PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
Train the trainer, we deliver best practice and co-teach via highly competent and motivated trainers,
at their premises (schools), at our premises and at specifically designed events. There are many activities organized running simultaneously. For example H-mat organized 10 summer schools for teachers and lecturers in summer 2014, managed as 1 week long off-site stays with everyday lessons and trainings in Hejny method approach. The new completed textbooks for 6th class have been distributed to 36 classes of 28 schools, where Hejny method for 6th class will be piloted. About 30 trainings and presentations for teaches and lecturers are being planned for the winter semester. The promotion activities run at new schools which express their interest in Hejny method.
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
The more we do and deliver our method the higher demand is (both in case of our method as well as supportive tools and devices)
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
…means highly intellectual and at the same time easygoing activity, by the joy of own experience of and recognition we lead the child from early age to youngsters´ period on their cognitive journey of life , the main purpose is gradually enhance deep motivation and social skills for the next generations
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
Hybrid model, with the goal to move closer to profit (black zero) model in case of regular closer activities and to go on with fund raising in case of business development
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
The hybrid model relates well. To give H-mat organization the stability and reliability to support continuously the schools running on Hejny method and to give a helping hand to new comers, it is valuable to have this operation part financially self-sustaining. For the development projects or investments in general, H-mat needs external funding.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
To enhance learning quality by even more skilful and competent trainers in line with upgrade of training/teaching tools (like for instance LEGO building bricks incorporated into our standard sets)
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
--school inspection turned into advisory
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
Any partner with intellectual and creative potential is highly welcome. We got in closer communication with the interesting projects Talentify, Professor S. and ESAL.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
To establish and further enhance solid based approach for creative learning where individual skills work for wide society. Enjoy it and deserve the success!
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
--diagnostic measures of real comprehension (not just math)
--“low fi of teachers” (small students have to dominate, teachers' voice is less evident)
-- active listening
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Physical Play, Play with Objects, Symbolic Play, Pretence/ Socio-Dramatic Play, Games with Rules, Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play), Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Other (please specify).
Other (please specify)
building schemes through play, constructivism
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.
NOT, but we would like to incorporate the LEGO brick as one of the supporting learning environment