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Transcript of Teach Out
"TEACHOUT" or "Udeskole" is taking students out into the community to learn and experience their close surroundings.
TEACHOUT began to be popular in Denmark in 2013 when Christine Antorini, then education minister, started a school reform for Danish folkeskole (0-9 klasse).
• More sport, exercise and movement, approximately 45 minutes a day.
The conference in Aarhus
Four Phd students studied the impact of TEACHOUT, from 2013 to present date, looking at the implications, both strengths and weaknesses of academic learning, physical activity and social interaction amongst students and the teachers role in TECAHOUT.
The results for learning
Camilla Roed Otte.
Students become more problem solving oriented, they have more practice in teamwork, they are more physically active and play more.
TEACHOUT raises students reading competence.
TEACHOUT strengthens motivation.
TEACHOUT has no significant result on mathematics competence in students.
In general, students motivation falls through the school years, however it is less significant if TEACHOUT is practiced.
Results for physical activity
Mikkel Bo Schneller.
16 TEACHOUT classes (Year 2-5)
Each class was compared with a class from the same year group, which was to teach as normal.
Results from 361 students.
For boys, activity that was considered moderate/hard was marginally higher than the comparative class (when the comparative class didn't have sport).
For girls, there was a significant difference in the amount of light exercise from the students involved in TEACHOUT.
School reform 2013 (45 mins of physical activity also effects the results)
Results for social interaction
27 classes (Year 2-5)
The results that can be concluded so far are that a continual use of TEACHOUT can have a positive influence for both psycological welfare, and that inner motivation is increased. The results will be finished in April 2018.
Studies in Denmark and abroad have found that TEACHOUT in primary school, gives students a positive experience towards going to school, both academically and socially.
Impact on teachers
Three examples: three short movies can be seen at filmkompagniet.dk
A year 2 class walks to the local church for a religion lesson as part of "sacred places" unit. The local priest lets them explore, try on her clothes and she explains about the things in the church. When they get back to school they write a journal and answer questions.
The teachers talk about how class management and routines are just as important or more when teaching TEACHOUT.
A way to change the
The teachers who participated were experienced teachers from middle school.
Through interviews and observation she could conclude that teachers liked TEACHOUT because they had freedom to be the kind of teacher they wanted to be, they taught whole education, instead of just learning outcomes,however the preparation and feeling of working alone were hard.
The five teachers used problem based learning structures in maths and science as well as more closed activities to practice skills and competences.
Students walk down the road from the school. Grouped in two's, they stop at a house each, where they write down a description of the house and they imagine people inside.
They come back to the class write a story which includes the house they have just experienced and the made up people who live there.
The students find it easier to write because they have experienced the house.
Science / Dansk
A year six class visits a cement factory.
After the visit the students write explanations of what they witnessed and experienced.
How to start?
Teachers would take a map of the surrounding area and brainstorm each location and how many different subjects or what kind of learning potential each place has, to create a central library of ideas.
A regular amount of time, eg half a day per week, would need to be organised by the classes with room for cross curricular activity.