Boosting teachers to promote key competences
If there is one thing we’ve learned about education in 2020 is that the transition from traditional, classroom-based education to online learning can happen very quickly.
The switch from traditional classrooms to digitally based ones became a reality when schools had to close almost overnight at the onset of the global pandemic. Teachers are living through particularly uncertain times in terms of their professional work. For some of them the jump into online modalities of delivery was natural, for some it became a real life changer.
Teachers have to work individually and with their colleagues to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to ensure that learning never stops, especially in the context of the global crisis and school closures. But will new ways of teaching and learning be the norm in future? Will learning return to how it was before?
This, of course, remains to be seen. But what is already clear is that this crisis has created unprecedented circumstances that have brought teachers to the forefront of innovation. They have had to adapt their teaching styles and embrace their creativity in order to keep the learning process going. At the same time the content of the learning process has had to change and it is much more challenging to teach soft skills or key competences in an online modality.
In order to raise the awareness on the central role of teachers in the post-Covid-19 education system, the ETF together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission have created a set of “Teacher booster” videos, a series of awareness-raising films on how teachers from all over the world are tackling the challenges of distance learning and how they are incorporating key competences into it.
The objective of the project is to boost teachers’ capacity to face remote learning challenges. The videos feature teachers and experts that actively promote the development of entrepreneurial and digital competences, creativity development, value creation pedagogy, life skills, social and emotional learning.
This project is widely inspired by the principles of JRC EntreComp Playbook that supports teachers to design and facilitate entrepreneurial learning. The playbook provides a selection of tools to draw a plan on how to teach the entrepreneurial learning. It also describes three popular entrepreneurial methods and three pedagogical methods that can help teachers to adapt entrepreneurial learning for their classroom.
To know more about Creating New Learning Initiative: https://www.etf.europa.eu/en/projects-activities/projects/creating-new-learning
To know more about Joint Research Centre: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en
To download JRC EntreComp Playbook: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/entrecomp-playbook