Category Archives: Mobility 1 Romania

Fifth Day- Final Discussions

The fifth day of work was dedicated to filling-in an assessment questionnaire on the first project meeting. The results were interpreted and made available online by the coordinator of the Portuguese team and by one of the Romanian team members, Mrs. Stoiadin Gabriela. 

We made an analysis of the whole meeting and we identified the strong and the weak points that needed improvement. We decided to create Facebook groups for our students to give them the opportunity to better know each other and learn more about the project countries. 

The day ended with a traditional Romanian dinner, where the guests also had the possibility to listen to Romanian folk music and see traditional dances from the Arad region.

Fourth Day-Discussing Project Activities

The fourth day was dedicated to discussions on the activities to be unfold, from January 2015 to June 2016.

The Portuguese team coordinator introduced us to an online tool called digital mural and explained its advantages as a display tool. She also showed the other teams how to make best use of this digital application.

DigitalMural

We decided that the students from each school should make PowerPoint presentations about the life in their countries. Thus, each team of students would have to create presentations entitled as follows: How people live, How people believe and pray, How   people entertain , How people work and How people educate. The students would work on these presentations until the students’ meeting in October 2015.  We all agreed to use these presentations in order to design  representative posters for each project country. The poster would be the creation of students working in teams during the first students’ meeting in Turkey. 

It was commonly agreed to show all posters and PowerPoint presentation to students, teachers and other staff belonging to the partner schools. 

For the second students’ meeting, we decided to bring forward themes related to the national culture of each partner country. Thus, students would learn more on the traditional music, dances, clothes, beliefs, customs and arts belonging to the Romanian, Turkish, Lithuanian and Portuguese people. Each team would have to cook a traditional dish and present a specific custom for its country. It was suggested to make an album with photos taken during the activities dedicated to the cultural life of each partner country.

We reached a conclusion on the tasks to be solved by each team:

Romania: create and administer the project site in English; coordinate and print the book on stereotypes written by the teachers who are part of the project.

Turkey: make a Romanian-Turkish-Lithuanian-Portuguese-English mini-dictionary and a booklet on traditional attire specific for the project countries

Lithuania: put up an experimental music concert and film it on a DVD; make a book focused on the students’ work and products.

Portugal: make a calendar with the project activities and a booklet on stereotypes. 

Third Day- Scheduling Project Meetings

The third day of our Project Meeting was dedicated to analysing the project and establishing a calendar for our future meetings and activities to be done in schools with our students and fellow teachers.

Our work was eased by the Activities Notebook created by the Romanian coordinator, Mrs. Adriana Vadasan. To have a closer look to this project product, please click on: ActivitiesNotebook .

The teachers’ and students’ meetings were scheduled as follows:

Romania – 10th to 17th January 2015- Project Meeting for Teachers

Turkey- 19th to 25th April 2015- Project Meeting for Teachers

Lithuania- 13th to 19th September 2015- Project Meeting for Teachers

Turkey- 11th to 17th October 2015- Project Meeting for Students and Teachers

Lithuania- 8th to 14 May 2016- Project Meeting for Students and Teachers

Portugal- 29th May to 4th June 2016- Project Meeting for Teachers

The Portuguese team coordinator made a digital map of the teachers’ meetings to be held between 2015-2016.

DigitalMapMeetings

We had also  established the common criteria for students’ selection. We all agreed on the following:

1.The students must be between 14 and 18 years old.

2.The students must have at least an A2 level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

3.The students must be able to use an editing program, at  least at a beginner’s level and to communicate usign online channels.

Visting teachers from Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal attended English classes held in the hosting institution. The students were encouraged to speak in English and ask questions about the culture, history and lifestyle specific to the project countries. 

TeacherStudents

Turkish Teacher meets Romanian Students

We discussed about the procedure for making the mini-dictionaries in English-Romanian-Turkish-Lithuanian-Portuguese.

Second Day- Defining Stereotypes

The second day of our meeting was dedicated to understanding and making the difference between concepts such as: stereotypes, prejudgements and discrimination.

The working session started with a brainstorming activity done at a team level. The teams were formed by participants belonging to the same school and country. We tried to identify the most widespread cultural and national stereotypes associated with each country.  At the end of the brainstorming session, a conceptual mindmap was made, which was given a digital form by the coordinator of the Portuguese team.

For a closer look to the conceptual mindmap, click here. 

Conceptual Map on Stereotypes

ConceptualMap

The next stage consisted in identifying widespread stereotypes about the countries involved in the project. We chose ten prejudgements about each country.

Stereotypes on Romanian people, click here.

Stereotypes on Turkish people, click here.

Stereotypes on Lithuanian people, click here.

Stereotypes on Portuguese  people, click here. 

We decided to devise a questionnaire on the  stereotypes associated with Romania, Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal. The questionnaire had nine stereotypic statements for each partner country. The Likert scale was used for validating the questionnaire. We decided to distribute this end product in each school, to segments consisting of 100 students, 20 teachers  and 5 non-teaching staff members.

The project team also reached the conclusion that it was necessary to make a second questionnaire, in order to test the target group knowledge on the culture and history of the four countries involved in the project. This product would be distributed twice: at the beginning and at the end of the time span alloted to “Building a New Europe against Stereotypes”. 

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The last part of our work day was dedicated to discussions about the site and the blogs necessary to make our work accessible to a larger public.

The Portuguese team presented their Weebly site written in Portuguese. The other teams also decided to make Weebly sites written in their mother tongue for target audience that could not understand English. The project site, reuniting the work of all four teams would be written in English, administrated by the Romanian team and done using the WordPress platform.

To see the site created by the Turkish team, click here.

To see the site created by the Lithuanian team, click here.

To see the site created by the Portuguese team, click here.

To see the site created by the Romanian team, click here. 

First Day – Meeting the Partners

The first day of the meeting project was focused on breaking the ice and getting to know each other better. Thus, there were made presentations of the countries, towns and schools involved in the project. The presentations are available in the About Us, section of the site.

In order to understand each other better, we also made presentations of our educational systems and we tried to identify their similiraties and differences.  It came out that in spite of the distances between them, the four countries involved in the project do not have huge discrepances in the structure of their schooling systems.

Here are our presentations and our comparative analysis. 

PowerPoint presentation of the Romanian Education System.

Presentation of the Portuguese Education System, click here.

PowerPoint presentation of The Turkish Education System. 

PowerPoint presentation of The Lithuanian Education System.

The visiting partners ended their work day with a tour of the Economic High School of Arad, followed by a guided town tour.

Click on Programme-of-the-meeting-Arad to download the programme of the meeting.