The Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) materials include models for ten workshops that introduce key concepts and activities and identify critical teaching methods. Each workshop focuses on a particular exploration and on related teaching methods, and is organized into five steps:
- Step 1: Workshop objectives
This step outlines the purpose of the workshop.
- Step 2: Understand the EHL materials
In this step, you do the activities that your students will do in class. That enables you to absorb the material, and the issues related to it, as your students will; you will also be given tips that will be useful in the classroom.
- Step 3: Experience the classroom
In this step, you get a sense of the way a lesson works in practice by viewing a video of someone else teaching the same lesson.
- Step 4: Review what you have learned
In this step, you reflect on what you have learned and how to adapt the lesson to your students.
- Step 5: Follow-up after teaching the exploration
In this last step, after you have taught the lesson, you assess what both you and your students have learned, keeping in mind the questions your students raised.
In each workshop you will learn ways to tackle these questions: What shall I choose to teach? How will I teach it? How will I know what the students have learned?
The most effective way to learn how to teach EHL is to participate in teacher-training workshops. The EHL Virtual Campus offers an alternative to such face-to-face workshops. Selected workshops are featured in expanded online versions that enable teachers to familiarize themselves with EHL methodology and 'activities' by studying on their own and at their own pace.
To get the most out of the online workshops, form an EHL teacher-training workshop group so that you can discuss concepts and methods with your colleagues, and create an EHL community of practice. (A community of practice is a group of teachers who share an interest in teaching EHL and build relationships so that they can learn from each other.)
If this is not possible, you can do the workshop activities on your own. Whether you are working with a group or on your own, it is extremely important that you go through the workshops and related explorations in sequence. This will enable you to grasp the logic of the curriculum and make you a more effective EHL teacher. As you make your way through each workshop, you will be asked periodically to write down your reflections.