Climate Educator Network

Methods

To encourage and enable groups to contribute to sustainable development and climate protection as well as strengthen their skills and design learning processes in a way that leads to effective learning, methods are crucial.

To ensure that learning processes are relevant, motivating and successful for your group, methods are required to be interactive, action-orientated and diversely stimulating: By addressing various senses, cognitive, social and practical skills and relating to experiences, interests and resources, participants can be activated. We integrated many interactive and action orientated methods into our activity descriptions: Below you find a list with a selection of some methods, a short description and links to activities where the method is used.

 

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Selected methods

Role-play
Participants play different roles in a defined situation. There are diverse interests, sometimes challenges, conflicts or questions to solve in order to have participants interact with each other. An evaluation at the end helps to reflect about their experiences.
Description and example in activity: 10 Measures to Protect the Climate

 

Line-up discussion
Participants sit in two lines and discuss a question, exchanging in a dynamic way pro and contra arguments between groups, changing positions in the middle.
Description and example in activity:  Line-up Discussion

 

Brainstorming
Participants develop as many ideas as possible in a short period of time.
Description and handout:   Plan my own activity

 

Project management
Participants plan, implement, document and evaluate a project together. For this, they need to collaborate, find solutions, take decisions together, define and distribute tasks. Thus they need several social skills, but as well planning skills and, depending on the project, other specific skills. Support, feasibility and amount of independent work should be adapted to age and experiences.
Descriptions and handouts:   Plan my own activity

 

Cooperative games
Participants solve a challenge or play a game together. There are no winners. This kind of games strengthen the trust in a group, participants make new and valuable social experiences. Thus they are very helpful to build a good basis or improve collaboration in groups.
Description and example in activity:  The Triangle