In addition to joint workshops on various topics, we meet regularly for so-called House Sessions. These are organized in turn by representatives of all the universities that participate in our program. As a result, we not only exchange ideas on exciting topics in these sessions, but often also learn more about the other universities and the lecturers. What are they working and researching on? What are the subjects they teach? What do they have expertise in and what methods do they use?
In our last House Session, Ulf Schrader and Ayla Kadi from TU Berlin took us into the subject of „Arbeitslehre“ (work studies) and the topic of vocational orientation. Along with exciting inputs, there was the opportunity to exchange ideas in smaller and larger groups and to reflect together: What did I want to be when I was a child and why? What am I doing today and what drives me today? Where do I see myself in the future? What do I associate with these desires or even the current status – what thoughts, feelings, values, goals? What mindset do I have and what role does it play? What personal experience do I have with vocational orientation? And what idea do I have of what vocational orientation actually is?
With a lot of interest and commitment, we exchanged ideas during this evening and took away new insights that are not only valuable with regard to school and teacher life, but also personally.