and the personal sphere. Project as this, help teachers to improve also collaborative and social skills in the students, preparing them to deal with professional tasks with the appropriate equipments.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: In the last years, “Vittorio Emanuele II” school, thanks to government/EU funds, is completely renewing its digital equipment (wireless, Internet connection, computers and IWB in each classroom, modern multimedia labs...).

The innovation process is ongoing, the school is a training center for innovation in teaching and special projects gave us a creative urge to experiment with new learning pathways and test different assessment strategies and tools.

Teachers are starting to apply digital teaching methodologies in their everyday work. We are also developing a well articulated program about digital storytelling, 2D/3D design, a MakerLab dedicated to 3D print and Educational Robotic too.

Currently, other innovative projects in STEM+ A and in enhancement of cultural heritage are being developed and we are going to further many agreements with companies belonging ICT sector, to be continuously updated about the instances of the labor market and the new professional profiles related to the digital economy.

Q: Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: The situation of education in Italy is very diverse from school to school.

The real gap is not only in the technological equipment but among the various levels of school, because there is no programming for a vertical curriculum.

So, I hope that we can work collaboratively between teachers at all levels of school, for making agreements about content and innovative and creative methodologies that can offer our students a linear and coherent learning pathway for facing the labour market and the university study.

Q: What interested you in joining this project?

A: I will take part in the project with great enthusiasm because I am interested in both content and didactic strategy adopted.

I strongly believe in change, our role as educators offers the opportunity to "sow" the critical thinking and the spirit of collaboration in the new generations, aimed to contributing to the achievement of the goals of global sustainable development.

In particular, I’m planning to link this design activity to another educational project on UNESCO cultural heritage that will start during the new school year, following these linked guidelines: http://whc.unesco.org/en/sustainabledevelopment/ 

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Alena Jandlová

Obchodní akademie a VOŠE Tábor

Czech Republic

English, History

                                                                         

 

 

 

Q: What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: Education is changing a lot today thanks to technology. My big motivation is to make use of modern technologies in a meaningful way, which will help learning in the end. I´m interested in schemes of 21st century skills which emphasize communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Also, a model of flipped classroom appeals to me a lot, it has a great potential as well as MOOCs and other ways of online learning. Thanks to it our world gets connected and we learn, communicate with people from different areas. Last, but not least is changing role of a teacher who becomes a facilitator, a helper to a student who becomes more and more independent in his/her educational journey.

 

Q: What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A:  It´s always very pleasant when our graduated come and say that they enjoyed international projects and ask if we still carry on. Or, when present student find extremely useful and challenging tasks we did either abroad or in our country.

 

Q: Who is your education hero?

A: My educational heroes are people who keep carrying on, trying new things, are not afraid of failures, but they learn from them. These can be people from different walks of life. If I were to mention a particular person I would choose a Czech businessman of last century, Thomas Bata, a famous shoemaker with a vision not only for his enterprise, but also for education, he opened vocational public schools and motivated his employees for lifelong learning in various courses.

 

Q: How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: I think it´s important to prepare our students as open personalities with social feeling who will be ready for changes and challenges of their future life.

 

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: My school is a vocational one, we prepare students for positions in business and administration. Most of them continues their studies at universities. We use IT a lot in vocational subjects, we try to introduce teaching with practical experience, we support connections with schools abroad, send students to international traineeships. Our curriculum is quite traditional, but we´re looking for changes which would address our students.

 

Q: Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: I think we have to start from our previous and present knowledge, and adapt it according to the needs of future world. As we often discuss challenges of Industry 4.0, education 4.0 should be innovative and interconnected as well.

 

Q: What interested you in joining this project?

A: I´ve been involved in a number of international projects, mainly in European programmes of eTwinning and Erasmus+. I´m happy when student can work together, learn from each other and discover new worlds. Moreover, our previous project, The Tiny Stories was a big challenge to me. J

 

 

 

 

                                            

Susie Wilson

Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy

Current Events/Creative Writing

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: I have seen some educators focus on just knowledge and not thinking.  Thinking encourages to be curious, inventive and solve problems.  

