eTwinning in Practice 5 – ingredients of successful projects

IMG_8745In the workshop eTwinning in Practice 5, three winner projects were presented by the teachers involved; winner of The Marie Sklodowska Curie Prize Fly me to the Moon, winner of the English as a second language prize P.A.L.E. Play and Learn English and The Mevlana prize for intercultural understandning, Intercultural dialogue through fairytales, drama and art.

In a packed room, with people even standing at the back, we got an interesting insight into the three winning projects. All three projects are very different; they involve different age groups, subjects and sets of activities and tools. Nevertheless, there are still several similarities between the teachers’ presentations. Could these similarities be some of the key ingredients in a recipe for a successful eTwinning project?

All presenting teachers stressed the importance of having good project planning and the importance of having set time lines for doing things in a project. However, they also pointed out that planning does not mean over planning: Pupils need to be able to see and reflect on the proposed plan, and to come up with their own suggestions and ideas of what to do in a project.

Many of the teachers involved in these winning projects had worked with one another before, and could therefore build on their previous collaboration and ways of working. A good lesson might therefor be to hold on to previous eTwinning partners, while also being open to new contacts. The teachers also stressed the value of good communication and being organized in the project. This is of even more importance for big projects, with partner schools from most European countries.

Many of the teacher presenters of this workshop also showed us that they build on activities they have done in previous eTwinning projects, which makes planning a new project easier, even if the new project is not identical to the previous one.

During the workshop, it also becomes evident that these (eT)winning teachers are creative and enthusiastic and eager to learn, also from each other, and are continuously developing their teaching.  What also shines through is how proud the teachers of these three winning projects are of their work in eTwinning. And so they should be!

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