This training will focus on 21st Century Teaching Skills such as competency-based education, soft-skills development, and creativity.
Participants will explore issues and practical ideas connected to problem-solving, cooperation, communication, critical and creative thinking. They will also consider the delicate issue of assessment and will be provided with tools suitable to evaluate complex tasks and high-order skills.
By the end of the course, participants will enjoy having a set of concrete ideas on how to integrate new approaches into lessons and they will be inspired to apply new strategies to boost high-order skills in their students, as well as to develop visual and creative competencies.
The course will help the participants to:
- Develop soft skills (communication, problem-solving, decision making, teamwork, adaptability, critical thinking, and creativity);
- Improve their knowledge about students’ learning styles and ability to plan the classes according to them;
- Understand: mapping techniques, visual thinking, visual teaching strategies, creative thinking;
- Search, adapt and manipulate visual resources as a way to develop high-order skills;
- Plan the lessons using innovative methods;
- Choose practical solutions to encourage students to solve problems, formulate complex questions, debate, explain and brainstorm during class;
- Manage and evaluate team-work while students are involved in cooperative projects and problem-solving tasks;
- Support students in facing challenges and in learning by doing;
- Evaluate complex competences: teacher-, peer- and auto-assessment.
Day 1 – Course introduction & setting goals
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.
- Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations;
- The past, the present, the future: society, individuals, old and new needs;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – Learning styles
- Key Competences in Schools and Learning Styles.
Day 3 – Critical thinking
- Supporting problem-solving, cooperation, communication, reasoning and arguing in evidence, critical thinking.
Day 4 – Applying approaches
- Applying student-centered approaches to different subjects;
- Case studies and examples across Europe;
- Managing pair and group work.
Day 5 – Student evaluation
- Assessment: are marks threatening for students?
- Evaluating students: teacher-, peer- and auto assessment;
- Providing feedback.
Day 6 – Round up & Cultural activities
- Round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Excursion and other external cultural activities.
Day 7 – Rest day
- Day off.
Day 8 – Get creative
- Motivation and Serious Games;
- Creative Thinking and Mapping.
Day 9 – New strategies
- New Methologies in Teaching Student centered tasks.
Day 10 – Visual materials
- Visual Resources in Education: VTS;
- Looking for online visual materials: Google, Youtube, Wordclouds.
Day 11 – Assessment types
- Managing pair and group work;
- Types of Assessment (teacher, p2p, self);
- Portfolios and online tools.
Day 12 – Presentations & course closure
- Presenting and evaluating presentations;
- Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.
If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.
The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.