How can you transform a bottle of water into something that has value for other people?
A plastic bottle with water to each group (½ a liter)
How can you create value for others?
In groups of 3-4 persons you must discuss what you will do with the bottle. First you discuss these 2 questions: What is Entrepreneurship as a mindset? What does transformation mean?
Talk about the process. Create and facilitate a creative and entrepreneurial space. Use each other’s skills and competences, and use the surroundings and get out of the room! Come back with a product and present it for the group! You have 1 hour in the group!
The Devil’s Advocate method helps learners handle
counter-arguments to their own position. This requires them to consciously
change their perspective so that new positions can be discovered, critically
examined, and tested. The goal of this method is also to motivate learners to
engage more deeply with a subject. It can also be used as a warm-up exercise
before working on a subject or event, as well as in the evaluation phase of an
idea to show its advantages and disadvantages.
This method can be used as a warm-up activity, in an evaluation phase or during a whole seminar session, 30-90 min, depending on the subject matter.
No specific material needed.
Individual learners or small groups take the role of the so-called ‘devil’s advocate’, an opposing standpoint that is by design expressly critical of the idea or opinion being discussed. A devil’s advocate gathers counter-arguments and attempts to persuade the other participants in the exercise. This exercise promotes an intensive and controversial discussion of ideas. Moreover, by acting out other positions, learners often find it easier to raise topics that they might otherwise be unwilling to talk about. After the exercise, learners discuss how persuasive each argument was.
Seeing the relationship between language teaching and entrepreneurial education Teaching language in an entrepreneurial way
Workshop of 2 hours
Concrete materials such as lego blocks, vegetables and fruit, bathroom products, work utensils and socks
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.
How can trash be used to create new plants? To experience the potentials of trash in a new setting.
Trash used to create new potatoes- and tomatoes
15 lessons plus a growing season of 3 months
Old potatoes, overripe tomatoes, containers, plant soil, old boards, nails, hammers, saws.
The students make germination boxes from old tins and take care of the germination of plants till they are ready to be replaced in plant containers made from trash wood. The students experiment with watering the plants and take care of them for 3 month or until they will be able to cook a nice soup from their own products. If they create a window in the container they can see, how potatoes develop.
Build your challenge without words! The purpose of this activity is to learn to collaborate without too many words.
Spaghetti and marshmallows
Are you planning a teaching material with an innovative approach or are you making a lesson plan with entrepreneurial thinking? Here you will have a chance to develop creativity and innovation and generate new ideas in a different way. You will learn to design and develop new educational products (resources) using a different kind of materials, in a very creative way and to reflect on the use of everyday material in you teaching.