Around 40 teachers from the seven secondary schools that implement joint curricular classes with students that study in different languages of instruction participated in two online capacity building trainings. They gained additional knowledge and improved their skills for using digital tools in the teaching process and conducting a successful joint class at a distance.
During the first training, technical instructions for implementation of joint curricular classes through the National platform for distance learning were presented to the participants. As the platform offers many options, the facilitators Ardijana Isahi Paloshi from the Vocational Education and Training Center, Maja Videnovikj, a teacher in PS “Krste Misirkov” in Skopje, Keti Kostovska from the Ministry of Education and Science and Satki Ismaili, a teacher in PS “Kiril i Metodij” in Tetovo presented all available tools for increasing the interaction and the quality of the classes. They received instructions for synchronous and asynchronous activities as well as materials and resources that they can use.
Encouraging good communication and cooperation between the students and maintaining their motivation were in the focus of the second training. Through concrete activities for enhancing the students’ interest and creating smaller mixed groups of students, the teachers in more detail discovered ways to achieve this. At the end of the training, they participated in a simulation of a joint curricular class through the National platform for distance learning and experienced what they have discussed in practice.
“Meaningful knowledge and experiences that we gained during the trainings are the tools, which we can use for easier and more creative implementation of the classes. It was interesting to see practical examples and the simulation was a great way for transfer of knowledge. We also exchanged experiences and opinions with our colleagues”, say the teachers.
In the first semester of the academic year 2020/2021, 177 joint curricular classes in different subjects were implemented with more than 580 students. These classes continue to be conducted in the second semester, as well, in the secondary schools “Zdravko Cvetkovski”, “Brakja Miladinovci”, “Arseni Jovkov”, “Dimitar Vlahov”, “Boro Petrusevski”, “Josip Broz-Tito” and “Vlado Tasevski” in the spirit of interethnic integration.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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