Open Access Compendium | No Publication fee | Peer Review
With the aim of promoting growth mindset pedagogy we will publish an open-access compendium of growth mindset teaching at the university level. With this Call we invite all the university teaching staff to send us their best practice examples.
A lot of university teachers are doing something that fosters students’ growth mindset. We kindly invite you to share such an example. To appreciate your effort, your example will then be published in the open-access compendium. Your participation and the publication will be completely free of charge. We hope that a lot of people will contribute to the compendium so that everyone who is interested in the topic of growth mindset teaching has access to an extensive and easily available collection of best-practice examples.
All examples submitted to the GrowthMinds project are subject to peer review. This way, manuscripts receive expert feedback, allowing authors to improve their work.
Deadline for submitting your case: 31 August 2021.
We are available for any questions on the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being a teacher or trainer is not only about lecturing facts to students or learners. By spending time with our students (either in person or online) we have a unique position to have a direct impact on different areas of their lives. This is especially relevant in cases where students/learners do not have good role models in their lives. It is important they have someone who connects with them and supports them also in the process of learning and developing emotional and social skills.
The high prevalence worldwide of stress among young people, the small rise in life satisfaction, and the synergy between learning and pleasant emotions all argue that teachers and trainers need to focus also on teaching the skills of emotional intelligence and ability to establish emotional balance. We need teachers and trainers who can strengthen learners’ ability and skills to perceive, recognize, understand, and manage emotions as well as their ability to connect with others in a supportive and meaningful way.
The new Erasmus programme 2021-2027 has been launched.
The Erasmus+ Programme Guide published on 25 March 021.
Download the new Erasmus+ Programme Guide here:
Our trainer Milica Vukadin is really productive with creating various useful content for digital education. In this Padlet you can find 32 different formative assessment activities.
Thanks to Marta Torreiro, a participant of our international learning community, all the activities also have a Spanish translation.
Access the Padlet with all the activities here and try them in your digital or face-to-face classroom.
On the Erasmus+ teacher training course From Distance to Blended Learning we devote one whole day to formative assessment in a digital education. Join, practice and get new ideas for your subjects.
In this blog we just want to remind that the root cause of students' drop-out lies in their unfulfilled psychological needs. They don't see school as a secure place, in which they would feel appreciated.
Every school can build their capacity to reduce drop-out and prevent early school leaving. Robert Reasoner developed a useful framework, which can remind us on different perspectives when thinking about early school leaving.
In developing tools and activities to prevent early school leaving we will be successful, if we address all the psychological needs (Reasoner's framework):
Psychological needs and participative learning methods are at heart of our Erasmus+ course on preventing early school leaving. Check the course programme and apply to build your school capacity for working with students at risk of dropping out.
In this blog you will find a link to a rich resource pool of tools to prevent early school leaving of students. The tools are available in 4 different languages.
The Cross-sectoral Cooperation Focused Solutions for Preventing Early School Leaving (backronym: CroCooS – Prevent Dropout!) was an international project aimed at preventing dropout. The general aim of the CroCooS project was to contribute to the specification and the applicability of an institutional early warning system (EWS) for preventing early leaving from education and training, by identifying elements of EWS.
The projected resulted in a rich resource pool for teachers, counsellors and headmasters who want to build their school capacity to reduce early school leaving.
Find resources in 4 languages: English, Hungarian, Serbian and Slovene:
Find resources on the project webpage here: CroCooS.
In the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 entitled CREATOR we contributed in preparing teaching materials for teachers and learning workbook for students.
Completely open handbook is available in 6 different languages: English, German, Italian, Croatian, Romanian and Slovene. Get the handbook here.
Entrepreneurship education has long been focused on a theoretical approach, preparing a thorough business plan and development of a company in the office. In the last decade, there has also been a shift, towards a more experiential approach in this field, based on developing ideas, practical methods, and tools, fieldwork and development of a business model. The experiential teaching of entrepreneurship has the potential to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work.
The handbook is designed as a teaching material that enables teachers and trainers to use experiential methods and tools to teach their students and mentees how to develop and start implementing their business idea. It is prepared in a way that everyone can use it to guide, train or mentor young people and job seekers, to help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset and enable them to enter the job market as more qualified employees or as a self-employed person, an entrepreneur. We believe that young people have the potential to successfully solve current and future challenges in the world. We just need to provide assistance and guidance based on a practical, experiential approach.
This handbook was developed within the scope of the project “CREATOR – Experimental Approach to Teaching Entrepreneurship through Workplace Training”. The methodology, practical activities and didactical material for teaching entrepreneurship presented in this handbook were tested and validated at the train-the-trainers entrepreneurial training, led by STEP Institute in April 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It enabled teachers and trainers to practically experience the whole process in order to ensure that they will all use the same approach to the implementation of local training with teachers and students in their countries. However, the handbook is written in a way that it can be easily understood and used by anyone who works with students (or other individuals) and who is at least a little bit interested in entrepreneurship.
