Education Outside the Classroom

16 Jan

eotc

This time of year I am planning calendar and considering EOTC applications. where better than in authentic contexts beyond the classroom? EOTC is curriculum-based teaching and learning that extends the four walls of the classroom. Learning takes place both inside and outside school. Learning at school should encourage young people to be capable and knowledgeable citizens, who are involved with the communities they live in and contribute to the wider community. Every young person should be able to participate in learning beyond the classroom, whatever their age, ability, or circumstances. This is a great link to this concept.

Learning outside the classroom has the potential to support learning in ways that are consistent with the vision, graduate profile, principles, values, attitudes, key competencies, and effective pedagogy statements in the national curriculum (The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa). EOTC can support the aspiration for broad and deep learning in real-life contexts within and across the learning areas of the national curriculum.

Learners need to apply the key competencies and use them to transform learning. They are a means of transforming the way in which Learners engage with and use their knowledge and understandings. Where better to apply, and transform new learning than in relevant, authentic contexts beyond the classroom?

Learners need to develop the disposition to use the key competencies. Attitudes are important as well as knowledge, skills, and values. Learning beyond the classroom prompts Learners to demonstrate that they are ready, willing, and able to use the new competencies that they are developing.

Through our school, rather than the five key competencies, we have expanded them into our Manawa Mission dispositions. This lines up with the key competencies of the national curriculum.

 

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