Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Finding collaboration partners outside the classroom 2.4

Reflecting on which people from your community you or your students could engage with. 

Reminder: My teaching subjects  are related to agriculture.
Think about if you have contacts to or knowledge of networks of local professionals? 
I do know local professionals, agronomists and farmers.
Which organisations or people engage with the school on a regular basis? 
Only educational authorities and pedagogic counselors. If we want to collaborate with professionals we need special permission from our educational authorities, justified by the pedagogic counselors. A lot of bureaucracy that demotivates us. 
Are there any businesses working with the school such as caterers, IT companies, or sports organisations? 
Businesses? No! The school seems isolated from the community. But we can organize educational visits. 
Who are your school's neighbours? 
Ordinary people.
Could they be approached? 
Yes, by us. To enter the school they need the special permission mentioned above. Students can get in contact with others only after school and with their parents permission, in the frames of some project.
What about school alumni? 
That's a bit easier.
And who could you or your students ask for support in identifying the right people? 
Collaborating with parents or with the parents' association can be fruitful.
It's much easier to communicate and exchange with businesses and professionals by social networks, online. It has happened to me to ask for support from a software company  from Australia and get it. Technology can facilitate collaboration.
Linking school with the real world is very important but we  need more flexibility. Our needed working hours end up in surpassing the day-light time. How many pbl approaches can we implement when we teach 5-6 different subjects, in the frames of a full time timetable and how much time do we have to invest, out of school to get prepared? Wondering... 

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