A school in León participates in the Erasmus project ‘Model Teachers 3.0’ together with three other educational centers from Portugal, Romania and Turkey

The public school of the Bercian municipality of Toral de los Vados is one of the four educational centers that participate in the Erasmus project ‘Model Teachers 3.0’, co-financed by the European Union, along with three other colleges from Portugal, Romania and Turkey. “The main objective of the project is to increase the capacity of each school to offer a high quality education and for this we intend to strengthen the status of teachers inside and outside the participating schools”, explains the director of the school, Theresa Guzman.

With the start of the new course, the Berciano school hosts during these days the first of the activities of the program, which will take place during the next two courses. Over week, four teachers from each of the other participating centers visited the facilities of the Toral school and participated in a series of digital workshops with all the students of the center, describes Ical.

Experimentation, research and innovation They are the axes of some workshops that aim to strengthen digital education against the classic method based on the traditional blackboard and the textbook. In this way, the activities are oriented towards topics such as robotic science, mathematical synergies, home automation gardens, virtual reality, video editing with chroma key or the creation of mobile microscopes.

All the workshops are carried out with the center’s own material and are run by internal teachers., with the occasional help of an external teacher, says Guzmán. “I believe that the teacher is a key player in the education and childhood of children and that he can mark them for their future. However, Spanish society does not see it that way”, regrets the director.

Perhaps due to a matter of professional deformation, Guzmán qualifies -never better said- the first contacts with foreign teachers as “ten”. “They are delighted with the activities we have done and we with them, because they collaborate in everything”, explains the director of the Berciano school, as she collects Ical.

In an “enriching in every way” experience, teachers from Bierzo and international teachers share a table at the end of each school day. In the afternoons, the expedition stars in various cultural visits around the territory of the region, with the World Heritage Site of Las Médulas as the star of the program.

From now on, the rest of the program will be developed in a similar way, with cross visits between the teachers of the rest of the centers to the school that acts as host on each occasion. In January of next year, the second activity will take place in Portugaloriented towards educational mini-projects.

Ical informs that in the month of May, teachers will meet in Romania to investigate learning outside of school. The visiting program will be closed in October 2023 in Turkey, with conferences aimed at debating the teaching model of the future. Through these meetings, explains the director of the Berciano school, the participating centers will design a set of varied teaching materials and specific tasks for the different subjects, with an emphasis on math and science.

These materials will be used in real classes after the project is finished. “We are very excited about this project because the exchange of experiences between schools and teachers is very beneficial for the students, who are the ones who really matter in the educational process,” explains Guzmán. “We hope to learn a lot and exchange a lot of experiences and hopes with our European partners”, he concludes.

The only project in Castilla y León

The Erasmus projects KA210-SCH their scope is school education and this course only 22 have been granted in all of Spain. In Castilla León, the only project of this type granted is the one to be developed by Ceip Toral de los Vados. “For us it is a great challenge, because being the only school in the Community, we do not have any reference center that can help us with issues that arise when developing the project,” acknowledges Guzmán, who values ​​the participation of the Bercian school as “a very enriching opportunity for the entire educational community”.

Ical clarifies that in addition to the Berciano school, participating in this project is the Group of Schools number 3 of the town of Rio Tintoin the Portuguese municipality of Gondomar, located on the outskirts of Porto; the Scoala Gimnaziala ‘Mihai Viteazul’ from the Romanian city of Braila; ylto Suleyman Túrkmani Primary School, from the Turkish city of Kirsehir. “We have worked with the other three centers on European eTwinning projects, but we really won’t know anything about their educational reality until we go to visit them”, acknowledges the director.

A school in León participates in the Erasmus project ‘Model Teachers 3.0’ together with three other educational centers from Portugal, Romania and Turkey