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A:  My proudest moments are always the look on a student's face when they “get it.”  I know that if I was not there at that moment on that day the moment would not have happened.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A:  My heroes are my fellow teachers. Both in the past and presently I have had the honor to work with educators who hold high expectations for their students while looking at each as an individual.  I refer to the teachers who never teach the same year twice and will exhaust every possible alternative to help a student learn.  Each will meet the student where they are and and make them stronger.  

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A:  To prepare students for the 21st century workforce, we need to allow them be creative with problem solving and always know that they may be the one with the answer.  We need to have our students think globally and know that their voice can begin or aid in change. This empowerment will give them what they need to thrive in a world full of anxiety.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: Bright Star Charter Academy is one of three high schools in our organization.  We offer a rigorous curriculum along with Life Experience Lessons.  We are a Title 1 school and want to expose our kids to as many experiences as we can.  We go to National Parks, many colleges/universities across the U.S. skiing, white water rafting, sailing, etc.  

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A:  My vision is that all children have the quality of education we offer at Bright Star.  Equity.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A:  The connection to solving problems that exist in our World.  Our country is currently dealing with a President who viewed by many (especially in the Los Angeles area) as dangerous.  Students can feel helpless and hopeless when they hear such a negative and critical dialogue. Focusing on problem solving will empower them to focus on change and having the opportunity to engage with students from other parts of the world is tremendous and exciting.  It just makes the world smaller.  

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Rosa Calvino

Isis Vincenzo Corrado Castel Volturno ( Italy )

English

                       

Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A:My biggest reason is I just find it fun. I love teaching

 

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A:When my students help each other  .

 

Q:Who is your education hero?

A:John Mcrae , I loved his way of teaching, I have never got bored  of his lessons because he was able to capture my attention  . He is my Superhero teacher !

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A:We should encourage students to work in a team, think critically, and be curious to succeed as citizens in the 21st century

 

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A:I can tell about my approach to teaching . I teach English in a secondary school ,I like learning new things, I think life-long learning is the aim of a good teacher. I like trying new methods to make my lessons interactive and I believe this digital period.I flipped my lessons following the Flipped Classroom approach.

 

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A I think :Education will shape the world of tomorrow and the teachers have to work hard to reach their target

 

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A:I ‘d like to  keep in touch with other teachers and improve myself .

                                       

 

Francesca Neiviller

I.T.C. VittorioVenetoSalvemini-Italy

English/Business English

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: let students learn in order to be  good citizens in this ever changing world

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A: anytime my students achieve their aims!!!

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: Don Milani,a famous Italian priest!!!

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: learning and working with them having fun,enjoying what we do!!!

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: my school is trying very hard to change!!! We still have to work hard to see the change!! We are just at the beginning!!!.It’s not easy at all!!!

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: I think that education is the only chance ,today we have to make the world better and school is the best place where this may happen, where not only teachers but anybody can offer its expertise to the young who are the present and the future!!!

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A: the opportunity to learn and broaden my mind by exchanging different school experiences

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           Georgia Wilhelmsson

Uddevalla Gymnasieskola, Sweden

English teacher

                                     

Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: Being able to see how my students develop throughout the year.

    To feel that I make a difference in young people’s lives.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A: I won the National eTwinning Prize in 2015 and in 2017 and felt very proud of myself    and of my students at the time.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: That must be Malala. Even though she is so young, she has played an extremely important role for human rights and female education.

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: By teaching them skills like intercultural competence, empathy and respect towards otherness.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: Our school prepares upper-secondary students for further studies at university level. Every student is provided with a portable computer and has access to it for three years. ICT, international relations and core values are important aspects to apply into our education.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: I would like very much for eTwinning to become integrated in the national curriculum and to get a higher status in the Swedish school system.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A: The creator of the project with whom I had the honour of working with last year in another project, all the dedicated teachers around the globe, the networking which leads to many friendships and above all the subject dealing with sustainable development and problem solving.

