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viernes, 1 de abril de 2016

Our log-book: Youthpass

"A thorn of experience is worth more than a forest of warnings". 

James Russell Lowell.

At last it approach your long-awaited mid-term evaluation, something you needed to clear the mind. 
And while you are thinking about your plans before evaluation, packing bags and reflecting on your learning process, you decide to sit down at the table and begin to write planning for the coming months you have with great enthusiasm and desire.

Things you want to do, things you want to learn and things you should have learned and for one or the other, you could not do (yes, those goals you set out on your arrival and today have not already) and while you are reviewing all that's left to do, occasionally the word "Youthpass" ringing in your head and even unconsciously you write it in some other corner of the notebook ... Well, someone have explained to you several times what it is, what It serves, but you clearly have no idea how to do it ... not even how to start writing it.

Then comes to your mind our first blog posts, that post that said to you what should not to forget to do and remember your notebook or your log-book, one in which you will have (or not) written a lot and you know that will help you remember everything you have learned from the first day.

Yes, that record is what will help you to create your Youthpass, but How?

If you remember everything you've been told about the Youthpass, and you know clearly that it's a document certifying participation in an activity of the Youth in Action Programme, which shows the results of learning that the participant acquires.

This document is divided into 8 key competences for lifelong learning, these are:
  • Communication in mother tongue. Is the ability to express and interpret concepts, thoughts, feelings, facts and opinions in both oral and written form (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and to interact linguistically in an appropriate and creative way in a full range of societal and cultural contexts.

  • Communication in foreign languages. involves, in addition to the main skill dimensions of communication in the mother tongue, mediation and intercultural understanding. The level of proficiency depends on several factors and the capacity for listening, speaking, reading and writing.

  • Mathematical competence. Is the ability to develop and apply mathematical thinking in order to solve a range of problems in everyday situations, with the emphasis being placed on process, activity and knowledge.

  • Basic competences in science and technology. Refer to the mastery, use and application of knowledge and methodologies that explain the natural world. These involve an understanding of the changes caused by human activity and the responsibility of each individual as a citizen.

  • Digital competence. involves the confident and critical use of information society technology and thus basic skills in information and communication technology

  • Social and civic competences. Social competence refers to personal, interpersonal and intercultural competence and all forms of behaviour that equip individuals to participate in an effective and constructive way in social and working life. It is linked to personal and social well-being. An understanding of codes of conduct and customs in the different environments in which individuals operate is essential. Civic competence, and particularly knowledge of social and political concepts and structures (democracy, justice, equality, citizenship and civil rights), equips individuals to engage in active and democratic participation.

  • Cultural awareness and expression. which involves appreciation of the importance of the creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions in a range of media (music, performing arts, literature and the visual arts).
  • Learning to learnis related to learning, the ability to pursue and organise one's own learning, either individually or in groups, in accordance with one's own needs, and awareness of methods and opportunities

  • Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. Is the ability to turn ideas into action. It involves creativity, innovation and risk-taking, as well as the ability to plan and manage projects in order to achieve objectives. The individual is aware of the context of his/her work and is able to seize opportunities that arise. It is the foundation for acquiring more specific skills and knowledge needed by those establishing or contributing to social or commercial activity. This should include awareness of ethical values and promote good governance.

After recalling each of the competencies, I propose the following activities to you (will be useful to you to register your activities for Youthpass).

  • Take 8 different colors, and assign one to each skill. Take your log-book and reading it from the beginning and with the above description, try to define each one of your learning. Underline it depending of the skill you think might be framed.

  • Find an example of youthpass, and following its structure, creates a Word document, and start to write what will be your Youthpass. Place in each skill the knowledge already acquired and cataloged in your logbook. Although, now you may have to correct it several times, I recommend you to write it in both English and in your own language.
        From now on, the new things that you learn, register them in your logbook and when you have free time add them to your "personal Youthpass". 

       I do not know how will be in your case but mine, after the mid-term, they sent me a link to email to accede and fill out the document. They validated once was generated. 

If so, this method will save you time, because once you have given way to express what you want in your Youthpass, once they provide access to the application, just have to copy and paste.

"Experience is never a failure, it always comes to prove something". 

Thomas Alva Edison.

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