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Sustainability

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Introducing filmclip

 

Click here for the introducing filmclip:

www.culturalfusion.eu/video/Sustainability.htm

 

Sustainability 

 

 


 

Introduction

Your project is finished; what now? It would be a pity if your project  be forgotten, or in the worst case be unknown to others. Therefore, it is very important to consolidate our work, which can be done in various ways. In this project, we will  sum up the different ways of how to consolidate and imbed your project. So, in what ways can we imbed our project in the school?

 

Consolidation

As mentioned, it would be a shame if your project would be forgotten. To be sure that your project will not be forgotten use some of the guidelines listed below.

Provision of sufficient information

  • Before starting
  • During the project
  • After the project

 

Before starting your project, inform your colleagues

  • What your project is about
  • When it will start
  • Who will participate

 

This information can be provided to your colleagues by e-mail or the school paper. Of course, there are more ways to inform your school about your work.

 

Extended evaluation

In the end, it is very important that you evaluate your project properly and be sure of the fact that other colleagues have access to this report. It is relevant that your recommendations are clear to everyone. Furthermore, make notes of flaws in the organisation and find solutions to improve them.

 

Transparent communication

  • With the school board: To complete the imbedding of your work, you have to be sure that the school leaders are being well-informed.

         Without the support of the board, you might find many problems, for example, financial.

  • With the other personel: It has already been said that sharing information with other colleagues is highly relevant
  • Expose projects to younger potential students to gain interest.

 

Maintaining interest

Main problems

  • How do we keep our colleagues interested in medium and long-term projects, especially when colleagues often change schools from year-to-year?
  • How can we encourage staff to take an interest in and or take part in projects? eg.) It takes a huge amount of time to plan, organise,

          research, prepare the content of the projects. Teachers have to do this in their own time.

 

Possible solutions

In order to persuade colleagues, explain to them that working on any project would be of significant importance for the students, no matter the subject. The projects are not made at random. They have different purposes in the process of education. It has been evidenced in the schools of our partners in Europe .

  • Provide finance for teachers
  • Reduce classroom hours (depending on the type of the project)
  • Propose different ways of participating in projects. Full participation is not necessary
  • Provide more training. Offer the possibility to have teacher exchanges between different countries
  • Incorporate the project as part of the curriculum. For example, aquaculture in the Netherlands compared to Atlantic Canada as a theme for Economics, Language Arts or Biolology (cross-curricular)
  • Build on from year to year with the same project. This will beneficial to the quality of the project, but also to public or private sectors. For example, a long-term study on the effect of aquaculture in regards to economics, environmental factors, genetic variation and the trends which may be interpreted by data gathered. This may allow for prediction and could provide valuable information for students, educators, and persons from the public and private sectors. so that we can benefit from other experiences.

 

Summary

To make sure your project will be continued in future, it is advisable to take the following points into account:

  • Provide the school with sufficient information
  • Evaluate the project extensively and if necessary make alterations
  • Be sure of an open communication
  • Keep colleagues and school leaders interested in the project.

 

Sources

 www.canisius.nl>leerlingen > internationalisering

 

Do's and Don'ts

Many of the following points are the same as or comparable to the module before, but nevertheless it is important to mention these, because they belong to sustainability as well.

 

Do’s

ICT

  • Take into account the fact that you use computers so you need to know how to work with them
  • Make sure that the computers work and are available
  • Make sure that you have technical back-up
  • In advance think of which ICT-tool you want to use during the project (e.g. website, wiki, video conference etc.) and what the extra value is for pupils and teachers.

 

The basis

  • Make sure you have the support of the schoolboard and the principal
  • Advertise the project within the school
  • Set individual and collaborative goals
  • Make sure teachers are involved/ Get teachers involved
  • Put a programme booklet in the staffroom / advertise on the school website
  • Find out if there is a need for an international project within the different departments of the school
  • Ask the ICT-group for ideas

 

Scenario

  • Start planning on time
  • Set date and time frame
  • Make a programme booklet
  • Apply for Financial aid on time
  • Regular meetings at own school
  • Regularly contact partner schools
  • Information in advance for parents, pupils and colleagues
  • Make a website for information during the exchange
  • Evaluate the project
  • Find participating teachers

 

Selfcontemplation

  • What are (your own) strengths and weaknesses and improve these

 

Organisation

  • Make clear appointments on communication, tasks, responsibilities
  • Mention targetgroups of the project, educational level, communication language
  • Facilitate participating teachers of the project
  • Listen and look at what your colleagues do

 

Project content

  • Show the content and programme at school

 

Cultural differences

  • Respect the school culture (give each other enough space, time and possibilities)
  • Take into account the cultural differences and educational systems

 

Financially

  • Apply for Financial aid for the exchange a year in advance at the European Platform; under the name BIOS
  • Disclose financial costs

 

Assistance

  • Solicit agencies within your communities and abroad who may provide the project with pertinent information, data, and resources such as finance and equipment.

 

Don'ts

  • Don’t just think that all the information you wrote will be read
  • Make sure that you get things done
  • Don’t let the same teachers go on each exchange
  • If you don’t have ICT experience, do not start working on a big ICT-project

 

 

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