Friday, 21 February 2014

BEDA Programme study trip to London

We are back!!

The experience was really interesting, just having the possibility of sharing ideas and exchanging experiences with the rest of the 45 BEDA coordinators participating in the trip was very motivating, a really spontaneous TeachMeet. 

We had the opportunity to visit Saint Mary’s University and learn about the English Educational System, experience the National Gallery teaching programme through art, and follow a guided didactic walk around the City, among other things.

But what I enjoyed the best was visiting Heathland School in Hounslow, London. It was really challenging, assisting different classes and seeing the role of teachers and students. Classes are really interactive, a lot of “hands on”, team work, reflecting, learning from peers and self-evaluation at the end of the class. Arts are completely integrated in their curriculum, and we were amazed by how students had developed their teamwork competences, communication skills, decision making… All the activities were very stimulating and short, so students got really involved in them, and there was no time to get bored. Corrections from the teacher were very rare, just when the groups did not reach the right conclusion.

Different class layouts, assembly room, spaces to share and assess, work shows… You can see part of the conclusions on Chris Fuller’s blog, who taught us about innovation in the classroom.

It is now time to analyze all the new ideas from the trip, give feedback and decide how to apply them to our school, the Escuela Profesional Javeriana.

Thank you FERE to give us the opportunity to share this experience!

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