BLOG 2017-07-23T10:42:34+00:00

Nothing Is What It First Seems

Ever wondered how you could get from a farm to outer space in a few minutes? Here is the description of a wonderful team-building activity… with a twist!

May 15th, 2018|

My Journey: Student Teachers’ Self-Assessment with Cards for Democracy

The Cards for Democracy can make an activity that supports personal and professional growth even more meaningful.

May 1st, 2018|

Quit Teaching and Start Eating Avocados

Is it possible to actually teach? What can we learn from growing an avocado?

April 15th, 2018|

Cards for Democracy for All

The Cards for Democracy for All are out now!

April 3rd, 2018|

Introducing the Core Set of the Cards for Democracy Series

Announcing the launch of the central pack of the Cards for Democracy Series. Join us live on 3 April at 19:00 CET.

March 16th, 2018|

Am I Really a Democratic Educator?

Josef Huber describes his experience of using Cards for Democracy at an informal brunch with 25 teachers and parents in Strasbourg, France and at a workshop for 130 teachers on the island of Crete in Greece. Lessons learned give us ideas for further developing our sets of cards for different players in different contexts.

March 1st, 2018|

Why History Matters

What was taught in your history lessons and how was it taught? Is history used or abused to shape who we are?

February 15th, 2018|

4 Ideas for Advocate Europe

L2C and the Pestalozzi Community of Practice have launched a cooperation!

January 28th, 2018|

Teachers and Politics

No matter what we do in the classroom, our actions are always political. This blog revisits some of the best articles we published on the topic of teachers and politics in 2017.

January 15th, 2018|

Best of 2017

2017 has been an exciting year for Learn to Change and this blog post wishes to celebrate some of the best articles from this past year.

December 30th, 2017|

Teaching and Identity

As teachers, reflecting on our identity takes on a whole new meaning and responsibility as we examine and align our beliefs and values with our actions.

December 15th, 2017|

The “One” Book… (1)

This is the first of a series of posts that will explore the books that have shaped who we are, what we do and how we do it...

November 30th, 2017|

Has Education for Democracy Failed? 

Most civics education today at best educates young people to be voters, not to participate in a democracy. Considering today's enormous disruptions and challenges, educating children to be ‘good voters’ is no longer a reasonable answer.

November 15th, 2017|

Taking Education for Democracy a Step Further

The way we choose to do things in the classroom today has a direct impact on the world of tomorrow.

October 30th, 2017|

Multicultural Education to Promote Human Rights Education

Multicultural education is a team effort and for it to serve as a means of promoting human rights education, it needs a multi-pronged approach.

October 15th, 2017|

Teaching Gender Issues: An Oral History and Civics Project

History education contributes to peace, stability and democracy but can recreating the past help us to shape our possible futures?

September 30th, 2017|

Establishing a Safe Learning Space

3 activities to nurture the democratic ethos and non-violent dynamics of a group you are in charge of is a good way to start the year!

September 15th, 2017|

Donate now!

Please make a donation to support our efforts to change education.

September 6th, 2017|

7 Ideas for a More Democratic Year at School

Finding and investing time in on-going personal and professional development throughout the scholastic year can be a daunting task. The activities presented in this post aim to support such a commitment.

September 1st, 2017|

Building Identity Awareness – The Dynamic Nature of Culture and Identity

Building Identity Awareness – The Dynamic Nature of Culture and Identity is a 6-hour teacher training course that focuses on the notion of identity and its importance to the development of particular attitudes, skills and knowledge related to democratic competence.

August 31st, 2017|

Marta Viñes Jimeno

I am here because I believe that the changes we all want to see in the world will come through our own actions, through education, through each and every one of us. As an education professional and as a person who cares I cannot not do anything.

August 8th, 2017|

Multiperspectivity and Map Projections

It is not easy for us to accept other perspectives that question what we assume to be ultimate truths. However, there are many possible ways of viewing the world and all may be equally valid and equally partial.

July 31st, 2017|

Learn to Change Resource Series

The Learn to Change Resource Series is an initiative to support educators and learners, providing detailed descriptions of training sessions for educators on a topic of interest related to democracy and human rights.

July 13th, 2017|

Learning to Teach

The opportunity for ongoing professional development is probably within a few steps in the classroom next door...

June 30th, 2017|

Can a video game teach us about learning?

Video games can be a stimulus to actively engage students to learn and reflect about learning!

