On Your Way to Your Own Home
A cross-disciplinary, co-operational project for students aged 12-15 years, developed by a Finnish school. The project is about designing their future ideal student home, focusing on one of 6 different themed approaches:
- economical home
- Finnish home (all items must be Finnish made)
- second-hand home
- 'cheap but new' home
- fashionable home
- ethical/ecological home.
Purpose and process
To motivate students who may not like being in school at the age of 15 by giving them an opportunity to participate in learning that is different and less teacher-centred compared with their usual curricula. Each group must plan to decorate one room and the kitchen of their desired student home in one of the 6 styles. They must include furniture, cutlery and crockery in their plans, as well as stoves, kitchen equipment and heating/lighting proposals and must prepare wallwork about their subject. During lesson times, students may look for information on individual items and decorations, together with costings, through visiting local shops and secondhand stores, surfing the internet or talking to people. They have to prepare a portfolio of what they have learnt and to present their work at the end of the week for evaluation by teachers.
- Develop financial capability, including how to save and budget and whether to take out a loan
- Increase their knowledge about society and the application of maths in the real world
- Build enterprising skills, attitudes and behaviours, especially:
- teamwork, group skills and leadership
- self-confidence and belief in the future
- communication and presentation skills
- creative thinking and problem-solving
- Understand what it's like to be a student, or to live alone, and how much everything is likely to cost.
For the teachers involved, the opportunity to work together on this project improves relationships, cooperation and coordination. Planning and monitoring the project helps to improve job satisfaction.
Curricular or thematic relevance
This programme fits into the Finnish national curricula and national learning outcomes and combines many aspects into one large project. It involves the following subjects: Maths; Social Science; Health Education; RE; Home Economics; Student Counselling
How to organise:
All timetabled lessons over a period of 1 week in the following subjects:
- Social Science;
- Health Education;
- Home Economics;
- Student Counselling.
The programme takes place at the end of the school year
Assessment and evaluation approaches
After one week, all groups present their work and are evaluated. This takes 2 hours and all teachers are present. Students also do a portfolio of all things they have learned during week.
Some involvement of local retail outlets and secondhand shops
For more information about the project (in Finnish) see: http://www.yes-keskus.fi/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Yrittajyyskasvatuksen_opetussuunnitelmaoivalluksia2011_web.pdf
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helper do TM detail body (June 6th, 1st half)
Great idea. I’m sure teachers will take some interest in this tool. It includes many real life aspects – financial, social and also environmental. Students have to undertake a multidiscplinary project developing their creativity and resourcefulness. Skills like self-confidence, self-expression, teamwork and leadership are taught in really inspiring way.