Handbuch für Lehrer – Ideen, Angebote und Hilfsmittel zur Förderung der Kreativität bei Schülern und einen sicheren Umgang mit dem Thema „Zivilcourage“ für Lehrer in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Inhalte des Buches
Das Handbuch richtet sich an Lehrer aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Neben den Erfahrungsberichten aus dem CreatLearn Projekt werden kreative Lernmethoden und Lernaktivitäten dargestellt, die als Anregung dienen, das Thema Zivilcourage auf kreative Weise zu unterrichten. Es sind dazu Kontaktdaten von Künstlern und ihren verschiedenen Angeboten zu Kooperationsprojekten mit Schulklassen sowie von gemeinnützigen Organisationen, die sich mit dem Thema Zivilcourage in ihrer täglichen Arbeit beschäftigen, angegeben. Die am Projekt beteiligten Künstler möchten vor allem die Schüler ermutigen etwas Kreatives auszuprobieren und so ihr Selbstbewusstsein stärken. Sie arbeiten dazu außerhalb der Schule in einer anderen Lernumgebung oder auch in der Schule gemeinsam mit dem Lehrer in einer anderen kreativen Atmosphäre. Darüber hinaus sind Kontaktdaten zu Partnerschulen für Schüleraustausche mit Schulen im Projekt beteiligten Schulen aus Dänemark, Litauen und Schweden enthalten.
Contents of the handbook for teachers
This handbook is targeted at teachers from Mecklenburg Western Pomerania. It is a collection of CreatLearn school project experiences, creative learning tools and methods on how to teach the topic civil courage in creative ways. These are completed with contact details and various offers from artists who are open for cooperation projects with school classes and NGOs who deal with the topic civil courage everyday. Their daily life is creative education and they all have the same target. They want to encourage students and foster their self-confidence by not teaching them in their everyday school life BUT teaching them in a creative way, taking them to different learning environments or come into school and support teachers in a different way of teaching. This handbook is a practical toolkit giving teachers hints for hands-on activities with their pupils and tips on who they could cooperate with from outside the school. It also includes contact information of the involved schools from Denmark, Lithuania and Sweden for possible school exchange.
In this workshop we pimp up second hand fashion with textile colours, jewellery, studs and other things. We also use rubbish like plastic bottles, coffee capsules, plastic bags and paper. Another topic is the production of our own jewellery.
Black light theatre
We divided the course into two groups. Each group prepares a theatre play with the help of black light. The students of the 5th and 6th class show the play “Swan dance” and the students of the 7th and 9th class present a modern dance. The participants also produce their own costumes.
Students of class 5 to 10 learn to present fashion in a professional way. They show fashion of different fields of life like free time, disco, party and recycling. The main focus is set on the right walking and posing to a given choreography and music.
Young students learn to dance. They get professional instructions and practice two different dance presentations.
The students of this workshop learn how to support school events with help of technical and digital equipment. They also learn to film and to take photos. Another point is to work on the film and photo material to finish a good presentation.
Klick on the picture to see the film.
It’s 10 pm. The school lights have been turned off. Silence. We get into our cars and go home. But we can’t switch off our brain. It’s full of emotions. Emotions of this wonderful incredible week. What happened?
We started with some vague ideas in August 2012. In autumn our school came into contact with the other project partners from Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania and Germany in Rostock. We got a first impression about the slogan “creat learn”. But then it was clear. We wanted to belong to these groups of people who want to live this slogan. We collected lots of information and held up endless meetings. Our ideas became more detailed and we knew that this project would be a chance for our students and teachers to develop a really creative learning atmosphere in our small school in Schwaan.
We decided to fix our main attention to artistic works. There’s such a big variety of different kinds of art, so that everybody should find a way to express oneself creatively. A small group of teachers started working on the project ideas and knitted a network between artists, institutions and local authorities. Step by step our whole staff was involved and everybody found its place within the project.
Especially our project headline”The world is colourful – we are strong together” inspired us for our work with the students. Bullying, violence, hate and prejudices are always part of the students’ life. It’s hard work to open their minds and to educate them the right attitude. But we could see during the time of our project that art became a bridge. The students didn’t notice how they changed themselves during the project time.Learning with artists through the creative process gave them the ability to question, to make connections, to innovate, to solve problems, to communicate, to collaborate and to reflect on their work. The fact we are really proud of is that every child had the chance to develop its own creative experience.
After a hard week of working and practicing we finally presented our results. And it’s difficult to find words for such a success. The question is what is the best thing we made? Everybody says the smiling kids; kids who are proud to show their parents their results; kids who like to come to school because they feel good.
The attached photos will give you an impression of our project. We thank our Danish partner school from Nyköbing for coming and we are looking forward to intensify our contact.
The students of the course “Chill out Lounge” made the next step for the room design. The lamps will be a really eye catcher. They are made of wood and get a colorful cover. The boys cut the plywood panels in the right form. All have enjoyed this woodcraft experience. If things continue in such good way, the waiting will soon has an end, and our Chill out lounge will invite you to play, learn and be together.
Am I safe on the Internet?
A question that our students asked themselves after listening to a report last week
Many young people don’t care a lot about the risks of their Internet activities.
Being aware of dangers, among them bullying, we organized a project and invited Mrs. Stückmann, a Rostock lawyer for our students, year 7 and 8.
Her report was absolutely brilliant, including lots of examples from her work, and everybody was listening carefully all the time, reading from her lips. So were we, the teachers.
We would recommend other schools to follow.
On the following school days lots of students wanted to go on talking about their experience after checking carefully their Facebook accounts.
On January 21st 2013 we went to the ‘Kunsthaus’ in Güstrow. We meaning Oli, Nadine, Anna, Sarah and Laura from class 6a and 6b. Since the beginning of this term we attend a course teaching us the process of making a book from the initial idea to its final print. We wrote our own stories in class and illustrated them today with the help of two art teachers from the ‘Kunsthaus’. We had a lot of fun but it was also very demanding and much more challenging than we imagined. Next week we will print the books and also bind them ourselves. We are already looking forward to this and are very excited to hold our first self-made books in hands.
Students from the 8th and 6th class organized a project day. It was a real challenge for the students to plan a treasure hunt in the dark. The students thought up an exciting story, wrote short texts for their role play in the forest and prepared code news in the German lesson. They also made their own costumes. At 6pm the students from the 6th class arrived at school with their mattresses and sleeping bags. The evening started with an evening meal in our school kitchen. Hard working mothers had baked delicious pizza. After that they started their walk to the forest divided into two groups. It was absolutely exciting and spooky to find the treasure box. Arriving back to school the students had to pass a test of courage in our attic. It was prepared like a horror cabinet and the students were really frightened. After those exciting things it took a long time to calm down the students. But finally they relaxed in their sleeping bags and we started reading gruesome stories which the students had chosen in our school library. The project was very successful, because the students could test their own abilities in writing and playing. It was a pleasure to see how the students worked together, they got to know each other in a closer way and even some days after the project the students talk about their experiences.