Why are case courses and case lessons unique and useful?
Сase based courses and case-lessons use the unique 7W methodology that allows students to study interdisciplinary educational material together with simultaneous practice of such competencies as communication, teamwork, planning and organizing, creativity, accountability, continuous learning, technological awareness.
The 7W methodology and the materials are designed on the principles of interdisciplinary study of objects, phenomena and concepts in a combination of fundamental knowledge, practical examples and application of knowledge in practice.
Thanks to the compound perception and material processing a unique result 7 in 1 is achieved: knowledge, understanding, practice, creative transformation, competence, motivation and pleasure!
Why and how should they be applied?
The case-lessons can be used at all types of schools from the 1st to the final grades, because they are universal, multifunctional and compatible with the school curriculums in general. They allow to learn and teach the educational material in an interesting and fascinating way.
The case-lessons are extremely helpful for blended, adaptive, inquiry-based, expeditionary, project and personalized learning, for practicing of differentiated instruction, "flipped classroom" and other teaching methods. In fact, a case-lesson is a ready-made integrated, innovative lesson, which can be conducted right now!
The case-lessons 7W can be used for thematic days, soft skills trainings and practicing such competencies as critical and analytical thinking, communication, argumentation, creative thinking and innovation.
What is the result?
Thanks to a large amount of both fundamental and practical materials, references and assignments, the case-lessons activate students' interest in continuous learning, finding connections between school knowledge and its application in real life.
“My students really liked the themed lesson “Jeans”. It turned out that the simple and well-known item of clothes that we wear every day is not that simple!
Here in the classroom we got a lot of new knowledge from different areas - fashion, business, art, as well as in such subjects as Chemistry, History and Geography. The children were delighted with the opportunity not only to learn new things and get useful, practical knowledge, but also to show some designer`s skills by upgrading their old jeans.
This case lesson helped our class to conduct the best and the most fascinating thematic lesson at our school! For me, as a teacher, it was very nice to see genuine interest and involvement of my students!
These case-lessons are one of the best tools for motivating to study and creativity!“
(Svetlana Artemenko, a history teacher and a class tutor).
The case-lessons are structured: