PLANNING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTERCULTURAL LEARNING AT SCHOOL TOOLBOX
Required Time 150 Minutes
By the end of this session, participants will:
- Become familiar with the resources at their disposal in the Intercultural Learning at School Toolbox.
- Have a better sense of what kinds of activities can be organised and what tools to use according to their needs/realities.
- To provide an overview of the Intercultural Learning at School Toolbox resources
- To have participants plan activities to implement in their classrooms on the basis of the their needs/realities
- Semi-circle seating arrangement
- A room where participants can move about freely
- Computer + internet connection
- Flipchart stand and paper
- Coloured markers
- POST ITs
Before arrival, participants are requested to complete the “Intercultural Dimension of Your School Questionnaire” (available here) together with their school principal in order to define needs and priorities for their school.
A copy of the completed questionnaire should be taken to the training.
Step-by-Step Description of the Session
ACTIVITY 1: INTRODUCTION (15 Mins)
- Explain that the teachers now have a new opportunity to get familiar with the Toolbox plan whose activities they will implement in their classroom.
- Remind them that as they plan the activities they should also plan different ways of gathering students’ impressions and feedback. Review the ones from the Visual Evaluation Methods used during this training as examples of ways of doing this.
Additionally, suggest to have students take an Intercultural Competence Assessment (such as AKI – Assessment and recognition of transversal competencies) before they start implementing intercultural learning activities in the classroom and after a term (semester or year) implementing them. This will provide a basic starting point and a frame of reference to find out if and how much these activities have supported the development of intercultural competence.
ACTIVITY 2: IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR EVERYDAY EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES (90 MINS)
- The teachers have been asked to complete the Intercultural Dimension of School Questionnaire as a preparation for the training. Ask them to share a summary of their reflections and a summary of what they identified in the questionnaire.
- Ask them to identify which intercultural learning activities from the Toolbox meet these needs, based on the main areas identified in the questionnaire (last page) where their schools would like to improve in terms of intercultural learning.
- Explain that for the next hour or so, they will have time to go through the activities in the Toolbox and put together a draft implementation plan indicating which activities and in which way (when, how often, assessment ) they will implement in their schools.
- Tell them that they are free to choose whether they prefer to work alone or pair up with those with similar needs/objectives/realities and that they are free to organise their coffee break when needed.
- Distribute a flipchart paper where they will map out their ideas, which will be presented to the rest of the group.
- Give time for implementation planning and go around the room checking in on the work and offering support when requested.
ACTIVITY 3 – GALLERY WALK (45 MINS)
- Ask participants to put all flipcharts with implementation plans on the walls and give them time to walk around and read them through freely. Participants receive post its and can use them to comment or ask questions about the implementation plans.
- After giving participants some time to review the gallery, encourage them to address the comments or questions on their flip charts and discuss these with each other.
- Wrap up by clarifying any questions and congratulating everyone on their work.
- Let participants know where they can find additional resources related to intercultural learning
- Show where the teachers can find resources and organisations that may be interested in developing cooperation with schools that are open to a more intercultural approach, in the www.intercultural-learning.eu website.
Remind participants that the partners of the Erasmus+ Pilot Project will be happy to provide support and advice where needed and that several partners are also training their teachers and volunteers to provide cooperation in the training to interested schools.