The aim of the project was to identify both the factors that trigger the willingness to act and the factors that result from the lack of motivation. This type of analysis allowed the development of methods that activate students and get closer to what often seems inaccessible.
The project became part of the daily life of the school, partly due to the participation of a very large group of teachers (ie more than half of the teachers of the secondary school class No. 13). The multitude of interesting experiences, insights that were constantly systematized, named and discussed, allowed each project participant to create his own, individual work concept with the student, and the sum of these activities had a very stimulating and inspiring effect on many aspects of school life.
A specific combination of all impressions resulting from direct or indirect participation in the project is very well illustrated by the philosopher’s sentence: “Different complex words create a different thought, different complex thoughts achieve a different effect.” [ Blaise Pascal: Myśli, tłum. Tadeusz Żeleński ]† Despite the individual experiences of each teacher, the internal consistency of all elements of the project is visible.
Everyone agrees that the interdisciplinarity of teaching is one of the main mechanisms that positively influences motivation to learn. It tells you to connect individual areas of knowledge, shows relationships and thus enables you to see the meaning and value of learning. The relationship between the teacher and the student who need each other is also important. Much depends on their cooperation. This is reminiscent of the words of one of the sixth-century thinkers: “…the ray exists only through the center, and the imprint through the seal…”
From symbol to meaning
To describe the project: “Journey to the sources of motivation” and to visualize the different processes that take place during learning and teaching, many metaphors were used, which – depending on their function – reach for the obvious and tangible to explain the complex and the non-complex, always easy.
This is how they succeeded, among other things shadow, trip, source, road, dandelion. One of the activities carried out at each meeting with partner schools was job shadowing. A teacher from Spain – Ana Ferreras Valladares, who summarized the visit of Spanish teachers to secondary school No. 13 in Krakow, vividly explained the essence of job shadowing: “We became the shadows of teachers; we accompanied them when they conducted lessons, participated in meetings with the management, we had many informal conversations, also with the students.” This understanding of this action was followed by teachers of secondary school No. 13 during meetings in European schools – in Spain, Romania, Italy and Greece.
The project participant’s diary was an attribute of teachers who went to partner schools to perform job shadowing and teaching assignment activities. In the English version, the title of the project is: Journey to the sources of motivation. Word tripjourney, alludes to French log – diary –
The concept of the project focused on
While visiting European schools, teachers from Secondary School No. 13 lessons from Krakow, they learned the way of leadership in a particular school, recognized the cultural context that influences the way of thinking and acting, exchanged ideas and each time formulated conclusions that they implemented in their work.
The cultural programme, which allowed a better understanding of the system and methods of teaching in partner schools, was very diverse. He broadened the horizon of thought, deepened his knowledge, made many aesthetic impressions. They visited monuments representing different eras in the history of European culture, learned about the intertwining of events that shaped the history of the countries where the partner schools are located. Representative here were the beautiful art galleries visited by the project participants – Prado in Madrid and Uffizi in Florence, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, cities and towns and places of great value to local communities.
The journey in the title of the project is associated with a path that everyone takes personally, gains experience and broadens their own horizons of thought. This path is also a common pursuit of the goal – recognizing one of the most important elements of education – the value of learning and teaching. The motivation of both the student and the teacher is essential in this regard.
As part of the project: “A journey to sources of motivation”, teachers of secondary school No. 13 from Krakow took part in English language courses in Cyprus, organized in collaboration with the language school Glossa and conducted by the Cypriot English language school in Cyprus. The courses were delivered during the summer holidays of 2020 and 2021 in the form of two-week stays. Two English teachers in turn participated in a methodological course in Ireland in 2021: “In-Service Course for Non-Native Teachers of English”, organized by the Irish language school Linguaviva.
It can be a clear picture of people’s cooperation focused on the idea of the project
By summarizing all phases of project implementation, activities and meetings, one must constantly return to the essentials and assumptions. A Philosophical Approach Regarding
“But the parts of the world are so connected and intertwined that it seems impossible to me to know the one without the other and without all …” [ Blaise Pascal: Myśli, tłum. Tadeusz Żeleński ]
The project was completed in March 2022. The idea of the project, conclusions, experience gained are part of the continuation of the work of the school …