Riga Zolitude Grammar School is the winner of the Nordplus grant and the coordinating institution of the project 'The Miracle of Reading' with three other partnership countries: Lithuania, Iceland and Sweden.
The name of this project explains its main aim – to develop and deepen the skills of reading in native and foreign languages.
We all know that reading can be described as
- a window through which children see and learn about themselves and the world;
- unique method to develop speaking and learning skills of a child;
- a tool through which children learn the majority of school subjects;
- powerful mean of upbringing children, of teaching them moral qualities and developing esthetic feelings.
During the project students are not only reading but also taking part in different activities (letter writing, conferences, theatre mini-performances, visits to libraries, internet quests, presentations, etc.)
August – organizational activities (creation of teachers working groups, making plans of activities, arranging skype conferences)
September – the start of work on the project. Arranging groups of students, who will take part in the project. Students health conditions and interests are taken into account while choosing students for work in the project. Choosing the books to be read, cooperation with project's partners, skype conferences and e-mail writing to exchange the experience (books that have been chosen, list of literature and why it would be interesting) and provide some necessary information about the visits and tasks to complete.
In September Riga Zolitude Grammar School students took part in exciting lessons and discussed the books they read. The questions of respect, justice, kindness and equality were raised. Students made a film about their favourite books, created posters and wrote feedback on stories.
In Maths lessons the teacher also helped to foster students’ reading skills through reading text-based tasks. Students had to analyse the problems and find correct solutions.
October - the students continue reading books. For a fun way to encourage students to read, a comprehension technique made to satisfy visual learners. It’s imaginative, artistic, and uses movie-making visualization to get students to feel excited about reading. So Latvian students are making video while reading. The results of work are presentations of the material (drawings, short description, base meanings, ideas, problems etc), analysis and recommendations, why these books have to be read by others. Students are actively involved in group work. Having math’s lessons students are ought to pay more attention to the task analysis in order to solve the task, so students were made to be active while working on solving various mathematical tasks through analysis of read materials. Moreover, students had some additional tasks on regular theme check at English lessons where for practicing and checking their knowledge special handouts (on the topic family and possessive pronouns) were created by the teacher where reading skills were actively used and trained. Within the social studies lessons students worked hard on the topic of moral and ethics on the basis of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s masterpiece The Little Prince.
November - 2 teachers are planning to visit Sweden as a part of exchange activity in order to gain some experience in developing students will and interest to read more. A presentation about a school and the list of some methodological issues are being made. A visit programme for Iceland group is being planned by the teachers.