Teacher Milica Aleksić at the Balkan Education Summit

The biggest global event in the world of education – World Education Summit was held 21– 24 March. More than 400 presenters from all over the world and four days of live/ stream programmes on 10 dynamic virtual stages made this summit the most visited event in the world of education. Over 50,000 visitors from different parts of the world attended this event, the same number of people will be able to watch it through the learning platform Summit Central.

How to leverage students’ interests and skills to maximise the impact of teaching?

Savremena Gimnazija demonstrated one more time that its teachers are innovative leaders in the world of education as the presentation of a Savremena Gimnazija English teacher Milice Aleksić was selected for this prestigious event.

The issue of getting students engaged and the effects of motivation on their attainment are important topics, especially nowadays when students are exposed to numerous types of content in a real and virtual environment. A constantly growing challenge for teachers on how to motivate students to focus on educational content emphasises that one of the key factors of successful communication, students’ engagement and high achievements is taking into account learners’ interests and existing skills.

Teacher Milica tackled this topic in her presentation Leveraging Students’ Interests and Skills to Maximise the Impact of Teaching and presented the examples of good practice as well as projects carried out at Savremena Gimnazija which prove the quality of products resulting from open and innovative interaction between students and teachers.

Innovations in teaching, international practice, great projects and fascinating ideas

Besides the representatives of our school and the teachers from our region, who presented a transformational potential of the Balkans where teachers create great things with very few resources, the presenters and distinguished educators who appeared on this stage come from all over the world: Finland, Estonia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong. During four days of the Summit 44 amazing presentations were heard showcasing innovations in teaching, examples of international practice, great projects and fascinating ideas.

Milica Aleksić – a role model of a modern teacher

Teacher Milica Aleksić believes that the most important lesson she has to teach her students is to help them learn how to learn. Therefore, she wants to encourage development of critical thinking in students through interactive and interdisciplinary education. The high quality and innovative features of her work are confirmed by the European Language Label awarded by Tempus organisation, third place at Science on Stage project competition and a number of lessons and projects published in magazines and digital knowledge databases. She is especially pleased with the activities and projects that possess not only entrepreneurial but fund-raising and humanitarian character because these indicate and help students embrace values important for young person’s development in a society.

I am extremely pleased and proud to be the parent of a Savremena student. During my first encounter with the school management, when I asked about my child’s potential enrolment, I saw how much love, enthusiasm and professionalism you put in your work. I was impressed by your approach, ideas and methods. I couldn’t believe something like this existed in our country! It doesn’t take long to realise that this is a school you would recommend to everyone. Creativity, modern technology, top-quality education, and most of all, the humaneness that can be seen throughout the school, make it truly different and worthy of its name – Savremena Gimnazija. With such an approach, the success of this school and, consequently, our children’s success, is unavoidable. Congratulations! Jelena Đorđević, Andrija’s mum
Contemporary in any sense of the word, our school offers functional knowledge and quality preparation for tertiary education in Serbia and abroad. Implementing modern and creative teaching in the classroom, where the teachers’ pedagogy and students’ performance are aligned with the highest academic standards for the high-school finals, our school develops linguistic, mathematical, scientific, artistic, cultural, technical and ICT competence, which is a prerequisite for further education and professional development. Teaching is supported by the interactive whiteboards and educational software, whereas practice exercises research and critical thinking.