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European Innovative Teaching Award
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Project oriented working methods in pre school

School: Hulta Ängars förskola

Project oriented working methods in pre school - Sweden

Topic(s) addressed

  • Pedagogy and didactics 
  • Intercultural/intergenerational education and lifelong learning 
  • Quality improvement Institutions and/or methods (incl school development)

Target groups

  • approx. 120 pre-school children
  • caretakers and the pre-school staff 

Methodologies

  • The children take initiative in developing their skills in new areas.
  • They gained self-confidence, communication and social skills.
  • The teachers reinforced their professional development- the new methods are documented and shared.
  • The mutual support among the staff has been strengthened and the educators gain more insight into their own roles and boosted their confidence in children’s abilities.

Environments

  • The project involved the whole staff which showed in planning, preparing the mobilities and follow-up. 
  • Learning and development of the project was continuously shared at staff meetings. 
  • New learning spaces were created, installed, developed and changed according to the children´s interests. 
  • New co-operation with a local technical centre was established as well as with a textile museum on reusable materials.

Teachers

  • The project was the teachers’ initiative as they wanted to develop a working method based on a common value and to support the children´s second language skills. 
  • Inspired by two courses in the Reggio Emilia they developed a new work plan for the organization. 
  • The teachers also found a more self-reflective way of working. 
  • The project and the experiences are shared at monthly meetings at the preschool and with all the preschools in the municipality every semester. 
  • The project was shared via social media, created for the project.

Impact

  • The children´s motivation to learn the second language grew noticeably, 
  • Peer learning among the children was established. 
  • A proactive attitude was promoted– choosing the subject of the current project and influencing the process. 
  • The staff built a common value base for understanding their work and an ongoing exchange of experiences and insights. 
  • They developed a more reflective and self-critical work method. 
  • The caretakers were involved in the project and constantly kept up to date about the current projects and 
  • They were encouraged to take a more active role in teaching their children. 
  • The preschool started co-operations with local organizations and welcomed visits from other preschools, implemented teacher training programmes and invited politicians.

Dionici

Koordinatori

Associazione Progettinfanzia Bassa Reggiana

Adresa
Italy