The collection ”Boost your class!” comprises 50 examples of activities which employ non-
formal working methods, meant to make classes more attractive. The activities are
organized in 4 sections: Personal development, Communication skills, Teambuilding,
Development of empathy and tolerance. Every activity is described in detail – topics,
objectives, number of participants, material and time resources, implementations stages
(preparation, enactment, evaluation/debriefing), possible follow-up activities. All the
activities were tested during the project, both within an international and a national
framework, by every partner, thus their description is accompanied by students’ and
teachers’ feedback and relevant photos. The activities described and the methods used are
suitable for all school subjects, from all educational levels.
The collection is available in 8 foreign languages – English, Romanian, Greek, Turkish,
Spanish, Valencian, Italian, French, Portuguese.
The pedagogical kit “Teaching Through Laboratories” was developed by the partner schools
during the project and tested with students. The kit is divided into 4 modules:
1. Language lab – a module meant to help teachers develop weaker students’ linguistic
skills. The module includes ready-made lessons, materials and resources both on basic communication skills as well as on essential cooking vocabulary. There are, altogether, 14 lesson plans, covering 22 hours of teaching in the class.
2. Maths lab – a module that offers lessons and materials on the following topics: how to teach Fibonacci’s theory of “ideal beauty”, geometry rules, using geometry software (Geogebra), calculating the “divine proportion”. There are 10 lesson plans, covering 36 hours of teaching in the class.
3. Artistic lab – a module dedicated to the study of the art of “convivium” (i.e. how to sit at the table and how to welcome guests). The module is divided into 2 parts: the first part is dedicated to teaching the topic of mise-en-place and table manners, there are 8 ready- made lesson plans, covering 34 hours of teaching; the second part focuses on the decorations that can be on the table and there are 8 lesson plans (22 hours of teaching) about such decorations: napkins (folding techniques), textile napkins, napkin rings, centre pieces with vegetables, floral designs, essences, candles, tablecloths and naprons and preparations for special occasions.
4. Cooking lab – a module divided into 2 parts: the first part includes 8 lesson plans (20
hours of teaching) referring to 0 kilometre food (organic food, eating locally, cultivating vegetables etc.); the second part also offers 8 lesson plans (25 hours of teaching) about specific ingredients and dishes, traditional cuisine. The Cooking lab has 2 other components:
- a Recipes book – there are 24 traditional recipes of starters, main dishes
and desserts, specific for the partner countries and 8 dishes that students
invented while taking part in the project. Every recipe includes the
necessary ingredients, the preparation procedure and a photo of the dish.
- a DVD with the filmed variant of the recipes from book, which offer
step—by-step guidance about the whole cooking process.