Learner Centred Learning – EYCO – Germany 2019 by Tina Carter, Airhedz Aerial Training
I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to participate in the Learner Centred Learning week-long intensive in Germany in mid-September, 2019. A sincere thank you to Circus Works for the opportunity.
I had set up a new youth circus the year before and was keen to learn from other youth-focused teachers about their methodologies, techniques and overall practices. Despite being a circus practitioner and teacher for more than two decades, my focus had shifted to working with young and older adults. I wanted to ensure I was still doing the right thing.
I anticipated much of the information being familiar, and there was a lot that I was aware of, but the way the facilitators shared their knowledge, drew experience and expertise from all those present, and encouraged a generosity of sharing was invaluable. There was time to go much deeper into subjects than I had anticipated. We tested out different approaches, were students and teachers, explored the nuanced differences between learner-centred and teacher-centred approaches and how each can have significant benefit at different points in time, with different client groups and within different disciplines. It was a practical and philosophical week. The most perfect type of week!
And it was set in the magical grounds of CircArtive in Gschwend. We learned, ate, played and slept in the same space. No time was wasted, but there was also time to digest, contemplate, be alone. We could chat over breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks in the woodland. Oh and yes we got to climb high trees, walk with Alpaca and witness young people playing freely and working hard with and through circus. I left invigorated, inspired, exhausted but determined to keep on going. Awesome.