Advanced Vocational Training for Teachers

Many teachers who come along to the Humanities Lab for School Students courses report that they experience the event as both professionally and didactically enriching. The personal interaction with the involved researchers arouses interest in academic topics, which usually play a minor role after graduating. Meanwhile, the applied methods may serve as an inspiration for future lessons.

Gaining new knowledge in the Humanities Lab for School Students should not be a one-time event. To guarantee teachers a sustainable experience which can be integrated in classes, the Academy offers special events in cooperation with the LISUM (Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for School and Media). There, teachers and multipliers are informed about the Humanities Lab for School Students as an extracurricular learning space and its program. The Academy also welcomes prospective teachers as important cooperation partners and arranges meetings focusing on individual school subjects.

Current Events

Online training on the Drama of the Classical Period

The training has been rescheduled and will take place offline on the 10th of May.

Many schools in Berlin are currently teaching remotely or in alternating classes again. Therefore it is favourable that we can once again offer an online training course at the invitation of the Regional Training of the Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Family on the 8th of February. It is aimed at teachers of German who are preparing advanced courses for the Abitur focus of the 2nd semester "Drama of the Classical Period". The emphasis is on productions of Schiller's "Maria Stuart" in his own time at the Royal Berlin National Theatre at Gendarmenmarkt. Two research projects of the Academy, which is located directly opposite of the theatre, will be presented: Berlin Classical Period - a Metropolitan Culture around 1800 and August Wilhelm Iffland's Dramatic and Administrative Archive.


Previous Events

Development Trends of the German Language in the Digital Age

Training for German teachers in Treptow-Köpenick, Marzahn-Hellersdorf and Lichtenberg (September 7, 2021), online

The event presented ideas how the Academy's Digital Dictionary of the German Language (DWDS) can be used both scientifically and playfully in advanced German courses.

Joyce in class: Invitation to a (Re-)Discovery

Training for English teachers in Berlin and Brandenburg (August 21, 2019), Literaturhaus Berlin

At the symposium, the concept of the Student Lab was introduced. In particular, the focus was on this season’s program and how texts by Joyce can be prepared for fifth and sixth form classes (Sekundarstufe II). The event was recognized as teacher training by the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Sport and the Brandenburg Ministry for Education, Youth and Sport.

Literary Theory in the Humanities Lab for School Students: An Example from the Ovid-Bimillenium

Presentation at the didactic conference "Literaturtheorie und Literaturdidaktik: Potentiale eines Austauschs zwischen Fachwissenschaft und Fachdidaktik in der Latinistik" on January 26, 2019, Heidelberg School of Education

"Der Spinnerin Nachtlied": On the Methodology of Interpreting Poems

Training for German teachers (October 5, 2017), Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurt am Main

Which literary theory is implicated by didactic media? Which alternative methods of knowledge sharing are possible and desirable? The Freies Deutsches Hochstift invited Yvonne Pauly to answer these questions using Clemens Brentano's "Nachtlied der Spinnerin" in the course of a teacher training for Hessian German teachers. Furthermore, the Humanities Lab for School Students was introduced as a propaedeutic format and extracurricular place of learning.

Transmission of Literature in the Humanities Lab for School Students

Event for student teachers (September 8, 2016)

In cooperation with the Humanities Lab of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin the Humanities Lab for School Students for the first time offered a day in the Academy for students who study on a teaching degree. A short lesson of the history and responsibilities of the Academy was followed by Yvonne Pauly und Stefan Kipf's introduction into their respective humanities Student Labs. In preparation for the 2016 autumn season of the Student Lab, which was concerned with the writer Uwe Johnson, most of the event then was focussed on exercises in addition to philology and literature didactics. Together with Katja Leuchtenberger, who works on the Uwe Johnson edition in the Academy, the students (of the Professional School of Education of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Universität Rostock), developed modules for a Johnson Student Lab workshop and discussed possible goals, schedules and materials.

Written Life, Written World. Jean Paul's 250th Birthday

Conference for German teachers (October 17, 2013)

Because of his complex language and the sheer length of his texts, Jean Paul is rarely accounted for in today's German classrooms. This is why ideas had to be found that enable a fruitful reading experience. The teacher training offered recommendations and showed how Jean Paul can be located at the turn of the 18th century and combined with relevant topics of the 3rd semester. Additionally, an introductory presentation and a guided tour through the anniversary exhibition "Jean Paul: Dintenuniversum. Schreiben ist Wirklichkeit“ provided an overview on current research fields.

program flyer (German)

workshop abstracts (German)

The event was made possible by funding of the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science.

Science in Verbs

Introduction to the accompanying  program to the exhibition "WeltWissen" for History teachers including a tour with the curator (December 10, 2010), Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin

Living Latin. Working with Inscriptions

Presentation for Latin trainee teachers (October 27, 2010), Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Rahel Varnhagen - Salon and Letter Culture in Berlin around 1800

Conference for German teachers (February 17, 2010), Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Prior to the Student Lab season of spring 2010 ("...this alone means to live on") the conference examined the world and the work of the - as Carola Stern said - "first female Jewish writer in Germany" (1771-1833) and looked at scientific and didactic aspects alike. In the morning the conference alternated between presentations and discussions and raised current pertinent research questions. Furthermore, a tour around the neighbourhood of the Academy visiting places of Jewish life was given and the teachers could participate in a workshop program on how to introduce Rahel Varnhagen into the lessons of the upper grades. A film presentation and a scenic reading completed the day.

The materials on the letter culture around 1800 are available on the Bildungsserver Berlin-Brandenburg .

Additional information and suggestions on how to work with the German-Jewish history in lessons can be found on the website of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 

The conference was supported by the Leo Baeck program.

German Medieval Literature in the Student Lab

Workshop for German trainee teachers (March 19, 2009), Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

The Humanities Lab for School Students as an Extracurricular Place of Learning

Introduction for "Multiplikatoren" of humanities school subjects (February 28, 2008), Oberstufenzentrum Handel I Berlin

Historical Semantics in the Student Lab

Presentation and workshop for "Fachmultiplikatoren" for German (July 1, 2008), Landesinstitut für Schule und Medien Ludwigsfelde-Struveshof

Working with Texts in the Humanities Lab for School Students

Teacher training for German teachers (June 7, 2007), Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften