This course has been created for teachers who want to understand group dynamics and how they affect the school environment, as well as to learn more about managing an effective and up to date classroom that encourages participation, motivation and engaged learning using the latest techniques and classroom tools.
Through interactive and practical activities participants will gain knowledge about the various types of conflict and how to use them as an opportunity for growth. They will increase their own ability to model and encourage active listening, empathy and emotional literacy among students. Participants will also share classroom strategies, acquire new teaching methodologies such as the “Flipped Classroom”, learn how to establish classroom rules, develop rapport, and assess and evaluate learners.
By the end of the course, participants will enjoy a greater awareness of their students’ emotional needs and behaviour and will have the skills to promote stronger classroom relationships and a more positive climate in school – for teachers and students. Also, they will have gained greater insight into what makes a classroom run smoothly and will take away practical ideas for effective learning and participation.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.
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.
- Lesson and discussion about group dynamics, positive and negative outcomes of conflict, aggressive behavior, bullying and various ‘roles’ played by group members. Handon activities to promote awareness.
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – Classroom cohesion
Lesson and experiences regarding classroom cohesion, importance of forming a ‘team’. Conflict as an opportunity for growth. Practical activities using course members as a model for understanding group dynamics.
Day 3 – Empathy
Lesson and activities about empathy, active listening and reformulation as powerful tools in diffusing conflict and strengthening relationships. Practical activities and role play.
Day 4 – Strategies
Lesson about strategies such as peer mediation, circle time activities, class diary, etc. and how to use them effectively in the classroom. Practical and experiential activities.
Day 5 – Issues
Discussion of issues that the course members face, round up of week’s activities.
Day 6 – Cultural activities
Excursion and other external cultural activities.
Day 7 – Rest day
Day 8 – Classroom management
Warm up games; Dealing with typical classroom management problems and techniques to solve them; Establishing classroom rules with logical consequences; Providing clear and concise instructions.
Day 9 – Pair and group work
Monitoring pair and group work; Managing pair and group work; Looking at typical classroom management case studies; Asking students to reflect on their behavior; How to use behavior rubrics; How to maintain student centered learning.
Day 10 – Vision and Mission statements
Working on Vision and Mission statements with Classroom Management in mind; Looking at our own classroom management behaviors as teachers; Assessment: Rubrics and Portfolios; Managing the Flipped Classroom; Creating a Flipped Classroom lesson.
Day 11 – Working on motivation
Basic notions and ICT tools to captivate students’ attention and facilitate learning.
Day 12 – Reflective teaching
Cooperative learning, cooperative writing; Reflective Teaching; Professional Development Round up of abilities and competencies acquired. Class discussion of personal cases and brainstorming of possible strategies.
Day 13 – Course closure & Cultural activities
- Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion.
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.
- Excursion and other external cultural activities.
- Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs;
- Teacher trainers;
- Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors;