Sharing education by means of benchmarking

Sharing education is the best contribution to development. Everybody admits that. One of the best ways of shsring knowledge is benchmarking. You come and meet your foreign colleagues for one week to observe, discuss and learn more. See http://www.ejournal.fi/benchmarking.
Euneos offers benchmarking courses in the framework of Erasmus+ KA1 mobilities. The structure of the EU grants for Erasmus+ courses enables practically full compensation of the costs. What your school needs to do is to write a development plan and refer to it to argument your participation in benchmarking. Schools can send more than one teacher to the same course.
All course participants will be experts of their own schools. Together you are a potential group of innovators. The benchmarking course will mean promotion both for your own profession and also for your school’s development. Sharing your knowledge will be a win-win process for all.
Isn’t it fine that Erasmus+ enables every single school in the EU to have this opportunity? Before it was not as easy as now to see how your colleagues teach or the students study elsewhere. Education today becomes transparent. Then it’s also possible to find the best methods and solutions together.
One of my colleagues warned me not to speak about “best practices” in the context of benchmarking. I still use the phrase. I think every school has “best practices”. We just don’t find anything special in them because our best practices have become our everyday work.
Benchmarking opens our eyes. We can see better what is good and what is not so good in our own school, or in our own work. Benchmarking gives us more than some results of international comparisons, and it adds a lot to our imtercultural awareness.

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