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Title of the Experience
My experience
Name of the teacher
Arturs Birnbaums
Country where it took place
School typology
Vocational School
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
Having worked in the vocational education establishments for a long time I have seen the following changes. They remind of the scissors principle:

on the one hand
• decreasing number of lessons
• students have a right to choose subjects and exams
• increasing bureaucratism of school work
• pedagogically incomplete students
• degradation of the society
• material values prevail over spiritual values

on the other hand
• variety of study materials
• variety of literature on study subjects
• course books by Latvian authors
• variety of technical means on study subjects
• applying different study methods
A normally developed teenager is successful using any method.
A pedagogically incomplete teenager carrying the latest electronic equipment is helpless when his task is to divide 9 by 0.2 etc.
I personally use a lot of codomaterials , several simple tests. It allows to diagnose students and is very useful in consultations.
There has never been such a variety of students. Therefore it is difficult to find a study method which will take at least majority of them. The main thing is to encourage and sustain independent thinking. When I was in a business trip in Germany (1999) I saw their teachers had the same problem with general subjects , but the training supervisor had only five students.

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Date: 2014.11.05

Posted by Sandis (Latvia)

Yes, totally agree with this experience. It really is a big problem faced by almost every teacher in their work. Students from year to year become diverse upon their knowledge. It is difficult to adapt to all, because either gifted students can suffer, if they are not paid sufficient attention or students with poor knowledge and small success can suffer. Experience does not reflect the reasons why this happens. In my opinion, the problem is that there are not enaugh of the motivation in family from an early age. Children are not given enough attention and, consequently, by the time they lose their sparkle to learn. Solution as previously mentioned by the author could be a simple training. The key to understanding all the basics of teaching material and then we can get on to more complex things.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.