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Locally Relevant Teaching
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LORET is designed to support teachers in using real-world problems relevant to the local community as a starting point for education. The guiding principle is to combine engagement with societal problems and the realisation of curriculum objectives and, in doing so, offer students unique educational opportunities and hope. Through LORET workshops, teacher teams develop a plan for implementing locally relevant teaching and design a series of lessons that take students along in an authentic sustainability problem-solving process.
“LORET uses the local environment to learn from it, together. Through this way of engaging with sustainability challenges, we realise the curriculum goals at the same time. This is a great added value. Through LORET experiential learning is now effectively given a place.”
“Ultimately, you want your teaching to have an impact. That does not always need to be limited to learning effects in the strict sense, like learning knowledge by heart. It is also about learning to interact with each other. And about learning that people hold different opinions. And about coming to realise that other things may be possible, beyond what one imagined beforehand.”
"What LORET does, is looking at how can we develop and collaborate on a cross-curricular theme based on our own subject-specific curriculum goals. We can still have our own way of achieving these goals and teach our students and we don’t waste our time on separate projects.”