I’m an Elementary Education teacher and English teacher at Primary School in Trzebnica, Poland. I am the author of Pedagogical Innovation connected with using ICT as a supportive tool in learning English at school as well as at home.
The main goal of innovation in Trzebnica Primary School is:
Students can get to know how to use different sources of information available on Internet websites legally, being however aware of threats connected with using Internet. Through the group works and share projects, they can discover and enhance their individual abilities, looking for new creative solutions. In the end, they can plan their own work and finally evaluate it.
The Innovation is realized by:
Active participation of students during the innovation is the key to the success in learning English.
I am also one of trainers of Odyssey of the Mind in our school; OOTM is a friendly educational program realized as an international competition, and every year students from all over the world take part in the competition of creativity. Our main goal is development of creative abilities in every child. Our Odyssey Team learns of creative as well as constructive thinking: they practice solving divergent problems, problems that they can solve in many ways.
The participants of the Odyssey can dream – boldly based on goals; they can create using original and effective solutions; they can think independently and outside of the box. They can work together, in the spirit of innovation and cooperation.
There are challenges ahead of them which require the connection of their knowledge and imagination, science and art, their hands and minds. We are convinced that nowadays it is important to educate initiators and not imitators.
There are two types of “problems” in Odyssey of the Mind:
This year, our team in All-Poland Competition of Odyssey of the Mind, where 226 teams from Poland took part in, stood on the podium two times! We won the Award allowing us to take part in the International Festival Eurofest in Germany, but also we won prestigious Ranatra Fusca Award for an outstanding creativity that allowed us to represent our country in World Competition of Odyssey of the Mind in Iowa State University in the USA.
Furthermore, in 2018 our school – for the first time in its history – took part in an international project of Erasmus +. It was a project called Performance Social Media where youth workers and youth leaders came together for several days to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities on a certain theme. The training courses promoted the initiative and the creativity of participants and had a direct impact on their future youth work and youth policy activities.
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