Design the Positive: Positive Thinking, Positive Communication and Positive School Spaces

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Concept by: Marta Mandolini

Description

The course has been designed to fulfill the increasing need and interest in the topic, that was shown by teachers attending our Erasmus+ courses. Here, the necessity of a practical course, designed in a workshop-formula, where, besides theoretical introductions, teachers will experiment in first person exercises and create projects to enhance a positive approach to school and education in general.

We will learn how to enhance positive thinking, reducing negative self-talk, personalizing and catastrophisizing, practicing gratitude, humor and mindfulness, and learning the importance of praising ourselves. We will learn how to practice positive communication with ourselves, our students and colleagues, learning how to convert a negative, disruptive, un-effective communication in a virtuous circle of positive relationships, referring also to graphic design as a positive visual communication tool. We will then expand to the surrounding environment, the school, to learn about the importance of positive design, architecture, decoration in and outside the classroom, inspired by design psychology principles and driven by the peculiarity of each country and case.

Participants will be involved in an active learning process, also focusing on personal experience and self-reflection, combining cognitive and emotional elements to make the learning process easier and ensure long-lasting retention of new knowledge.

Guided city tours and an excursion will also be part of the programme. 

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to understand how to:

  • Practice and enhance positive thinking, reduce negative selfcriticism, practice gratitude, humour and mindfulness;
  • Practice positive communication with themselves, students and colleagues, and share it concretely once back to school;
  • Create a positive, pleasant environment in and outside the classroom through sustainable design and decoration principles;
  • Create a project for themselves and for the school based on positive design possibly applicable once to school.

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Specifics

  • Lessons: classes will take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Activities: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usuallly on Saturday).
  • Price: 480€

Next courses in Florence

  • 2-7 December 2019
  • 6-11 January 2020
  • 3-8 February 2020
  • 2-7 March 2020
  • 6-11 April 2020
  • 4-9 May 2020
  • 1-6 June 2020
  • 6-11 July 2020
  • 3-8 August 2020
  • 7-12 September 2020
  • 5-10 October 2020
  • 2-7 November 2020

Next courses in Barcelona

  • 9-14 December 2019
  • 30 December - 4 January 2020
  • 13-18 January 2020
  • 10-15 February 2020
  • 9-14 March 2020
  • 30 March - 4 April 2020
  • 13-18 April 2020
  • 11-16 May 2020
  • 8-13 June 2020
  • 8-13 June 2020
  • 29 June - 4 July 2020
  • 13-18 July 2020
  • 10-15 August 2020
  • 31 August - 5 September 2020
  • 14-19 September 2020

Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Although our courses are designed with the European Union Erasmus + program in mind, they are also open to teachers from all non-E.U. countries. Over the last few years we have welcomed increasing numbers of teachers from the USA and Japan, among others.

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Reviews about this course

Thanks to Davide Bassano, this was an unforgettable experience where fun and professionalism were integrated so that it would certainly help transform a teacher into an invaluable player who inspires learning. I highly recommend this course.

Richard Mallia

The course was one of the best courses I’ve attended in my 20-years of working as a teacher. The group was really colourful, full of interesting and intelligent people and they offered me a lot of useful feedback and lots of laughs. I can’t find the words to praise the mentor enough: Susan Gagliano was awesome, leading the group with example, generously sharing her immense knowledge, skills and experiences. I recommend the course to everybody who’s interested in making his teaching and life more positive and inspired.

Petra Skrjanc

Interesting and inspiring, definitely recommended.

Damaris C Valentine

The course was very good and empowering. I strongly recommend!

Hanna Sipola

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