The objective of the project was highly relevant with emphasis on learning to use activating methods in teaching and strengthen secondary school students’ social and life skills. The project produced high quality learning outcomes: the participating teachers and their peers learned new effective activating methods and the students became more active in their learning processes and, at the same time, improved among other things their English language and ICT and social kills. One of the lessons learned was also that learning can be fun which is motivating for both teachers and students. The participating organizations have acquired more knowledge and skills of activating teaching methods and are now better equipped to diversify their teaching methods and hence address better the needs of the students. The results are relevant to other secondary schools at European level.
The quality of the project implementation was high and in line with the approved grant. The implementation strategy permitted a thorough analysis of the utility of the methods tested. First different teaching methods were analyzed and the most interesting ones were selected. Each partner school presented one of the methods selected, which was then tested in various subjects in all participating schools and later, during the mobilities, teachers and students presented and analyzed together the experiences and preconditions of the methods. Both well planned questionnaires and discussions were used, and teaching and students’ work were documented in photos and videos. The emphasis put on evaluation concentrating first on one method at a time and, in the final meeting, comparing the methods with each other was clearly an effective way to improve the quality of the results.
International dimension gave added value to the process; it offered teachers a chance to reflect and compare their teaching methods and learn from each other and it gave students a chance to be active and learn new skills in an international setting. The practical arrangements and the evaluation procedure are considered of high quality. It is appreciated also that each teacher took part in teaching during the visits.
The project has functioned effectively and the implementation of the project activities, including international meetings and mobilities, have been appropriate and of high quality. The project team was a good mix of organizations with the same interest and different, complementing strengths and experiences. The task distribution and responsibilities were balanced and reflected each partner´s expertise. The methods of project coordination seems to have been appropriate. The dissemination was excellently executed.
The project had a positive impact on participating students, teachers and organizations, and its results and experiences have been disseminated effectively at different levels. According to the report, new methods have been adopted in the participating schools. Also, teacher trainees in Finland have benefitted from the results, not only in the coordinator school but in other teacher training schools as well. The excellently executed dissemination was done through various channels, including different social media platforms, trainings, presentations in meetings, written articles and even through a documentary film. The project web site is also informative. The impact of the project is wide at European level.