Innovative teaching – examples of good practice in vocational education
Modern teaching changes the role of a teacher. Nowadays teachers are mentors, innovators and creators of events. Teachers are looking for innovative pedagogical approaches related to everyday life. The goal of the article is to show how to make classes more interesting, how to actively include students in the process of teaching, and how to gain their interest in the profession they are learning for. Research shows that everyday practice is important for individual’s learning, which is called situational learning. Teachers provide content for the school space that young people need for their personal and professional development. It is important that the teacher is intrinsically motivated to find creative approaches to teaching and connecting with students. It is increasingly important that the teacher can motivate students and create a stimulating learning environment in which students want to learn. It is also important to connect school content with real life. Teacher must be able to attract students with practical content. It is necessary that students see the practical value of the knowledge provided by the teacher. At The Technical School Centre of Maribor, we educate students in mechanics, mechatronics and mechanical engineering. Since these are students who are practitioners by nature, it is very important for them to have an encouraging practical learning environment. The professional contribution describes examples of good practice in teaching, such as outdoor lessons, Students Motorcycle Club, Innovation and Research Activity, arranging an exhibition space with students and motivational workshops, where various forms of learning are presented: peer-to-peer, cooperative and intergenerational learning.
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