21st-century education has changed from a teacher-centered to a student-centered paradigm. School teachers must know their students and identify their needs to shape the learning process according to its real context (rather than a universal perspective). Accordingly, students become more involved in the learning process and develop an enthusiasm for it.
As a participant in the course, you will deepen your understanding of multiple intelligences, and learn to distinguish your students according to their personality type and learning modality. Therefore, you will also be able to adapt your lessons effectively to the learning style of your students.
The course will help participants find practical solutions by introducing key elements of student-centered learning in their teaching.
Moreover, the course will make participants practice several strategies to stimulate students’ curiosity and creativity by engaging them in project-based or game-based learning activities, by designing video-based lesson plans, or still moving the lesson outside of the classroom.
Finally, participants will visit a local school that profited from all the lessons proposed in the course. Thus, they will have the chance to touch with hand how schools are already applying the 21-century student-centered approach, and discuss this with colleagues from other countries.
The course will help the participants to:
- Understand the switch in education from the teacher-centered to the student-centered paradigm;
- Deepen their understanding of different learning styles;
- Modify their lessons according to the students’ learning needs and modalities;
- Improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
- Use projects, games, and videos in education to boost students’ curiosity and creativity;
- Discover the principles of flipped classroom and backward design;
- Shape engaging lesson planning.
Day 1 – Teacher-centered learning: the state of the art
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools;
- Discussion: what are the main methods you use in class and what problems do you face when implementing them?
Day 2 – A shift in paradigm
- Student-centered classroom;
- Learner profile;
- Multiple intelligences;
- Learning styles and strategies;
- Critical thinking.
Day 3 – Boosting creativity
- Project-Based Learning (PBL);
- Game-based learning (GBL);
- Videos in classroom: what videos are most effective in education?
- Learning outside of the classroom.
Day 4 – Engaging education
- Active teaching methods;
- Flipped classroom;
- Backward design;
- Lesson planning.
Day 5 – Sharing insights or visit to a local school
- Presentations and feedback;
- Scaffolding new knowledge;
- Meeting with teachers and students;
- An overview of the visit;
- Scaffolding new knowledge.
Day 6 – Course closure & 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.