Hard skills, also known as academic knowledge and know-how, are often the direct focus of education and the skills considered necessary to get your foot in the door of many fields of employment. Soft skills, however, are the interpersonal and intrapersonal abilities that not only help you keep that job and advance in your career – they help you live better in every aspect of your life.
During this course, educators will deepen their understanding of Soft Skills and reflect on their own abilities in its macro-areas such as Leadership, Relational Skills, Self-Awareness, Creativity, Problem-Solving and Communication. Through hands-on activities that combine these skills, participants will learn to transform the prevailing theories of communication and emotional and social intelligence into practical experiences in their classroom. While Soft Skills are sometimes conveyed in the curriculum through special projects and after-school activities, this course proposes ways to incorporate them into every facet of the school day.
The course will help the participants to:
- Improve and facilitate communication and active listening;
- Reflect upon motivation and how to foster it;
- Gain insight into the principles of leadership and collaboration;
- Boost creativity and problem-solving skills;
- Focus on emotional awareness to improve public speaking, organization, time management;
- Practice relaxation methods and tips for creating a better work-life balance.
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 & Soft skills overview
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities;
Soft skills overview
- Importance and benefits of soft skills for teachers;
- Communication & presentation skills;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – Presentation time
- Presentation skills;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools based on the learned principles.
Day 3 – Importance of self-assurance
Leadership and self-confidence.
Day 4 – Team work
Team working & problem solving.
Day 5 – How to manage stress & Course closure
How to manage stress
Stress management skills and techniques.
- Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
Day 6 – Excurison
Excursion and other external cultural activities.
- Project managers,
- School managers and administrators
- Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs;
- Anybody who wants to develop successful European projects in education.