In search of a Unified theory of innovative methodologies

We are a group of teachers that are developing an Erasmus + proyect. Briefly, our project consists on the following: - We want to learn, share, and practice, new innovative methodologies. - Help our students to improve their English and other languages. - Teach them some transversal skills like researching, being creative, doing projects,… Each ...

7. IN SEARCH OF A UNIFIED THEORY OF THE NEW METHODOLOGIES Teachers Workshop, 12th-16th March 2017 (Badajoz) + 14th-19th May 2017 (Rize)

This final workshop had a duration of MORE THAN 50 hours. During 9 days, 4 in Spain and 5 in Turkey,

In Spain, we made a reflection on the different methodologies we had learnt and tried to create a guide that could relate each methodology with the 21st century skills that such a methodology helps to improve. 

The workshop was divided in 3 parts: 

1. Review of all the methodologies learnt (Cooperative Learning, Web 2.0 Tools in education, Gamification and Games Based Learning, and Multiple Intelligences). 

2. Reflection on methodologies and skills

3. Results of the first research.

In Turkey, we worked in 2 lines:

1. Creation of:

 a) Virtual catalog of teachers workshops about new methodologies (Ebook),

 b) Evaluation set of resources for teachers,

  c) Visual guide to implement new methodologies. 

2. We checked the research about new methodologies carried out in other grades (Primary and Secondary School) and we reached to final conclusions about it. 

1. Review of methodologies learnt.

For 2 hours we were talking about the main characteristics of each mehodology and how we had introduced them in our lessons.
A final brainstorming was done to prepare next part of the workshop, the reflection on the relation between methodologies and skills. 
  
  
  
 
2. Reflection on new methodologies and 21st century skills.
 
This part of the workshop had a duration of 4 hours. 
Jerónimo, a Spanish Biology teacher, remembered us the different skills that we must develop and improve in our students in order to allow them to be good professionals and successful 21st century men and women. 
 
 
 
After this, we started a dynamic and active workshop where we had to think about the skills each methodology always and by its own nature improves, and the skills that this methodology can improves but its not necessary, it´s not in its nature. 
 
Some photos of the activity are these:
  
  
  
 
And some videos:
 
 
 
Results of the reflection:
 
 
3. Results of the first research.
 
As part of the Project, we want to make a research about how each methodology helps our students to improve the 4 C´s (Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical thinking) and also how the help our students to acquire contents. 
For this reason, we have begun a research that now we will spread to our subjects. The pilot research have been carried out in Philosophy (11th grade students) and will be now carried out in maths, physics, and English language. More than 200 students from Spain and Turkey will participate on it. 
 
Here is the explanation of the research and some pictures of this part of the workshop:
 
 

 
  
  
  
 
 
The last part of the workshop was carried on in Rize.

There we were for 5 days working really hard to design the Ebook with all the teachers workshops about Active Methodologies, the Visual Guide of New Methodologies, and the Assessment Resources Set. We also worked on the research, trying to prepare the body of the article and comparing and extracting all the ideas, results and outcomes of such research. 2 days and a half were dedicated to it. Such a work had to be completed via online.

 

Author: Lourdes Cardenal
Last editor: Lourdes Cardenal