June 13th, 2017|

Recognizing Intercultural Competence

A self-assessment tool to help us recognize and reflect on where we and our students are on the road to intercultural competence.

May 30th, 2017|

6 Steps for 60 Million Teachers and their Students

Six steps teachers and their students can take to start making the world a better place!

May 15th, 2017|

Teacher Agency to Change Education

The power of teacher collaboration: challenges and steps to take.

April 30th, 2017|

What are tests good for?

Tests, whether standardized or not, remain increasingly popular and in spite of lip service arguing differently, in many instances, they continue to be the main form of assessment in the majority of educational settings. But what do tests really do?

April 20th, 2017|

Being a Teacher

What does it mean to "be a teacher"? More than anything else, being a teacher means being all that we want our children to be.

April 10th, 2017|

Cards for Democracy – Assessment and Evaluation Practices Revisited

Today we would like to share with you another activity based on “Cards for Democracy” that helps teachers develop their competence for democratic practices at the classroom level with a particular focus on assessment and evaluation practices.

March 30th, 2017|

60 Million Teachers

What can 60 million teachers and their students do? They just have the power to change the world for the better...

March 20th, 2017|

Sanctified or Vilified – Teachers in a Neo-Liberal Age

Teachers have been both cited as crucial to the success of any educational system but at the same time criticised, and occasionally vilified, for the failings of current educational standards. Where does the profession stand?

March 10th, 2017|

Ice breaking, Team building, Energising… It is All about Framing Cooperation!

Next time you think you can do without one, think again!

March 1st, 2017|

Cards for Democracy – Teachers’ Edition

Cards for Democracy are an opportunity for educators to reflect on, examine and improve their attitudes, skills and knowledge to better support democratic processes and improve their own practices and behaviours.

February 21st, 2017|

How I added wikis to my teaching quiver

Have you ever been in need of a tool which could help you organize your work in manageable and meaningful units? Would you fancy a space where all members of the group you work with could contribute to? How does the idea of a quick feedback procedure sound to you? Wiki may be a valuable "arrow" in your quiver!

February 10th, 2017|

The math serves the conversation, the conversation doesn’t serve the math: learning through inquiry

There is ample space for improvement on the discrimination front in teaching maths!

January 30th, 2017|

A Call to Action

Learn to change – Change to learn… there are many promises in these words.

January 20th, 2017|

What Happened on the L2C Blog in 2016?

As we look ahead to 2017 we decided to take a moment to revisit the articles featured in The Learn to Change (L2C) blog over the past months.

January 10th, 2017|

Carmen Becker

I am a school teacher, a yoga teacher and a teacher trainer. I’m interested in everything that creates a climate of growth for my pupils. I’m also interested in everything that helps individuals to grow. So, my keywords are cooperative learning, lifelong learning and communication.

January 5th, 2017|

Miloš Jeremić

I am a philosophy teacher in an upper secondary school and teacher trainer. My professional interests are critical thinking, philosophy of education, learning to learn and philosophy with children. Education for me means liberation.

January 5th, 2017|

Fun in Learning: L2C’s Take on Activities from TESL Database

Creativity, fun and play contribute to meaningful learning when teachers and facilitators host memorable moments that encourage horizontal learning relationships.

December 20th, 2016|

Building a Local Community of Education Professionals

Despite the fact that most teachers are overworked and underpaid in Hungary, they meet once a month voluntarily; the sense of belonging to a learning community gives them energy to become the change and helps prevent burnout.

December 12th, 2016|

Teacher Diaries… Creating Cooperative Micro-Groups

A teacher's reflection on grouping students cooperatively while promoting democratic competences.

November 30th, 2016|

Aftermath of Elections: Teachers Respond

Are you disheartened? It’s a time to build brave hearts.

November 21st, 2016|

The Backwards Brain Bicycle

Knowledge is not the same as understanding or having information: read this story about a man and a very unique bike.

November 10th, 2016|

Teachers’ Manifesto

The Manifesto: Education for Change - Change for Education of the Council of Europe is a message from practitioners to other practitioners and to policy makers. L2C stands to put this manifesto in practice.

November 3rd, 2016|

Discovering our DNA – Undermining our Common Humanity

No matter who we are or where we come from, we share a common destiny as humans.

October 31st, 2016|

A First Milestone for Learn to Change

Teachers need a deeper understanding of how intercultural competence can be developed and assessed in today’s classrooms for better social cohesion and cooperation.

