As teachers we've faced an increasing number of complex challenges linked to social and technological developments over the last decades. The latest COVID-19 crisis, where many teachers are required to teach online for the first time, is also case in point that teachers need a lot more support and training than is often available.
These new challenges question the traditional role of teachers and students. Students' access to an immense knowledge repository online, always at their fingertips, calls into question the role of the teacher as a source and transmitter of knowledge. The growing diversity of students' educational or cultural backgrounds, as well as the changing nature of career paths and jobs, questions the usefulness of standardised curricula and teaching practices we have grown accustomed to.
In the TeachUP course series, we explore how you can address these challenges by adopting a series of teaching and learning approaches which reflect the changing role of teachers and students in schools. All courses are specifically targeted at both practising teachers as well as student teachers still in training. Student teachers are particularly encouraged to join, as the courses help to set out a practicable path for them to develop into reflective and effective practitioners right from the start of their career.
The courses were first delivered in the school year 2018-2019 and are now available on the European Schoolnet Academy as self-study material. They will be published as Open Educational Resources (OER) in late Spring 2020.
The courses are available in the following languages: English, Estonian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Slovakian, Spanish, and Turkish.
Below is an overview of each course in the Teach-UP series:
Personalised Learning in Practice – are my students driving their own learning? examines what personalised learning is, why it is important, and how it can be implemented in our classrooms. As part of the course, you will encounter examples of practice, discuss and interact with peers, and prepare a lesson plan for use in your teaching.
Collaborative Learning in Practice – are my students learning through collaboration? Examines what collaborative learning is, why it is important, and how it can be implemented in our classrooms. As part of the course, you will encounter examples of practice, discuss and interact with peers, and prepare a lesson plan for use in your teaching.
Developing Creative Thinking Skills in Practice – are my students learning to creatively solve problems? examines what creative thinking is all about, why it is important, and how it can be developed in our classrooms. As part of the course, you will encounter examples of practice, discuss and interact with peers, and prepare a lesson plan for use in your teaching.
The TeachUP project is a European Policy Experimentation co-funded by the European Commission via the Erasmus+ programme. This website reflects the views only of the authors and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission, and the European Commission is not responsible or liable.