The Twinning teacher trainings are half way for two subjects out of four, which are planned to begin quite soon. Some trainings for Mathematics and Language and Communication finalized Day 2 of the training. The rest of the Mathematics and Language and Communication trainings will most likely continue in May. The participating schools are EU Twinning pilot schools. In addition to the teacher trainings and the support of the new KCF, the project will provide schools with new ICT equipment, study materials and other school supplies. The teacher training in Mathematics, day 2, took place in Mitrovica municipality on the 1st of April, where also our intern Ms. Erza Kelmendi took also part in.
The Day 2 started with revision of the material that was given to the teachers on Day 1. STE Mr. Hannu Tuominen introduced a box of tools that were presented on Day 1, and asked the teachers if they needed look in the box and take some ideas. In addition, teachers were also asked about their homework that they received on Day 1. STEs have been using different sorts of teaching methods in their training. The idea of this is that teachers can implement those methods in their own teaching.
For the homework, the participants were divided into five groups. The jigsw method was used for the exercise, and it can also be used in other subjects aswell. The task that was given to the teachers was to evaluate each other’s homework in four groups of 4-5 teachers. This gives each participant a chance to teach the others, but to also receive some new information from their colleagues. After presenting their homework to everybody in the group, the participants scattered around and formed new groups, where they presented their findings.

 

The jigsaw method is a powerful method, which organizes classroom activity and makes students depended on each other in order to succeed. As a continuation of the exercise STE Mr. Hannu Tuominen gave instructions for the peer-assessment where teachers showed and explained their work to each other. Sharing ideas and having to present each others homework made it interesting for the teachers, beacuse they had to cooperate and explain why and how their homework was done.
So far the trainings have went as planned and the feedback has been positive. The EU Twinning project’s webpage is now working and all the materials for each subject can be found under ’Materials’. The project is also active on Facebook; Mathematics (Twinning Kosovo Mathematics), Language and Communication (Twinning Kosovo Languages and Communication) and the Health and Wellbeing (Twinning Kosovo Health and Wellbeing) subjects have their own Facebook group. The Facebook group names are the ones in brackets. The EU Twinning project will open its own Facebook group in the near future as well. On these pages members can share their own ideas, write questions and find more information.