Five competencies in the field of “Ideas and Opportunities”
The content area develops vision and the identification of needs, problems, opportunities, and challenges, it brings them together and creates opportunities to create value. It supports spotting opportunities, creativity, visualisation of scenarios, valuing ideas, and ethical and sustainable thinking.
Teach your students to use their imagination, identify opportunities, look for problems, and transform them into challenges, how to create value from them. Look around you and start with everyday little things. Pupils should uncover the needs of classmates, the school environment, and the place where they live.
Give students space to look curiously at problems that have multiple solutions. Support them in the art of developing creative moods in a team, describing them, or visually expressing them. Learn about innovative approaches and experiment with them.
Show students how to work towards their vision of the future. Imagine it as a necessary step in turning ideas into real action. They need to simply see the point. Only in this way will they purposefully and responsibly make decisions on their further education and future profession, taking into account their needs.
Every idea is valued, and every idea can have a certain value for the student. Let them show what value it can have for others. Assess the benefits of the proposed activities from different perspectives. Look for examples of good practice created by organisations, companies, the community.
Ethical and sustainable thinking
Recognise and describe values for yourself and society. Guide students to what they should be responsible for. Let them identify the implications and impacts, opportunities and actions for target communities, the market, society, and the environment.
The importance of entrepreneurship education is emphasised in the EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework, which sets out a general key competency framework for anyone.
Source EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework
Key documents of entrepreneurship of Entrepreneurial mindset
Ten commandments of an entreprenuerial principal
.Draft of Standard for Educating and Promoting Entrepreneurship Training
Recommended tools and activities for the development of entrepreneurial skills “Ideas and opportunities”:
- Research-oriented teaching
- Experts from practice (mentors)
- Projects and project days
- Shadowing in companies and organisations
- Teacher-to-pupil activities, e.g., pupils teach pupils
- Cooperation with the community and local governments
- Cooperation between primary and secondary schools
- Professional and interest groups among primary and secondary schools (cooperation)
- Pupil portfolios, with their own business ideas, among other things
- Working with strengths and weaknesses
- Working with ideas (generation, design thinking)
- Brainwriting, brainstorming – “every idea is valued, it can be tried”
- Social and environmental projects
- E-U-R three-phase learning model - I know, I want to know, I’ve learnt
- Asking questions that support thinking and learning
- Individual and individualised forms of teaching