The idea is to create a last Abitur-year, which gives them the possibility for independence and autonomy, where they learn to take responsibility, for them self, for the others and for their goal – a pure “Reifeprüfung”. (= maturity examination).
First they create a program, which fits with the schedule of the employed teachers and fulfills the requirements for a longer period. A learning session lasts for 4 hours, but the end corresponds to the end of the content and not to a strict timetable. Furthermore a big importance is given to the combination of the learning contents for long time periods. One day contains also some rhythmic elements, like theater, music, exercises and time for individual work, consolidation and coaching between students.
Every day, one student is responsible for the course of the activities, this means that he/ she prepared him-/ herself in advance for the topic of the certain day.
An internal evaluation should take place from time to time, in form of colloquia, to test the effectiveness of this way of learning and the methods they use.
This is a short overview about the power of education, about initiatives which could be seen as utopian, but I think this is the “Vision generation”, as Bogdan called it in one of his posts and gives me more trust in creating the “Students’ University”!
We change education!