Re(dis)covering School After the Pandemic

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Description

The pandemic situation all over the world challenged schools with lockdowns forcing them to move to inexperienced teaching modalities. This negatively impacted both students’ and teachers’ life as well as academic performance. Nonetheless, the pandemic also revealed the drawbacks of pre-pandemic school and created new opportunities to adapt and develop.

The course aims to provide teachers with useful tips and tools about how to successfully come back to “normality,” and re(dis)cover real school activities. At the same time, it will attempt to take profit from the pandemic, and acknowledge its unexpected but positive outcomes in promoting innovation in teaching methodologies.

The pandemic partially disaccustomed all of us to social relations. However, when students and teachers came back to school after the lockdown, they all acknowledged that face-to-face communication is irreplaceable.

The course will take profit of this undeniable acquisition, and illustrate effective strategies to promote emotional intelligence and socio-emotional education. Participants will also receive practical training on how to help students recover and readapt, and how to keep them motivated and collaborative.

The pandemic also imposed a strong push toward distance learning in the educational systems. The course will take this conclusion as a start for reflecting on how we should merge face-to-face and remote education from now on. Participants will gain practical understanding of effective digital tools for efficient hybrid (blended) learning.

Finally, participants will visit a local school that profited from all the lessons proposed in the course. Thus, they will have the chance to touch with hand how schools can re(dis)cover education after the pandemic, and compare the different educational systems with colleagues from other countries.

Concept by: Rasa Sadlauskiene and Kristina Kancleryte-Backeviciene

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Identify emotions and improve emotional (self)awareness;
  • Improve teamwork and collaboration skills;
  • Boost knowledge about hybrid and flipped classrooms;
  • Use educational digital tools efficiently;
  • Develop ways of fostering motivation and leadership.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Back to school after the pandemic

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools;
  • Discussion: challenges and impact of the pandemic on schools represented by course participants.

Day 2 – Recovering school

  • Identifying emotions;
  • Emotional (Self)Awareness;
  • Teamwork and collaboration;
  • Leadership;
  • Fostering motivation.

Day 3 – Rediscovering school

  • Remote learning;
  • Flipped classroom;
  • Hybrid classes;
  • Reflective teaching and continuous professional development.

Day 4 – Digital tools for education in practice

  • Gamification techniques for everyday teaching and learning;
  • ICT tools for evaluation and assessment;
  • Sharing best practices.

Day 5 – School visit

  • A visit to a local school;
  • Meeting with teachers and students;
  • An overview of the visit;
  • Scaffolding new knowledge.

Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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