New Stories of the Dog and the Cat United Boarding School – Special needs primary school and Special needs kindergarten and Practical school, LEVICE, SlovakiaKindergarten, Primary school and Secondary school Daneta, HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ, Czech Republic http://novepribehy.webnode.cz
New Stories of the Dog and the CatCzech-Slovak project „NEW STORIES OF THE DOG ANDTHE CAT” was a project which belonged to the partnershipof two schools providing education to pupils with specialeducational needs. The project drew its inspiration from achildren’s book by Josef Capek “The Stories of the Dog andthe Cat”. Throughout the entire school year 2011/2012 thepupils in both partner schools became familiar with tenpleasant stories about two inseparable friends – a dog and acat. An integral part of educational work with children inspecial needs schools is the use of special therapeuticmethods in order to eliminate the problems resulting from aparticular disability type.
Pedagogical Innovation and CreativityBoth schools provide education to special needs pupilswith various degrees of mental and combineddisabilities. Our project was based on therapies enrichedwith a motif of friendship and experiences from playingwith the dog and the cat integrated into the lessonsduring the whole school year. It involved the wholeschools (more than 240 pupils). The main aim was toimprove the reading literacy by means of creativecollaboration, active using of ICT and pupil´sexperienced self-realization. The eTwinning schoolteams of teachers were established, where the main ideaof our project was integrating moment in their schoollessons.
Curricular integrationThe eTwinning project had become an integrated part ofthe educational programs in both partner schools. It wasan all-year round whole school project which involved allunits of our school (special needs kindergarten, specialneeds primary school, practical school, school-clubs andgroups after lessons) – pupils with S.E.N., autisticchildren, Romani children. The project was so diverseand extensive in terms of activities that it stretched outto all subjects and after-school activities, too. Activitieswere realized at all subjects, via sectional topics and inspecial eTwinning project days at school. Participantsworked in a school teams according to subject, therapy,disability, age of pupils, type of the project activity, etc.
Collaboration between partner schoolsWe (coordinators) created a project website(www.novepribehy.webnode.cz), e-mail account and aFacebook community group to present and to share ourproject to a broad public, pupils, parents, participatingteachers and all people interested in working withdisabled children as well as to communicate with eachother. Both authors updated the website on an ongoingbasis and we also published through TwinBlog on theeTwinning portal. Following a mutual agreement wecontinuously and dynamically adapted the monthlyactivity plan by adding our new ideas or those of ourcolleagues, pupils or others involved and thus inspiritedeach other.
Creative use of ICTTo publish news about our schools, photo galleries,project outputs and all information about the project,timeline, educational aspect, therapies, etc. we used theproject’s website www.novepribehy.webnode.cz. Anindependent website www.facebook.com/novepribehywas used to inform the broad public about project,interested people posted their comments and this waycontributed to its better quality. To highlight our projectwork for future prospective eTwinning or Comeniuspartners we used the TwinBlog on www.etwinning.net,where we published selected outputs.Pupils used ICT with help. Our mentally disabled pupilsare able to communicate in their mother tongue (Slovakor Czech).
Sustainability and TransferabilityWe synchronized activities of both schools, used themflexibly and we inspired each other, which led tocreation of new joint activities, which we then integratedin the education process and the general life of bothschools. It was a whole-school project involved approx.240 pupils. We educate a diverse group of pupils and weplanned our activities to fit everyone. Through ourproject we presented handicapped children as a creativeand clever member of a common society. Theapplications can be used in other schools, be it regularprimary schools, special secondary schools or colleges(to prepare future special needs teachers), inspired byother fairy-tale books, too. Our partnership persists.
Results and BenefitsOur website contains over 190 news items about the lifeof our schools, above 1400 photographs, 10 therapies and80 partial outputs. The best outputs included the “NewStory of the Dog and the Cat – How They BecameFriends” – pupils took turns to continue the story inSlovak and Czech and aided it with their ownillustrations. Dog’s and Cat’s diaries are also included onour website. The project benefits very much frominternational professional cooperation of teachers,exchange of practice and creative ideas.Another benefit worth mentioning was effectiveparticipation of pupils with various handicaps in thelearning process and their self-realization.
Other AwardsAward from the NSS Slovakia – Teacher of the Month(January 2012).National and European Quality Labels from the NSSCzech Republic and NSS Slovakia.Absolute winner of National eTwinning prizes 2012 inCzech Republic.The winner of National eTwinning prizes 2012 inSlovakia.Financial benefit from Hradec Kralove Region and theother sponsors.Support by enterprise subjects of Vivarium Levex andZooExpo (yearlong cooperation).