Peter Drucker said: »Entrepreneurship is neither science nor art. It is a practice.« And practice makes perfect.
By reading this article you will learn why it is so important to provide career guidance services for (head)teachers and students in schools to raise their career knowledge and develop their career skills and some ideas of how to do it.
Career guidance refers to a range of activities that enable citizens of any age, and at any point in their lives, to: identify their capacities, competences and interests; make meaningful educational, training and occupational decisions; and manage their individual life paths in learning, work and other settings in which these capacities and competences are learned and/or used. Lifelong guidance is provided in a range of settings: education, training, employment, community, and private. « (ELGPN 2012, 13)
Some facts about career in 21st century:
A simple chemical trick to revive and recycle dried markers.
#chemistry #useful chemistry #recycling #miniexperimentforkids #homelab #littlecuriousminds
From the very beginning, when children start drawing and colouring, they adore markers. We bought crayons and colouring pencils at home for our nieces, but they soon explained: "We have markers in the kindergarten." And this was not a statement, but a hidden message. ;) Why such fascination with markers is still a mystery to me today.
Today we are going to share with you, how you can teach science to young students in a fun and interactive way. In this blog you will learn to make chemical snowflakes in your classroom.
Children will be excited! With these snowflakes you can decorate your classroom, Christmas tree, Christmas cards, etc. However, you are not limited to only snowflakes. It’s possible to make other structures as well. Just let imagination run wild.
No, this is not a real snowflake on the photo. It is a super beautiful snowflake made of borax. You can do them in various colours. When light hits these snowflakes they shine like thousands little diamonds. Real beauties! Because these are special snowflakes, they will not melt in hands!
Keep in mind that this experiment takes 2 days, because snowflakes need 24 hours to form. It is best, if you craft snowflakes on the first day (you can allocate only 1 hour or more, depending on your choice) and then leave them overnight in suspension to form. The next day you only take them out, leave snowflakes to dry and hang them on the Christmas tree.
So, how do you make these snowflakes?
Almost everything you need you can find at home/school or buy at the nearest grocery store:
Materials for each student:
Materials for whole groups to share:
Before the start teacher has to explain safety instruction. Pupils will be working with borax themselves, so they have to know what it is and how to avoid injuries when using it. After working with borax pupils must wash their hands with soap.
Borax (sodium tetraborate decahydrate) is a natural mineral salt, usually used as a natural bleaching agent or natural cleaner. Like every cleaner it has to be kept out of reach of children, and it can only be used under adult supervision. Borax, the same as washing powder, cannot be consumed and it can irritate the skin, so we have to wash our hands carefully with soap after we finish working with it.
And now – let’s begin our STEAM experiment!
Pupils take scissors, pipe cleaners… and action! They can let imagination run wild to do the decorations. They can do snowflakes, sticks, stars, curved sticks,… You can also help your pupils with different shapes of snowflakes for ideas. The only limit is the size of the glass. Decoration should be small enough to be hang in the glass.
Meanwhile, teacher can prepare hot water. The water needs to be very hot. If the water from the tap is not hot enough use water kettle.
After all the snowflakes are made each pupil adds borax detergent in the glass (5 table spoons) and teacher adds hot water. If you want coloured snowflakes, this is the time to add food colouring in the glasses.
Pupils then attach the snowflakes to the string and string to the wooden skewer or pencil so the snowflake is hanging in the middle of the glass submerged in suspension. The snowflake must hang freely, not touching glass at sides or in the bottom, and must be left undisturbed overnight.
The science behind the experiment
This experiment gives you a great starting point for the discussion about why did the snowflakes formed. The main goal of this experiment/lesson is to learn about suspensions. Pupils usually know the terms liquid and solution but it is difficult for pupils to comprehend the term suspension. By making crystal snowflakes they will quickly understand.
And what is it that happened? We have added a lot of borax in the water and therefore, it could not dissolve completely, forming suspension. If we would look carefully, we could see the solid particles of borax on the bottom of the glass. These solid particles started to attach to pipe cleaners and create our beautiful snowflakes with a lot of crystals, formed overnight, when the suspension was slowly cooling down.
You can also make these adorable snowflakes with younger children. When they can use the scissors and create pieces of art with pipe cleaners, they are ready to do snowflakes. Teacher can prepare the borax suspension in the glasses, so children just create the decorations.
Teaching science does not have to be always serious. Through fun experiments like this one you can teach pupils without them even realising they are learning. At the course “Science for primary school children: When complicated becomes fun and easily understandable” you can learn more about how to prepare lessons like this.
Have a lot of fun creating chemistry crystal snowflakes!
author: Teja Bajt, M.Res., is a biologist with a master of research degree in molecular and cellular biology, awarded from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. She works for Primera group as trainer of the Science for Primary School Children course.
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