This is the partners preparation research to give a useful background for the next outputs. It focuses on the educational system[s] in partner countries with special attention to counselling activities and conditions that students have to meet if they want to study in a foreign partner country. You will find links to websites that contain useful information and how educational systems deal with Respect themes and non-formal education.
This output gives a visual impact to our project and help to define clearly what our project is about. This is not a dissemination product, but rather the visual representation of powerful messages presented in an accessible but alternative format. This output deals with topics designed to make the viewer[s] reconsider what they previously thought, and maintain a sustained impact about the key Respect4 topics.
This course has been based on our research, and focuses on soft skills and how to instruct and prepare 'mediators' among teachers and students in each partner school. The course also prepares the steps and offer the methodology for the instructional video as well as the good practice example guide for counselling classes. Students have co-develop the materials with guidance from the teachers and staff, and this was cascaded to the international partners during the partner meetings. During the training activities (LTTAs) all partners contributed to the instructions for the instructional video and offered ways to cascade the information to peers, professionals, other teacher and students.
- IO4 - Instructional Video Respect4 Becoming a Mediator
Each partner produced instructional videos around the topic of mediation and how to train mediators among teachers and the student group. The videos are useful for teachers and varied in type, but consisted of the necessary steps for training mediators, how to conduct peer mediation sessions, as well as scenarios of conflict situations between young people. The videos are in the mother tongue to address local and national schools who will be beneficiaries of the material. Where appropriate the materials contain subtitles in English in order to address the wider international community. Scenarios were devised, acted out and recorded by students, with additional guidance for teachers about how to use the materials in their classroom. Youtube has been used to share the materials via our Respect4 Channel you can follow by clicking here >>>
Video storyboards, potential themes and scenarios, and an outline template was shared with the partners before starting work on the videos. The theoretical aspects have been used from the O3 training. Videos have also been uploaded and embedded on the website. Due to the sharing and access potential YouTube was the preferred choice for hosting the videos.
The piloting consisted of refining and passing on the Respect4 information gained during the training course and the instruction video outputs. Thus the initial beneficiaries were 2 x staff and 2 x students from each partner school (= 16 teachers + 16 students) These piloted the methods and training with 2 x further teachers and 2 x students each in the first piloting round to further refine the materials (Giving a total of 32 indirect teachers and 32 indirect students trained) Further piloting rounds meant that the indirectly trained teachers trained another 2 x teachers giving a total of 8 x teachers per institution x 8 schools = a total of 64 teachers - Trained learners will be a total of 64 (under the guidance of the direct beneficiaries.)
- IO6 - Respect4 Good Practice Guide
This Guide for Counselling classes was created throughout the project lifetime and was divided into the key Respect4 chapters with the lessons plans and resources created for each topic.
Each partner school was responsible for one chapter and was tasked with creating deliverable lesson plans and accompanying resources for educators to use. Each partner then developed an innovative lesson plan which includes pedagogic strategies, handouts, tests, quizzes and multi-media resources. The themes of these lessons were chosen during the initial project meeting in Lancaster, UK. Partners discussed the most pertinent issues that needed to be addressed within education and identified those topics most relevant to the Respect4 project ethos.
These following topics were chosen and each partner school was given responsibility for creating the educational resource linked to a specific topic;
- Social skills at work
- Non-judgmental communication
- Active listening
- Hate speech
- Challenging stereotypes and discriminations
Each lesson was delivered to a large groups of 'mixed nationality' students during a learning, teaching and training (LTTA) activity which took place in Athens in October 2016. This opportunity to pilot the lessons enabled each school to reflect on the success of their lesson and receive constructive feedback from the participants. Each participant school then made adjustments to the content of their lessons as necessary. We consider this Open Educational Resource of great potential value to all educators, especially for ones that are at the beginning of their teaching career.
The lesson plans and resources are freely available to download and use. and resources are freely available to download use
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author[s], and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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