Experiential learning to prevent early school leaving (ESL) - TENERIFE (Spain)

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Early School Leaving (ESL) is a pressing concern in all EU countries because it is directly related to unemployment, social exclusion and poverty, especially. The Europe 2020 strategy has set the goal of reducing the proportion of school leavers to below 10%. This training course will focus on preventing ESL.

In this course, teachers and trainers will understand the experiential learning methodology and learn how to create a stimulating and engaging learning climate. By adopting an inclusive learner-centred vision of education, teachers can increase motivation and sense of belonging among students, irrespective of individual and family-related factors, socio-economic status or life experiences. With this form of active learning, all learners and their diverse needs are at the centre of education. They are the actors of their own learning.

The nature of this course is highly practical and hands on, so the participants will learn about Kolb‘s Experiential Learning Cycle (Experiencing, Reviewing, Concluding, Planning and Transfer of learning) through group dynamics, role plays and practical activities.

Get insights on the causes and effects of Early School Leaving at European level.
Reflect on the role of the teacher in preventing ESL.
Understand the experiential learning methodology and its benefits for preventing ESL.
Learn to apply the experiential and active learning methods in everyday thinking.
Exchange best practices on how to detect and handle the needs of learners with vulnerable backgrounds.
Acquire experiential methodological tools that encourage participation, cooperation and motivation of students.
Learn how to lead and deliver simple experiments, group dynamics and exercises with low cost.
Get to know how to foster a stimulating and welcoming environment and encourage diversity and collective learning.

Training activities

Day 1 – Introduction to Early School Leaving
Introduction and ice breaking: Getting to know each other.
Video: Early School Leaving in Europe
Preliminary questions Method: What is Early School Leaving and how to recognize it?
Introduction to Early School Leaving and inclusion at European level – what has been done so far?
Group dynamics: Generating collaborative attitude in the group and raising the energy level.
Reverse brainstorming exercise: What are the causes and effects of Early School Leaving?

Day 2 – The role of the teacher in ESL prevention
Group dynamics and wrap up exercises
EU Strategies and Policies for ESL prevention
Group work and reflection exercise: A whole school approach to tackling ESL by involving all stakeholders
Case scenarios: The role of the teacher in ESL
Sharing pedagogical approaches on ESL

Day 3 – Experiential learning methodology
Team building exercise
Think-Pair-Share exercise: What is experience?
Concept mapping exercise on active learning methodologies (experiential learning, learning by doing, hands on approach etc.)
Case study: Applying Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle
Practical activity: Design of an experimental workshop removing a piece of the puzzle.

Day 4 – Experiential learning to prevent ESL
Energizer and group building exercise
Think-Pair-Share exercise: A learner-centered teaching approach to prevent ESL
Group exercise: design an experiential methodological tool that encouraged participation increase motivation of students.
Reflection: How can we connect curricula with real life and diversity in classroom to increase engagement?
Exchanging good practices on how to detect and handle the needs of learners with vulnerable backgrounds.
Practical work, case scenarios and group discussion
Quick feedback session

Day 5 – Networking and closing
Energizer and quiz
Group dynamics: Networking skills
Open discussion on possible future collaborations and planning follow up activities
Summary of key learning points
Final course evaluation and feedback
Validation of learning outcomes and handling certificates
Cultural activity or guided visit (optional)

We tailor our working methods based upon the participants‘ needs and professional profiles in order to ensure easier adaptability and application of the tools to the real life.

Our standard methodology is based on active learning and it is highly participative and practical. We have a hands on approach that comprises group exercises, role plays, experiments, case studies and simulation exercises. We use collaborative learning techniques to foster the exchange of good practices and collective learning.

The pedagogical methods used in this training course are based on experiential learning and learning by doing. Our focus is on showing the participants how the learners’ motivation increases when they become the actors of their own learning because the teacher takes the role of facilitator or learning guide. Thus, the participants get the chance to experience on themselves the benefits of the experiential learning methodology at the same time as learning how to apply it in their classroom.

Energizers, games and group dynamics are foreseen daily in order to ensure a positive energy and a cooperative learning climate in the group.

Course organiser
Asociacion Educativa EDUPLUS
San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain

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Upcoming sessions

02.10.2023 > 06.10.2023
23.10.2023 > 27.10.2023
06.11.2023 > 10.11.2023
20.11.2023 > 24.11.2023
04.12.2023 > 08.12.2023
18.12.2023 > 22.12.2023
04.03.2024 > 08.03.2024
04.11.2024 > 08.11.2024

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