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Goal/Purpose

After this training course, participants (teachers/university students) should be able to

  1. Reflect on and understand how creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial competencies are put into practice in an educational context.
  2. Recognize opportunities in their lessons that are suitable for an entrepreneurial project, develop and evaluate an idea, and present it to their colleagues and/or other actors.
  3. Gather and make use of feedback on the idea from potential users and external actors.
  4. Implement the idea
  5. Evaluate the implementation process

Duration

It can be used for a few sessions or over a longer period of time.

Material

Handbook (in German)

https://www.dkjs.de/fileadmin/Redaktion/Dokumente/themen/Jugend_Zukunft/Entrepreneur_Teaching_DKJS_2014.pdf

Description

The handbook gives practical advice and provides teachers and trainers details about how such a training course could be designed.        

The concept is based on the following understandings:

Personal experience: Only when teachers have learned themselves – that is, experienced in their own learning processes – what self-directed, creative learning feels like, will they be able to create an entrepreneurial culture among their pupils.

Reflection: The participants become aware of which approaches they already successfully practice and how to strengthen them. They reflect on their role and pedagogical approach and how they view their pupils.

Motivation: Learner motivation and successful learning depend on flexible and innovative teaching styles and methods.

Doing something new: This concept of professional development does not include any rigid learning units but is instead based on the intrinsic desire of teachers to do something new and be innovative.

Role model: When teachers themselves use entrepreneurial competencies in their lessons, this motivates their pupils to acquire them as well. We call this way of teaching ‘entrepreneurial teaching’.

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.

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