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Choice, Competence and Creative-Thinking in the Primary Classroom

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Concept by: Petra Candida Mundy

Description

We now thrive in a culture of innovation. For our children, that means more than half of the jobs they will pursue do not even exist yet. It’s critical we teach our children that their secret to success is no longer about content knowledge and conformity—it’s about preparing them to be successful in an unknown future.

This course explores how we can provide children with the essential skills and practice they will need for careers as they revolutionize over time.  

Participants will understand how to value process over product, develop and evaluate children’s abilities and attitudes as well as their achievements and understand how to implement the ‘four Cs’:  critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity into classroom activities.

Positive school climate, real cohesiveness and motivation have a great impact on children’s approach to learning and outcomes. As teachers, we need to learn how to provide them with these tools to navigate our changing world.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to understand how to: 

  • Support and celebrate failure that leads to progress.
  • Give choice and voice from early childhood
  • Build teams and celebrate the success of others
  • Use the key competencies to develop learning skills
  • Create a positive school atmosphere through project work and TBL
  • Help children work in groups and take decisions
  • Implement self and peer evaluation

Tentative Schedule

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

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • A reality check on our current situations, attitudes and opinions about how teaching and learning happens. Then the theory and practice of creative and critical thinking and how we can adapt our materials and resources to promote them.

Day 2 – Liven up your lessons

Are my classes boring? Creating activities and interaction patterns which incorporate a variety of competences and skills to make potentially dull content more attractive to and useful for learners.

Day 3 – Student inclusion

Involving the learners in the educative planning, correction and evaluation process to promote responsibility, autonomy and emotional intelligence.

Day 4 – Resolving conflicts

Identification and resolution of common classroom conflicts, through brainstorming and analysing case scenarios. Using role-play and drama to promote collaboration and critical thinking.

Day 5 – Designing your own PLS

First a look at the theory of working on projects and task-based learning, then the practice; design a practical learning situation to present to your colleagues.

Day 6 – Course closure & Excursion

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.

Cultural activities

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Audience

  • Primary and Infant school Teachers
  • TeacherTrainers;
  • Headteachers; School Managers;
  • Teachers in Training

Specifics

  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
  • Price: 480 €

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