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Hello dear Reader,

I’m Jani Turku from Finland, my original background is in engineering, which is a tingling combination for the project since ere I am representing the improvisor’s mindset and never-ending curiosity.

Most of my days are somehow related to facilitation, it can be about facilitating a client process or facilitating a skills building that can be applied to presentation skills, interaction skills or how to improvise together. …

LEEN a.k.a diving into liminality and educational entrepreneurship has taught me many important lessons. The project enriched my life as a cultural entrepreneur and gave me the chance to explore a world I wasn’t aware of before.

In the two year life span of the project, I have visited 5 different countries — Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, United Kingdom — worked with 10 partners from all over Europe and interacted with hundreds of students who were part of the local entrepreneurship clubs. Although I traveled across Europe before, the project gave me a glimpse into the everyday life of remote…

From the beginning of my career I had the opportunity to participate in different courses of professional development, as well as in different trainings within some projects financed by the European Union. This thing helped me in both my professional and personal development as I learned new things, I improved my communication and my teaching skills.

When I found out about the LEEN project I saw it as a new opportunity to improve my abilities and to develop myself both as a person and as a teacher. …

I always ask myself what I am. I always think of a philosophical answer. But I don’t know why I am doing this when the answer is as logical and clear as the daylight.

I am a teenager.

Yes, I am that person who is not a child nor an adult but who usually behave like both of them. I am that species of human who is against every rule and who always wants to stand out from the crowd. I am the one who never agrees with what my parents say and who always argues with them.

What am I the best at?

Overthinking. We all know what it…

R: Good afternoon, Miss! What can you tell us about the ‘Talentin’ project whose echoes reached Dambovita as well?

T: The ‘Talentin’ project which was launched in 2016 and has included the Creative Writing Workshop coordinated by me, called ‘Teenagers in small but strong essences’, targets teenagers with literary talents, future writers. …

At the beginning of the second term I asked my students to think about two special things they had done during their Christmas holidays and two other aspects that didn’t meet their expectations.

After that moment, they realized that they didn’t enjoy the holidays intensely and if they went back in time they would do it differently, so they felt frustrated. In fact, if I hadn´t asked them to think about it, my students wouldn´t have realized that they spent too much time watching TV, playing games, in the internet and that they didn’t try anything really different.

We took…

Like adults, children cannot do their best when they are under tremendous stress. They feel stressed because of overloaded classes, homework, exams they have to achieve and thus having less time for FUN.

As teachers, we have all had our moments recognising the flash of interest in our students’ eyes and their smiling face as the bell rings at the end of the class because their energy is so high and they need to interact with their peers. Especially young learners are distracted easily during classes as their attention span is not long. They need games and more interaction. …

Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

If ever we were to question how entrepreneurial learners look like, we should (re)read and enjoy the adventures of this feisty, freckled red-headed “thing-finder”, called Pippi Longstocking. I’m quite sure that we can tick all competences of the EntreComp Framework if we were to create her selfie (!). Not so sure about my own selfie, though. And when I look at the European teacher’s profile I’m even more doubtful.

Entrepreneurial learners have all the skills, knowledge and the right attitude to venture into this big unknown: the future with its new jobs. They know how to create their future employments…

Assoc. prof. Jiří Dostál is an expert on inquiry-based learning and is currently implementing a number of investigations that relate to this area. He also concentrates at popularizing science and technology to the public, from children through youth to seniors. He has organized a series of popularizing and educational events that transcend into commercial (business) sector. Since he is one of the angels in our project L33N, I have conducted an interview with him about his activities related to entrepreneurial activities in education.

O: Jiří, thank you for your time.

J: Oh, it is OK, because sharing experiences and good…

In a country where we lack young people due to emigration, it’s really amazing to hear what teenagers say about success. As a teacher I have the chance to hear them and as a member of LEEN project I have the opportunity to make their voices cross the borders of our country. And I want their voices to be heard.

When discussing the topic “success” in my English classes, I was expecting my students to talk about school grades, future jobs or money. However, they did a lot more than that. …

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