This is a two-year project that starts in the autumn 2017 and ends in the autumn 2019.
Summer 2017 – teachers
We start to prepare for the project by updating our English skills. We will enhance the vocabulary skills needed in the project by reading about the national curricula and the school systems of the target countries. We will also familiarise ourselves with the culture and nature of the Nordic countries involved in the project. The Finnish schools that host the teacher mobility program prepare for the autumn. RK and KA will cooperate and design a presentation or an activity-based lesson about the Finnish school system and curriculum. They will also start planning and preparing the lessons, and possibly the multi-disciplinary courses, given during the teacher mobilityprogram.
Autumn 2017 – teachers
In the autumn 2017 a teacher mobility program will take place in Salo, Finland. Linda Högkvist from Sweden will come with colleagues to visit the primary school of Armfelt. Thora Skuladottir and a colleague of hers will come to visit the lower secondary schools in Perniö and Armfelt. Before the teacher exhange, the teachers involved in the program will familiarise themselves with the school system and the core national curriculum of the host country. The teachers in the host schools will plan lessons that correspond to the needs and expectations of the schools the visiting teachers come from. If possible, the lessons will be in accordance with the objectives shared in the national curriculum of each country.
The teachers taking part in the teacher mobility program will attend the classes as students, and write a description of the lesson on a webpage. They can take note of for example: the topic of the lesson, the aims, teaching methodology, learning environment, students’ level of activity, and the possible use of ICT (e.g. the webpages or applications used). They will also consider which other subjects the methods used could be applied to, as well as write comments, evaluation and opinions on the lessons. They will document the lessons by taking photos and shooting videos. The experiences from the lessons can also be transformed into videos or other visual presentations.
Spring 2018 – teachers
In the spring 2018 Finnish teachers will visit Iceland and Sweden. For the guidelines for the visits, see part Autumn 2017 above.
Autumn 2017 and spring 2018 – students
The students participating in the project will keep in contact on Facebook’s Nordic Friends –group. They will conduct small-scale projects that exhibit the common contents and aims in the national curricula of the participant countries. These project can for example be related to sustainability and environment, pupils as consumers and their ecological footprint, or the oceans (Ocean Challenge Badges). Pupils could make their projects both in their mother tongue and in English. It that way we could easily integrate science (biology, chemistry, geography) and English. The outcomes of project will be evaluated both in December 2017 and in May 2018 when both the students and the teachers participating in the project will fill out a web based evaluation form.
Autumn 2018 – students
During the second year of the project we will start a student mobility program. First, in the autumn 2018 students from Iceland will visit their partner schools in Salo, Finland. The visit will take about a week. The students will be accommodated in Finnish host families, and they will attend the same classes as their host. In addition, they will learn about Finnish nature and culture. Our aim is that the students will also cooperate with their partner class and plan a multi-disciplinary theme day together. The students will write an illustrated diary about their experiences. The diaries consist of e.g. videos, vlogs, blogs, picture collages, and written texts. The teachers will take part in the classes and, if possible, act as co-teachers. In that way, the teachers will familiarize themselves with the different subjects, and get a hands-on experience of the host country’s school system.
Spring 2019 – students
In the spring 2019 Finnish students of secondary school will visit Iceland. The visits will be conducted among the guidelines listed above. Autumn 2017 – autumn 2019 During the two-year project our aim is to develop an idea bank with concrete examples on different Nordic teaching methods and practices. The main emphasis will be on teaching science. The different practices used in the lessons will be described and classified, for example according to the topic of the lesson. The lessons will be described in terms of for example: the topic of the lesson, the aims, teaching methodology, learning environment, students’ level of activity, and the possible use of ICT (e.g. the webpages or applications used). They will also consider which other subjects the methods used could be applied to, as well as write comments, evaluation and opinions on the lessons. They will document the lessons by taking photos and shooting videos. The experiences from the lessons can also be transformed into videos or other visual presentations. At the end of the project, the best ideas in the idea bank will be published in an open-book format, i.e. as a book that has free copyrights (Creative commons). This is one way of ensuring that the results of our project will be accessible also in other schools. We will also incorporate a calendar for our project on our webpage. The calendar will show all the activities and schedules of our project, which will ensure that the project proceeds as planned. This will also facilitate the evaluation process of our project’s outcomes. We will evaluate our project at the end of each term, i.e. at least four times during the project. Methods used in the evaluation will include self-evaluation, group discussions and SWOT-analysis. The data gathered from these will be documented on our webpage.