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The fourth Meeting








Wednesday 23rd January


The seminar started with a warm welcome from the deputy  headmaster and the team of advisors at  RZPWE to partners from Spain, Lithuania and France.
Following the agenda, the team of advisors at RZPWE together with the rest of the project team members visited RZPWE offices and  classrooms where workshops are held. 
Then we were travelling to Publiczna Szkoła Podstawowa in Chrząstowice. We were welcomed by the headmistress of this school Ms. Barbara Chyłka and the director of  the  Faculty of  Education Ms. Elżbieta Kaliszan.
Ms Kaliszan  provided some information about  the school and the priorities she would like to implement. Students in this school  not only  do they learn Polish as a national language but German as well , as there is a German minority in the region. 
We were divided into two groups and observed parts of two lessons: History and Mathematics. History lesson was based on authentical objects taken from ”School Room of Memory” and students job was to find information about the object chosen and present it to the rest of class. Maths lesson concerned the  Arabic and Roman numerals, the exchange of these numbers and how to use  the numbers to talk  about  the months of the year. 
We have also the possibility to observe a maths lesson held  at the gym where students measured steps and jumps using different kind of measure items. All observed lessons  combined theory and practice. 


The headmistress was also showing us  the space arrangement with  alphabet letters stuck on the corridor floor and expressions stuck on the stairs. Then, following the agenda, we travelled to the Digital Park of Human Evolution in Krasiejów. This place is  also called  a place of „direct education”- students from our region come here and learn about archeology, participate in archeological workshops ( in this region there are a lot of dinosaurs bones), take part into workshops about Earth history- when dinosaurs lived, what happened to them, why they died, the beginning of human beings, how people changed during ages etc.

After lunch we visited Opole. We started from our Centre of Science and Experiments where we  were watching new laboratories about  biodiversity. We were  also walking around the centre of Opole and looked for QR codes- which are placed  near the most important monuments and on the benches on Krakowska street.

The idea is to get to  better know Opole  History via QR codes. This source of knowledge can be used also by history teachers who can walk with students and use this to teach about  the history of Opole.



Thursday 24th January 

We spent the day  outside Opole. The first point was Publiczna Szkoła Podstawowa number 1 in Zdzieszowice. We started having an interesting  discussion with the headmistress of the school Ms. Beata Stadniczuk, the Deputy  Mayor of Zdzieszowice Mr. Artur Gasz,  the Director of Faculty of Education Mr. Miroslaw Czernysz. We were  told about the school priorities and students scores.
Then we went to observe a lesson led  by Ms. Irena Nocek. It was a lesson with tablets. 


The objective of the lesson was to improve students knowledge about Nobel Prices and Poles who received this reward. The teacher prepared some activities for the students to solve them and to receive a kind of Nobel prize in Maths. Students used tablets to solve a kind of escape room. 

We also observed a Biology lesson where students prepared some experiments using an interactive board and smartphones.
We had also the opportunity to talk to  the representatives of students.
And the last point of our visit was our  taking part in a dance - we together with the  students were dancing the most popular Polish dance called "polonez".
 
From Zdzieszowice we went to Leśnica where we spent two hours in Zespół Placówek Oświatowych. It is a boarding school for students with moderate and deep disability. In our region is the only school for disabled students.
Students prepared especially for us a Spanish and French dance and a pantomime.

We were observing activities prepared by the students with  mild to  moderate disability-  We enjoyed the cooking lesson,  carpentry and some artistic activities.We observed how the students work and learn to be independent in adult life. 

The headmaster,  Mr. Buszak,  told us about the school, their challenges and how they work with students. 

After lunch we visited the church of  St. Ann located very near Leśnica.This is a very important place for catholics  in  the Opole region. 

After coming back to Opole at 7 p.m. the official dinner was held in Starka restaurant.

It was a very pleasant end of the day.


Friday 25th January

We started visiting in Szkoła Katolicka in Opole. It is lead by the Association of Catholic School Friends. This school provides  kindergarten, primary  and secondary  education and it is located in a  very large building.

The headmistress, Ms. Maria Dragon, together with  the English teachers showed us the school around.

We observed a part of English lessons where students revised vocabulary using Quizlet Live and we watched the performance prepared by students on Catholic Women’s  Day ( 6th December).There is a theatre studio at school and the performance was prepared in the studio.It was very touching and professionally prepared.
After that we went to RZPWE and were working on  the diferent evaluation forms  that exist in each our institution. We were discussing about the documents and decided to prepare a presentation about them for  the next seminar that will take place in Kaunas on 18h-22nd March 2019. The coordinator told us about the project responsibilities and what is done  and what should be done.
The final point was distribution of certificates of attendance and the final photo.
   
 Thank you Opole partners. We felt like home!