Teacher Changemaker Movement

Da quest’anno scolastico l’istituto Fermi è partner di un consorzio per la realizzazione di un progetto KA1 VET che ci vede coinvolti solo con mobilità di job-shadowing per i docenti. Nella prima newsletter troverete alcune informazioni sui “lavori in corso” presso le scuole del consorzio.

TEACHER CHANGEMAKER MOVEMENT Programma Erasmus+ – Azione KA1Mobilità individuale ai fini dell’apprendimento – Ambito VET

Progetto n° 2016-1 -ITO1-KA102-004925 – Titolo “Teacher Changemaker Movement”

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Fermi on the Move

L’Istituto Fermi partecipa all’iniziativa europea European Vet Skills Week con la giornata “Fermi on the Move – Vet Learners Meet Europe” durante la quale diverse organizzazioni che hanno collaborato con l’istituto per le mobilità Erasmus Plus o che stanno avviando collaborazioni per progetti futuri incontrano gli studenti e presentano loro le opportunità formative offerte a studenti delle classi quarte e quinte e neodiplomati. Tra gli invitati Sandro Sorato di ECE Ireland, che parla dell’importanza delle lingue, delle competenze, delle soft skills ma anche della propria digital reputation. #EUVocationalSkills #DiscoverYourTalent

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Esperienze Internazionali al Fermi

La tesina d’esame di una studentessa dell’indirizzo turistico del Fermi di Pontedera che ripercorre le esperienze internazionali fatte e l’importanza della mobilità ai fini dell’apprendimento attivo.

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La presentazione di una mobilità a Valencia

La presentazione legata alla tesina di Arianna, già pubblicata in un precedente post. Momenti importanti di una riflessione su Erasmus per un esame di stato di eccellenza, che valorizza le mobilità VET.

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Erasmus in una mappa concettuale

La mappa concettuale di una tesina da esame di stato legata a un’esperienza di mobilità Erasmus Plus Azione Chiave 1 Vet Learners a Valencia.

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Una tesina sull’esperienza Erasmus

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L’esperienza di Vanessa all’Ufficio Turistico di Bordeaux

I primi giorni la cosa più difficile è senza dubbio riuscire a comprendere il francese, perché la gente inizialmente non ha chiaro il tuo livello di lingua e dunque ti parla come se tu fossi una di loro, poi l’orecchio comincia ad affinarsi, cominci a capire i francesi e poi i canadesi, con quella parlata chiusa.” racconta Vanessa. “Poi arriva il giorno in cui anche chi parla velocemente diventa comprensibile; abbiamo riso molto, io ed i miei colleghi francesi, tutte le volte in cui tra di loro hanno parlato liberamente di me, dicendo quanto fossi brava e versatile, convinti che io non capissi… e poi scattava la figuraccia, perché rispondevo ringraziando!” Vanessa, come Rosalba, ha lavorato all’Ufficio Turistico di Bordeaux, e si sente ormai davvero a casa in questa città, grazie alle tante amicizie strette sul lavoro e alla bella esperienza fatta con la famiglia ospitante, che ha avuto il merito innegabile di farle gustare anche tante specialità tipiche della cucina francese. “La cosa più bella è quando tu riesci a rompere le barriere linguistiche e culturali e riesci, con le tue battute, a far ridere i colleghi!” – aggiunge Vanessa.


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Il tirocinio di Asia a Chester

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Il tirocinio di Giada a Chester


On the first days spent in Chester, I attendend an English course,where I’ve learnt more about my attitudes in the hotel, how to interact with the guests and with my collegues.

I worked at the Crowne Plaza hotel, a four star hotel situated just behind Watergate street, close to the center. The hotel is one of the best in town, it’s really well-known, because it has every kind of amenity, and it’s popular with business men thanks to the business center it offers, in fact the hotel hosts several conventions. The hotel’s target is mainly business guests, but also tourists from all over Europe and families. With some other hotel chains, such as Holiday inn, it’s part of the IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group).

