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Creativity in teaching - NETHERLANDS

Creativity in teaching - NETHERLANDS

"I have learned how enjoyable is to have lessons outside of the classroom. All my previous courses abroad were about sitting in the classroom all day and listening to the trainers or doing something in a written form, but this course was really different. I have also learned that implementing sport in teaching does not mean just playing football or any other team sport, but that means introducing any activity including movement (eg. climbing, dancing, searching, walking) in the teaching methods. I have also benefit a lot by interacting with other teachers and exchanging ideas. I strongly believe I will be more creative from now on." (Agnieszka Basta, Poland)

"I consider that the methods taught in this course are very useful and beneficial for being used with students at any level, not depending if they are from primary, secondary or higher education. This because the approached used for different subjects can be expressed by the power of example from our environment, by using games, team work etc. The students will be able to learn and keep faster in mind different information, if the teachers would apply methods similarly with the ones we used and were taught in this course." (Florina Iscru, Romania)

"Bringing together different ideas is a great thing. Bringing these ideas from different countries and work together as a team to reach a good result is much greater. During this course we learned how to use simple things to encourage the student to explore his wide abilities. As discussed, the education should be focused more on the student rather than the system. In my opinion this was an excellent course to enhance our talents and motivation to stimulate our students through educational means using various subjects such as sport, music, drama, ICT, including both vocational and general education subjects. It was a course very well organized and thought." (Stefan Caruana, Malta)

"In this course I developed team work abilities, I was taught and involved in a lot of teaching methods indoor and also outdoor. The experience gained in this course makes me think deeper at using different teaching methods outside of the classroom and outside school. The methods shared in the course were interactive and applicable to several subjects. There were not only useful, but also funny and very creative. I was also impressed by the school visit, the methods used in the Dutch school for connecting the students with the real life and by the high level of teaching materials and infrastructure the schools in the Netherlands have." (Aurelian Predut, Romania)

 

"With this course I met other educational realities which naturally work differently. Non-formal learning is very precious for me. I liked the direct contact and the exchange of personal, professional and cultural experiences in the most natural way, through life. I also like the effective way to use ICT in the expression of ideas, also on display of learning and as a way to achieve the learning goals. The activities we were involved in required the design of multidisciplinary ideas because knowledge comes from searching and discovery with the involvement of all the senses. Sharing the learning with the nature and through the nature is a good way to learn from the five senses any subject and to stimulate creativity." (Ines Villas Boas Martins, Portugal)

"I like very much the design of the tasks, but also having the opportunity to have the posibility to think to new ideas for projects and trainings by using ICT and play." (Ana K, Croatia)

"I found the course very innovative and creative. I enjoyed every minute. I learned very interesting and very useful things that I can use in my classroom. I enjoyed the atmosphere, a creative one full of joy and spirit. And I like team work. Thank you! You are great!" (Eliza C, Romania)

"The ice breakers used by the course organisers were very interesting and creative ways to use sport and drama in the training process." (Ana M, Croatia)

“ I attended many courses in Europe, such as UK, Italy, but this course organized by Quarter Mediation was the most interesting I ever had. I learned many teaching methods and during the lessons I felt very good. I liked  the way they used ICT in teaching and learning for increasing the students’ motivation to learn.” (Nicoleta S, Romania)

"I like to work with colours and music; it develops my imagination and I felt free and happy. Playing the history game was very enjoyable and I like it very much. I like working in groups because we had a lot of ideas. " (Tanay S, Turkey)

"I saw the progress of technology in the Netherlands in a concrete way, which gave me ideas of implementing the same thing in our country. As a school head teacher I can persuade the Ministry of Education in Turkey to implement similar projects in our city." (Osman O, Turkey)

"Making a video was really enjoyable. I felt proud that I could manage to do something  which I wouldn't think it will be possible for me to do. Creating new products in a team work gave me pleasure because I was not confident that I can do it by myself." (Aysegul C, Turkey)

"I liked the best the combination of music and painting and how music can be used for creating group dynamic." (Petra P, Croatia)

"I enjoyed everything in the art, music and creativity workshops." (Sevil E, Turkey)

"I like to share my emotions and thoughts by using a visual approach. I like the variety of methods and techniques used in the training course." (Oznur A, Turkey)

"I like the use of a combination of different techniques in describing a concept." (Zehra D, Turkey)

"In the ICT workshop I felt like Steven Spielberg. I didn't have an experience like this before." (Yakup K, Turkey)

Environment, climate change and life skills - NETHERLANDS

Environment, climate change and life skills - NETHERLANDS

 

"I liked the best the variety of activities outdoor and the ability to immerse in good practice for environmental awareness and also the ability to get familiar with the Dutch environmental factors which are very different to the Maltese and Mediterranean climate. The center we visited on Tuesday where school children can spend a while investigating and studying nature is an excellent idea. The experience of discovering common ground for good environmental practical initiatives has encouraged me to keep promoting planet conservation and sustainable education for children in schools. Very professional trainers who took excellent care of us. They are very well qualified and well informed and have led this course professionally. It was so pleasant to work in a relaxed, respectful and happy atmosphere!"(Simone Restall, Malta)

 

"We have seen, heard, learned, asked, watched and also talked with and exchanged views with respectable scientists in a country with great organisation in aspects concerning the management of environmental issues and the improvement of the standard of life based on the principles of sustainable development. Assen, where the training took place, is a city with dense network of public transportation and dense network of bicycle lanes and tracks, which the citizens chose consciously for their transportation. The methodical gathering of refuse and the cleanliness that prevailed both impressed and troubled us. 

Our training was mostly focused on environmental training which is a form of teaching-learning which  differs from the conventional teaching and it is based on two basic premises: one school open to the society and the direct contact of the student with the object of their study, through educational programmes. This is the reason why Christina pursued the familiarisation of the teachers taking part with the basic principles of environmental education and at the same time with basic steps and techniques that can be utilised in designing an environmental training activity for school teams. Examples of educational programmes were studied at: Boomkroonpad, one of the 162 natura 2000 sites in the Netherlands, the Children farm,  De Drenthe Archief and at De Wachter Zuidlaren; and ways in which these places could be reclaimed under environmental education were examined. We were given the opportunity of gaining important, direct experiences with teaching innovations and more specifically examples of successful practise which we will never forget. 

