21st century teachers "play" in the same team with their pupils | SIVECO Romania

21<sup>st</sup> century teachers "play" in the same team with their pupils

Monday, September 17, 2007

Bucharest, 17th of September 2007 

"What does an efficient training mean and how do we think about the project based learning?
How do we connect ourselves to virtual resources?
How is the learning perceived from the pupil’s perspective and how do we find out what the pupil knows?
Just a few of the questions having a significant impact for the efficiency of the teaching process?

Change is the answer...changing the teacher’s role", says prof. Violeta Grecea, from "Matei Basarab" High School in Ramnicu Valcea, following the second training session within the Intel®Teach Program- Teaching in the Knowledge Society.

Meeting the teachers’ demand for learning more on the pupil- centred learning", nbased on active modalities (projects’ method) SIVECO Romania has launched this year the nationwide implementation of a new training program in the IT field: The Intel®Teach Program- Teaching in the Knowledge Society

Developed worldwide by Intel Corporation in cooperation with the Institute of Computer Technology (ICT), California, this initiative promotes the integration of new technologies in the classroom, in the didactical activities, in order to facilitate the pupil-centred learning, through active methods.

The recent training in Ramnicu Valcea attended by 92 teachers across the country was conducetd in groups assietd by facilitators and observers, each course module was supported by so called “Senior Teachers".

Facilitators’ role was to ease the information transfer between Senior Teachers from every module to the course atenders, so that the five days of training to preserve the continuity in the presentation of the scientific content. Facilitators played also the role of tutors for evalluating the students’ portfolios. Thus, the end course evaluations and the interpretation of the observation records lead to the certifying of 86 teachers as "Master Teachers" following the second training session of the Intel®Teach Course- Teaching in the Knowledge Society.

Mirela Negreanu, inspector at the National Center for Training of Personnel CNFP and teacher of psycho-pedagogy, lead the team of observers.

“Through the Intel®Teach Program - Teaching in the Knowledge Society, we aim at identifying the ways by which teachers and pupils can use technology to stimulate the learning process through research, communication and collaboration. SIVECO Romania encourages the integration of new technologies into the didactical process, differentiated training, development of the critical thinking for problem solving and teamwork, in order to optimize instruction. The event in Ramnicu Valcea is a start that gives hope to many teachers for increasing the efficiency of the didactical process. Stimulated by the extremely positive feed back from the teachers, we will continue this event with a caravan of national and regional workshops, along with the newly accredited teachers, both seniors and masters", says Dana Vladoiu, Training Project Coordinator, SIVECO Romania.

Teachers participating in the course have understood their role has a direct impact on the way the pupil gets involved in the educational process.

They must form a team along with the pupils, to become facilitators, their tutors, without limiting themselves to transmission of information amd quantitative evaluation of pupils.
The pupil - centered teaching starts from the idea that the pupil should not reproduce, but be responsible of their own development, both from the social and the professional point of view.
The teacher’s role implies the analysis of every learning situation, organization of the educational act and its accomodation to the pupil’s specific, personal and collective evaluation of the entire process.

The Intel®Teach Course - Teaching in the Knowledge Society, though it was dedicated to teachers, aims at maximizing the degree of pupil’s engagement into the educational process, with help of his/her teachers.

The pupil becomes responsible of what he/she learns, which implies, obviously, a big effort on his part as he/she starts to think, to pose questions, to search for answers.

He is his/her own learning administrator, as self-evaluation plays a major role in persoanl development. Thus, the pupil that became an adult may better face the challenges of a continuously changing society. By knowing his/her strong points, he/she will succeed in adapt faster and in using the emerged information technologies, supporting this way his/her professional development.

Teachers should make pupils get involved in new life situations by applying theoretical notions, to choosing their way of learning, through evaluating their work, cooperate, to use information technology and communications in a useful way. Practically, to become responsible, with the teachers’ help, for their own professional development", considers Professor Violeta Grecea.