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What does cooperation with the Academy look like?

If you decide to work with the Academy after completing the training, you can open a club at your school from the following school year with a group of 7-15 students. During the school year, the teacher has 20-25 seminars (90 minutes) on major works. Our online library contains all the works and supplementary materials for each of them. These resources serve students and teachers for independent and in-depth training.

 

The teacher has developed methodologies for each of the downloaded works, which contain information about the work and give the teacher all the practical tools needed to moderate the seminar.

The role of the teacher is not to lecture about the work, but to moderate the students to the important questions that the work raises by moderating the discussion.

The academy has one great advantage over regular teaching: students want to learn because they know they are learning for life.

 

They know that in this way they gain benefits that traditional teaching often cannot provide them with - they experience community, they develop character, they learn to think critically and argue.

 

They know (including the teacher) that they are here for each other, they try to get closer to communication  as a loving struggle for another.  Too bad the time is so short.

Anežka Richtariková, teacher
Saint Monika Grammar School in Prešov

Students come to the Academy every Monday - in our case after seven lessons - voluntarily from 3.30 pm to 5 pm.

 

I will also come there voluntarily. We come because we enjoy two hours of peaceful, focused, free, unclassified, discovery work.

 

We all always learn something new about ourselves or about works. It's like the new world we've created  in our school.

Ivana Horecká, teacher
T. Ružička bilingual grammar school in Žilina

Benefits for teachers

  • Training of classical education - pedagogical approach, which  used by the best educational institutions

  • Getting acquainted with the principles of character education through stories in practice

  • Symbolic financial reward

  • Ongoing support for the duration of the cooperation

  • Mentoring

  • A community of similarly motivated teachers

  • Opportunity to participate in a unique project that responds to some serious problems in Slovak education

  • Own enrichment with the form and content of selected works  

  • Opportunity to get closer to students and experience stimulating discussions with them

How is the Academy beneficial for Slovak schools?

In Slovak education we are witnessing several negative trends:

  1. Young people cannot think critically on their own

  2. The ability of high school students to read with comprehension is deeply below average compared to the results of OECD countries

  3. Students have trouble concentrating on educational activities

The current education system does not offer a solution or remedy to the contrary, on the contrary: students are required to memorize the facts, but they do not learn how to think.

Our answer

We believe that a teacher's personal approach to the student, discussions with classmates and content that shapes mind and character are the best tools for educating today's high school students.

 

With its content and form, the Academy of Large Works mitigates the influence of unregulated internet culture - it helps a young person to study in a focused way, to think independently, to evaluate arguments and situations and to express themselves at the level.

 

Through large works, students discover important ideas, train critical and analytical thinking, empathy, or consistent work with text, music, film and artwork.

 

Thanks to selected works, they learn to discover beauty and appreciate the cultural heritage of Western civilization.

For the first time, I experienced that dialogue can be discovered, that real dialogue is not just about exchanging replicas, but based on listening to each other. It appeals to me very much that this method is based on the attitude of humility before the text, and can therefore shape the character of the teacher, and of course the student.

Lucia Čandíková, teacher

Gymnasium of St. Mikuláša v  Old  Ľubovni

I consider it most beneficial that it was really training and not just theoretical lectures. At the same time, I consider the whole event by the organizers to be perfectly prepared. Big thanks!

Peter Lazový,  the teacher

Gymnasium of St. Families in Bratislava

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