Implementation of “Girl power – historical figures” (SOl-RO-287)

Author: Aura Eftimie, teacher

School/Organization: High School ,,Grigore Tocilescu”, city Mizil, Romania

I have chosen “Girl power – historical figures” created by Sónia Mendes, which I implemented in the Romanian language and literature subject, ”Models and anti-models” Chapter, ”Elements of interculturality” Unit. The topic I chose is related to the fifth Global Goals, Gender Equality. I think it is extremely important that education emphasizes the promotion of the 17 Global Goals, and non-formal activities are more engaging for children, to achieve educational skills and develop the ability to learn throughout life.

The implementation context

The power of femininity

The activities were completed hybrid, online and offline, in the sixth grade, the age of the students being between 12 and 13 years. The class have a number of 27 students. They have little experience related to  digital heritage of arts and science, but they have the desire to know and they are enthusiastic about this type of blended learning activity.

The narrative

The implementation of the project consisted of five lessons that took place blended learning, unlike the original script which was divided into four activities by content area (English, IT, Art), unfolded  in the classroom. 

The order was as follows: 

SessionSubjectPlan and scroll timeImprovements compared to the original scenario
1Introduction to topic, the SDGs and, especially, about Gender EqualityTeacher-led offline classroom lesson  50 MinutesTheory aspects related to the 17 SDGs, the use of additional resources on the Teaching with Europeana platform or other online platforms, such as   -Adding ideas of moral and cultural values, of interculturality, of synchronizing the Romanian culture with the European one
2Deepening the 5 SDG, Gender Equality and the presentation of famous women for the evolution of mankindSelf-study, online, on the 12 chosen women, 6 from the universal history ( proposed by the initial scenario) and 6 from the history of Romania, each student receiving as a task to look for information about a female figure from Romania, and a female figure from the international level  45 Minutes + 45 Minutes-Adding six Romanian women, indicating the resources to use to gather information
Nadia Comaneci 
Ana Aslan Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu  Elena Caragiani Sarmiza Bilcescu  Sofia Ionescu Ogrezeanu 
3Artistic and literary creation workshopOffline workshop guided by the professor, for creating posters and   preparation of the discourse about the chosen people 50  Minutes-adding elements of theory related to types of language, multilingualism, figures of speech and persuasion processes-explaining several types of language
4Oral presentation of research resultsOffline, in pairs, the students present the information about the chosen heroines, and motivate why they are role models for all people 50 Minutes– The oral speeches that the students gave not only included the presentation of the facts, but were aimed at developing the ability to convince others that the woman they spoke about is a heroine, an example of behavior and thinking
5Creating and mediating the final productsPhotovoice and power point presentation of the projectOnline and offline group activity, creating the power point presentation and the two drives with images and information about the project 90 Minutes Elements of interculturality-Creating tables with the data of the 6 women proposed by the initial project and another table with the data of the 6 women added, through which the written expression in Romanian and English language was practiced:
Girl Power  
Biodate tabel  
-Creating a power point presentation with the students, which I presented to other teachers 
-Creating a Photovoice to which other students have access, thus facilitating the awakening of curiosity about the theme and among others. Photos during the activity are in the link above.

Learning outcomes

Closer to the spirit of Education 

Students have learned of online educational resources and have developed the ability to do a research based on the right resources.

-The students developed their team spirit, because they worked both individually and in pairs.

-Students have developed critical thinking and the ability to actively listen.

-I offered the possibility of exploring an important topic, like the 17 SDGs.

-The students increased their self-esteem by making an exhibition with their products and were able to fill in the tables in English.

I believe that all teachers who want to implement this learning scenario should integrate the female figures representative in their country in the context of European figures and emphasize the idea of multiculturalism and unity in diversity as an engine of progress.

Outcomes for the educator

Model approach with Europeana

TwE has given me the opportunity to get to know exceptional educational resources, diverse and easy to apply, regardless of the education system we are part of. 

The implementation of this project made it easier for me to share with my colleagues what I learned, so the power point presentation of the implementation I disseminated during a meeting, as an example of modern resources that can be used in all disciplines.

What all teachers should do is also educate students in using the content of digital resources, with respect for copyright. In addition, teachers have the opportunity to explore a large virtual museum, which offers the integration of art and science into formal and non-formal school activities. 

I myself watched the Europeana heritage, from where I chose a representative image of a woman, Yacco Saga, as a symbol of grace and feminine power, and I presented the Europeana collections to both students and colleagues.

The link of the presentation for my colleagues, made with the help of the students , is:
Project development presentation 


Portrait of Sada Yacco de Casas, Ramón – 1902 – National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Spain – CC BY-NC-ND.

Did you find this story of implementation interesting? Why don’t you read about the related learning scenario? Girl power – historical figures created by Sonia Mendez

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Heidelberg University Library.

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