Student-Centered Classroom: Teachers as Promoters of Active Learning

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Student-centered Classroom: teachers as promoters of active learning

Concept by: Ilaria Barbieri


This course has been created for teachers who want to learn more about managing an effective and up to date classroom that encourages participation and engaged learning using the latest techniques.

Through interactive activities, participants will learn how to promote a student-centred learning environment. Student-centred methods have been proven to be superior to the traditional teacher-centred approach to education. Student-centred methods sustain both students’ autonomy and cooperation. They also facilitate short and long-term memory, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, self-confidence and motivation. 

By the end of the course, participants will not only have acquired more knowledge about student-centred approaches, but they will also be able to take away ideas about practical, innovative solution to apply in their classrooms.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Choose practical solutions to encourage students to solve problems, formulate complex questions, debate, explain and brainstorm during class;
  • Manage and evaluate team-work while students are involved in cooperative projects and problem-solving tasks;
  • Support students in facing challenges and in learning by doing;
  • Theoretical knowledge and practical skills about new methods such as: the Flipped Classroom, Project-Based Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Case-Based Instruction, Discovery Learning.

Tentative Schedule

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

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Going back to the individual, supporting cooperation and responsibility.
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Teaching styles

  • Differentiated Teaching and Effective Learning; 
  • Student pre-assessment and needs analysis.

Day 3 – How to involve students

Solutions, strategies and methods to involve students.

Day 4 – How to evaluate students

Evaluating students: teacher-, peer- and auto-assessment. Providing feedback, rubrics and portfolios.

Day 5 – Implementing motivation & Course closure

Implementing motivation

  • Motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. 
  • Integrating motivating task into your lessons serious games. 
  • Conclusion and Certificates of Attendance.

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;

Day 6 – Excursion

Excursion and other external cultural activities.


  • Teachers: (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Head teacher of classroom management courses: Ilaria Barbieri

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.


  • 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).
  • Price: 480 €

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Reviews about this course

The course was very interesting, especially because the course participants were eager to work together, exchange best practices, share different points of view and tackle positive and critical aspects when applying new methodologies with students. We had the opportunity to experience activities related to the content of the course, always supported by a very professional and nice teacher trainer!

Attilio Galimberti

The course has been of great help because we have practised different methodologies to make students be the centre of the learning process. I have learned about flipped classrooms and applications to use in the lessons to motivate our students and make them more autonomous. Moreover, we have shared our teaching practices and knowledge of cooperative method with other colleagues from Europe and overseas who have been very active and enthusiastic in the activities proposed. Finally, the teacher has been very helpful and has created a really nice atmosphere of work and creativity between the participants.

Gallardo María José

The course I have attended to has been very interesting and motivating. I have learned different methodologies in the students centred classroom and used apps to improve my teaching practise with success. The teacher has helped us and has made the lessons easy and motivating, creating a nice atmosfera of cooperation among all the participans. All participans share their experiences and could debate different points of view of subjects we are concerned about

Jiménez Yusta Gracia

This course is great. I recommend it for those who want to use more collaborative work at the lessons. It is really helpfull.

Michaela Prievoznikova

My course in Dublin was very efficient and enjoyable. My trainer, Bullent, expained everything in detail, was sufficient and to the point. I learnt as lot about digital tools and platforms for my classes. A great experience Thank you Bullent, europass teacher academy and all my cplleguea for the collaboration.

Niki Kamara

I participated in the course of Dublin in September. The course and the teacher were really great! I’ve learnt many interesting ICT tools and I think I can implement them quite well in the classroom. Our teacher provided us educational material and very satisfactory guidance.

Argyri Oikonomaki

I enjoyed the course. Special thanks to our teacher Ilaria Barbieri who was well-prepared, enthusiastic and understanding.

Gita Rācenāja

Thanks to the participation in this course, I consider that I have made real progress in terms of knowledge of methods and techniques characteristic of a student-centered teaching approach (Problem Based Learning, ”Project Based Learning, Rubrics), competences in the development and application of methods centered on students, teamwork skills. Thanks, Ilaria!

Hobjila Daniela Ramona

I would like to say that Ilaria is a great teacher. I have learned a lot with her. I am very grateful.

Laura Prada Ojeda

How rewarding to meet such skilful teachers and to meet people from other countries with different experiences

Kersti Bengtsdotter

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