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The third HUPE Osijek branch meeting in school year 2023-2024

The third and final HUPE Osijek branch meeting in school year 2023-2024 was held on Saturday, 25 March 2024 at the Faculty of Education in Osijek. 13 HUPE members attended the meeting which lasted for three hours.

The agenda included:

1) Cassy Prskalo: Beyond Boredom: Transforming Essay Practice into an Adventure

2) Gabrijela Romić: Teacher life: Juggling stress, staying happy

3) Marija Rukavina: Happy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: AI for Stress-Free Teaching

4) HUPE news

Cassy Prskalo from Srednja škola Ilok delivered the workshop titled Beyond Boredom: Transforming Essay Practice into an Adventure. Cassy presented a variety of interactive activities designed to make essay writing, especially for the Matura Exam, interesting and enjoyable for the students. Participants tried out different methods to enhance students' writing skills, as well as critical thinking through fun and engaging exercises.

Gabrijela Romić from OŠ Vladimira Nazora in Vinkovci presented the talk titled Teacher life: Juggling stress, staying happyGabrijela discussed the common stressors in the teaching profession and their impact on mental health. The session emphasized the importance of self-care, maintaining professional boundaries, and adopting a positive mindset. Participants shared their experiences and strategies for managing stress and preventing burnout.

Marija Rukavina from OŠ Vladimira Nazora in Vinkovci held the talk titled Happy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: AI for Stress-Free Teaching. Marija's presentation highlighted AI-powered tools to reduce teachers' workloads, emphasizing the importance of utilizing technology for efficiency and taking breaks for well-being. She demonstrated how to use Gamma for presentations, Magic School for lesson planning, Twee for generating materials, FreeTTS for text-to-speech conversion, Gibbly for generating quizzes, as well as text-to-image converters for visual aids.

The participants were also updated on the latest news in HUPE including the details of the upcoming32nd Annual International HUPE Conference, which is taking place in Valamar Diamant Hotel, Poreč from 15 to 17 November 2024, such as call for speakers, registration fees, accommodation and transportation. The branch president also informed the participants about the 33rd HUPE Conference venue, Valamar in Poreč, voted by the members, the free month of Twinkl membership offered to HUPE members, as well as the future partner associations’ conferences. All members were also invited to contribute to the summer edition of HUPEzine by sending their ELT articles and examples of good practices to our HUPE editor Ivana Kasunić via this email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HUPE Osijek appreciates and thanks the speakers and all members who attended the meeting and created a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere for chatting and sharing ideas. We look forward to seeing you at one of our future meetings next school year. Enjoy your well-deserved and much-anticipated summer holidays!

Adrijana Roždijevac
HUPE Osijek Branch President

TWINKL

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On the website, you can find ready-to-go lessons, games and worksheets, for kids, teens and adults. They have even created their own Curriculum that is perfect for online classes. From Business English to phonics for teens, they’ve got something for every lesson. If you don’t find what you need, you may let them know and their team can make something for you!

HUPE members can now get a free month of Twinkl membership – contact your HUPE branch representatives to get the code. 

After the first month, the monthly fee is €12.99.

We encourage you to try out the Twinkle website and see the benefits they offer us.

Let's Celebrate Europe Day competition results

Our colleagues and friends from Ekonomska škola Požega, Jelena Kovačević who is an English teacher and Martina Budimir who is a German teacher, have been organising an International European Day Competition since 2021.

This year’s competition has now reached its end. An amazing 147 entries have been submitted, coming from 63 schools in 21 countries and from 4 different continents.

We wish to congratulate all the winners, but also everyone who has entered the competition, and we would like to encourage even more of you to participate next year.

The final results can be found on the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=308793692268373&rdid=kyBi48m9hJwS8Vkp

For those who wish to support our colleagues, please visit their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/eudaycontest/

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3rd HUPE Osijek branch meeting invitation

Dear colleagues,

I would like to invite you to our third and final HUPE Osijek Branch meeting in the school year 2023-2024, which is taking place on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 9.00 am at the Faculty of Education in Osijek (Fakultet za odgojne i obrazovne znanosti, Ulica cara Hadrijana 10, Osijek) in Room 33.  

Agenda:

1) Cassy Prskalo: Beyond Boredom: Transforming Essay Practice into an Adventure

2) Gabrijela Romić: Teacher life: Juggling stress, staying happy

3) Marija RukavinaHappy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: AI for Stress-Free Teaching

4) HUPE news

The workshop/talk summaries can be found below.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please, register by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 8.00 pm the latest so there is enough time for me to make all the preparations for the meeting based on the number of attendees. Thank you.

I’m looking forward to seeing you.

Kind regards,
Adrijana Roždijevac
HUPE Osijek Branch President

3rd hupe meeting 2024

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