before and after the experience - a new collaborative teaching concept

New teaching and learning concept

Project «befter»
before & after the experience

The Goal

Creating a teams’ experience for building a relationship to the «real world»

The Reason Why

Through a self-made experience students can reach a deeper learning, activate their prior knowledge and acquire new knowledge. The new teaching and learning concept is an alternate approach for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). Furthermore the students can get confidence in their abilities and improve their social and media competencies.

before the experience

Step 1 – Imagination

Ask yourself and imagine
Close your eyes – reflect on your own about a chosen topic (e.g. life cycle of a cable) without any tools or aids. Take your time and think about it freely.
Now write down all that came into your mind by contemplating about your subject! Give it a try and imagine “how it might work”, just invent, guess and fantazise

* Result: A student’s post written on our closed (account protected) teaching and learning website called «The horse» (more on teachingweb.org)

Step 2 – Research

Discussion in the team and online research of about half an hour.

* Result: Communicate your team’s outcome (source links included) in a written post on «The horse».

the experience

Step 3 – Experience !

Perform your experience (research project related to your research question). For example the team could visit a company and do an interview on site! There are different ways to perform something new: For example designing an experiment, doing an interview or survey, asking questions to an experienced person or scientist which explains and shows you exactly how it works. (No ideas? There is a toolbox on «The horse»)

* Result: A collection of impressions & insights, media (video, audio, images, text, etc.) and maybe new evolving questions.

after the experience

Step 4 – Shape & create

Edit and produce your own content and media collected during step 3: text, pictures, audio (voice recording), video, graphs, etc.

* Result: A team’s contribution (draft) resp. a collection of self-made materials on «The horse», ready for publishing on the public students’ project website dontwastemy.energy

Step 5 Reflection

Reflect and compare with step 1 and 2. What happened to you personally and/or to the team in between? What kind of knowledge and experience could you achieve? How biased has your perception of the “real world” been? Did your guesses correspond?

* Result: A student’s and/or team’s post on «The horse»*.

Step 6 – Publish

The web contributions are going to be published on the students’ project website www.dontwastemy.energy
It’s an approach towards sustainable education linked to the UN goals of sustainable development: The students’ engagement, effort and insights are “no wasted energy” in the sense of “fulfilled” but contribute to the many little knowledge/experience drops building a vivid ocean and fertile soil for the present & future generations (e.g. upcoming classes of environment & technology).

Step 7 – Promote and get feedback

Asking for feedback and initiating discussions. Our aim is to encourage the students to think independently (e.g. questioning the media, when talking to experts); to see their work in a larger context (“my own life, the world”); to make decisions affecting their own behaviors in daily life and to discuss issues rationally. As such discussions may lead to conflict, the students are asked to discuss along certain guidelines of goodwill, respecting others’ opinions and cultural differences.

* «The horse» is the login-protected teaching and learning web called «The horse». We developed it for co-working across classes, across borders, across cultures. Further information » (teachingweb.org)

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Would you like “to befter” in collaboration? There are experiences, results, teaching & planning materials as well as self & team assessments for students.

Just get in contact: elaine@dontwastemy.energy

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One thought on “New teaching and learning concept

  1. A great and engaging way to learn and teach ! I am really glad we were part of the team ! I do recommend the cooperation to my colleagues.

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