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  • What do we eat – how should we eat
    In an online survey at their individual schools, students participating in the project answered questions on their eating habits. During the meeting in Germany, students then looked at the results of the survey and deducted recommendations for the future on how to eat better in the future. The questions included aim at three different topics: “Traditional” eating schedules and eating habits in different countries. The reasoning behind this set of questions is that there are different habits. In some countries, breakfast or lunch are the main meal of the day, in others it’s dinner. The answers to these questions, especially …
  • Food of the Future
    At the Futurium in Berlin, students worked in groups on several topics. In the exhibit, they collected information and pictures on their topic. These findings were than used to incorporate into further work and to create posters on several topics. Presented here are the tasks and some of the results. Where will our food come from in the future? Agriculture: Growing food (vegetables, grain, fruits, …) on traditional fields is so 19th century. Where will we plant, grow and harvest our food in the future? Can we also modernize fish production in a similar way? Farming / food production on …
  • Food Waste & Food Art
    In the back of food pantries, fridges and kitchen cabinets of (too) many households, one can find food that has gone past its expiration date. Usually, that’s no problem as it is possible to eat food beyond the “Best before” date – after all, most food is still edible a few days (sometimes even weeks) after this date. But in the same cupboards, there can be almost “historic” finds of food that has been waiting to be used for years and years… Most likely not edible anymore. A lot of food gets wasted without ever being eaten. In this exercise, …
  • A healthy BBQ party
    Day 1 of the meeting in Germany, afternoon and evening. With the help of a dietician and in cooperation with a regional adult education center, students created a buffet style dinner. Later on, host parents and siblings were invited to school to start off the mobility together. The recipes were chosen and provided by the dietician. A main focus lay on a variety of healthy salads. These accompanied some healthy dishes prepared on the BBQ (consisting of vegetables and lean meat). As we had learned from the food pyramid in the morning, sweet treats are not “forbidden” but should be …
  • Food pyramid
    What’s on the top of the food pyramid should not be on the top of the list of foods you eat every day… Our food journey started out by looking at the food we might eat – and by getting to know each other. For this purpose, students were handed magnetic cut-outs of typical food items (e.g. different types of vegetables, fruits, drinks, meats, legumes, snacks). Each food item was given to two different students. In a first step, students were to find the partner with the same food item. As a team they then went on to complete the …
  • A healthy cookbook
    In preparation for our meeting, students from all participating countries collected some of their families’ favorite recipes. The task was to identify healthy recipes, and recipes that are good for the environment for a number of reasons. The recipes were then collected in a cookbook. We had this cookbook printed professionally and distributed it to all participants at the beginning of the mobility. It will also be placed in school libraries etc. Visiting students had been asked before the mobility to plan on cooking “their” recipe together with their host families. In this way, also parents and siblings were involved …
  • Participating in a European project means…
    The five days of our Erasmus+-project-meeting went by very quickly. On the last day, students worked in groups on an evaluation. Unanimously, they agreed that participating in a European project is very valuable and that there are many advantages, for example: getting to know other cultures improving language skills getting to know people becoming more independent / learning how to travel Pictured below are both the brainstorming process and posters created. In addition, students were asked to reflect on what they liked about the meeting in Lille. Even though this is specifically about this meeting and this location, the feedback …
  • Learning with movies: A Journey towards Mental Well-Being
    Even though movies are made primarily for entertainment, they also show us real life problems. One example is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. Working with excerpts and quotations, students reflected on possible themes and topics of this movie. They reacted to it with a piece of creative writing. Moreover, they conducted a survey on what for them personally is important for their mental well-being. It is interesting to observe that in this survey, many students put friendship first. Even more interesting to see is that also health in general (so the well-being of the body) is in the top …
  • Mens sana in corpore sano
    When asked what is important for their mental and emotional well-being, students name (among other things) physical well-being. The Erasmus+-meeting included a both theoretical and practical program. Sports, exercises are sometimes seen as boring. The school in Lille, its gym offer a variety of sports opportunities, in this way enticing students to discover new sports and to do these together with friends in a good spirit. For most students, it was their first encounter with climbing. While they were very skeptical, even afraid at first, they quickly overcame their fear and followed the example of their already experienced partners. In …
  • Rooting ourselves: Being a part of Europe and European history
    To feel at ease with oneself is a necessary prerequisite for emotional and mental well-being. Knowing one’s origins helps to understand oneself. What has shaped me? Which influences have created the person that I am today? These are questions people can ask. As a person, we are influenced by our closer environment, such as families, our friends, other close people we come into contact with. Both in a positive or negative way. But also our wider environment does have a large influence on us, on our lives, our well-being. This aspect is often enough ignored when talking about identity. During the …
  • Radio Podcast: Meeting in France
    In the podcast, students present the Erasmus+-project in general (the different topics covered during the complete duration of the project) and the activities of the meeting in Lille. They speak about their intercultural experiences of travelling to another country and being a guest in a host family – or of welcoming guests into their family. Also they discuss the similarities and differences between the different participating schools. This radio programme is available here.
  • Messages of Kindness
    Be kind to your mind – and be kind to other people’s mind! It is easy to help someone feel better – be it a stranger or a friend. All it takes is a smile or a kind word. However, too often we forget about this in our daily lives. Often enough, people also are at a loss of words and do not know what to say. Students collected kind messages, compliments both in English and in their mother tongue. These were written onto slips of paper, which were then glued together to form the rings. Gradually, a long “Chain …
  • Writing about identity
    How do I write about my own identity?Who am I anyway?How can I express my feelings, my self? When confronted with these questions, people quite naturally do not know how to answer. Still, when working on a “concentrated” / “distilled” text like short stories or poetry about one’s own identity,  it is possible to focus, rewrite, and come to a deeper understanding of oneself, one’s feeling, the “essence” of oneself. The hardest part is always getting started. To ease the beginning, we used a number of auxiliary methods and writing exercises. Some results can be seen here. What shapes us? It is …
  • Be Kind To Your Mind!
    The main focus of our work during the meeting in France was that of emotional and mental well-being.  In different activities, students worked on the topic both practically and theoretically. In the following subpages a few of our methods, activities and results can be found. Moreover, there’s an insight into other activities which took place. Writing about identity: Poetry Messages of Kindness: The importance of compliments Learning through movies: The Perks of being a Wallflower Beyond mental well-being: Mens sana in corpore sano Documentation: Radio Podcast recorded during the meeting Rooting ourselves: Being a part of Europe and European history …
  • Exchange in a Box
    Even if meeting in person in a “traditional” exchange is difficult due to restrictions (Covid-19), we are still staying in touch. Letters, postcard
  • Word clouds – Relationships
    After watching the movie “The Cure” and during a time of “homeschooling”, students created word clouds on the topic of “Relationships”. Here are just some examples.
  • “Freundschaft” – Friendship in another Language
    Expressions one can use when talking about friendship in German.
  • Friendship – An exploration of words and feelings
    Everybody is talking about friends – but how would you define friendship? Which elements are important for a good friendship? And what is better to avoid? Which words and expressions can one use when talking about friendship?
  • Off to a bumpy start…
    When we started planning our project, back in “the good old days”, we had high-flying ideas about travelling and meeting new friends. Little did we know that a new virus would appear to change our lives… Now, at the beginning of our project, we are faced with a new reality. The plans that we made three quarters of a year ago seem almost impossible to realize. Travelling right now, especially with student groups, is nearly impossible as numbers of infections are on the rise again. This is why we have postponed our first meetings. Instead, we are going to be …

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