Thank you Christina" (Simoni Partakido, Andreas Hadjiathanasiou and Antonios Tinis,  St' Elementary School of Aglantzia CYPRUS)

Early school leaving - NETHERLANDS

Early school leaving - NETHERLANDS

"I was really impressed by the high professional work of Quarter Mediation! As a teacher in a vocational high school I acquainted with many innovative teaching methods in order to gain my students attention and interest. Next to the very interesting course agenda a number of educational trips/visits, that were exceptionally organised, transferred us to another level of inspiration and knowledge! The wonderful thing is that Cristina helps you adjust all the pioneering methods to your school’s reality! We thank you so much!" (Ilianna Anagnostakou, Greece)

"Attending a training course in the Netherlands has been a unique combination of knowledge, pleasure and creativity. It has been an invaluable opportunity to gain insight into a different cultural and social framework, while at the same time exploring a variety of fresh and interesting ideas and teaching methodologies to supplement our classroom practices. At this point I would like to make special reference to our course coordinators, Cristina and Tim, and I'm pretty sure I speak on behalf of everyone in the group when I say that their friendly spirit and encouraging attitude has created a relaxed environment where everyone was able to participate at their own pace and revolve their own skills and abilities, thus making the most out of this innovative course. Thanks to the excellent organisation, Cristina and Tim's bright guidance and the enthusiasm along with the strong bonds that developed among the members of the group, this has overall been a once-in-a-lifetime experience." (Eleni Christina Felouka, Greece)

"My Erasmus + course in Assen was one of the best experiences in my life. I arrived in Assen, the Netherlands, at the end of the Christmas holiday and it is completely different from my country - it is very quiet and perfect organised. Assen is a lovely and traditional city, with its canals running through the city center and beautiful town parks - of course there were hundreds of bicycles anywhere! I experienced how it is to wake up and running by the beautiful forest on the circle way around the city. Returning to my hotel, in one of the town parks there were deer grazing peacefully; and a lake with a fountain! Netherlands itself is a wonderful country, with breath taking landscapes. The place to be for admirers of nature, like me. I met people, improved my English and added Dutch words into my daily life vocabulary.The seminars are take place in the city center, a perfect location. It’s very well organized; I haven’t experienced any difficulties regarding my classes or something else. I was completely satisfied with the courses and the professors. I liked the way the classes have been given, in small groups. That gave the opportunity to get the courses well regardless the language level. My time in Assen changed my view on very different aspects of teaching, broadening my horizon. I don't hesitate anymore to start a conversation with people. Most important of all, I discovered myself as a better teacher, partly thanks to the people I met, whom I’ll never forget. I would have never imagined that it would be one of the greatest periods of my life. I am waiting for the time that I will visit Netherlands (Drenthe) again! Thanks Cristina and Tim!" (John Kouvarakis, Piraeus Greece)

"The 2nd of January was a day worth remembering. Twenty professors from the same school went to the Netherlands to attend a six-days training course. The experience that we all lived was really unique. Our educational guides, Christina and Tim, were very friendly and incredibly valuable so as this educational seminar be carried out. With their methods and the way that they were instructing us, we were able to find out the worth and power of cooperation and what we can achieve by adapting this very useful educational tool in our school in Greece. They had a very helpful presentation and were  inspiring us to participate actively and express our own ideas and opinions. I would also like to add that the educational visits, which were organized flawlessly, enriched our knowledge and improved our educational methods. To sum up, I would like to express for one more time how grateful we all are for that unforgettable experience and I deeply wish that we will continue to organize that kind of educational trips.  Cristina and Tim, I wish you the best of luck." (Psani Litsa, Greece)

"This course was very instructive and educative. I've learned a lot of new things appropriate to be applied in my school and in my classroom. Because of the intense theoretical and practical activities we were permanently involved in, I became aware that I have to think better to everything I am doing and everything I am saying in my classes. I wish to join more courses organised by Quarter Mediation and thank you very much for all."(Angela Carlan, Romania)

"Working in groups, creative activities, life-long learning, learning by doing, being aware of the cultural differences between the participants helped me to learn the ways used in the Netherlands for reducing drop-out. I admire them, I admire how discipline and rules are important in the teaching environment." (Zehra Ozyavru, Turkey)

"I learned about different methods you use in the Netherlands to fight against early school leaving and now I have to adapt them at the structure of my school. I now understand better why there is less early school leaving in the Netherlands than in Belgium. I was very impressed by the collaboration between school and the municipality. I think I have to speak about it in Belgium to people working for the government.  As a director, I will try to see how I can adapt some of the methods I've seen this week at my school." (Kevin Wayburn, Belgium)

 

"This experience allowed me to discover other methods of teaching, but especially of different methods of motive students using the new technologies that they use every day (mobile, computer, Ipad). I have also learned that it was necessary that the pupils must participate actively in their learning, being necessary that he feels involved. I can tell now that I can modernize my way of teaching using new technologies and organizing more external visits and working with teachers of other subjects." (Gislaine El Marcouchi, Belgium)

 

"We learned a lot this week, firstly the way the education systems work both in the Netherlands and in Turkey. We also learned a lot about the methods which are used to prevent young students of early school leaving, such as the interest of reading. I also have new ideas of assignments to give after a pedagogical excursion or trip. The course also proves me the efficiency of the group work and I am willing to make a lot of assignments in group instead of only in an individual way." (Farah Zahmidi, Belgium)

 

"We learned so much methods of teaching! I think we must not study only in the classroom because the students must be active in the class and explore their world. They must think, move, ask, invent etc. That's why I am now aware that we need new projects and ideas because everything changes in the education and society." (Şerife Gençtürk, Turkey)

 

"I developed relevant competencies through the participative methods used in the very interesting training course.  When pupils participate, they are motivated. When pupils are involved, they have trust on themselves, so they can speak easier." (Laurence Adam, Belgium)

 

"I learn more when I am in move, so it's the same for the students. I will develop in my school he teaching methods I was taught in the course." (Aurélie Doloris, Belgium)

 

"I've developed methods to ameliorate and remediate the early school leaving in my school. It was a good experience given by a good team." (Fabienne Hardenne, Belgium)