October 20th, 2016|

Self-assessment for the Improvement of Practice

Self-assessment – the process of assessing one’s own skills, aptitude or performance – is a key part of improving one’s practice.

October 10th, 2016|

Let’s Build Rapport – 5 Fun Activities for Educators

With each new learning adventure come new challenges - establishing a rapport with the class/group is of paramount importance!

September 30th, 2016|

Education for Refugee Students

Fostering access to education for refugee students, asylum seekers and migrant children is important if we wish to shape a positive future.

September 20th, 2016|

Welcome to L2C

Welcome to the official website of Learn to Change – an international organisation that provides learning opportunities for personal and professional development.

September 10th, 2016|

Mercè Bernaus

I am emeritus professor of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. My main interests in the field of education are: human rights, diversity, multilingualim/multiculturalism and interculturality.

August 2nd, 2016|

Carolina Gonçalves

I am professor, researcher and consultant in the area of educational sciences. I am interested in school success for students from migrant or disadvantaged backgrounds, in pedagogy and professional development.

July 30th, 2016|

Ildikó Lázár

I am a teacher trainer and senior lecturer passionate about intercultural competence development, inclusive education and change in teachers’ personal theories in professional development.

July 5th, 2016|

Anna-Maria Panagiotidou

I am an ICT junior high school educator, adult trainer in ICT and moderator of and online community of practice. I’m interested in pedagogy, inclusive education, education and migration, democratic participation, online professional communities.

July 2nd, 2016|

Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard

I am a social psychologist, freelance consultant, trainer and community of practice leader. I’m interested in intercultural learning, education and migration, democratic participation, online professional communities

July 1st, 2016|

Gerrit Maris

I'm a teacher, in-service teacher trainer, educator, coach and consultant. I'm interested in lifelong learning and personal development, human and child rights education, participation, learning by doing, group dynamics, innovation.

July 1st, 2016|

Richard Harris

I am a teacher educator; I focus mainly on history education in secondary schools, but I am also interested in action research, and issues relating to diversity and citizenship.

June 30th, 2016|

Vivian Chiona

I’m a psychologist and the founder of Expat Nest, which provides emotional support online to expats/internationals. My main interests are: diversity, human rights, intercultural understanding and communication, global education.

June 19th, 2016|

Aart Franken

I am trained as researcher in developmental psychology. I am particularly interested in the prevention of externalizing behaviors (antisocial behavior, alcohol use, tobacco use), friendship, and group processes.

June 11th, 2016|

Trainers’ Voice

Trainers for L2C regularly contribute original content to the website. Posts authored by the respective trainer will appear here.

June 7th, 2016|

Debriefing

We integrate debriefing, feedback, and guided reflection as a core of our action to delve deeper into the learning and the content of the courses and training sessions.

March 29th, 2016|

Assessment and Evaluation

We use a wide variety of assessment technique to show and teach participant how much formative, alternative and participatory assessment tool can contribute to the creation of democratic learning environments.

March 29th, 2016|

Cooperative Methods

Working in groups does not only mean to involve participants in a common action, but to establish true cooperative structures that support equal participation, interdependence and autonomy in learners.

March 27th, 2016|

Charter

Our Charter sets out our values for constructive communication and cooperation.

February 2nd, 2016|

Testing Side Bar

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January 24th, 2016|

New Tools

We use learning webs, collaborative knowledge construction and guided conversation to give learners the possibility to continue to grow in an online community.

January 17th, 2016|

Group Dynamics

We aim to establish learning experiences that embark all learners on the journey. Exclusion is a familiar covert phenomenon in groups; this is why we pay specific attention to group dynamics and inclusive practices.

January 17th, 2016|

Debriefing

Our debriefing approach helps to delve deeper into the learning and the content of the courses and training sessions.

January 17th, 2016|

Focus on learner

Each course focuses on each individual learner’s learning goals and involves participants in planning future actions in real life contexts.

January 17th, 2016|

Learning by Doing

We learn through discovery and experience. Conceptualisation and consolidation of learning happens through reflective cycles involving experience-challenge-reflection; debriefing and inquiry sets the stage for re-experience so that learning can be efficiently internalised and personalised.

January 17th, 2016|

Assessment

Formative, alternative and participatory assessment approaches contribute to the creation of democratic learning environments.

January 17th, 2016|