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A Satisfying School Experience: Strategies and Skills for Teachers

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Concept by: Susan Gagliano

Description

This course has been created for teachers who want to foster a more dynamic, creative environment in the classroom to encourage and stimulate students’ interest in learning.

Teachers will have the opportunity to learn ‘by doing’ through a range of activities and experiences aimed toward promoting higher student self-esteem, increased student involvement and greater cohesion among teachers, students and their families. This practical, hands-on course is designed to help participants understand, identify and combat early school-leaving, negative school-family relations and the early signs of teacher burn-out.

By the end of the course, teachers will have acquired greater knowledge about how creativity, improved communication and enhanced relational skills can be effective allies in discouraging school-leaving and favoring a more meaningful School Experience.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Improve their knowledge of the ingredients of wellbeing, fun and enthusiasm at school and how to enhance them;
  • Develop effective communication skills to improve school relations within students, colleagues and families;
  • Understand motivation and how to stimulate it in yourself and others, thanks to practical group cohesion and team building activities;
  • Understand burnout prevention and care techniques;
  • Get more of the 3 Cs: Creativity, Critical thinking and Collaboration.

Tentative shedule

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 & importance of school

Course introduction

Lesson and activities regarding motives behind leaving school early, scholastic apathy and its consequences, importance of school-student-family alliance and a school environment that promotes self-esteem in all.

Day 2 – Active positivity

  • How to keep motivation high.
  • Positive and clear communication, active listening, group cohesion. 
  • Ideas for student-led activities, conflict management, supportive learning.
  • Practical activities, role play and discussion.

Day 3 – Thinking outside the box

  • Creative and Dynamic Learning –  Thinking Outside the Box – how new perspectives can promote academic motivation, trust and a refreshed sense of purpose.  
  • Body & Mind learning, alternative forms of expression, emotional intelligence.
  • Practical group activities and discussion.

Day 4 – Positive school environment

Mentoring, Scholastic Safety Nets and understanding how the group – of teachers, of students and of families – can be an effective resource in creating a positive school environment.

Day 5 – Practice makes perfect & Course closure

  • Simulation of lessons by course members, using skills and strategies acquired during the week. 
  • Round up of abilities and competencies acquired. 
  • Class discussion of personal cases and brainstorming of possible strategies.

Course closure

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

Day 6 – Excursion

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Audience

  • Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs; 
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors; 
  • Headteachers, principals and managers of schools.

Specifics

  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: Participants will enjoy free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

Next courses in Florence

  • 2-7 Nov 2020
  • 7-12 Dec 2020
  • 4-9 Jan 2021
  • 1-6 Feb 2021
  • 1-6 Mar 2021
  • 5-10 Apr 2021
  • 3-8 May 2021
  • 7-12 Jun 2021
  • 5-10 Jul 2021
  • 2-7 Aug 2021
  • 6-11 Sep 2021
  • 4-9 Oct 2021

Next courses in Barcelona

  • 23-28 Nov 2020
  • 28 Dec - 2 Jan 2021
  • 25-30 Jan 2021
  • 22-27 Feb 2021
  • 22-27 Mar 2021
  • 26 Apr - 1 May 2021
  • 24-29 May 2021
  • 28 Jun - 3 Jul 2021
  • 26-31 Jul 2021
  • 23-28 Aug 2021
  • 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2021
  • 25-30 Oct 2021

Next courses in Budapest

  • 29 Jun - 4 Jul 2020
  • 6-11 Jul 2020
  • 20-25 Jul 2020
  • 27 Jul - 1 Aug 2020
  • 31 Aug - 5 Sep 2020
  • 9-14 Nov 2020
  • 30 Nov - 5 Dec 2020
  • 14-19 Dec 2020
  • 11-16 Jan 2021
  • 8-13 Feb 2021
  • 8-13 Mar 2021
  • 12-17 Apr 2021

Reviews about this course

Thank you so much for the course ! Thank you to the Florence Europass team who helped me for every step for booking, accomodation… Thank you to Susan for all your advices, strategies, reflexions… I went at the beginning so exhausted… and I finished the week with energy, hope, light. I was just what I need to remember how much I love teaching and to understand how I will continue for a long time.

Karine Vial

The course was really a satisfying experience, well organized and all topics were presented. Our teacher Susan was very competent and supportive, full of knowledge and experience. It was a small group (6 people) and therefore we had enough time to share all experiences.

Maja Užarević

I am very satisfied. The course was very interesting. The teacher, Susan was well-qualified and motivating. I studied a lot of new methods and the team was fantastic. Thank you for everything.

Kaló Zita

The course was an extraordinary opportunity to discover innovative approaches for teachers’ work and to discover yourself in the most original and creative way. A great course for personal development!

Chifu Cecilia

I enjoyed the course a lot! Marta was very good in creating a warm and creative atmosphere and in our small, international group we could exchange our experience in teaching openly. And of course, Barcelona is a great place to stay…!

Roland Friedrich

It was a useful cource which help me to develop strategies and skills for my school. Our leader Marta was excellent and her lesson was very experiential. I hope many teachers to attend thiS course for their personal development. Barcelona is fantastic

Δημήτριος Κωστίκος

I left Florence with some tears in my eyes but fresh, relaxed and full of new ideas and motivation. Thanks again!

Silke Klein

This is a course that I would recommend to everyone. Leaders are professional, enjoyable and entertaining. Exactly what every teacher needs.

Renata Mladina

I was deeply impressed by Susan”s ability to touch everybody’s hearts and express our minds without any hesitation. Her charming personality and psychological knowledge has left great impact on my heart.

Rasa Stakiene

It seemed a very good course to me. The most important factor has been Susan Gagliano. She is an amazing teacher in all senses.

Pilar Balches

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