Do you feel your students are not engaged enough? You wish you could lead deeper and broader learning sessions?
By reading this article you will learn basic principles on how co-creating the process by students can help you get more involvement and satisfaction during your school year.
Participatory learning methods (know as Art of Hosting) are practices that allow people to learn together. They offer us a new way of leadership and teaching.
We all know this Confucius quote by hearth: “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.”
But HOW can we do it?
Basic principles of the participatory methods are:
- Offer a simple structure that helps to engage small or large groups in conversations that lead to results.
- Dialogue. Speak when you have something to say and listen to understand.
- Put away your assumptions. Learn to listen without bias.
- Use a circle. It’s the basic organisational form. Meeting in a circle is meeting of equals. Generally all these methodologies inspire peer-to-peer discovery and learning.
- Use of powerful questions. We will dedicate a whole blog post to powerful questions in the future. Quickly, those are the ones that make you stop. and think.
Are you interested in learning more?
Since we strongly believe in learning by doing, we welcome you to join our course Learner voice, where you will have the opportunity to learn and practice methods along with colleagues from all over EU.
Some of the methods presented will be Circle, Open Space, World Cafe and Appreciative Inquiry.
First opportunity is already in December 2019. Don’t miss it and apply now!
Here are some of the testimonies from or participants that have already attended the course. Published on the SchoolEducationGateway page:
Author: Petra Založnik, BSc in Teacher Education and Sociology of Culture, is educator, evaluator and designer of innovative approaches to learning and teaching in the field of education, also our trainer in the course Learner voice: engage students in participative and collaborative learning