21st Century Teaching: Competence-Based Education, Soft-Skills and Creativity

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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

Learning outcomes

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.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • 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.

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