Project ‘The Miracle of Reading’
Project ID - NP JR-2015/10176
Covered Activities in 2015/2016
Teachers from Latvia, Iceland, Lithuania and Sweden started the project ‘The Miracle of Reading’ to share experiences on the methods and forms of developing students’ skills, especially drawing attention to reluctant readers. Another major goal of the project was to research and observe how educators from different European countries work with students with learning difficulties. As a surplus to the major goals, the project partners were eager to develop students’ social and foreign language skills.
For Latvia as a coordinating country the project started with planning and sharing information among partners, explaining the goals and planning dates and deadlines.
In September the students’ project groups were formed in all partnership schools. Teachers and students started working on the project activities.
The activities students were able to take part in:
- Pen friendship – writing letters and emails to students of a partnership school in another country (Sweden-Latvia, Latvia – Iceland, Lithuania – Sweden).
- Reading books (extensive reading) and making a film, where students told their classmates about the story they read). The students will read other stories in April and May, and make a similar video. Then they will watch both videos, comparing their own presentations at the beginning and the end of the school year.
- Reading and acting out fairy tales – students performed on the stage. The task was given to multicultural groups of students during their stay in Riga.
- Students made the reading corners in their classrooms.
- Students were able to develop their reading skills at maths and science lessons though project work activities in Form 7 and Form 9.
- Students were involved in the group research about Icelanders in Latvia and Latvians in Iceland, they read the information about distances between Latvian and Icelandic towns, drew the maps of both countries, analysed the most comfortable ways to travel.
- Students learnt that it is possible to express the ideas using a variety of symbols, also digits and numbers.
- Students explored scientific information about history and universe visiting museums.
- Students read the historic information about their home towns and conducted excursions, which helped the guests who came to their country, understand the beauty of their motherland.
- Students got acquainted with their mates from other countries, had an opportunity to travel to another country (11 Icelandic students + 2 teachers + 1 parent came to Latvia; 11 Latvian students + 3 teachers came to Iceland; 7 Swedish students and 2 teachers came to Lithuania; 10 Lithuanian students and 2 teachers came to Sweden).
Teachers also cooperated efficiently throughout the year:
- Teachers shared experiences on the methods to develop students’ reading skills.
- Teachers travelled to other countries with students.
- Students took part in teacher mobility trips (2 Latvian teachers came to Sweden to acquire experience on organising Family Initiative, 1 Latvian teacher went to Lithuania to observe special educator’s and speech therapist’s work with students who have reading and writing problems, 3 Swedish teachers came to Latvia to observe the methods teachers use to foster students’ with learning difficulties communication at the lessons).
- Teachers made a Facebook group ‘The Miracle of Reading’. As students, parents and teachers joined the group, it is accessible only through a group member (the teacher should be contacted to join the group). https://www.facebook.com/groups/1637911773155928/
- A platform for project participants was created http://padlet.com/gvendargeisli16/6mbzkbm7t45y
- Project website was created https://sites.google.com/a/ostra.goteborg.se/the-miracle-of-reading/home
Throughout the year teachers organised activities to develop students’ reading skills, implemented new technologies into the educational process, tried to bring education closer to real life.
We are in still in the process of learning together with our students.