Surviving the First Years of Teaching

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New teachers often discover that real teaching differs from the ideal picture they made of it over the years. This is a common feeling possibly leading to disillusion. New teachers are highly motivated but can struggle confronted with the critical situations they face at school.

This course has been designed to provide new teachers with useful tips and practical tools to navigate in nowadays’ school. Accordingly, participants will review the most significant challenges for beginning teachers, and receive practical prompts to develop their personal solutions.

By being engaged in discussion, participants will reflect on the duties and rights of the profession, and what are their limits. Taking part in hands-on activities, they will acquire effective tools to structure and deliver a lesson. They will also learn how to observe their behavior in the classroom and progressively modify it.

Participants will also discuss what really motivates the students, and acquire new strategies to provide constructive feedback, manage conflicts, and engage students in their lessons.

Finally, they will be presented with a range of collaborative learning activities and ways of assessment that will enrich their personal portfolio of teaching methods.

By the end of the course, the participants will gain confidence in what to do in the classroom. Moreover, they will have acquired important tools to guide their career and maintain long-term motivation.

Concept by: Rasa Sadlauskiene and Kristina Kancleryte-Backeviciene

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Gain self-awareness and self-confidence as a teacher;
  • Improve presentation and communication skills;
  • Set goal-setting strategies (e.g., SMART goals) and prepare lesson plans;
  • Find out a range of innovative teaching methods;
  • Practice with different ways of assessment;
  • Enhance collaborative skills;
  • Provide constructive feedback;
  • Adopt a growth mindset when communicating with the students;
  • Increase student motivation.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools;
  • Participants needs’ analysis;
  • Defining teacher’s profile;
  • Teachers’ work routine;
  • Pursuing professional development.

Day 2 – How to plan a lesson

  • Defining learners’ needs;
  • Goal-setting strategies (e.g., SMART goals);
  • Active listening;
  • Volume and clarity;
  • (Self)Assessment;
  • Creating a lesson plan.

Day 3 – Effective methods to improve your teaching

  • Reflection on what you do in class;
  • Reflection on why you do it in class;
  • Diversity of teaching methods;
  • Ways of conflict management;
  • Improvement of practice.

Day 4 – Motivated students or motivating teachers?

  • Self and team motivation;
  • The Growth mindset;
  • How to provide constructive feedback;
  • Empathy and respect.

Day 5 – Practical day

  • Scaffolding new knowledge;
  • Presentation of lesson plans and providing feedback.

Day 6 – 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.

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