A Satisfying School Experience: Strategies and Skills for Teachers

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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.

Concept by: Susan Gagliano

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 schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & school environment

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

The importance of the school environment

  • Lesson and activities regarding motives behind leaving school early;
  • scholastic apathy and its consequences;
  • the 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 and Scholastic Safety Nets;
  • 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

  • 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.

Day 6 – 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.

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