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The 4Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration in Schools

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Specifics

  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
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  • Price: 480 €

Concept by: Susan Gagliano

Description

Long heralded as key competences for 21st-century learners, the ”Four Cs” (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration) are often embraced in theory yet stump educators in practice.

Creativity and Critical Thinking represent inseparable attitudes and abilities for innovation which, contrary to popular belief, CAN be learned, taught and implemented in any classroom.

Communication and Collaboration are fundamental life skills that students can draw from in their everyday experiences at school and shape their ability to live, connect with others and work well in their future. The “Four Cs” strengthen our learners’ ability to find their place – professionally, personally, socially – in today’s fast changing world, while fostering other life-enhancing Cs: curiosity, confidence, caring and cooperation.

This course aims to provide teachers with the knowledge, the know-how and the confidence to incorporate these stimulating skills into their curriculum and school environment. In a true learn-by-doing environment, course participants will gain greater knowledge about what these competencies entail and not only how to teach them, but first and foremost how to tap into their own ability to create, to think critically, to communicate effectively and to collaborate well with others.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Gain a clear understanding of the creative process and experience it first-hand
  • Think critically and get the most out of today’s information overload
  • Experience more effective communication abilities and techniques
  • Broaden collaborative opportunities in the classroom and encourage it in all aspects of the school community
  • Live a truly international team-building experience

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 & setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • Introductions, Lesson and discussion about 21st century learners, the current situation in Europe. The 4 Cs in curriculum. Group discussion and activities.
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Classroom communication

Lesson and discussion regarding kinds of communication used at school, verbal, written, non-verbal, digital, artistic, musical. How to create promote channels of communication and listening through collaborative work and social and emotional intelligence-building activities.

Day 3 – Encouraging creative minds

Lesson and activities about creativity, what it means, why it is important, how to encourage it. Critical thinking as fundamental to the second step of the creative process.

Day 4 – Integrating the 4Cs

Lesson about strategies and examples of successful implementation. How to incorporate the 4 Cs into curriculum in a meaningful way. Practical activities.

Day 5 – 4Cs overview

Simulations of good communication, group activities to generate new ideas about collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Pitfalls to avoid when implementing the 4 Cs. Round up of week’s activities and conclusions.

Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities

Course closure

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

Cultural activities

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Next Courses

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  • 7-12 Jun 2021
  • 5-10 Jul 2021
  • 2-7 Aug 2021
  • 6-11 Sep 2021
  • 4-9 Oct 2021
  • 1-6 Nov 2021
  • 6-11 Dec 2021
  • 3-8 Jan 2022
  • 7-12 Feb 2022
  • 7-12 Mar 2022
  • 4-9 Apr 2022
  • 2-7 May 2022
  • 31 May - 5 Jun 2021
  • 14-19 Jun 2021
  • 12-17 Jul 2021
  • 9-14 Aug 2021
  • 30 Aug - 4 Sep 2021
  • 13-18 Sep 2021
  • 11-16 Oct 2021
  • 8-13 Nov 2021
  • 29 Nov - 4 Dec 2021
  • 13-18 Dec 2021
  • 10-15 Jan 2022
  • 14-19 Feb 2022
  • 31 May - 5 Jun 2021
  • 14-19 Jun 2021
  • 12-17 Jul 2021
  • 9-14 Aug 2021
  • 30 Aug - 4 Sep 2021
  • 13-18 Sep 2021
  • 11-16 Oct 2021
  • 8-13 Nov 2021
  • 29 Nov - 4 Dec 2021
  • 13-18 Dec 2021
  • 21-26 Jun 2021
  • 19-24 Jul 2021
  • 16-21 Aug 2021
  • 20-25 Sep 2021
  • 18-23 Oct 2021
  • 15-20 Nov 2021
  • 17-22 Jan 2022
  • 21-26 Feb 2022
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  • 18-23 Apr 2022
  • 16-21 May 2022
  • 28 Jun - 3 Jul 2021
  • 26-31 Jul 2021
  • 23-28 Aug 2021
  • 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2021
  • 25-30 Oct 2021
  • 22-27 Nov 2021
  • 27 Dec - 1 Jan 2022
  • 24-29 Jan 2022
  • 28 Feb - 5 Mar 2022
  • 28 Mar - 2 Apr 2022
  • 25-30 Apr 2022
  • 23-28 May 2022
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Reviews about this course

The course was successful as it covered all our needs regarding new techniques and practices that are able to stimulate students’ motivation, cooperation, creativity and critical thinking. All participants enjoyed the warm and productive atmospere of the class thanks to our teacher trainer Robert who was very helpful and ready to inspire us with new ideas on how to become more efficient and productive in our classroom. i recomment this course to every teacher, with no doubt.

Konstantinos Papageorgiou

There were very many ideas that I got from this course and the people in it. But I think that the main takeaway is that activities done “just for fun” might provide the best tools for learning general competences.
I have already had the chance to apply some of the acquired knowledge to my work. We did a teambuilding exercise with a group of students and the reflection process seemed to really get them to think about their roles and teamwork skills

Carolina

Very useful and great organised courses. I really liked the ideas of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. These ideas I will use in my work and share with my colleagues. Our head trainer Susan Gagliano was an amazing teacher. I am very thankful for your intresting courses.

Daiva Barauskienė

I had a wonderfull week in Florence attending this course “The 4 Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration in Schools”. A small group of friends from schools in Europe, so willing to share their experiences, anxieties and thoughts. A great coordinator and trainer, Suzan Galiano, who knows how to inspire and motivate you for the best.

Michael Sfyrakis

The 4Cs Course led by Susan Gagliano is the perfect way how to connect the nice and useful things together. Susan is very pleasant and proffessional lecturer. The lessons are perfectly developed all in critical thinking way that is naturally applied in any step/method she uses. The course involves all we as teachers need in the education of 21st century. It’s fun, motivating, educative, and definitely worth attending… In the end, you want it to happen again ♥️.

Lucie Kuluri

I had a Fantastic week in a fantastic city with the most fantastic and charming teacher Susan Gagliano- very professional trainer. Very well organised, structured course about creative and critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

Julija Dapkuviene

This was the best course I have taken in my entire career. It is completely applicable in terms of contemporary education. I was given what I had expected and hoped for, new educational techniques, which will be immensely appreciated in my professional as well as my personal life. The structure of the course is fabulous, as well as its organization. Ms Susan Gagliano is simply fantastic as a lecturer and trainer.

Tanja Dinic

Serbia
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