Motivation + talent = success

Motivation² + Talent = Success

“Use evidence-based methods to find answers to educational challenges”

Natalie Portman said on several occasions: 'I hate studying but I love learning. Learning is beautiful.' It should be. However, the partners in this project notice that a substantial number of students from diverse backgrounds are underachieving. Lack of motivation often lies at the basis. In order to restore the function of education, namely 'create opportunities for all students, no matter what their background is', we need to focus on the MOTIVATION of students. The causes for the motivational problem (the challenges of more intensified diversity, inclusive education, higher demands from society and higher pressure due to (social)media) can't be reversed. We believe that TALENT DETECTION and DEVELOPMENT is the key to the problem.

Our schools

GULDENSPORENCOLLEGE

Guldensporencollege is a, recently renovated, secondary school with comprehensive, technical and vocational education (and a boarding school).

BELGIUM →

GYMNAZIUM PELCIA

This school consists of two parts: multi-year secondary general school for students aged 11 - 19 and secondary general school (grammar school) for students aged 15 - 19.

CZECH REPUBLIC →

IMS PRIVATE SCHOOL

IMS Private School is a secondary school offering an upper high school 3-year programme with no educational precedent, under the official recognition of the Ministry of Education and Culture, which has endorsed it as a secondary school under its authority.

CYPRUS →

GIMNAZJUM NR 1

A recently total renovated school, open to cooperate with parents, friendly and tolerant. We provide our students with constant learning opportunities, paying due respect to the tradition of our country, region and school.

POLAND →

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Our Goal

The short description

Natalie Portman said on several occasions: 'I hate studying but I love learning. Learning is beautiful.' It should be. However, the partners in this project notice that a substantial number of students from diverse backgrounds are underachieving. Lack of motivation often lies at the basis. In order to restore the function of education, namely 'create opportunities for all students, no matter what their background is', we need to focus on the MOTIVATION of students. The causes for the motivational problem (the challenges of more intensified diversity, inclusive education, higher demands from society and higher pressure due to (social)media) can't be reversed. We believe that TALENT DETECTION and DEVELOPMENT is the key to the problem.

The general objective of this project is therefore empowering teachers to develop and implement methods, approaches, materials and tools for talent detection and development, in order to improve the motivation of pupils in secondary education and to involve their parents more intensely in their teenagers' school career. Since lack of motivation and participation is not limited to any age range, teachers from different departments and levels will be involved. In total it means that about 1800 secondary school students will be affected in one way or another.

The idea sounds simple enough, but how do we intend to reach our goals? Through ‘intervision’ by school staff, interviews of all parties involved (including counsellors, ESLs, truants...), filming lessons and activities, comparing scientific research and opinions of experts in the field, we want to develop methods, tools, materials that focus on 5 types of learning ('shared' learning, 'diverse' learning, 'critical' learning, 'media' literacy and 'life/professional' literacy) and we want to implement these in 3 areas (in day-to-day lessons, in activities within the curriculum e.g. excursions and in extra-curricular activities). The quality of the developed methods, tools and materials will be tested in try-outs and will, at the end of our project, be used to develop a website with good practices, in-service training workshops and a self-assessment tool for schools, youth centres, ... so that they too can turn over a new leaf.

Ultimately, we want to see (and be able to measure) that students of different backgrounds are more motivated, have more self-esteem, are able to live up to their capacity and have more confidence in education because we focus on their talents and help them develop these talents. In short, we want students to 'enjoy' learning again, teachers to be empowered to do so and parents to be encouraged to get more involved. In this way, our schools will stop walking backwards and will start to walk towards being broad learning environments.

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