In the MenSI project each school cluster has a diary, and they produce diary entries on a regular basis. Cluster diaries are used to make notes of the common actions, decisions made, and most importantly, this is a way to reflect on the learnings. Diary entries can be created in Word or in any multimedia format. Diaries are also a very important source for the MenSI research. The Hungarian MenSI schools agreed to create their last cluster diary entry in the form of an online or offline poster, and in this blogpost, we highlight the red hub’s poster.
In Hungary school clusters are named by colours. The red cluster is led by a secondary school in Eger, and members are primary-lower secondary schools in Debrecen, Salgótarján, Nyíregyháza, and a secondary school in Miskolc.
Locations of MenSI schools in Hungary
The hub organized online and face-to-face meetings, and they created their final diary entry during one of the face-to-face meetings, in a paper-based format. The meeting took place in Eger, in the historic building of the mentor school, in the library. Have a look at the ceiling and the thick walls! It is not easy to install wi-fi in such a building, as we have learnt!
Teachers working on the diary-entry poster
This is the final diary entry, the poster of the hub:
In the centre of the poster you see a key ring. This is because the hub exchanged ideas around how to use breaking rooms in the classroom. On the hanging keys you can read the names of the schools.
The “key words” around the key ring are the following:
Around the key ring: you can see the first slides of the presentations participants shared with each other during the sessions. These presentations remained an important source of information for adapting best practice later on.
There were even more best practices shared but the group decided to put on the poster only the most interesting ones. There were some overlaps: schools found that they have some similar programmes, mainly because they faced similar problems and they came up with similar solutions.
The group decided each school will produce short, but written reflection about each of the best practices shared by their peers.
Besides the presentations, the group had the possibility to observe lessons related to the mentor school’s best practices: on robotics and on STEM talent nurturing.
A fun hands-on activity was organized in the hub during a face-to-face meeting: colleagues knowledgeable in this field offered a workshop on how to set up a breaking room! This is a method that can be used in any subject, there are lots of variations to it and it offers a great way to get children active. Participants formed two groups, and both groups set up a breaking room for the other to try. Both groups could solve the puzzles and successfully found their ways to the coffee break.
You need locks, boxes, stationary and lots of random objects for a good break-out room
By the end of the school year each school wrote an adaptation plan – some detailed descriptions about how they will adapt (at least) one of the best practices they have learnt about.
I believe members of the red hub shared lots of creative ideas, as well as practical guidelines with each other, so the hub work was a great source of inspiration. We congratulate for the excellent work and wish all the best for the continuation of the projects!
Group photo with the red hub's members
School-to-School Mentoring CoP
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