I have always been interested in learning how to engage students to the learning process, especially in my subject. So, how could I raise motivation during my lessons? Of course experience provides you the best tools, however as a teacher you always need to be updated and trying to improve your teaching skills, if what you want is getting better outcomes every year. We are continually on that never-ending journey of professional development.
Therefore, taking a training course is an option. If you ask me what kind of course I would like to take, I would say, ABP (Project based learning). What is that? It is a didactic methodology which has been raising in popularity over the lasts decades. Students work in cooperative groups for an extended period of time to investigate about a specific topic. It could be a question, a problem or a challenge. This teaching method engages students and fosters motivation. Students can make their own decisions about the project under teacher guidance. Moreover it is focused on students learning goals, including content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, communication, collaboration and self-management.
So, I really believe that this methodology can be applied in a CLIL class since it helps improve cooperative work and communication. It has become super popular among primary schools, nevertheless it is not as well-known in secondary schools, for that reason I would like to apply it on high school too. However, teachers need some training on this method. ABP, needs collaboration between school departments, and teachers need to know how to create work teams, manage them, and how to utilize time during each lesson. Also, and even more important may be to know how to assess students’ work. Because usually there is no exam in this kind of teaching method. Teacher has to take notes and pay attention to the class work, to how students interact with each other and if they meet the task goal every day.
In order to make things easier for the educator community, the number of webpages, blogs and teaching platforms on the internet has been raising. Actually, there are a lot of materials available on the internet. Even though, teachers have access to some training courses, perhaps they have no the time to attend them. Therefore, having access to the internet resources gives teachers a significant opportunity to share opinions and experiences that may help other teachers to improve their teaching methodology. So, it is a way to get a lot of information, from teachers around the world who can enrich educational techniques from their successful and failed experiences when teaching and at the same time sharing your own experiences or ask for advices.