Motivation for learning - NETHERLANDS

Motivation for learning - NETHERLANDS

"I like the best the fact that I discovered connections between so many things. I can use the workshops shown in the course for making the lessons more interested. in this way the students will be more interested in studying." (Mirela Monica L, Romania)

"It was very inspiring doing something that we are not used to do every day, to have a change in the routine. I understood that we, teachers, more than anyone else, should try to take the best out of each student and show them that each one is always good at something" (Teresa G, Portugal)

"I understood that each student is unique and the reason because he/she prefers some of the subjects taught in school over the others is the fact that the methods of teaching focus on his/her multiple intelligences".  (Mihaela Cristina C, Romania)

 

“This course was for me a very good experience and I will not forget it soon. Every day I was impressed by the new methods which created in my mind many ways of applying in my teaching. I met and become friend with many wonderful people. Especially big thanks to Cristina and Tim for their patience, kindness and knowledge that we were told. Now I go home as a better teacher and better English speaker.” (Marinka Buric, Croatia)

“This week I've learned a lot of important things such as: diversity can enlarge the knowledge, the outdoor teaching activities are very efficient, the children become more motivated to learn if the library is organized in a challenging way; through a real life experience the children learn more and better; by using the colours the teacher can develop the children's creativity. Tim and Cristina you are extraordinary. I really appreciate all you've done. Because of you, every day was wonderful. You are the best!” (Tabita Badiu, Romania)

“A whole week with teachers from different cultures helped me refresh my point of view and ideas of teaching. The motivation to come and learn something new was stronger than my problem of not knowing English language well. The techniques of splitting pupils into groups, outdoor activities, creative art expressions, activities in the new hi-tech public library and ways of how to make learning pleasant by using interactive games were all nice methods thought by the course organizers. All these nice methods you gave us just to be more creative in teaching and encouraging pupils to be motivated for learning. Thank you Cristina and Tim. I am happy to have had the possibility to be with you.” (Dolores Beloc Corkovic, Croatia)

“The one week course experience was very formative. It allowed me to learn new forms of methodology that I can experiment with my pupils in order to support them in the learning process and lead them to successful training results. I like very much the outdoor activities and I can take advantage of these methods as a teacher of religion by motivating my pupils to reflect on the idea of God, the creator, and in the same time to enhance students' ecological feelings. Thank you Tim and Cristina.” (Alessandra la Russa, Italy)

“Being part of an international teacher's teams means you have the possibility to learn not only from each other, but from the persons with different background and countries they are from. Hands on activities, new techniques of how to motivate our pupils to learn, great outdoor activities and visits to various institutions were the best way to stimulate our potentials and encourage us to be more creative not just in our classroom, but even in our everyday life.” (Samanta Matejcic Cotar, Croatia)

“While walking through the woods I admired the way in which nature is kept and respected in the Netherlands. At the library I was impressed by the advanced technology the librarians use, technology that helps them a lot in their activity. At the archieve I was impressed by the workshop “Operatie Sigismund” especially created for children in order to rise their interest in learning. I also admired the advanced system of communication used in the schools in the Netherlands, the facilities the schools have and the friendly attitude of the teachers.” (Anca-Ioana Raulea, Romania)

“I like very much the Oushi activity, I think it is a genius way to create groups of pupils with as much diversity as possible. In that way pupils can interact with and learn from people who normally would not choose as their “friends”. The library visit was an amazing opportunity to see how high technology can be friendly even to older people and I was amazed by the fact that a library can be an active part of the community's everyday life and also be used as an educational tool. The school visits gave me a new perspective on how a school can be organized and function in the best interest of its pupils. The workshops in the windmill made obvious how attractive sciences can be when combined with everyday life. It makes it easier for the teacher to be heard and for the pupils to really understand the necessity of science.” (Konstantina Mathioudaki, Greece)

“Very nice presentations. I liked all activities outdoor, including the teaching in the forest and King's Day. It is wonderful to get creative methods in real technical museum. I never seen so high technology as I saw in the library of Assen. I discovered how many methods based on ICT and art can we use in education. It was a very good idea to end the course with the photo reportage. Thank you for everything.” (Giedre Slavinskiene, Lithuania)

“This course was a great opportunity to learn about new methods in teaching and motivating students of all age. School and education in general is a big part of every person, so it's up to us, teachers, to make it more interesting. The workshops were a great insight to what I can apply in my own school, in my own teaching. Thank you Cristina and Tim for making that possible!” (Zeljko Nacinovic, Croatia)

“I would like to say that you are really, really good. I learned a lot of things. This course enhanced my teaching skills. Thank you for everything.” (Suheyla Evecen, Turkey)

“I was happy to attend this course because I improved my English and I know now various type of cultures and systems of education. I think that I will use the indoor and outdoor activities with my pupils to improve their behavior. Thanks to Tim and Cristina for their courtesy and the course preparation and delivery.” (Laura di Bella, Italy)

“I am happy to be in the Netherlands. This multicultural experience is very useful for me. It helped me a lot to learn new things. I would like to thank you for organizing a course like this. You are the best!” (Firat Caniuli, Turkey)

“Getting to know each other cultures, exploring nature, discovering a whole new world inside the windmill, connecting technology and books, making movies, comparing education in schools, impressions through photos. It was interesting, fun exploratory, different, friendly, useful, applicable, in one word it was great. Thanks Cristina and Tim for this adventure!” (Silvija Mavric, Croatia)

“It was very nice to be in the Netherlands with you. Yu took a very good care of me and focused on my specific needs. I had a great experience that I can use during my classes in Turkey.” (Serkan Ince, blind participant from Turkey)

“The course was excellent organized. I liked all the activities because I can apply all of them in my everyday teaching at school. Thank you for everything.” (Irena Medelinkskaite, Lithuania)

“I would certainly say to my colleagues: you should attend this course because this was a great opportunity for me and it is a great opportunity for all.” (Yunus Emre Tezel, Turkey)

“I would recommend this course to my colleagues because this kind of courses bring a different perspective to the participants.” (Ozkan Yayla, Turkey)

“This course is the best course I have been attended. It was exciting, instructive, the timing was very well kept and it was successfully. Thank you very much to Tim and Cristina for their support. It was a very nice group. Everybody was curios and interested.” (Serkan Uslu, Turkey)

