Teaching and Communication in the Classroom

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Preparation:

Course organisers will send to the participants list of materials related to the course topic they can read in order to prepare for the course. Organisers will be on stand-by if  participants need any information related to the accommodation, plane tickets or any detail necessary in organising the course.

Course description

The course focuses on improving communication skills. Trainees will improve their theoretical knowledge and expertise in the area of communication. They  will also have a chance to see and try many different methods and activities suitable applying learner-based approach in the classroom. They will also see how to adapt existing tasks and assignments in a way that they suit the needs of mixed ability classes. They will discuss how to engage parents in the learning process and how to communicate with them. 

 Methodology:

The methodological approach implicates:

  • Team – Building Sessions;
  • Ice – Breaking and Warm – Up Sessions;
  • Energisers
  • Group Discussions;
  • Debates;
  • Creation of individual learning pathway for the learners;
  • Problem – Solving Activities;
  • Project – Solving Activities
  • Inquiry – Based Activities
  • Questioning;
  • Goal – Setting sessions;
  • Decision – Making Sessions;
  • Action – Based Strategies;
  • Brainstorming;
  • Star bursting;
  • Planning an Structuring;
  • Negotiation and Persuasion;
  • Self – Motivation Sessions;
  • Questionnaires

Objectives

  • Improving teaching skills
  • Improving communication skills
  • Learning the standars for good teaching
  • Applying cooperative learning in classroom
  • Stimuting learner-based approach in education
  • Applying inquiry-based learning
  • Solving the conflict resolutions in the classroom
  • Enhancing students' motivation through various creative activities

Learning Outcomes

  • Integration with teachers from various European countries
  • Improvement of language and communication skills
  • Increased capacity to cooperate on international level
  • Getting practical ideas for applying in classroom
  • Enhanced intercultural awareness
  • Internationalisation at the level of education
  • Broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education
  • Bring positive and long-lasting effects on the trainees involved and synergy activities
  • Improve knowledge of best practices and latest research in children’s mental health issues and related fields
  • Enhance diversity and intercultural awareness, critical thinking and cyber media literacy
  • Encouragement of sharing best practices, ideas and materials between colleagues within the EU
  • Improvement of teaching and learning of languages and promotion the EU's broad linguistic diversity and intercultural awareness
  • Improved abilities to use innovative and student-centered pedagogical approaches and to develop appropriate assessment and certification methods, based on learning outcomes
  • Mastery of teaching techniques, e.g. multiple intelligences,editing and structuring reading texts, reinforcement and different approaches to teaching.
  • Acquisition of practical language to be used in the classroom, of new techniques, ideas…
  • Development of tools and techniques for innovative problem solving.
  • Provoking responses to problems which are global rather than provincial in nature and which foster interests in the outside world.
  • Encouraging students to question as a tool of learning.
  • Early identification of risk factors in class, including school climate and developing a safe school
  • Improve competences linked to the trainees’ professional profiles
  • Improve teachers’ confidence in developing appropriate methods within intercultural community
  • Early identification of risk factors and different types of barriers, improve primary, selective and indicated prevention
  • Provide teachers with a bank of ready‐to‐use materials
  • Allow teachers to meet colleagues of different nationalities within the EU, discuss their background and cultural differences, and build a network of teachers for future cooperation and increase capacity to cooperate on international level
  • See and analyze examples of good practice

Follow-up

Trainees will be given soft and hard copies of all lesson materials, which they presenting  to their colleagues at their own organizations to generate interest in 21st-century teaching methods with creative thinking. In addition, a mailing list of participants will be created in order to exchange ideas/experiences. Self-evaluation materials will be provided. At the end of the course the participants will accomplish a questionnaire in order to get a detailed feedback for the effectiveness of the training event.

Programme of training activities day-by-day:

Day 1 – MONDAY

  • Welcome and registration
  • The Essence of Teaching; What is Teaching for You?
  • Standards for Good Teaching;
  • Learner-Centered vs. Curriculum-Centered Teachers: Which Type Are You?
  • Teaching Methods;
  • The Art of Teaching;
  • What is Communication

Day 2 – TUESDAY

  • Team-building session;
  • What is Your Communication Style;
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Communication
  • Everybody is Unique; Multiple Intelligences Theory;
  • How do I motivate my students? – Discussion. 

Day 3 – WENDESDAY

  • Helping Students to Develop Teamwork Skills;
  • Communication in the Classroom: Preparing, Running and Evaluating Your Sessions;
  • Communication in the Classroom: Learning Activities;
  • Conflict Resolution in the Classroom;
  • Cooperative and Collaborative Learning as a Team Process

Day 4 – THURSDAY

  • The most Common Mistakes in Communication Process;
  • The most Effective Small Groups of Students, Suggested Tasks, Benefits and Possible Drawbacks;
  • Benefits of Cooperative and Collaborative Learning;

Day 5 – FRIDAY

  • The Best Communicators – What is Their Secret;
  • Classroom Management as one of the Characteristics of an Effective Teacher;
  • Understand Communication and Explore the Mindsets of Effectiveness;
  • Influential Language in the Classroom;
  • Effective Questioning

Days 6/7 – SATURDAY and SUNDAY Workshops and Cultural/Sightseeing Activities

Day 8 – Monday

  • The Art of Questioning: How to Ask Good Questions;
  • Communication Techniques: The Silent Treatment;
  • The Importance of Listening: What Makes a Good Listener;
  • How to Have a Good Feedback

Day 9 – Tuesday

  • Communication – Basic Teacher's Tool
  • Cooperation in the Classroom: The Jigsaw Method; Practicing Communication in Team Work
  • Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom;
  • Benefits of Cooperative and Collaborative Learning

Day 10 – Wednesday

  • Feedback, Course Evaluation and Dissemination Focus