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.