In December 2018 the scientist from France visited Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum (ESBZ), Berlin, Germany. The visiting scientist, Liubov, shared her experience about the school visit and interactions in this school:
“I could only stay at the school very shortly, but already from entering the school I felt that the school atmosphere was a bit different from other schools I visited – painted walls, stairs, children recording something with the camera. I entered the class, where students were studying maths solving the problems in small groups, so that each group was working on a separate problem.
The atmosphere in the class, motivated professor and students to ask questions during my lecture, which helped to facilitate interactions between students and scientist. I clearly felt that the school was functioning on a new more student-friendly methods. Some of them I found on the website of the school.”

What are the main concepts implemented in the school?
Currently, in Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum  teachers are working towards gaining government approval to put the concept into practice in Berlin state schools. Some elements of the NOS agenda were approved last summer (2015). Now main concepts are:

  • Carry out six interdisciplinary projects – which we call pulsars – per year, in which students from years 11-13 can mix and work together
  • Set up four learning expeditions (LEX) per year for students in Year 11. Each learning expedition can last one week.
  • Year 11 students get a feedback report at the end of the first term instead of the usual grades

What was the lecture about?
The scientists from SciEd network made the lecture on the topic “How to describe graphs? How does the graph theory help us to find solutions to the optimisation problems?”
After the small introduction about the graph theory we discussed with students about possible applications of graph theory to mathematics and fields of life science.
(pdf of the presentation).

More information about this school can be found from the website or from the book “Reinventing organisations“.

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