Testimonials

Testimonials from teachers after the pilot and seminar:

 

‘Pupils can do more by themselves than you think!’ (teacher/seminar)

 

‘I learned about internationalization of pupils through learning tasks and different teaching methods’; (teacher/seminar)

 

‘I am going to take with me that it is important to prepare pupils for internationalization. For me as a teacher I would love to make an exchange with other countries and to stay in contact with them. The meeting showed me methods how to work with this at school’ (teacher/seminar)

 

‘To get your students activated; do not stick too much to rules and regulations; give your students freedom and responsibility’ (teacher/seminar)

 

‘I learned that talking and discussing with colleguages from other countries and with different experience is fruitable. I got inspiration for continuing working with internationalization. I plan to use more of the learner tasks for next year and will try to make others use them!’ (teacher/seminar)

 

‘First of all, I am more aware of focusing on internationalization and making sure that this awareness is important in my classroom’

 

‘I have found more opportunities to do many projects together. And enthusiastic people’ (teacher/seminar)

 

‘My contacts with other teachers made me realize that our problems/worries were similar and that maybe some recipes are valid in many countries of the EU ’ (teacher/seminar)

 

‘Everyone has a way to contribute. They just need the right environment to do so. in this seminar we got that option.’  (teacher/seminar)

 

‘Concerning the new skills: Pupils can do more than you think!’

 

‘The use of a portfolio is very important’ (teacher/seminar)

 

‘I learned that what is more important than knowledge is adaptability, empathy, a pro active attitude. And I am going to try to focus on teaching my students these skills and attitudes! ’

 

This is the link to the video about the Teachers speed date:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlXHaGVlDk&feature=youtu.be 

 

Testimonials from learners after the pilot phase:

 

"I really felt a sense of belonging to a group. I was no longer just a girl from a small country with economic and social difficulties. I felt I am a European citizen and I felt integrated in the world." (learner/ after pilot)

 

“I enjoyed the work carried out within this project and I felt my contribution really mattered. [...].” (learner/ after pilot)

 

 “We learned about different countries!” (learner/ after pilot)

 

“The project helped me discover who I am, what I can do, and how I can access essential information. I learned how to put forth new ideas, how to communicate them, how to listen to my peers and how to work as part of a group. These ideas will be very useful in the future.”  (learner/ after pilot)

 

“We gained experience and learned to become more self-confident. I’m looking forward to working in a new project.”   (learner/ after pilot)

 

“I learned that we can only achieve something if we do our fair share of work in a team. I discovered how resourceful some of my colleagues are.”  (learner/ after pilot)

 

Testimonials during first years research and the pilot phase:

 

 “Next time I would like to work with teachers from other countries!”  (Teacher, NO)

                        

Task no 12 from the toolkit seems very ready for use. It invites to connect with learners and teacher from another country, or even more countries at a time...(Teacher NL)

 

 “I want more learner tasks like these!” (Teacher NO)

 

Assignment no 3 about Sustainability looks great. I would also like my pupils to tell me how sustainable they are... The tasks seems well written, and it provides a good link with what we do right now! (Teacher NL)

 

A benefit of internationalisation in secondary education is that students and teachers become more aware of the fact that they are not only Dutch citizens, but also European citizens.  Additionally, they also gain more respect and understanding for other cultures.(Principal NL)

 

The preparation for a changing market has become essential as many Dutch students still think that everyone is waiting for them, but this is no langer the case. If students want to stand a chance in Europe they have to become aware that ‘spoiled’ behaviour reduces their chances. A company abroad prefers employees that wants to give their best and don’t start complaining immediately about secondary employment benefits, the job etc. Students should also be made aware of the cultural differences in Europe and that flexibility is required to attain your goal.

(Teacher NL)

 

We need to put pressure on change and on updating educational programmes. (Teacher  RO)

 

In my capacity of teacher of History, I inform my students about the history of different countries of the EU, I focus on European civilisation and we discover together the traditions and values of the European Union. (Teacher RO)

 

Internationalization can be improved by entering as many international school competitions as possible.  Last year, for instance, our school won a European competition called Euroscola. The prize was really worthwhile: a trip to the European Parliament. (Teacher ES)

 

I think it is essential to educate students to the skills or European Competences. However, these skills take up minimal space in the curriculum, or just do not have room. In fact, what is basically assessed is the level of theoretical knowledge possessed by the student. The evaluation performed on their skills or competences is almost negligible..... If the external evidence (e.g. university entry exams) remains focused on evaluating theoretical knowledge, the change is not possible. (Teacher ES)

 

  “The learner tasks include everything!”  (Teacher, NO)

 

Curricula should be changed to make room for these new methodologies and concepts. (Teacher ES)

 

The aims towards internationalization in secondary education supports pupil to broaden their horizon and to see that there is more than just the own country. (Teacher DE)

 

An exchange between different cultures can help to learn from each other. (Teacher DE)

 

The skills mentioned by Delgado are to my view often part of the curriculum. For instance the aim to take care for the environment and to be a team player. These skills seem to me basically reasonable and I would support to teach them all over Europe. In some places ecological Awareness is not promoted. (Teacher DE)

 

We tend to think more national than international. (Teacher NO)

 

The students learn respect and tolerance and become less xenophobic. (Teacher NO)

 

We do not emphasize to be an active EU citizen.  (Teacher NO)

I teach my students to become independent and take responsibility. (Teacher NO)

 

It is important for the individual as well as for the society to focus on internationalization. (Teacher NO)

 

I think youths should have a focus on other cultures and nations. *Teacher NO)

 

 




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