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Thinking about Thinking: Developing Metacognitive skills in Teaching

Metacognition is one of the latest psychological buzzwords which enables us to be successful learners, problem solvers, and decision makers, and has often been used synonymously with words such as language, awareness, and consciousness. Metacognition refers to "cognition about cognition", "thinking about thinking", or "knowing about knowing" and higher order thinking skills. In this course, we will examine various components of metacognition, including its role in learning and memory. During the workshop the participants will practice in experienced techniques as the main aim is the active participation, utilization…

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Stress Management in Schools

Stress is an inevitable and necessary -to a degree- component of life. Excessive stress can become a disease promoting agent and constitutes a major health concern today. While some stressors can be avoided and others need to be confronted, in the end, a good balance of stress in one's life can be healthy, and grow promoting in terms of one's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Stress coping strategies acquired through experience, vary individually, with some appropriate and successful, and others inappropriate and unsuccessful. Many of these coping…

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Second Language Acquisition in Childhood

In an over speeding open border world with no limits in communication, acquiring a second language is essential. According to the school curriculums, teachers play a crucial role in facilitating the children to learn a second language. A variety of teaching and learning approaches has been implemented, some of which are: learning grammar rules, vocabulary, memorizing phrases and dialogues, engagement in tasks and games while speaking in the new language. However, in order to communicate effectively with the students, teachers should not only focus on textbooks but also…

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Prevention of Violence and Child Abuse

In an everyday changing environment it is vital for schools to be able to identify violent behavior among students early and to implement prevention strategies that affect the entire community. Teachers are often in a sticky position when it comes to school violence a fact that puts them at risk for much of the same abuse as children in their schools, but it also assigns them the role of protector for a good part of each day. While school violence is everyone’s problem, teachers are in a valuable…

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Preparing primary-school teachers to integrate Web 2.0 Tools

Teachers today are faced with many challenges. While integrating technology in the classroom should be something all teachers enthusiastically embrace, the rapid onslaught of new tools has left teachers overwhelmed and unmotivated. Many primary schools have invested in hardware, software, and internet access but in order for the curriculum to be truly integrated, teachers must also invest their time and effort to learn how to enhance their lessons with the various tools at their disposal. The instructional goal, therefore, of the first professional development series is that given…

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Intercultural Education

Psychological-social adjustment and learning of students of various national and cultural groups In order to address the problems encountered in recent decades after the influx of immigrants in educational contexts in Europe and the US, experimental education models were elaborated and applied in order to smooth integration and psychological-social adjustment and learning of students of various national and cultural groups in the education systems of countries hosting migrants. The various forms of educational approaches are known with different definitions as multicultural, intercultural or antiracist education, education for diversity…

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Environmental Education

Environmental Education (EE) aims at teaching children from a young age to be environmentally aware, offering the perfect chance for educators to build lifelong habits that could potentially make a significant difference in the future of our planet. Sustainability and Environment are recognized within public discourse as crucial topics. Consequently, it is essential to realize that the concept of Environmental Education is continually changing towards Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). ESD contains all the goals and principles of EE but it also aims at the transformation of human…

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Entrepreneurship Education

Through the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan and the Communication on Education Redesign, the European Commission has highlighted the need to integrate business education into all areas of education, including non-formal learning. In order to support productivity and growth in Europe, it is vital to invest in education and training. Europe needs creative and innovative entrepreneurs; it also needs a flexible and resilient workforce equipped with the necessary and basic skills. The European Commission recognizes entrepreneurship education as a means of boosting the entrepreneurial spirit of young people. In…

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Effective communication – Teaching and learning strategies

The purpose of good communication is to get the right message to the right people in the right way. It sounds simple, but many people fail to organize their communications properly, leading to misunderstanding, frustration and missed opportunities. More than ever before, its importance is heightened by the fact that the whole world has now become a global village due to the development of modern technology. The place of effective communication is so central and indispensable in the classroom teaching and learning process. Teachers in the classroom require…

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Edward de Bono’s Six thinking hats for effective problem solving and exploring new ideas

Six thinking hats is a thinking skills training course from Edward de Bono which teaches parallel thinking as an alternative to argument.  Six thinking hats helps put our opinions and egos aside so we can focus on a way forward, without argument. Participants learn how to separate emotion from facts, the positive from the negative and critical thinking from creative thinking Objectives The main objective of the course is to prepare participants to professionally lead creative and constructive thinking sessions in schools or their organisations. By the end…

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