Better classroom behaviour - NETHERLANDS

Better classroom behaviour - NETHERLANDS

“This course was for me a very good experience and I will not forget it soon. Every day I was impressed by the new methods which created in my mind many ways of applying in my teaching. I met and become friend with many wonderful people. Especially big thanks to Cristina and Tim for their patience, kindness and knowledge that we were told. Now I go home as a better teacher and better English speaker.” (Marinka Buric, Croatia)

“This week I've learned a lot of important things such as: diversity can enlarge the knowledge, the outdoor teaching activities are very efficient, the children become more motivated to learn if the library is organized in a challenging way; through a real life experience the children learn more and better; by using the colours the teacher can develop the children's creativity. Tim and Cristina you are extraordinary. I really appreciate all you've done. Because of you, every day was wonderful. You are the best!” (Tabita Badiu, Romania)

“A whole week with teachers from different cultures helped me refresh my point of view and ideas of teaching. The motivation to come and learn something new was stronger than my problem of not knowing English language well. The techniques of splitting pupils into groups, outdoor activities, creative art expressions, activities in the new hi-tech public library and ways of how to make learning pleasant by using interactive games were all nice methods thought by the course organizers. All these nice methods you gave us just to be more creative in teaching and encouraging pupils to be motivated for learning. Thank you Cristina and Tim. I am happy to have had the possibility to be with you.” (Dolores Beloc Corkovic, Croatia)

“The one week course experience was very formative. It allowed me to learn new forms of methodology that I can experiment with my pupils in order to support them in the learning process and lead them to successful training results. I like very much the outdoor activities and I can take advantage of these methods as a teacher of religion by motivating my pupils to reflect on the idea of God, the creator, and in the same time to enhance students' ecological feelings. Thank you Tim and Cristina.” (Alessandra la Russa, Italy)

“Being part of an international teacher's teams means you have the possibility to learn not only from each other, but from the persons with different background and countries they are from. Hands on activities, new techniques of how to motivate our pupils to learn, great outdoor activities and visits to various institutions were the best way to stimulate our potentials and encourage us to be more creative not just in our classroom, but even in our everyday life.” (Samanta Matejcic Cotar, Croatia)

“While walking through the woods I admired the way in which nature is kept and respected in the Netherlands. At the library I was impressed by the advanced technology the librarians use, technology that helps them a lot in their activity. At the archieve I was impressed by the workshop “Operatie Sigismund” especially created for children in order to rise their interest in learning. I also admired the advanced system of communication used in the schools in the Netherlands, the facilities the schools have and the friendly attitude of the teachers.” (Anca-Ioana Raulea, Romania)

“I like very much the Oushi activity, I think it is a genius way to create groups of pupils with as much diversity as possible. In that way pupils can interact with and learn from people who normally would not choose as their “friends”. The library visit was an amazing opportunity to see how high technology can be friendly even to older people and I was amazed by the fact that a library can be an active part of the community's everyday life and also be used as an educational tool. The school visits gave me a new perspective on how a school can be organized and function in the best interest of its pupils. The workshops in the windmill made obvious how attractive sciences can be when combined with everyday life. It makes it easier for the teacher to be heard and for the pupils to really understand the necessity of science.” (Konstantina Mathioudaki, Greece)

“Very nice presentations. I liked all activities outdoor, including the teaching in the forest and King's Day. It is wonderful to get creative methods in real technical museum. I never seen so high technology as I saw in the library of Assen. I discovered how many methods based on ICT and art can we use in education. It was a very good idea to end the course with the photo reportage. Thank you for everything.” (Giedre Slavinskiene, Lithuania)

“This course was a great opportunity to learn about new methods in teaching and motivating students of all age. School and education in general is a big part of every person, so it's up to us, teachers, to make it more interesting. The workshops were a great insight to what I can apply in my own school, in my own teaching. Thank you Cristina and Tim for making that possible!” (Zeljko Nacinovic, Croatia)

“I would like to say that you are really, really good. I learned a lot of things. This course enhanced my teaching skills. Thank you for everything.” (Suheyla Evecen, Turkey)

“I was happy to attend this course because I improved my English and I know now various type of cultures and systems of education. I think that I will use the indoor and outdoor activities with my pupils to improve their behavior. Thanks to Tim and Cristina for their courtesy and the course preparation and delivery.” (Laura di Bella, Italy)

“I am happy to be in the Netherlands. This multicultural experience is very useful for me. It helped me a lot to learn new things. I would like to thank you for organizing a course like this. You are the best!” (Firat Caniuli, Turkey)

“Getting to know each other cultures, exploring nature, discovering a whole new world inside the windmill, connecting technology and books, making movies, comparing education in schools, impressions through photos. It was interesting, fun exploratory, different, friendly, useful, applicable, in one word it was great. Thanks Cristina and Tim for this adventure!” (Silvija Mavric, Croatia)

“It was very nice to be in the Netherlands with you. Yu took a very good care of me and focused on my specific needs. I had a great experience that I can use during my classes in Turkey.” (Serkan Ince, blind participant from Turkey)

“The course was excellent organized. I liked all the activities because I can apply all of them in my everyday teaching at school. Thank you for everything.” (Irena Medelinkskaite, Lithuania)

“I would certainly say to my colleagues: you should attend this course because this was a great opportunity for me and it is a great opportunity for all.” (Yunus Emre Tezel, Turkey)

“I would recommend this course to my colleagues because this kind of courses bring a different perspective to the participants.” (Ozkan Yayla, Turkey)

“This course is the best course I have been attended. It was exciting, instructive, the timing was very well kept and it was successfully. Thank you very much to Tim and Cristina for their support. It was a very nice group. Everybody was curios and interested.” (Serkan Uslu, Turkey)

I have learned how to improve my students' behavior, but the most important thing for me has been to know about Dutch educational system and watching how schools teach their pupils. The new methodologies and contents learned in the course and how to apply them to the Maths will improve my professional development, as well as knowing the differences and similarities between the Spanish educational system and other ones. On the other hand, learning about other countries, cultures, people and societies helps me to be more open-minded and to develop myself as a human being. (Jose Alfonso Rueda Jiménez, Spain)

 

 

