Discussion Tools for Teaching and Learning

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Concept by: José Angel Santana

Description

Discussion is one of the most effective and frequently used teaching methodologies in classrooms today. This course provides specific tools for teachers to activate, facilitate, and dig deeper into more meaningful discussions that lead to learning. The course is based on Stephen Brookfield and Stephen Preskill’s landmark book Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms, Carl Rogers’ pioneering work in the field of Active Listening, and Marshal Rosenberg’s renowned methods for Non-Violent Communication.

The instructors will bring their extensive experience in the fields of interpersonal communication skills training; conversation for language learners; and dialoguing techniques; in a way that encourages participants to investigate and practice discussion activities that are in accord with their own specific teaching contexts.

The instructors will provide discussion tools and model exercises to enliven classrooms and ensure that all voices are heard, by demonstrating ways for listening and responding to one another with empathy so that all students’ values and needs are respected. Participants in the course will learn to energize discussions that will improve student engagement, develop critical thinking skills, and deepen understanding and appreciation for diverse views.

Learning Outcomes

Participants to the course will learn to:

  • Stimulate meaningful and engaging discussions in the classroom while ensuring that all students are heard;
  • Develop their students’ critical thinking skills and ability to articulate an informed understanding of different topics;
  • Cultivate empathy amongst their students while fostering an appreciation for different perspectives;
  • Model and facilitate deeper listening skills resulting in improved collaboration, group dynamics, and collective learning. 

Audience

  • Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs;
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counselors;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Head teacher of classroom management courses: Ilaria Barbieri

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

  • Activities: all courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: all our courses guarantee a Certificate of Attendance
    if 80% of the lessons will be attended.
  • Lessons: classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: participants will have free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

Next courses in Florence

  • 29 June - 4 July 2020
  • 10-15 August 2020
  • 17-22 August 2020

Next courses in Amsterdam

  • 27 April - 2 May 2020
  • 25-30 May 2020
  • 22-27 June 2020
  • 27 July - 1 August 2020
  • 24-29 August 2020
  • 28 September - 3 October 2020
  • 26-31 October 2020
  • 23-28 November 2020
  • 28 December - 2 January 2021
  • 25-30 January 2021
  • 22-27 February 2021
  • 22-27 March 2021

Reviews about this course

The course in Florence was a wonderful experience! The two instructors, Marisol and José are passionate and inspirational professionals. Not only did I learn how to make students more willing to talk and how to make them good and attentive listeners, but also how to become a good and attentive listener myself. Very friendly and active atmosphere during the workshop, lovely group and … Florence. I came back home with a head full of new ideas for the classroom and memories of all the wonderful people I met.

Thank you, Marisol and José, and thank you, my group.

Kinga Kasperczyk-Pliszka

We have started our new school term and there is no day I don’t use the ideas or activities from the course with you. Some of them have great success, and I find them very useful…

Once again THANK YOU Marisol and José for such a great experience. You have created very inspirational atmosphere and I am full of unforgettable memories.

I hope and I wish we all will keep in touch.

Jana Jenny Beníková

I would like to thank Marisol and José for an amazing time we had in the classroom in Florence. I am grateful for your enthusiasm, passion and patience. I learnt so much about communication not only as a teacher but also as a person.

Now, I am really happy to use new communicative techniques both with my students and…with my family (sensitive listening – quite hard!).

For me, the course in Florence was a valuable experience full of openness, sincerity, and friendship which I will never forget

Anna Orzyłowska

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