At Technichus we often get questions from teachers about entrepreneurship in school. The questions comes from both students teachers already working in school. Everyone is clear about that it is something important and stated in the Swedish curriculum. But the question they have not given answered is HOW?
The purpose of this Multiplier event was to strengthen the teachers in that entrepreneurial learning does not have to be difficult and that they may already do a lot. Therefore, the title ENTREPRENEURIAL LEARNING WHERE YOU STAND.
We wanted to encourage teachers to discover entrepreneurial learning as a resource. Therefore, we invited teachers to a practically oriented training day in entrepreneurial learning. Where they should get the opportunity to learn how to develop the students' learning and increase the efficiency of teaching through a creative approach. As the teachers had to test the self-evaluation tool, they should also be aware of the entrepreneurial skills. During the day they also tried to create something that has value for others.
We invited active teachers in our area (four different municipalities).
As our international guests, we invited Arnfinn Stendahl Rokne CEO at the Vitencentret, the Science Center in Trondheim and his colleague who talked about their activities for, particularly talented children.
The day began with
- Creating your badge!
- Mingle and “Fika” which in Sweden means coffee and a sandwich!
- Introduction of the program
And continued with:
- a creative workshop
- an introduction to what value created learning means.
- A presentation of the EIPTE-project.
The teachers were involved in an authentic problem; there were 500 bottles for no use, but the owner didn't want to just throw them away, so the question was:
- What to do with 500 green bottles???
The participants collaborated in smaller groups to find out new ideas and think outside the box. They developed an idea from this brainstorming. Then they build a prototype. As an end of this, they pitched the idea and showed the prototype to each other.
We also discussed the relations to the Swedish curriculum. The participants discussed, for example, the question about which parts of the curriculum that they had worked according to during the day.
During the day we also tested the self-evaluation tool. We presented the questions in the questionnaire and all of the teachers tested it and wrote some feedback to it. We had interesting discussions with the participants about the differences between how to teach to stimulate creativity and how to creatively plan for teaching.