During the course we have been shown methods that give better school results. We reached our objectives to update our working methods and learn new ways of working more innovative for the students.  The course activities have allowed us to learn new interdisciplinary ways of working with students involving the use of different areas of math, science, art, music, etc. and have allowed us to know how to reach students with new forms of socialization and expression of the senses. (Rafael Cabrera Moscoso, Spain)

ICT in education - NETHERLANDS

ICT in education - NETHERLANDS

"I was very happy to be here in the Netherlands because this is one of the most qualified course I have ever been involved; they have been many instructions and I will use in my school and in other schools in my region all things that I have learned in the course. This because the Turkish NA wants to spread the information as much as possible. In September I will organize, together with my colleagues, 3 conferences in that I will show to teachers from my school, teachers from other schools in my area and students everything we've learned this week. I wrote this Erasmus +. KA1 project because our school needs ICT and our government also underline that we need to use ICT in education to present lessons, ideas, to make presentations in a different way, so that the lessons and presentations about education, career etc.  can be more interesting and attractive. We noticed that in Turkey students get bored because of the use of classical education so I can solve this problem by using ICT in teaching and combining this method with the classical ones. I was so happy to be here, in Assen. We were like a family thanks to the trainers and organizers from Quarter Mediation. I will ask the Turkish NA to inform the Dutch NA about the very good experience we had in this course. I hope I will be able to come again next year for learning how to use other creative methods in teaching." (Abdullah Barut, Turkey)

"I had a very nice week. I got a lot of inspiration to be creative in my teaching. The visits were also very nice. All in all it was a very rewarding experience." (Joanna Young, Finland)

"I have learned various and new ways and methods of ICT to be used in teaching and learning. I developed my ICT skills and qualifications as vocational and technical education teacher and I will use and share new ICT presentation and ways at teaching in my all lessons. This course enlarged my qualifications in teaching." (Ismail Yildirim, Turkey)

"I will develop my school's education and ways of teaching lessons, subjects, by using new well developed ICT teaching tools because people, students especially learn easily and better by using ICT." (Yasar Cecen, Turkey)

"I will bring back new tools to my school/organization that I want to use. The history workshop was funny and I liked how you could teach about taking care of historical documents. I could use it in my hometown in a history project about emigration." (Lena Holmstrom, Finland)

"The participation in this course is very important for me, because I saw many very developed methods of teaching for motivating the students. In my country the schools are not enough equipment for this, but I received ideas and I learned many things for applying in my school. The workshops I took part in, gave me more ideas for my classes." (Cristina Barros, Portugal)

"The course "Creativity in teaching and learning by using ICT" motivated me to design more attractive and creative lessons, able to facilitate a learning process centered on concrete examples, on making the learning content more attractive in order to better motivate the students. By being involved in the practical workshops organized and in the interactive teaching methods shown in the course, my professional experience is very much improved." (Loredana Mihailescu, Romania)

"In my organization very often we prepare presentations and exams for our participants, so the new presentation software learned in the course give me new opportunities and help me to make my job much more creative because my presentations will be more modern and more interesting for my participants. Using Iphones to explore the city's history is an interesting way to learn history. I also found very interesting the way of preparing the exam for the participants by using an educational software that saves a lot of teachers' time." (Malgorzata Jonczyk, Poland)

"I liked very much the educational software used for designing the evaluation process, because the questionnaire can be used in the class to see very fast the assimilation of the content. The software used for making presentations taught in the course are much more attractive than power point. I also like the presentation of the very intuitive programming software and the interdisciplinary teaching methods that can be used in making math more friendly for the students. (Antonio Sánchez, Spain)

 

"The participation in the course "Creativity in teaching and learning by using ICT", will help me to organise the didactical activity in my school better and more creative by using the software and ICT applications learned here. In this way each lesson will be a challenge both for me and for my students. By using ICT in teaching arts, my students will be prepared for the requirements of the labor market (e.g. graphic design) so they will be better and easier integrated after finalizing their compulsory education." (Adriana Valcea, Romania)

Music, art, drama, ICT and sport in education - NETHERLANDS

Music, art, drama, ICT and sport in education - NETHERLANDS

"This course was a great experience for me! I learned a lot of interesting things and creative teaching methods. I felt like part of a family, because we worked in teams and every time there was another criterion for the formation of the teams; in this way we were able to discover each other and learning through cooperation.

All the creative methods and techniques of teaching through music, art, ICT and sport in education, learned in this course, I will apply in my own work at the kindergarten. 

 

Also, I want to say “thank you” to our teachers Cristina and Tim, those who have been with us for 7 days and taught us so many beautiful and memorable things!" (Andrada Ciochină, Romania)

 

"I like very much the design of the tasks, but also having the opportunity to have the posibility to think to new ideas for projects and trainings by using ICT and play." (Ana K, Croatia)

"I found the course very innovative and creative. I enjoyed every minute. I learned very interesting and very useful things that I can use in my classroom. I enjoyed the atmosphere, a creative one full of joy and spirit. And I like team work. Thank you! You are great!" (Eliza C, Romania)

"The ice breakers used by the course organisers were very interesting and creative ways to use sport and drama in the training process." (Ana M, Croatia)

“ I attended many courses in Europe, such as UK, Italy, but this course organized by Quarter Mediation was the most interesting I ever had. I learned many teaching methods and during the lessons I felt very good. I liked  the way they used ICT in teaching and learning for increasing the students’ motivation to learn.” (Nicoleta S, Romania)

"I like to work with colours and music; it develops my imagination and I felt free and happy. Playing the history game was very enjoyable and I like it very much. I like working in groups because we had a lot of ideas. " (Tanay S, Turkey)

"I saw the progress of technology in the Netherlands in a concrete way, which gave me ideas of implementing the same thing in our country. As a school head teacher I can persuade the Ministry of Education in Turkey to implement similar projects in our city." (Osman O, Turkey)

"Making a video was really enjoyable. I felt proud that I could manage to do something  which I wouldn't think it will be possible for me to do. Creating new products in a team work gave me pleasure because I was not confident that I can do it by myself." (Aysegul C, Turkey)

"I liked the best the combination of music and painting and how music can be used for creating group dynamic." (Petra P, Croatia)

"I enjoyed everything in the art, music and creativity workshops." (Sevil E, Turkey)

