Ippo – the model that boosts learning
Ippo is a model in which we are developing the students’ activeness, thinking skills and self-directedness that ultimately increases their motivation to learn. In addition, Ippo will be teaching skills in learning to learn and self-assessment. The core is to understand one’s own strengths and how to learn best, to boost self-esteem and to embrace diversity.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve with this experiment?
The goal of the Ippo-model is to increase student activeness, improve thinking skills, self-directedness and motivation as well as teaching students how to learn and self-assessment.
The core element is to seek out individual strengths and best practices in learning techniques. We aim to develop the self-esteem of each student and to teach them to embrace diversity. Teachers and students will work closely together in achieving these goals. Ippo presents an option in which to create safe, open learning environments in basic education. The Ippo-model may be used in building future schools and their operational cultures.
What are the concrete steps of the experiment?
The Ippo-model and the goals will be observed with each student. The model contains eleven lessons on the Peda.net platform. The lessons will include themes such as temperament, different ways to learn, feelings and other themes in developing students’ strengths. Multi-literacy and techniques in making notes, remembering and reading will also be taught.
Each lesson will contain the Ippo themes as follows:
1. Ippo-strength (motivation and multi-literacy).
2. Favourite-Ippo (daily life of students and conversations about learning).
3. Ippo-gang (social skills, teamwork and problem-solving skills).
4. Ippo-learning (learning to learn skills).
5. Ippo and I (a learning journal for self-assessment and establishing personal strengths) and Ippo high five (learning environments and operational culture evaluation).
The themes will become familiar to parents to ensure the learning is relevant in the daily life of the students.
How will the experiment proceed in the spring of 2017?
We will keep developing the Ippo-model and the principles for the Vesikansa area’s operational cultures and learning environments. Ippo is meant to become a scalable model to be used in the whole municipality. The Ippo skills will be applied to all school subjects and studies.
The Ippo learning environment is supporting the development work of the Hollola operational culture and the learning environments. We are also planning to create a Little-Ippo for elementary education.
How will this experiment change the way we educate?
Ippo will boost the atmosphere in schools and there will be more interaction amongst students and teachers throughout the school days. The role of the student is active and students will take ownership of their own learning. Ippo supports the student’s development holistically. This model will add to school motivation, because the skills learned through Ippo, such as learning to learn and discovering your personal strengths, may be applied to life outside school as well. The positive atmosphere supports and encourages students.
Potential partnerships / schools:
Hollola Vesikansa and Maakansa schools, Finland