Storytelling project aims to improve students’ literacy teaching skills

Educators from six schools in Malta, Iceland, Ireland, Slovenia and Turkey are participating in an Erasmusplus project called ‘Building on Storytelling Opportunities’ (Boost) aimed at improving their ability to raise standards. literacy of their respective students. The Theresa Nuzzo school, Marsa, is the main participant in the project, which started in September 2019 and will end at the end of this school year.

The project follows on from a previous project entitled ‘Literacy in the Heart of Children’ (Latch) which involved the Marsa school and the Icelandic, Irish and Slovenian schools. Latch examined how these schools involved different aspects of reading and creative writing to improve literacy in their schools, and served as the first exchange of best practices between these partners.

For the Boost project, a school in Turkey and another Maltese school, St Benild School / Stella Maris College, Gżira, were added to the project consortium, thus enhancing the exchange of practices within a wider partnership. This is achieved by educators participating in five mobilities aimed at sharing good practices. During these mobilities, there is a rich exchange of good practices in the visited school and the lessons learned during the mobilities are not limited to the participants themselves.

Each mobility involves different participants so that many educators have the opportunity to improve their skills in teaching literacy, while also ensuring that the project has a wider effect on the staff of each school.

Once back home, the educators participating in the mobility share the good practices observed in the visited school both individually during meetings with fellow teachers and at the level of all staff during morning briefings.

During one of the last mobilities held last October in Salaskoli, Iceland, educators learned many storytelling lessons and skills that can be used during lessons. Participants from Malta included school principal Noel Abela and deputy principals Claudia Vella and Maria Farrugia from St Benild / Stella Maris College, and deputy principals Marise Bugeja and Sonia Bezzina and educator Kristoff Scicluna from l ‘Theresa Nuzzo school.

Educators learned many lessons and storytelling skills that can be used during lessons

The Icelandic school’s mission to ‘help students find their own way of telling a story in a way that works for them’ has led to much discussion on how to adapt teaching techniques to suit their needs. student needs.

Some Maltese teachers visiting the school in Salaskoli, Iceland.

Participants took part in presentations about the school visited, an exchange of practices on how the school adopts creative reading and writing to improve literacy skills at different ages, as well as observations in the classroom to see how the school implements modern technology and tools. to improve the literacy of young students.

Teachers from the host Icelandic school chatted with guest educators about how they implement cultural lessons and impart information about the country’s cultural history when teaching young students to read and write.

After the mobility, the teachers, as well as the pupils of the six schools, will compile short stories about the local culture which will be published in a final book which will include short stories from all the schools.

The results of the project and the expertise acquired by the educators participating in this project will hopefully continue to be used even after the end of the project, with the new skills acquired by the educators becoming an integral part of the methods they use with their teachers. students. .

The project is part of KA229 – School Exchange Partnerships and is funded by the European Union Program Agency (EUPA) in Malta.

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