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About Annelies Aerts

Hello, I am a lecturer at the teacher training college in Antwerp.

Purpose/goal

Seeing the relationship between language teaching and entrepreneurial education
Teaching language in an entrepreneurial way

Duration

Workshop of 2 hours

Material

Concrete materials such as lego blocks, vegetables and fruit, bathroom products, work utensils and socks

Description

In this workshop students design an entrepreneurial lesson for primary school children.

In order to start this workshop it is important that students already have a basis of didactics and teaching experience.
The workshop starts with a short explanation about entrepreneurship in education. We strongly emphasize the breadth of the subject because entrepreneurship is often only associated with setting up a business, accounting, profit and loss.

Next, students in small groups are given the assignment to work out an entrepreneurial lesson on the basis of concrete material. We give students two materials that at first sight do not seem to have too much to do with each other. The purpose of this is precisely to challenge them to think creatively.

After this first design, we ask them to present their design to another group. The group that listens identifies the business opportunities they have heard and seen in the design. The presenting group complements unnoticed opportunities.

Afterwards, each group gets an additional assignment to look at. They have to look at the language development opportunities in their design. If they are not yet enterprising, they are also asked to make them enterprising. In this way we want students to experience that entrepreneurial teaching is not the same as project teaching. When carrying out a project you indeed have a lot of opportunities to work on the entrepreneurial skills, but also within individual lessons we can make enterprising and in all lessons there is language.

Goal/ purpose

Practice the first steps of design thinking: empathize, define, ideate and prototype
During a hackathon, participants have to solve a problem - a case - in a short time

Duration

24 to 36 hours

Material

Depends on the case (pen, paper, computer…)
A case, preferably from a professional

Description

The school, city or company present their case to the participants.

In what follows, students accept the challenge and try to find a good solution for the problem within the give time frame.

You prefer to invite a multidisciplinary group for a hackathon. In this way, you can have students from the teacher training course work together with students from other courses, but also with external participants. By working in multi-disciplinary groups you broaden everyone's perspective

During a hackathon it's all about cooperation. You all work in a pleasant, informal setting to find a good solution as quickly as possible. Teamwork, time pressure and the necessary relaxation ensure an inspiring event where everyone gets the most out of themselves. This provides an enormous boost of energy before, during and after the event. You will see that after the event you will continue to solve other cases full of energy and inspiration.

Students focus on the first three steps and if possible sketch a prototype of their solution. However, the emphasis is mainly on thinking up a solution rather than actually realizing it. That would be a nice bonus, but that is not the intention.

Success factors

Start from a well-developed case. The goal to be achieved must be very clear for each team. If not, solutions will be devised that nobody is waiting for.

Keep the case realistic and adapt it to the available time and space.

Provide different times when students can call on experts who have a good knowledge of the case. This way, students can not only empathize better at the start, but they can also question them if they get stuck in their process.

How did we use it at the AP college?

In our college, students from the Applied Computer Science and Electronics ICT course successfully took part in a hackaton.

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Purpose/goal

To activate teachers' creativity to solve challenges

Duration

1,5- 2 hours

Material

bookcovers
volunteers

Description

It is an open book about life.
There are no paper books in the Human Library. You meet people of flesh and blood. People with an inspiring story or a poignant testimony. Their stories are about loss, success, illness, hope, recovery… Talking with a Human Book is not only a good remedy against prejudices and taboos, but also ideal to inspire and develop creative thinking.
How does it work?
At the beginning of each Human Library you get an overview of the Human Books present. You choose the story that appeals most to you and get to know the man or woman behind the story. Each conversation lasts 20 to 30 minutes. During this time you will have the opportunity to get to know the Human Book in a personal conversation, from person to person.
In The Human Library it is like a real library:

  • The Book is the person who wants to share his experiences.
  • The Borrower is the person who wants to borrow a 'book'.
  • The Catalogue is the collection of titles and short descriptions of each book, with keywords.
  • The Librarian is the administrator of The Human Library.
    Vlaamse Vereniging voor Geestelijke Gezondheid (VVGG) (Flemish Mental Health Association). (s.d.). The Human Library. Consulted from https://www.geestelijkgezondvlaanderen.be/de-levende-bibliotheek

How did we use it at the AP college?
Good education is one of the most important escape routes from deprivation. It is therefore important that our students gain insight into the complexity of this subject and are able to provide good education. In order to be able to set up a good education, it is important that students can come up with solutions for the obstacles they encounter. Poverty is one such obstacle. They have to be able to work in their school and classroom with few resources. In the past, we noticed that students often got stuck on the complexity of the problem.

The Human library not only helps them to grasp the complexity, but we also focus on the further development of our students' creative thinking so that they are able to come up with solutions with few resources and within a unique context. The Human books bring all students a unique story that not only inspires, but is also a starting point to find creative solutions for the problems they are confronted with in education.

Moreover, this form of work also enables them to test their actions or flourishing ideas against various experts.

Available in Dutch and English