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Since the coronavirus pandemic has not been as widespread as in the beginning of the year and the schools have been working in a stationary mode, the organisers decided to hold the event on the 11th of October at the conference hall of Szkoła Podstawowa nr 3 w Świdniku. To ensure the safety of the participants, the host organisation provided had sanitizers and made sure the room was well-aired. Moreover, during the coffee break the participants were divided into three groups in order to allow better distancing.
The event was attended by 65 participants. They were teachers of 5 schools located in or outside Świdnik, namely: Szkoła Podstawowa nr 3 w Świdniku, Szkoła Podstawowa w Krępcu, Zespół Szkół Ogólnokształcących nr 1 w Świdniku, I Liceum Ogólnokształcące w Świdniku and Szkoła Podstawowa w Dominowie. The participants were teachers of mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, English, German, Spanish, Art, Design and Technology, as well as special needs teachers who support students with learning difficulties and disabilities. There was also a school psychologist, and teachers’ trainees.
At the beginning of the events, after greeting the guests and all the participants, Mr Paśnikowski started discussing the reality of Polish schools and the benefits that come from participating in Erasmus+ programme. Next, Ms. Beata Adasik talked about the importance of teaching STEAM and the 21st century skills it offers to learners. She talked about the ways it changes the learners’ attitude towards education and the process of acquiring knowledge.
Then Mr Paśnikowski went on to present the website of the CLIL4STEAM project and showed the participants where each intellectual output was located and how to access it. He discussed in detail the videos and database of resources of IOs, as well as the ideas to use these resources in class.. He also talked about CLIL education in the Polish education system and its requirements. Using the IO3, he discussed a variety of important aspects of CLIL education, such as project-based learning, etc.
After a 30-minute coffee break, the participants took part in 3 workshops devoted to flipped classroom, formative assessment and the use of online resources. The teachers who ran this part of the event had taken part in the CLIL4STEAM project and tested the intellectual outputs. The participants were shown how to apply them during distance education and how they could improve students’ performance. Ms. Aneta Seremak showed how flipped classroom helps students acquire mathematical knowledge and overcome obstacles and learning difficulties, spending more time on solving practical problems. Ms. Agata Ziętek shared her experiences of online education and the way videos and interactive resources developed in the CLIL4STEAM project made the lessons more approachable and engaging for students. Finally, Mr. Marcin Paśnikowski discussed the advantages of formative assessment and its crucial role in the CLIL education.
The last part of the event was the closing ceremonies during which the participants were awarded certificates of attendance. The organizers thanked everybody for their attendance despite the difficult circumstances connected to the coronavirus pandemic. The participants expressed their interest in using the intellectual outputs as well as the guidance in their work with students.
On the whole, the participants were interested in the intellectual outputs of the “CLIL for STEAM” project and felt that their impact is really significant. The teachers were enthusiastic about a wide range of material to use in their lessons in order to help students learn both the content and the foreign language at the same time. They were also interested in the guidelines and lesson plans as they provide a detailed explanation of the benefits of CLIL education in STEAM subjects and offer tips on how to use the numerous resources and tools to provide the students with engaging and stimulating lessons.