Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Agents Perturbateurs at LMC
Suitcases just unpacked and with our thoughts still in Lancaster, we would like to thank John, Brigitte, Matt, Paul & Lenka for their outstanding organisation and the hosting of our KA1 project meeting at the college. We are also very grateful to all the teachers who kindly accepted to open their classrooms and let "agents perturbateurs" observe their lessons.
There were three of us, all from the French-German High School in Saarbrücken, Germany, and we all came job-shadowing with different purposes in mind. Even if we were involved in different departments, we would like to underline the warm welcome we received, which went well beyond the expected professional scope, and the excellent planning that made our visit a success.
Let us share a few positive impressions in the eyes of the beholders:
- Laurent (art teacher) really enjoyed observing classes dealing in different artistic areas and was impressed by the quality of the equipment. He appreciated the personal contact with teachers and pupils, the way the pupils' productions were emphasized, as for instance witnessing the preparation of a concert from the rehearsing to the gig performed in a local venue. This example, perhaps, best symbolizes the care that is taken in all departments to connect what is learnt within the classroom with the real world outside; leaving no pupils behind and making sure everyone is best equipped to achieve his or her potential.
- Leslie (English teacher) crossed the Channel to brush up her classroom English and enrich her practices within her lessons. She had the opportunity to observe a wide range of school audiences and classroom practices. She was struck by the individual assessment methods each student benefits from and the individual attention brought to people as individuals, and not as indiscriminate members of a group. She was also inspired by the art lesson she attended and how students' productions were impressively showcased, rewardingly boosting self-confidence in learners. Her job-shadowing experience at Lancaster and Morecambe College will certainly open new perspectives in her own teaching.
- And I, Paul (English teacher), came over to learn the ropes from the international department at LMC to develop and increase our own international activities in Saarbrücken. I have gleaned many things: tips, advice, project options I had never heard of before, but if I had to sum up what makes the internationalisation of a school successful, I would put forward excellent organisation, and the building of personal relationships with potential partners and key people in the field of international programmes.
My week spent with the International Department at LMC convinced of the positive impact of efficient international projects can have on a school, on staff members and pupils. It conveys core values and skills that are essential to succeed in a rapidly changing world:
Openness to the other and to difference, exchanges of know-how and good practices, innovation, developing linguistic skills, boosting confidence.