[Translation (French - English) : EPALE France
Author: Clotilde Molaro]
A(P)PRENDRE DE L'ERREUR (LEARNING FROM MISTAKES) is a mobility project arising from cooperation between Evolution Carrière, the French training organisation, and Stranaidea, the Italian social cooperative.
Evolution Carrière, looking for a consistent way to upgrade and improve its training offers, sent ten members of its own or its associates' training staff to Turin, Italy, first in October 2017 and then in October 2018, to take two sessions of the structured course designed to teach them the method of Learning From Mistakes, devised by Stranaidea. This course, based on errors and their contribution to learning through informal, theatrical or improvisation techniques, enabled participating trainers to question, confront and discuss good practices, to learn about new techniques and training tools and to incorporate these innovative methods and approaches.
Examples of activities
Gestures and sounds of mistakes: standing in a circle, participants take turns to make the sound or gesture of a trainee who has made a mistake, then the sound or gesture of the trainer who is correcting it; the others repeat the process.
The Donkey Game: someone volunteers to be the Donkey, and goes out of the room. The group decides what action the Donkey must perform, without his knowing what it is. The Donkey comes back into the room and must guess the activity, guided by the group's applause and its intensity. Plenary discussion.
eye contact (standing in a circle, in the open air, where players change places with the person whose eyes they meet);
The Oscars (volunteers improvise an Oscar award ceremony);
drawing together (working in pairs and without speaking, produce a drawing not planned in advance);
single word story (working in pairs, tell an improvised story with each person taking turns to say just one word at a time);
Game of Ten (standing in a circle, clapping hands, each person taking a turn to give ten quick facts on any subject given by his neighbour).
Back in France, the participants put the new skills they learned into practice, and discussed and considered how to transfer these concepts into their day-to-day work. Their respective methods have been enriched, materials and work tools have been modified and improved, and new training plans have been designed or are being planned. Communication and cohesion within Evolution Carrière have been increased and its training offer has been expanded and improved.
In addition, the project has strengthened the partnership between Stranaidea and Evolution Carrière, creating new opportunities for cooperation and design and increasing the international dimension of both organisations.