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March 11, 2024
Community of practice

Second COP Belgium

On 18 September 2023, 14 people met at the KU Leuven in Flanders/Belgium for the 2nd COP. We talked about the schoolyear to come:  the selection of the weakest readers; KU Leuven tests on motivation and executive functioning and how to get going with the game app Karaton which all 4 schools will be using.


How COPs work: Teachers at the centre

The AdApptive project’s focus, besides creating beneficial effects on pupils’ reading, is on building up a Community of Practice that can further the learning of teachers. Therefore, it will carefully monitor the effects it potentially has on teachers.  To this aim, a targeted study has been designed by our Czech partner, DYS Centre Prague, whose study will cover all 4 participating countries.  The teachers have complete freedom regarding implementation in classroom practice. The aim is to get to a way of working that works for both teachers and pupils. The COPs are a community support structure inside the 4 schools in Flanders, and in time with the other 12+ schools in the Irish, Czech and Dutch COPs. Flemish teachers unanimously expressed their desire to meet all other teachers in Dublin or Amsterdam!


Game App Karaton

Decided was that after our COP meeting, all teachers can get their pupils to start working with  Karaton. Teachers tested it out at the COP. All questions on the functioning of Karaton can be directed to Karaton’s help desk. Towards the end of October ’23, we will collect first experiences by means of a questionnaire.

The concept of the COP comes down to learning together and from each other, by discussing and overcoming blockages and helping each other with good advice where things work well. In AdAPPtive we do this in Belgium and with our partners. The partners are working on a way to share the experiences of the Irish, NL and Czech COPs with us. The Flemish teachers would all like to meet up with other teachers in Dublin, this is also being looked into..

Everyone is looking forward to COP 3, which will be held in the Don Bosco school on 26 November.  All teachers preferred a school setting rather than a university one.