What we want to achieve with the project?
Children have their routine of reading at school but if this is not consistent in their house they will not give to reading its real value as the essential medium of school success. This does not mean children must only be taught how to read and write conventionally but teachers must put them in contact with the visual and written material in order to help them understand the function of writing and the necessity and usefulness of reading and writing. Once we have detected the low level of reading comprehension in a large proportion of the students in the schools and the lack of motivation for reading we aim to improve this deficiency by applying strategies diversified for all areas.
The use of written form is present everywhere and therefore reading is a fundamental skill which is increasingly needed in almost every aspect of life. A wide range of reading skills, including digital reading, are essential for an individual's personal fulfillment and social development in order to be able to take an active part in society, be informed and exercise his rights of citizenship. Furthermore, these skills are essential for entering and advancing in the labour market. Those with inadequate reading skills will have their life chances limited in today's society. In essence, acquiring the ability to read well is a basic requirement for the social and economic demands of the 21st century society.
This project aims to help both teachers and students; teachers through their quest to discover different management strategies to facilitate quality improvement in terms of teaching and organizational change and students by coming into contact with the literature of children of the participating countries and thereby promoting their interest in reading. This project is proposed as an alternative to improve learning strategies regarding to the capabilities of reading comprehension.
The acquisition of reading and writing skills are major milestones in a child's life, hence it is very important for children to be able to improve them in 'a natural way' and a relaxed classroom atmosphere. Reading and writing have always had a social and cultural function and they should become enjoyable interactions in which children can celebrate their successes and learn from their mistakes. Thus, they can give to a child the feeling of being important - as a unique person- and they can be related to his immediate environment where relevant aspects of his life are involved, too.
Through use of blogs, email and Skype pupils and teachers will work together to plan, carry out and evaluate all aspects of the project. Therefore we hope to develop European citizens who can clearly express themselves and are tolerant to the views of others, reaching compromises where necessary.
Working on the products of the project and cooperating with colleagues in other European countries will increase the positive attitudes of pupils towards reading and writing and will improve attainment and help combat failure in education. Through the use of new technologies whilst working on project activities, and the final products, both pupils and teachers in all partner school will have increased levels of digital competence.
The involvement of educational staff and pupils in the international projects will improve the internal communication in the participating schools, and will contribute to their image in the area as well as to the capacity to work in international projects and cooperate with partners abroad.