"I like to share my emotions and thoughts by using a visual approach. I like the variety of methods and techniques used in the training course." (Oznur A, Turkey)

"I like the use of a combination of different techniques in describing a concept." (Zehra D, Turkey)

"In the ICT workshop I felt like Steven Spielberg. I didn't have an experience like this before." (Yakup K, Turkey)

"The experience I gained in this course exceeded my expectations. The course effectively combined ICT, music, art, drama and sport activities. The workshops were interactive and motivating for the participants. The course organisers prepared a lot of materials; every moment of this training event represented a good experience and a challenge regarding my professional as well as my personal development. I improved my communication skills, but also the ICT and soft skills." (Raluca Enache, Romania)

 

"First of all the course gave me the opportunity to get to know other school programs and methods, which is very valuable to me. The participants exchanged their knowledge and their views about schools subjects and problems we have with our students. I noticed that all teachers are facing more or less the same problems. The course gave us some solutions to our problems and we adopted some good methods that will contribute to more effective teaching. Furthermore I've learned to use music, art, drama, ICT and sports in different and creative ways in my teaching, so I can use this to have a better classroom behavior and improve teaching, which I find very important. Finally I understood that nothing is impossible in teaching. All that is needed is a lot of hard work and especially a lot of love for children." (Constantina Pagoni, Cyprus)

"The activities from this course answered to all my training needs. I developed my art, ICT and sport skills during the interactive workshops. I improved my communication, cooperation, knowledge, language, musical, physical and acting skills. I experienced new teaching methods such as: mime, learning from the past, collective painting, treasure hunting. I visited modern schools, libraries and I get many good practice examples." (Elena-Daniela Fotin, Romania)

 

 

After taking part in this course I become aware that modern systems can provide training and education strategies in sport, music, IT, drama. The course activities and the given examples were new to me and brought added value to my professional background. Furthermore, they helped me to develop different skills (ex: communication skills; team work; foreign language skills; musical skills; sport skills; interpretation skills) and specific knowledge. (Nicoleta Ghinoiu, Romania)

Project management - NETHERLANDS

Project management - NETHERLANDS

I was positively surprised about this course. The approach was very practical, giving me the ability to actually tackle application forms.  The course dealt with all sorts of projects and gave me a good overall knowledge of what Erasmus+ has to offer and how it differs from the previous LLP-program.

I found the course extremely inspiring and useful. I also managed to find very useful connections and partners for future projects, not in the way I expected, but in completely new ways. We learnt about the Erasmus + programme and its opportunities and project types. Training activities included presentations, practical workshops using the draft application forms, use of ICT, good practice examples where we got to experience a developed project product in practic) and group discussions etc. We shared our experiences and ideas for new projects and discussed the new program.

After taking part in the course "Project management of the Erasmus + Programme. Granting opportunities for 2014-2020" organized by Quarter Mediation in the Netherlands I can say that I am now the only "expert" with deeper insight into the new Erasmus+ programs within our municipality. I will use this knowledge to apply for new training programs (Key Action 1 - Mobility)  for the staff in our school, but also for other schools in the town. In this way the whole municipality will benefit. I will also assist the Finnish-speaking upper secondary school to start new projects and advice them how to build up international cooperation.  (Joanna Young, Finland)

Environment and educating students' life skills - PORTUGAL

Environment and educating students' life skills - PORTUGAL

"By taking part in the lessons we were taught in the course time, the students can gain a lot of life skills, such as: tolerance, respect the diversity, creativity. I also understood that it is very important to use the natural resources without exhausting them, by being careful that also the next generations will benefit from all that the nature can offer. All the course activities were not only interesting, but also very useful for me, giving the opportunity to see good practice examples for sustainable development. " (Irina Vinturis, Romania)

 

"For me, as a biology teacher, the good practice examples of teaching taught in the course made a big influence because we had activities really focused on science. By using the methods we used in the course, the student will be encouraged to be the person he/she really is. Playing is not dangerous; play is relaxing and fun and the students can become more self confident by using it in learning. We took part in a lot of lessons connecting environmental issues, climate change, human rights and development of life skills. I have now a larger view to these issues and I will share what I have seen and my learning by doing experiences in my school. I think the most important is to respect the nature and to take from the nature only the amount of resources we need and leave the most of them to the new generations by farming organic and by using gently the nature."  (Paivi Piukkula, Finland)

Environment and climate change - PORTUGAL

Environment and climate change - PORTUGAL

"In the course I discovered new methods of teaching environmental issues and I become aware that the environment should be considered in teaching any subject because we're talking about the world we all live in and which stage affects all our lives. Knowing about the environment, helps us to like it and to preserve it. What I also learned is that the most important thing is to provide the students with real experiences that may make them willing to protect the nature we still have left. For my own professional development it was beneficial to see the methods that can be used to teach these issues. The global way of thinking taught in the course is something I would like to pass to my students, so they will understand  the effects of their actions to the Globe." (Tuuli Raappana, Finland)

 

"As a geography teacher, several lessons are connected with sustainable development and climate change, therefore it is very important to teach my students not only theory, but also the practical aspects that will make them aware of the fact that we can live in harmony with the nature." (Irina Vinturis, Romania)

 

"After taking part in this course I will be able to design more creative and more motivated lessons in the nature by using the methods taught in the course. I will also be able to combine human rights and climate change with non-formal methods of teaching in my lessons. It is very important to learn in the nature and to use it for educational purposes. Thank you very much for your organization, courses and beautiful time, which we spent together" (Darius Cesnavicius, Lithuania)

 

"For me, as a biology teacher, the good practice examples of teaching taught in the course made a big influence because we had activities really focused on science. By using the methods we used in the course, the student will be encouraged to be the person he/she really is. Playing is not dangerous; play is relaxing and fun and the students can become more self confident by using it in learning. We took part in a lot of lessons connecting environmental issues, climate change, human rights and development of life skills. I have now a larger view to these issues and I will share what I have seen and my learning by doing experiences in my school. I think the most important is to respect the nature and to take from the nature only the amount of resources we need and leave the most of them to the new generations by farming organic and by using gently the nature."  (Paivi Piukkula, Finland)

