“The most important thing is to have fun at school, to inspire students to find their own learning path, so that they can shape their future.” – Kornelia Lohynova, Slovakia
Teacher and Teacher Trainer
Hotel Academy Bratislava, Slovakia
Kornelia Lohynova didn’t love teaching at first. After moving to education from the business world, her first school was less than inspiring.
“It was a typical environment based on old habits and approaches, and I felt like a black sheep,“ she shares. “But I was here for my students. One day I saw a nice picture for teachers with this advice: ‘Ask yourself one simple question every day on your way to school: would you want to be a student in your class?’”
That proved to be a decisive moment for Lohynova, who immediately began to study innovative teaching methods, took courses on using technology, and decided to apply as much technology as possible with her students.
“I brought my own laptops and data projector to the classroom, and allowed students to use their own devices,” she explains. “Later on, I even shared my own mobile data [so we had an] internet connection.”
Today, she uses project-based and entrepreneurial learning, giving her students real-life challenges where they must investigate, collaborate, communicate, solve problems, and present outcomes. They also must use their initiative, open minds, and creativity.
“This school year, I’m using Teams for each class,” Lohynova tells us. “It is a great space for collaboration, team work, creating outcomes, and assessment. I can connect many other tools to it and have everything in one place.”
To meet her goal of creating a fun, inspiring environment, she also uses Skype.
“We not only use Mystery Skype,” she says, “but also invite guest speakers, communicate with project partners and invite experts to give feedback to my students when they present their projects. The most important thing is to have fun at school, to inspire students to find their own learning path, so that they can shape their future.”
What does Lohynova see as the biggest challenge facing educators?
“Unfortunately, we as educators focus mostly on academic performance and behavior of our students,” she says. “The biggest challenge is to apply Social and Emotional Learning, as it is 90% of the iceberg and the basis for a happy and successful life for our students. Every day my challenge is to do activities for their self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relations management.”
About Kornelia Lohynova
- Educational background: University of Economics, Banska Bystrica, Master’s Degree Tourism and Travel Services Management, University of Economics, Bratislava, Master’s Degree in Pedagogy
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Teams, OneNote, Skype
- What is the best advice you have ever received? Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.
- Website I check every day:www.twitter.com
- Favorite childhood memory: Swimming in the sea!