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                                                                                          Mariella Brunazzi

                                                                            IIS G. Galilei

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

M: Making my students lifelong learners.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

M:  Seeing my students (even the weakest ones) collaborate to reach a common aim.

Q:Who is your education hero?

M:  Sir Ken Robinson

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

M: Helping them to learn to learn and develop those competences that will allow them succeed in today’s society

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

M: I’m moving from teacher-led lessons to student-centred lessons.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

M:  Yes, I do and I’m trying to give a small contribution.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

M: The theme of the project and the fact that it is based on PBL and CBL.

         

EMMANOUIL GEORGOULAKIS

GEL GOUVON, GREECE

BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY

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Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A: to help people achieve their dreams

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story!

A:  success in panhellenic exams for university entrance and nice things said about me from parents

Q:Who is your education hero?

A:  socrates

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

A: by giving them tools to explore the world

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: traditional but some innovation too

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A:  i do have and i am working for it.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A: the global approach and the project itself

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Emillie Mestre-France

Hello ! I teach English in Saint-Maurice High School in Romans in FRANCE.

Here are my interview answers.

Q : What is your biggest motivation in education today ?

_ My biggest motivation in education today is to make my students want to become fluent in English by travelling and meeting people.

Q : What is your proudest moment as an educator ?

_ My proudest moment as an educator was when I organized an exchange with Denmark, my students opened up, blossomed, improved themselves and gained so much confidence ! Magical !

Q: Who is your education hero ?

_ My education hero, maybe Erin Gruel and she is not famous like her, but I really admire Maria-Alice Medioni,  Spanish teacher, great pedagogue who taught in the difficult suburbs of Lyon and believes in the motto  : All able !!!

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce?

_ For the 21st century workforce, our students must learn to take the time... to improve oneself takes time and consistent effort...They must learn patience and rigor and to go into subjects in depth.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

_ My high school is great ! It's cool and there are lots of projects. it's a bit traditional but not entirely, students are used to working in groups but I can have up to 37 students for one class  !

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

_ Yes, I think international and European collaborations are amazing assets for our education. I think every student should go on an exchange programme.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

_ I wanted to participate in this project because the topics are similar to the curriculum of the European section and it's a great way to make it relevant for my students.

                                       

Stefania Pesce

Your school :

8 Marzo-K.Lorenz Mirano-Venice Italy

Subject/subjects taught : English

                                                                         

Q:What is your biggest motivation in education today?

A:As the borders are disappearing and it is very easy to travel other countries, language learning and social inclusion are important issues in teaching.

Q:What has been your proudest moment as an educator? Tell us the story! 

A: Well, there are many. I feel proud when my ex students pop up at school to see me again, some of them come back to say thank you for what I thought to them, some other just to say hello. But the proudest moment was when in London I met one of my ex students and she said it was me who inspired her in studying languages.  Moreover I’m proud when  students who said “I don't like English” at the end of the year  say “My favourite subject is English”.

Q:Who is your education hero?

A: My inspiring heros are was two primary teachers I worked with when I started teaching 25 years ago at primary school. They were always happy and joyfully whatever it happened and they were always trying to encourage students to do their best even if what they did was so good.

Q:How do you think we could prepare our students for the 21st century workforce? 

A: I don’t have a real answer for this. I always want my students to use their creativity because I think creativity and beauty will change the world.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your school's approach to teaching?

A: I teach English in an agrarian school, we try to have a scientific and interdisciplinary approach but with a bit of creativity.

Q:Do you have a vision for education in your country?

A: I would like to see a school that encourage and include  students and where nobody is left behind.

Q:What interested you in joining this project?

A: I took part in another project last year with the same  coordinator and I really enjoyed it because there were lots of teachers and countries involved and everything was really  well organized.

This year the theme of  sustainable development goals is really appealing and up to date and I think that everybody should do something to save the planet.

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