Environment and human rights - PORTUGAL

Environment and human rights - PORTUGAL

"The advantage of organizing the lessons outdoor is that the students can step very easy from theory to practice. Therefore, the students involved in practical activities will be more careful in the future regarding the environment protection and sustainable development. In the course I also learned that it is not only very important, but also essential, to have the student in the center of the learning process. The interaction with the other students and with the teachers is also very important, this making the school subjects more attractive and teach to the students that even we are different we have all the same rights not depending which is our cultural background. I also learned that we have to respect the nature and to promote a healthy life style through the use of the elements and products the nature offers us, so no need to use chemicals." (Irina Vinturis, Romania)

 

"After taking part in this course I will be able to design more creative and more motivated lessons in the nature by using the methods taught in the course. I will also be able to combine human rights and climate change with non-formal methods of teaching in my lessons. It is very important to learn in the nature and to use it for educational purposes. Thank you very much for your organization, courses and beautiful time, which we spent together" (Darius Cesnavicius, Lithuania)

 

"For me, as a biology teacher, the good practice examples of teaching taught in the course made a big influence because we had activities really focused on science. By using the methods we used in the course, the student will be encouraged to be the person he/she really is. Playing is not dangerous; play is relaxing and fun and the students can become more self confident by using it in learning. We took part in a lot of lessons connecting environmental issues, climate change, human rights and development of life skills. I have now a larger view to these issues and I will share what I have seen and my learning by doing experiences in my school. I think the most important is to respect the nature and to take from the nature only the amount of resources we need and leave the most of them to the new generations by farming organic and by using gently the nature."  (Paivi Piukkula, Finland)

Leadership - NETHERLANDS

Leadership - NETHERLANDS

"I like very much the logical chain taught by the course organizers and I will use it in my career as a leader, with my staff, teachers, parents and other human resources." (Mustafa O, Turkey)

"I like the best the strategy to solve a real life situation than an imaginary one. I've learned that a leader can be discovered in any person and it is better shown in a team work. I also understood that creativity is ageless."(Tudorina S, Romania)

"The participation in the course activities develops my leadership skills and I become aware about the importance a team work has. I appreciated the practical character of the course activities and it had a very big impact on myself." (Carmen C, Romania)

"The strategy used by the trainers was very powerful and helpful for me in order to keep in mind every detail while planning something. (Ishak Ersin K, Turkey)

"I understood that the learning process is more efficient if the theoretical knowledge are combined with the practical activities and examples. The presentations were authentic and helped me to become aware that the intended purpose can be reached through joint efforts of the team members." (Cristina Ioana B, Romania)

"I like the best the applicative character of the workshops based on useful and relevant examples. I understood the differences between a leader and a manager." (Iulian S, Romania)

"We work as a real team. each opinion was listened and each team member contributed to the achievement of the final product. The colleagues with not very good English language skills proved that the language barrier can be exceeded  and appropriate ways of communication can be found in a team work." (Silvia B, Romania)

"I understood and practiced the communication and management tools in addition to the technical methodologies. I learned how to propose, define and present a project. I also learned how to use a project management software." (Claudiu-Marcel G, Romania)

"The course made me understood that the most important skills of a leader are to think strategically and to focus on effective problem solving." (Georgica Puita S, Romania)

"I've learned about leadership and communication, as well as about the fact that the art of being a leader has to be connected with the motivation of the team members in order to reach the proposed goals." (Nicolae Marcel S, Romania)

"I appreciated the creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, the long term vision, the ability to take decisions in situations of crisis." (Cornel S, Romania)

"I really loved this course. From the very start of our meeting, course organizers created a very positive mood. Time flew unnoticed since workshops changed, discussions and impressive trips added value to lectures. Inspiring speakers presented examples of careers, basicaly changing my approach to leadership and communication as key factors improving my personal development and understanding the institutional achievements. Living conditions were excellent and contributed to the overall positive outcome of the course" (Jurate N, Lithuania)

Music, art, drama, ICT and sport in education - MALTA

Music, art, drama, ICT and sport in education - MALTA

"The course "Creativity in teaching and training & how to use music, art ICT and sport in education" has been an extremely useful and enjoyable experience for me. I have realized that a teacher, no matter how experienced she/he may be, can still learn new things while sharing experience and good practices. I've become more aware of the European dimension in education, while noticing similarities and differences between the various countries. The course has contributed a lot to increase my motivation to use more interactive methods in teaching English. It has also made me think of giving more time to outdoor, non-formal activities, as a better alternative to a tedious, boring lesson in the classroom. I've become more willing to experiment and take risks when dealing with innovative methods. At the same time, I've understood more clearly that a teacher is the ultimate resource with all the knowledge, skills and creativity, so when you think you don't have anything, in fact you have everything you need, you and your class, prepared to splash yourselves into the ocean of learning. In the process of teaching, learning, the ride is at least as important as the destination. The course has been impeccably organized and extremely professionally carried on by Ms. Cristina Stefan, the course leader, and Mr. Stefan Caruana, the Maltese host. Their tremendous efforts have made attending the course an unforgettable experience." (Mihaela Georgeta Rapas, Romania)

 

"My learning experience has been wonderful. On one hand we have seen very different methods to use in our class and how we can include music, sport, art and ICT in a traditional class, doing our classes more funny and more completed. On the other hand, we have compared our schools and our methods with the Maltese schools and methods, as well with the other participants' countries. I think I improved in creative competencies and how we can use our normal activities like a more profit activities. Moreover, the teachers have to have more energy to transmit to our students the motivation that we need to learn. At the same time, it is important how we can involve different subjects together because all the subjects are involved in our daily life. Other important thing I've learned is that we have to respond to the needs of our students. Due to, we have to use different styles of learning to adapt the concepts to them." (Paula Martinez de la Torre, Spain)

  

"All the activities organized excited us, brought us in a good mood, were attractive and varied. We were encouraged to use our creativity and to improve our motivation to produce nice and interesting  outcomes. I am proud of having the opportunity to join the course "Creativity in teaching and learning and how to use music, art, ICT and sport in education" excellent organized and leaded on a dream island, Malta." (Magda Brahas, Romania)

 

"This combination of culture, art and educational dimension gives me the courage to see the education from a different and totally new angle, to apply new methods and to look sincerely to my own activity in my home school. A perfect organization!!! Warmest thanks for the wonderful time spent in Malta." (Tudorel-Aurel Dragoi, Romania)

