2 Learn to learn - solutions Problem:Political discussion about the rate ofunsuccessful school leaverswithout a school leaving certificate,young people have only very little chance to get a well-paid jobtheir chance that they will depend on social welfarein their later life is quite high
3 Typical problems in “normal” lessons : Learn to learn - solutionsTypical problems in “normal” lessons :Students can’t learn at their individual speed.Teachers present contents in certain portions per lessons, which are too large for some students and too small for others.Teachers lead the learning process according to their way of learning, while the students’ way of learning might be completely different.
4 Traditional methods to solve these problems: Learn to learn - solutionsTraditional methods to solve these problems:Offer of individual help to students during the lessons or after the end of the school daydifferent or additional exercises according to their learning progressWe offer optional and obligatory support groups in our timetable: If necessary, students aresent to special support courses for two lessons a week, where general and individual problems with the learning contents can be solved.“students help students” projectIn order to help students to sort out personal or social problems we have three specially trained advisers who help students to solve such kinds of problemsA programme of the federal government offers financial support for private lessons, for class trips and stationery
5 “self-organised learning - SOL” Learn to learn - solutionsOur solution:“self-organised learning - SOL”This is an integrated approach that avoids a lot of the disadvantages of the traditional solutions
6 Learn to learn - solutions The concept of SOL:SOL is introduced in four classes at our schoolThis concept allows students to learn as far as possible according to their individual progress, to test and apply different ways of learning on their way to a fixed aimThey can get individual help and advice from their classmates and teachers within the lessons shown on the timetable.They get immediate information about their learning success during the week.Besides, key competences are trained: taking over responsibilities for themselves and for others, working in a team, generating relevant information, organising work and working hours, …
7 Learn to learn - solutions SOL: Weekly ScheduleLearn to learn - solutionsU-Std.MontagDienstagMittwochDonnerstagFreitagMorgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff1.: 08: :45SOL: Kick OffWerkstatt REWEWerkstatt PolitikWerkstatt SportSOL:Indiv. Übungs-phase2.: 08: :30Experten-gruppe3.: 09: :30SOL: Stamm-gruppen4.: 10: :155.: 11: :15SOL: Feedback, Reflexion6.: 12: :00Werkstatt GEEWerkstatt VWLWerkstatt Religion7.: 13: :00Mittagtreff - Mittagtreff- Mittagtreff- Mittagtreff- Mittagtreff- Mittagtreffevery week starts with a kick-off lesson in which the class teacher clarifies organisational matters and presents the “advance organizers”, i.e. maps of the contents that offer an overview of what is going to be learned that week.The schedule of the week shows different SOL-periods for German, Maths, English and Business studies.The other subjects are taught in an more traditional way. (Accounting, Politics, Economics, Religion, Physical education, Health Education).
8 Learn to learn - solutions SOL: Advance OrganizerLearn to learn - solutionsThe advanced organizer ist a kind of map or overview what should be learned during the oncoming week.The advanced organizer is explained during the Kick-off-lesson on Monday morning.
9 Learn to learn - solutions SOL: Weekly ScheduleLearn to learn - solutionsU-Std.MontagDienstagMittwochDonnerstagFreitagMorgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff - Morgentreff1.: 08: :45SOL: Kick OffWerkstatt REWEWerkstatt PolitikWerkstatt SportSOL:Indiv. Übungs-phase2.: 08: :30Experten-gruppe3.: 09: :30SOL: Stamm-gruppen4.: 10: :155.: 11: :15SOL: Feedback, Reflexion6.: 12: :00Werkstatt GEEWerkstatt VWLWerkstatt Religion7.: 13: :00Mittagtreff - Mittagtreff- Mittagtreff- Mittagtreff- Mittagtreff- MittagtreffThe other parts of the method called “group puzzle”, follow.First: Expert groups – each student becomes an expert in the topic of one subject with the help of given material (book copies, Internet-links, Tutorials)Second: Expert groups are split up an the home groups consist of four students, each being an expert in a different subject each member of the home group reports to the others, what he/she has learned about the topic of his/her subject; others take notes = an exchange oft knowledgeThird part: individual exercises in all four subjects: training, control of learning contents, chance to ask classmates, experts, teachersFinally: test in all four subjects immediate feedback about learning success to students and teachersAfterwards, the class splits up into four groups (“expert groups” – because four subjects are involved: Maths, English, German, Business Studies). Each group is then given three hours to get deeper into a topic prepared and given to them by their teacher.
10 Fachkompetenz: Ich kann … SOL: List of Competences Learn to learn - solutionsFachkompetenz:Ich kann …TNWSymboleErreichte... die Begriffe Rechtsfähigkeit und Geschäftsfähigkeit erklären und voneinander unterscheiden.Notierhilfe...die drei Stufen der Geschäftsfähigkeit benennen und jeweils ein selbstgewähltes Beispiel dafür nennen.Notierhilfe, Übungsaufgaben...fallbezogen entscheiden, ob Rechts- und Geschäftsfähigkeit vorliegen und welche rechtlichen Folgen sich daraus ergeben.Übungsaufgaben....eigene Fälle zum Thema Rechts- und Geschäftsfähigkeit entwerfen.2 selbst erfundene Fälle notieren...die Begriffe „juristische“ und „natürliche Personen“ mit eigenen Worten erklären....Beispiele für „natürliche“ und „juristische Personen“ nennen.Notierhilfe, Übungsaufgabe Summe12 x x List of competences = fixed aimes students know from the beginning of the week what they should learn and be able to do by the end of the week.A given “list of competences” makes clear the aims of the work and what should be able to do by the end of the week. Within these three hours, the “experts” have to prepare a kind of summary that is the basis for their work on the following day. The results of their work are controlled and approved by the teachers.
11 Learn to learn - solutions SOL: Target PlanningLearn to learn - solutionsStudents are asked to plan, document and to reflect their learning process; means to control students activities during the process
12 Learn to learn - solutions SOL: PicturesLearn to learn - solutionsIndividual workGroup work
13 Learn to learn - solutions First FeedbackLearn to learn - solutionsStudentsTeacherCompanies/ParentsHigher personal competencesMore students gained professional competenceLess students left school without qualificationRelaxed atmosphereHigh commitmentTeamplayersRelaxed atmosphereLess problems with difficult students (discipline)Very positive feedback from various local companiesPositive effects on the private lifeAll in all, teachers and students are very satisfied with the self-organised learning method. Although it means a lot of work to the teachers to prepare all the materials and although it takes the students some weeks to get used to this new way of learning, nobody wants to return to the previous methods. And the measurable success in the classes tells us, that we are on the right track…
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