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Finnish Approach to Pupil’s Wellbeing: How to Bring More Activity, Fun and Joy to Classroom

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Concept by: Mirjami Junnikkala

Description

In this course participants will become familiar with the basics of positive education, focusing on its theories and techniques. During this class participants are introduced to some simple mindfulness exercises which they can use in their own classes and of course in their personal life.

Building on your pupils’ strengths is an important strategy to guide their learning process and to foster a positive atmosphere in class. Teachers gain advice on how to talk to pupils about strengths and explore the best ways to praise your pupils’ efforts and achievements. During this class, participants engage in hands-on activities to identify their pupil’s (and their own) strengths.

Participants will also learn about ‘Finnish Schools on the Move’, a national action program aiming to establish a physical-activity culture in Finnish schools. In this course, participants are introduced to the basics of the program and engage in some hands-on activities. They learn how to include physical activity in the school curriculum and how to increase pupils’ participation.

At the end of the course, participants will have the opportunity to plan their own personal well-being project which they can share with their colleagues once they return to their schools.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  •  Learn simple meditation exercises 
  •  Understand their own strengths and how to teach build on pupils’ strengths
  •  Learn how to increase physical activity during the school day 
  •  Become familiar with the basics of positive pedagogy 
  •  Develop their self-knowledge 
  •  Create their own well-being plan for your class 

Tentative shedule

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.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • The Finnish national curriculum in the nutshell
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Positive education

Mindfulness in schools. Positive Education. Strengths-Based Classroom

Day 3 – Finnish schools

Finnish Schools on the move. Student participation in Finnish schools

Day 4 – Project planning

Teamwork. Planning your own wellbeing project

Day 5 – Overview & Course closure

Overview

Presentations. The summary of the course

Course closure

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

Day 6 – Excursion

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Audience

  • Teachers: pre-primary, primary, special needs;
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

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 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: Participants will enjoy free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

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