The 5 Ps of the company:

  • Product:The hotel offers 160 comfortable and well-equipped, air-conditioned rooms. Room facilities include direct-dial phone and in-room safe. Iron/ironing boards as well as trouser press are supplied in the rooms. Other room amenities include desk and minibar.Bathroom amenities include bathrobes and hair dryer. In-room entertainment options at Crowne Plaza Chester include pay movies and satellite television service.  Business guests will appreciate dial-up Internet access, high-speed Internet access and wireless Internet access. Housekeeping services are also available.
    Dining facilities at Crowne Plaza Chester include a restaurant. A rich, complimentary breakfast is served each morning. There is also room service available. The hotel boasts a 24-hour front desk service. A currency exchange facility is also available. Public areas at Crowne Plaza Chester are comfortably air-conditioned. There is an indoor swimming pool at the hotel. Guests can also enjoy the following spa/wellness facilities: sauna, steam room. Dry cleaning/laundry service, laundry facilities, porter/bellhop and safe-deposit box – front desk.
    Guest parking is offered for a surcharge.
  • Place: it’s possible to book a room on the hotel website, by telephone, in a travel agency or on booking websites.
  • Promotion: the hotel is promoted on its website, on booking websites and some brochures and catalogues you can find in travel agencies, or in the town hall of Chester.
  • Price: the starting price to book a room in this hotel is £89, it depends on the kind of room and on the extra services requested.
  • People: there are lots of departments, such as the reception, the concierge, the restaurant, the houskeeping, the maintenance, the security, the leisure and the laundry.

On my working experience I used to help at the reception, with some back office activities such as checking the departure list, making photocopies, and doing some cleaning. I decided to spend my last working week at the restaurant of the hotel, where I trained as a waitress. I also tried the housekeeping and the leisure departments.

During this period, I think that the biggest challenge was to try to understand everything and try to ask “sorry could you repeat, please?” as little as possible, but at the end of my internship I was aware I improved not just my English skills, but also the way I interact with foreign people, and how to be useful in a hotel. My supervisor was the hotel manager Clare Lewis who has helped me a lot, with Christopher Lloyd (the reception manager) and Amy Lloyd (the restaurant supervisor). At the end of my working experience at the Crowne Plaza I received a reference letter.


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Il tirocinio di Elisa a Chester


Where everything started..

This experience started thanks to my English teacher that informed me about this kind of Project.

I immediately did everything to be selected for the internship, because I thought that it could have been a useful experience to improve my English and also to acquire new professional skills.

This project took place from the 23rd of August to the 23rd of September, in Chester a walled city with Roman origins, capital of the Cheshire county.

Why did I go there?

Chester is one of Britain’s most popular places for its unique and historical atmosphere. For this reason it’s a place with lot of tourism companies such as museums, hotels and travel agencies. This gave me the opportunity to work in the tourism field, with another 10 schoolmates.

Dewa Roman Experience

Dewa Roman Experience is an interactive museum with a modern twist. On the inside you have a hands-on room, an archaeological area and reproductions in wax of the Roman lifestyle of 2000 years ago. The museum is open all year round from 9.00a.m to 5.00p.m, except for the Christmas holidays. The museum is specialized in Educational tours, thanks to the tour guides that involve students to play games inside and outside the museum. Children have the possibility to hang around the city and the amphitheatre with a Roman soldier, wearing shields, swords and helmet in plastic. While on the inside, the hands-on room let them be archaeologists. You don’t need to book in advance your visit, except for schools that have reductions on the price. Opening hours are from 2.00pm to 4.30pm and prices can change according to your age.

What did I have to do?

I used to :

  • sell tickets to customers
  • sell stuff in the gift shop
  • take photos
  • dress up like a roman woman
  • give information about the museum
  • interact with children playing games
  • clean the museum at the end of the day

I worked for 4 weeks from Monday to Friday 8 hours per day.

What did I learn?

This job gave me the opportunity to improve my language knowledge, problem solving skills and how to speak with the customer. It was really difficult when I had to deal with children, because I had to be able to change my language register.

The evaluation:

My tutors, Chris and Michael were very patient with me. They always helped me when I had troubles but at the same time they let me be independent in my job. At the same time I established good relationships with all the other employees. I’m also proud of myself because their evaluation was higher than my expectations, saying that they would recommend me to any potential employer.

The rest of the experience…

This experience got off with the wrong foot because my classmate and I didn’t feel at ease with the host family… Anyway, thanks to the school and our teachers we found a welcoming family. From the first moment we established a good relationship, especially with their children; Ryan and Ella.

During this period I met new friends, from two Spanish girls to some English friends. With these last ones I still keep in touch.

During the weekend me and the other students had time off to visit other cities like Liverpool and Manchester, to have splendid memories once back in Italy. Despite the laughs and the Saturday nights we had all together, what really make us happy was the “shopping time”, especially in Primark.

Time to go home…

I think that the Erasmus project is much more than a school trip in a foreign country. It gave me the opportunity to see what the world of work is like, putting myself on the game in another family, another culture…another life.






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