A fascination for the learning process of 6- to 12-year-olds lies at the heart of our teacher trainees’ interest in becoming elementary school teachers. Mathematics, reading, and writing are the basic skills this age-group has to master. Our students aim at teaching them through dialogue. Because they find discussions with children interesting and worthwhile.
At the outset of the program, the focus is on the acquisition of the material that will have to be taught and on the gathering of essential background information. This is necessary as teaching requires a very flexible command of the subject matter.
Still, students become acquainted with actual teaching practice from the very start during the weekly didactic workshop with, for example, observations, internship days, and an exchange of experiences. Once students have mastered the various subject domains, there remains more time for didactic actions and learning to learn.
Throughout the program, students come across all grades, several teaching methods and types (Freinet, education for children with special needs, and so forth). They learn how to formulate requirements and experience how traditional and modern aids easily complement one another. They continuously build on their own personal knowledge and skills, but also on other talents such as creativity, the eagerness to learn, and the willingness to listen. All this to guide, stimulate, and motivate children.
Upon graduation, students have gained enough experience to also turn to other domains such as the social or the service sector.