 

"At the end of this course I can say that I lived very interesting experiences that most probable I will not have the chance to live again. I enriched my knowledge and competencies both professionally and culturally. There were very intense feelings, strong emotions that opened new horizons for me. Congratulation to Mrs. Cristina Stefan, our trainer, for this excellent course." (Elena-Iustina Isachi, Romania)

 

"The course was excellent organized and run. As a math teacher I can use art, music and ICT for explaining the notions of sections through tridimensional geometrical shapes, how to obtain a truncated square pyramid or a truncated conical frustum." (Luchian-Marius Radu, Romania)

 

"I liked the best the workshops in that both teachers and students were involved. These ideas can be adapted to different school subjects. The outdoor activities contribute to the development of the creativity and offer non-formal methods of teaching and learning." (Marta Luiza Marinescu, Romania)

 

"I would warmly recommend the course in Malta to other teachers and colleagues because of the creativity, spontaneity and novelties shared by the organizers. I liked very much the training course as a whole. I liked the best the workshops I took part in at the Drama Center because I could see and understand how we can use music, drama and dance in education." (Iuliana Dana Dochita, Romania)

 

"I liked very much being at fresh air unstressed, implementing various forms and methods of work. My learning experience is implementing different interdisciplinary relationships to reach higher activities of pupils for their learning process. I gained new experiences and knowledge for my further teacher career, as well as obtaining new friends, colleagues, partners for school cooperation. I improved my dramatic, artistic, historical, ICT and personal skills and competencies. Thank you very much for a well-organized course and friendly atmosphere!" (Jana Ganova, head teacher Slovakia)

 

"During the course I've learned to be motivated by using innovative methods of teaching and learning by using music, art, ICT and sport in education. If the students learn in a non-formal environment they are stress free and they remember and understand concepts easily. The training activities took place indoor and outdoor and we used interactive methods. We were creative, we danced, acted, painted, took photos. Thanks to the trainers, the training activities were like an intellectual trip and like a treasure hunt!" (Liliana Scintei, Romania) 

 

"Very practical and "learning through doing" skills development via creative, innovative and modern methods and forms of learning, teaching with the chance to discuss, exchange, implement own experience with the others. The added value to my professional and personal development concerns as follows: CLIL method development; various forms of apply at foreign learning and teaching process; higher focus on interdisciplinary relationships in order to "move" more at the process of formal learning; non-formal skills to apply at formal learning / teaching; EU citizenship and mixing different approaches, methods, experiences; appreciating differences and re-evaluating own experiences." (Slavka Pastelakova, Slovakia)

 

"I found the course "Creativity in teaching and training & how to use music, art ICT and sport in education" very innovative and creative. I learned a lot of new teaching methods and what I liked the most was the way in which the combination between music and painting are used to create the group dynamic. I learned interesting and useful things that I can use in my school and become aware of the European dimension of education and of the general need to motivate pupils to follow the school courses. Every day was a challenge for me and my team and I feel motivated to experiment good practice examples of innovative methods of teaching examples of innovative methods of teaching and learning by using music, art, ICT and sport. I highly like to thank Cristina Stefan and Stefan Caruana for being so organized and thoughtful with all of us." (Viorica Moineagu, head teacher Romania)

 

"I'm very glad to participate in this course. It was very nice to meet people from different countries and to have new experiences. I had also the opportunity to share different points of views and I gained self confidence, this being very good for my job when coming back to Turkey. Thank you for everything!" (Ayse Sen, Turkey)

 

"Although it was my first training in a foreign language, attending the course "Creativity in teaching and training & how to use music, art ICT and sport in education" was a great experience. I've seen a lot of different places, I've learned a lot of interactive methods which I can use to make the computer science lessons more interesting. I also have improved my English speaking skills because I had to speak in English with people from other six countries.  I've become aware on how important is to know about other educational systems and the European dimension of the education. Thanks to all (trainers and other people involved). Malta was the greatest learning experience I have ever had!" (Ecaterina Cocu Patriche, Romania)

 

"The course was very practical and it's easy to apply workshops in the classroom. The first think I have learned is to put the focus in the students and their motivation, to design activities where they have to use ICT, music and creativity. I am now more confident with the work we are doing in our school, able to organise activities to integrate different subjects or disciplines and also to organise different activities related to the styles of learning. Thank you, Cristina, for being the perfect leader!" (Rosa Colomar Mari, head teacher Spain)

Environment, tourist and cultural destinations - NETHERLANDS

Environment, tourist and cultural destinations - NETHERLANDS

The participants were taken in an adventure with the aim to become aware about the most important tourist and culture destinations in the Netherlands. The adventure started in Assen and - after visiting one of the most important university cities from the Netherlands in the present days - the participants took part in interesting activities in a 18th century fortress, a typical Dutch village of the 19th century, a Natura 2000 site, a wind mill, the most famous flower park in the world and other places included in the national and/or world heritage. 

"I felt like in a fairy tale." (Mihaela Pancer Zadravec, Croatia).

Non-formal - NETHERLANDS

Non-formal - NETHERLANDS

"In the one week training activities Quarter Mediation organized for teachers and head teachers from Romania, Lithuania, Greece, Poland and Turkey, we as participants became aware that the non-formal methods of teaching Quarter Mediation uses are applicable to all the school subjects and are remarkable by the context in which the training activity was conducted, the degree of activation of the participants, the non-formal teaching materials used. In this respect the trainers found the most appropriate places in that the specific non-formal activities could be adapted to different school subjects. It was a course that inspired us, taught us to look around and to find didactic material in everything that surrounds us. (Simona Negru, head teacher Romania)

 

"The Dutch experience from Assen was not only unique, but also very captivating. The activities developed by Quarter Mediation outside of the meeting room with the cooperation of other organization and institutions such as a museum, a library, an archive, a school, the discovering and the way of applying Quarter Mediation's own methods of non-formal education, had a positive impact to my professional development.

The creativity, innovation, multiculturalism, the interaction between the participants in the workshops organized indoor and outdoor, represented common elements of the educative activities I joined. The entire amount of knowledge and good practice examples I came back home with, will act as a catalyst for the realization of non-formal education whose beneficiary should be the school community I come from. " (Mirela Dodenciu, PhD, Romania)