Blog ESSR

Welcome to the ESSR!

Whether by accident or on purpose, you've stumbled across the blog of a brand new Erasmus + grant project called the Experience of State Socialism Reimagined (ESSR). Welcome!

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How is this going to go?

You know what the ESSR project is, and you know who the partners are. There's still a lot for us to share, though, and the top priority right now is telling you how this is actually going to work. We have a plan for how the project will unfold over the next two years, and we hope that it will be useful for you as you put together your own projects.

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How we work with our sources

The ultimate goal of our project is not only to create a series of lesson plans, but also to give you a glimpse of how we make them. Here's how we work with sources and the kind of obstacles we have to deal with.

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On the way towards a lesson plan

In this blog post, we at the Sofia Platform would like to introduce some potential sources to you, along with the background behind them and the methodology that we used to choose them.

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Primary Sources vs. the Public Space: The Case of the Metro

This blog is happy to introduce another partner in the ESSR project: Creative Teaching Group. CTG won’t directly contribute to creating any of the lesson plans; instead, they’re organizing seminars for the public where they will deal with Czechoslovakia’s communist past. Here, you can have a look at how their workshop on Prague’s metro went.

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Building a Lesson Plan: The Aims and Principles of Lesson Plans

We're finally getting to our main goal: creating a stand-alone lesson plan. However, berofe we get down to it, our Bosnian member Haggadah presents the obstacles or wider teaching conditions that accompany the creative process of making the lesson plan. Here's the first set of their ideas.

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Building a Lesson Plan: Structuring the Goals

Second part of Haggadah's ideas on how to build a lesson plan. Blog focuses on the proper structuring of a lesson so it reaches its educational goals.

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Building Our Lesson Plan: The Election Experience During Czechoslovak State Socialism

So far, we’ve presented how we consider our sources, what questions we ask alongside them, and what methods we employ to turn them into productive teaching materials. Now, it’s time to proceed to a stand-alone lesson plan. Here we are: we proudly present our first complete lesson plan, created by the Czech team from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and focused on the experience of an election during the communist period.

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Building Our Lesson Plan: The Election Experience During Czechoslovak State Socialism — Part 2

We continue with the Czech team‘s lesson plan and invite you to explore our teaching materials in depth.

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Lesson Plan: Ideology and Society, Ideology in the Body of Society

While the last two blogs were focused on the lesson plan of the Czech team and invited you to the background and the ideas behind its creation, this very blog from the Innovative Teaching Group, the Slovak team, presents guidelines to their lesson plan. It is focused on the ideology and the uses of the public space. In this stage of our project, our lesson plans are still intended for the domestic students or learners - but we hope you can already draw experience and inspiration from it!

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