Soft Skills for Strong Teachers

Concept by
Marco Fenici

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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 their 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, as well as 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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & soft skills for teachers

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • 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

  • Stress management skills and techniques.

Day 6 – Course closure and 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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