TEACHER IN RESIDENCE

Rooms with a view

Creative zone

2 days of this study visit in Cardiff have passed by and the conclusion is that this group of European educators is a very nice one. All members contribute to a professional atmosphere of sharing ideas and views.

Michael, the organizer of this study visit, provided a very interesting programme. Yesterday we started with a visit to the Welsh Assembly Government. There we got an overall introduction about the education system in Wales and afterwards and we had a good discussion. We learned that the curriculum is student-centered with a focus on skills and lifelong learning.

In the afternoon we visited Glyncoed school. The pupils and staff gave us a real warm welcome with presentations and songs. Afterwards we entered the school’s creative zone. All the pupils took part in the Big Draw and tried out different techniques to express themselves. It was wonderful to see how all of them were focused on their tasks, all alone or in group.

After these visits we went back to our conference rooms where we started with what we will do every day of this week. Each of us will have to give a presentation related to the theme of the study visit. I was the first to start and I was happy to present and promote the eTwinning programme. I must say that I have convinced my audience that eTwinning brings creativity into teaching.

On day 2 Michael took us his with his mini van to Llanishen High Shool. The secondary school is one of the largerst in the area with about 1600 pupils. We attended a P4C (Philosophy for Children) lesson and the kids discussed the topic whether people should be treated equal or not. For most of us this was really an eye opener.

Before returning to the hotel for the next session of presentations by the members of our group, we went to Ysgol Gynradd Moorland School where we had a presentation about a teaching approach for Kindergarten schools, called Foundation Phase. This view on teaching aims to stimulate children’s learning by providing a meaningful context.

Tomorrow there will be more sounds of inspiring horizons.

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