I’m a science teacher with a great wish to improve my knowledge, my way of teaching and my fluency in English language. For this reason I decided to participate in the project Erasmus + KA2 partnerships between schools “My Way, Your Way, Our Shared Cultural Identities”, 2015-1-SE01-KA219-012285, in the activity Job-Shadowing at the Swedish school Nyvångskolan – Lund, from August 27 to September 3, 2016.
For five days I followed the educational work of Swedish teachers, especially that of Charlotte Tambour, a science colleague. I could observe their teaching method and the way of learning of Swedish pupils.
It was interesting to note that the difference with the Italian school is linked to the organization and management of classrooms, spaces and work times rather than the teacher’s didactic methods. The Swedish school is rich in resources, well equipped and focuses on the educational needs of students. Parents in Sweden don’t have to pay for anything. All books, copies, pencils, drawing tools, computers, tablets, school canteen are paid by City Administration.
The organization in levels of knowledge and skills ensures that the student becomes the protagonist of what is done in the classroom. For example, I saw that Charlotte explained the topic and she often combined the lab experiment with the theory in her lesson. Her students performed the experiments and they were very tidy and silent when they worked. At the end they cleaned and sorted what they had used. Each student had his/her own tablet, he/she studied the topic and did the exercises at school with the support of digital books or job boards made for them by the teacher.
The teachers generally had their own classrooms and they didn’t move from one class to another, as in our school. In this way Swedish colleagues had the time to better organize their work. I don’t always have the possibility to carry out my lesson in the Science lab because it can be used by other teachers. There are twelve science teachers in my school! Many of our classrooms are now equipped with interactive boards but the computer isn’t always easily accessible because it’s in a locker . I haven’t its key so I have to ask for it to the caretaker and this creates a waste of time!
This experience was a great opportunity for me to meet new work colleagues from different countries of Europe and to compare our different cultures, traditions and teaching methods. I want to thank Nyvångskolan, the Headmaster and the Swedish teachers for the warm welcome and the great helpfulness which made me feel at ease immediately and during the time spent in Sweden.