Links to Project Outcomeshttp://twinblog.etwinning.net/novepribehy/ http://www.facebook.com/novepribehy
Website www.novepribehy.webnode.cz Website map Homepage includes: News - regularly published news about the life in bothpartner schools (our website contains over 190 news items), intermediate outputs and tasks Menu Search Contact Forum PollsVideo story (monthly changed for the current story), a map and information about sponsors
Menu• Partnerské školy – Partner schools• Informace o projektu/Informácie o projekte – Information about the project Project objectives, expected results and project timetable Výstupy z projektu - Outputs from the project Every month pupils of both partner schools made plenty of partial individual and joint outputs – each month motivated with a different story and a chosen therapy. Each month we carried at least one joint activity involving both schools. All outputs are the result of the work of pupils (with the support and guidance of their teachers and assistants).
The main outcomes of the project The best outputs included the “New Story of the Dog and the Cat – How They Became Friends” – which the pupils wrote by turns (in Slovak and Czech) to continue their invented story and illustrated it in return by themselves. This book as a great result of our school partnership was donated to a Museum of Brothers Capek in the town Male Svatonovice in the Czech Republic during children´s visit (pupils from Hradec Kralove) in this museum (in June 2012). Another important yearlong activity was writing diary – Cat´s diary in Czech school and Dog´s diary in Slovak school – where children noted their daily interesting experiences from school or from home.
Fotogalerie/Fotogaléria – Photo gallery Above 1600 photographs Terapie/Terapia – Therapy An integral part of educational work with children in special needs schools is the use of special therapeutic methods in order to eliminate the problems resulting from a particular disability type. The project implementation was based on special therapeutic methods of work with children with mental and combined disabilities and focused primarily on art therapy, bibliotherapy, dramatotherapy, zootherapy, canistherapy, hippotherapy, ergotherapy, play therapy, Snoezelen, etc.
Hry (puzzle) – Games (puzzle)Puzzle using a PC and an interactive whiteboard. Each school chose a photo of where we are and then we used Planet Jigsaw website to create two puzzles with two different levels. Students competed in against each other and we eventually announced two charts of the winners in various levels (within our two partner schools). On our website could interested members of the general public participate by folding our LOGO as a puzzle.• eTwinning – eTwinning Information about eTwinning
Odkazy – Links Sponzoři/Sponzori – SponsorsWe also managed to involve in our activities the pupils’ parents, people and organizations outside the school and we started cooperation with other entities as well (e.g. library, Red cross, Town office, consulting and professional facilities, businesses, sponsors, various theatrical groups and other organizations). Our cooperation with Vivarium Levex and ZooExpo has extended to the following school year beyond the project and the two entities continue providing zootherapy to the disabled pupils. The project was financially supported by Hradec Kralove Region and the other sponsors.
Hodnocení projektu/Hodnotenie projektu - Evaluation of the projectDuring the project we created a year-round timetable with a variety of activities, which were integrated directly into the lessons and syllabi of most subjects. This way, pupils fulfilled the educational objectives and at the same time developed their skills by being involved in eTwinning international collaboration. Every months we made at least one joint product, as for example: „The New Story of the Dog and the Cat – How They Became Friends“ – writing and collaborative illustration – at the end of the project a collaborative book was created.
project logo (using children’s drawings – Czech children drew the cat and Slovak children drew the dog and the best drawings were used to make the logo); Czech and Slovak dictionary of animals (PowePoint presentation); sending of greetings to the partner by post (several times during the project – holidays); puzzle making competition; writing a letter to the partner and sending it by post; pupil communication via Facebook, e-mail and videoconference; other outputs.• Project in numbers• Presentations in Czech, Slovak and English• Awards
Napsali o nás/Napísali o nás - Wrote about us Promotion of school through eTwinning on regional, national and global level.• Napište nám/Napíšte nám - Write to us For example: Dear friends, I was not at the Museum of the Capek brothers in Male Svatonovice during your pupil´s visit there...It is a wonderful work you are doing with your children and I know as an ex- teacher that even very demanding one. I can say that it is all more valuable because children are the creators themselves and their work is really very nice…Thank you again for your lovely present and for your beautiful pedagogical work and work to holdback the price of message of authors Karel and Josef Capek.• Kontakt - Contact
Our partnership persists and eTwinning is fun!!!1st partner visit in LEVICE 2nd partner visit in HRADEC (Slovakia) KRÁLOVÉ (Czech Republic) Thank you! Tatiana Michalovičová and Josef Suchánek