Handicraft workshop

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Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.

It is implemented by: Youth instructors and youth workers

It is directed at students aged: 15-16

Target group: Group-centered

Main subjects involved: Arts & crafts, technical study, music, languages

ICT involvement:  no

Description of the practice: In the handicraft workshop the participants get to decide whether to paint, work with threads (e.g. embroidery and knots) or to learn how to play or ‘pimp’ the ukulele. While working different topics can be discussed or music can be listened to. Those youth, who find it easy to work with their hands can even help their peers. The goal is to create an atmosphere of trust, where presence is strong and the sense of time is lost. Everyone can participate – Handicraft workshops are designed for all levels of skill.

Accessible to any student: yes

Meaningful participation for every student: yes

Does this practice promote students observable participation in school related activities? Yes. Trust and experiences of success contribute to increased participation also in other school related activities.

Does the practice promote students sense of belonging to classmates, teachers and school? Yes. Working together in a group and creating handicrafts in a safe group setting are likely to promote students’ sense of belonging.

Does the practice promote students giving value to success in school-related goals? Yes. Doing your work well helps you to realise that your work is appreciated and through reflection you can transfer these feelings into your everyday life

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