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Five free resources to celebrate ASDAN’s refreshed educational principles

Five free resources to celebrate ASDAN’s refreshed educational principles

Following on from our last blog, five free resources to celebrate ASDAN’s refreshed values, we have created additional free teaching and learning resources based around our educational principles.

ASDAN has always been an organisation based on strong principles. Since 1997, when ASDAN was formally established as an education charity, our work has centred on giving all learners the opportunity and tools to discover, develop and make full use of their potential. Our educational principles are at the heart of our pedagogy and our courses.

As an organisation focused on supporting the next generation, we have recognised the need to adapt and innovate to better serve learners and educators. Since the summer, we have begun embarking on a new chapter in ASDAN’s story, with a refreshed vision, values and educational principles.

ASDAN’s educational principles underpin our approach to fostering the personal, social and work-related abilities of young learners. Our courses are designed to address barriers to learning by:

  • building belief
  • engaging and motivating learners
  • promoting young people’s progress and achievement
  • inspiring creativity
  • releasing potential

These principles are essential components of ASDAN courses, allowing educators to develop the ‘whole’ learner with a combined focus on knowledge, skills and personal qualities. We believe they are an important part of educational for all learners.

Following on from our last blog, five free resources to celebrate ASDAN’s refreshed values, we have created additional free teaching and learning resources based around our educational principles. These resources are all linked to two of our most popular courses – the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification at Levels 1 and 2 and the Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold).

You can read more about the resources below and download them for use in your lessons. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these resources, so feel free to leave a comment on this blog or tag us in your social media posts using @ASDANeducation and #ASDANprinciples.

Building belief

This PowerPoint outlines five top tips to help learners build their confidence in giving presentations. You can use this resource to introduce projects or challenges that involve planning and giving a presentation. The resource is supportive with a focus on building learners’ self-belief and confidence in an aspect that many adults also find challenging.

Engaging and motivating

Learners can use this evaluation chart to record their feelings about a group activity over a period of time. The resource includes an example of a completed chart where feelings are recorded daily, but this could be done hourly, weekly or at the end of each session with multiple charts used as appropriate. Learners can reflect on their completed charts to see the points in a project where they were the most (and the least) motivated and engaged. This could prompt discussions around the kinds of activities that learners enjoy the most and how individual feelings can impact a group dynamic. The ultimate aim to help people work more effectively as a team.

Promoting progress and achievement

This worksheet provides templates for learners to track their progress towards a goal over time. The first sheet can be used to create an action plan by breaking the goal down into smaller steps, identifying resources required and setting deadlines for each stage. Learners can use the second sheet to log the activities they have completed and record the progress they have made. This resource is particularly well suited to activities where a learner needs to improve something or learn to do something new (eg learning to use a laser cutter, improving their swimming technique).

Inspiring creativity

Learners can use this worksheet to structure their approach to problem solving. The visual format encourages learners to unpack the problem they are faced with and come up with different ideas to solve the problem, before choosing a solution and planning the steps they will need to take. You could use this resource to introduce the concept of problem solving with hypothetical problems and give prizes for the most creative solutions; this could then prompt discussions around the importance of creativity in problem solving.

Releasing potential

This PowerPoint is based around a task where learners are asked to create a social media profile, vlog or podcast to promote themselves as a potential employee. The resource provides a structure for learners to follow and suggestions for what information to include, with a focus on showcasing their abilities and showing their potential. You can use this resource as part of a project based around work experience or employability skills. Learners should be encouraged to create a personal response that is unique to them and their aspirations.

Author: Jemma Davies, ASDAN Design and Creative Manager


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