LITHUANIA: SHORT TERM EXCHANGES OF GROUPS OF PUPILS:Social inclusion – the Earth is my path and all men are by companions

LITHUANIA: SHORT TERM EXCHANGES OF GROUPS OF PUPILS:Social inclusion – the Earth is my path and all men are by companions

The purpose was to teach pupils to compare the best practical examples.The activities will have impact on schools involved in project and will contribute to raising schools’profile.Competences, information learned in this training will be integrated in schools’curricula.There were 5 students from Romania and 1 accompanying person,8 students from Greece,8 students from Spain.Around 20 teachers from Lithuania were involved,headmistress,about 200 students,15 parents,2 guides for outdoor activities,1historical expert,4 professional dancers,2 university teachers. 8.10.2019 Welcoming ceremony was organized by Lithuanian students who danced traditional dances, played traditional musical instruments.These instruments were created by students.Students presented a play using interdisciplinary techniques:dance,song, musical instruments.Students took guided tour of school in grades 2a, 2b, spent a regular day at school,participating in 2 interdisciplinary lessons:ICT-history,English-biology.Students watched a video about host-school comparing their school fetivals with Lithuanian ones.Students participated in interdisciplinary workshop,created decorative candles using wax,napkins and flame,studying principles of Physics combined with arts.Students attended workshop in Lithuanian Minor Museum,history lesson about Klaipeda, and students responded to tasks proposed by historical expert. 9.10.2019 Guided tour took place in host school for students in grades 3,4,they spent a regular day in Lithuanian school, participating in 2 interdisciplinary lessons: ICT-English; Biology-TIC.Students participated in workshop organized by professor Karrin Morrison from Klaipeda Language and Education Center on "Making thinking visible”,students worked using story "The enchanted forest" by Shirley Barber.Students went to an ethnocultural center and saw traditional Lithuanian clothes, musical instruments and were taught to dance traditional Lithuanian dances.Students from all partner schools learned traditional dances from their countries in order to make students aware of cultural heritage of each partner.Students took a guided tour of old town and learned about history and buildings of city, applying what they learned previous day, recognizing places and telling stories in their own way. 10.10.2019 Students participated in workshop in interactive museum of Lithuanian sea in order to show how biology as outdoor activity can motivate students at risk. There were lessons outside school: in Nida, history lesson in Palanga to develop students' observation skills.Students learned about traditional Lithuanian fairy tales from Neringa,Raganu Kalnas forest,mythology of good and evil, how history influenced Lithuanians’mentality.In Nida,students discovered life of fishermen,history of Lithuania,also geography-Nida dunes,life of Baltic Sea.Students had history lesson in Trakai Castle comparing their own history and finding common elements. Inclusion and integration it is not a pacific subject– first,students need to get aware of the fact there is a large amount of people NOT feeling they are part of a group.The sense of belonging is one of the most difficult steps,sociologically speaking,to promote inclusion and integration.So,our students benefited as growing persons from this awareness and became sensitive to the fact they can be positive and contributive citizens,recognizing differences but not discriminating their peers for being different.The sense of community was enlarged, and more people participated in the common life and in the several steps into building a resilient community,with place and tasks,duties and right to everybody.Social inclusion /integration is the essence of democracy.Teaching this,working this aspects with our students, helped them to become full time citizens, responsible for what is going on in society.The acquisition of this learning was evaluated through small-scale project assignments, which participants completed in groups. Given the non-theoretical nature of this training, participants were immediately able to use their new skills in their classrooms. It is quite clear that learners who were placed into this type of learning environment used their knowledge and skills-by thinking critically,applying knowledge to new situations, analyzing information,comprehending new ideas,communicating,collaborating,solving problems. Upon successful completion of the training, participants received Europass certificates.

LITHUANIA: SHORT TERM JOINT STAFF TRAINING EVENT Training on interdisciplinarity reducing ESL

Purpose was teachers’training for comparing best practices in each partner.Activities included skills,recognized expertise,competences needed to meet teachers' needs to achieve project aims.Teachers participated in 4 interdisciplinary lessons,knew Lithuanian education system.They had opportunity to share their ideas.They participated in international conference on school dropout.Each delegation presented situation in their country.There were lessons,non-formal workshops in museums,nature.2 teachers from Romania participated.20 teachers from Lithuania,200 students,15 parents,2 guides for outdoor activities,1 historical expert,2 teachers from Klaipeda University were involved.Given non-theoretical nature of training,participants will be able to use immediatelly their new skills in class.1st day began with welcoming ceremony organized by Lithuanian pupils who danced traditional dances,played traditional musical instruments.Pupils presented a play using interdisciplinary techniques: dance,music,playing musical instruments.Teachers participated in lessons of class 1,4b,2 interdisciplinary:ICT-English; English Biology.Teachers watched a video of host school,had discussions at round table comparing daily activities,extracurricular activities at Lithuanian school with those in their schools.Teachers attended Lithuanian Minor Museum in workshop on history of Klaipeda,together created lesson project on history-arts.Next day teachers participated in 4 interdisciplinary lessons:ICT-History;biology-ICT in grades 5-8 for exchanging best practices.International conference was held on project topic.Each delegation presented situation in their country,education experts were invited.A lecture took place by dr. Gražina Šmitienė on methods of reducing absenteeism.There were lectures on statistics,causes,measures of school dropout in Spain, Romania,Greece,LCC teacher's lecture in Lithuania.Teachers had workshop with professor Karrin Morrison,from Center for Foreign Languages and Education on "Making thinking visible:How to promote engagement,understanding and independence for learners" using "bridge" method,at end being presented results of students,impact of method.Teachers took guided tour of old town,learned about history,buildings of city,applying what they learned previous day.3rd day teachers had workshop in interactive museum of Baltic Sea,biology as outdoor activity can motivate pupils.Non-formal activities:nature lesson in Nida,history lesson in Palanga contributed to observation skills.Teachers learned Lithuanian fairy tales from Raganu Kalnas forest, mythology,history influenced Lithuanians’mentality.Teachers were taught to integrate history,culture,biology,geography into their lessons.In Nida teachers discovered life of fishermen,history of Lithuania,geography-dunes of Nida,marine life.Teachers had history lesson in Trakai Castle comparing their own history,finding common elements,in groups teachers designed a lesson draft combining history and arts. Participants in this activity benefited from the opportunity to work collaboratively with teachers from other European schools on projects centred on interdisciplinarity. Not only will they have a chance to improve their communication and English skills, but they will also engage in purposeful intercultural dialogue. The research at sea and history museum,furthermore, approaches cultural heritage from a participatory and intercultural perspective. By participating in it, teachers will understand that their pupils gain first-hand experience in preserving the past, renegotiating its significance for themselves in the present, and selecting how to represent and interpret it for future generations.Participants also benefited from tours to museums and cultural sites in the city of which showcase cultural heritage in a more formal and immersive setting than children from rural and suburban schools usually have access to. When the project will be finalised and we can see the fruits of our labour,it feels good knowing that we were involved in something that benefits the community.Knowing other countries cultures, people open the door to the world. Strengthening ties between European countries brings mutual benefits for schools.The acquisition of this training was evaluated through small-scale lessons drafts,which participants completed in groups. Given the non-theoretical nature of this training, participants will be immediately able to use their new skills in their classrooms. Upon successful completion of the training, participants received Europass certificates.