This course has been created for teachers who want to learn more about managing an effective and up to date classroom that encourages participation and engaged learning using creativity and the latest classroom tools.
If you are an instructor interested in meeting students’ needs and eager to involve your pupils in learning, this course is what you are probably looking for. If you are an educator struggling to invent new strategies to enhance learning, this course is definitely for you!
Participants will get hands-on experience connected to critical and creative thinking, to ICT in education and to students’ soft skills. Through interactive and engaging activities participants will also learn how to boost motivation, establish classroom rules, provide clear instructions, monitor, develop rapport, incorporate pair and group work, assess complex skills.
By the end of the course, participants will have gained greater insight into what makes a classroom run smoothly and will enjoy having a set of concrete ideas on how to apply new teaching strategies to boost high-order skills in nowadays’ students. Guided city tours and 1 full day cultural excursion (usually on the first Saturday) will also be part of the programme.
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
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
- Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.
- Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
- Key Competences in Schools and Learning Styles.
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – Get creative
Motivation and Serious Games; Creative Thinking and Mapping
Day 3 – Visual resources in education: VTS
Looking for online visual materials: Google, Youtube, Wordclouds.
Day 4 – Assessment strategies
Managing pair and group work; Types of Assessment (teacher, p2p, self). Portfolios and online tools.
Day 5 – Presentations and feedback
Presenting and evaluating presentations. Providing feedback. Conclusion
Day 6 – Cultural activities
Excursion and other external cultural activities.
Day 7 – Rest day
Day 8 – Classroom management techniques
Dealing with typical classroom management problems and techniques to solve them; Establishing classroom rules with logical consequences; providing clear and concise instructions.
Day 9 – Examples and case studies
Monitoring pair and group work; Managing pair and group work; Looking at typical classroom management case studies; Asking students to reflect on their behavior; How to use behavior rubrics; How to maintain a student centered classroom.
Day 10 – Vision and mission statements
Working on Vision and Mission statements with Classroom Management in mind; Looking at our own classroom management behaviors as teachers; Assessment: Rubrics and Portfolios; Managing the Flipped Classroom; Creating a Flipped Classroom lesson.
Day 11 – Motivation
Working on Motivation: basic notions and ICT tools to captivate students’ attention and facilitate learning.
Day 12 – Cooperative learning
Managing different cultures in your classroom; Cooperative Learning; How can everyone evaluate and provide feedback. Round up of acquired competences of the second week, discussion, conclusion, course evaluation and certificate.
Day 13 – 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.
- Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
- Teacher trainers;
- Managers of schools.