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Actor: The Association of the Estonian Nature Study Teachers ● Year: 2015 ● Address: Tallinn
The Association of the Nature Study Teachers organised a practical workshop in March, 2015. The goal of the workshop was to learn and work out new and innovative teaching methods. One of the topics was "Sea". The instructions have been introduced to the wider public through an environmental education magazine, web site and TV.
The workshop was built up as a method´s fair. At first some people introduced new and innovative teaching methods to the ohter participants. Inspired from the presentations four working groups worked out their own methods on four different issues, out of which one was „The Sea”. This group focused to the senses of the learners as tools of learning. Goal of the exercise was to introduce to the pupils diversity of the sea life, use and develop their senses, lead the pupils to the better understanding of the people with limited seeing.
The instruction proposes a student group to go to the sea by boat. They are asked to tie their eyes down and use different senses when smelling odor of the sea; being all ears on sounds; feeling out fish scales, feathers, stones with different size, gravel, sand, clay, etc. The pupils are asked to describe what they feel. This instruction involves elements of outdoor learning, but also leads young people to the better understanding of disabled people.
All four new instructions were briefly described in writing and introduced to the ohter teachers through
- environmental education magazine https://loodusaineteliit.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/kc3a4gu-20152.pdf and
- the website https://loodusaineteliit.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/juhend-meeltec3b5pe.pdf
Obviously the readers cannot use these instructions directly, but hopefully they will get new ideas for more effective and interesting teaching of the environmental issues.
The Association of the Estonian Nature Study Teachers is a NGO (founded in 1993) that joins Estonian educators of nature studies. A mission of the NGO is to assist in development of environmental education and education for sustainable development in Estonia. The main activities of the organization are: organizing in-service training for Estonian teachers and other educators and publishing educational magazine “Kägu”(Cuckoo). The organisation works mainly on project bases, everyday operation is managed and website is administered on the base of voluntary work.
The abovementioned Methods Fair was initiated on the line of the mission of Association and supported by INNOVE foundation, which covered rent of the meetingroom and pay for professional moderator. The rest of people (performers, elaboration of the instructions) worked voluntarily.
It was valuable possibility to come together and discuss about effective teaching methods, work out new instructions and introduce results of the workshop to wider audience. The workshop was introduced in Tallinn TV.
Name: Anne Kivinukk ● Email: anne.kivinukk ( at ) gmail.com ● Web page: http://loodusaineteliit.wordpress.com/.