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Course Features
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Language: English
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7 Days
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11 Lessons
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Study Level: Intermediate
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Certificate of Completion

Programme summary

In the Innovative Creative Teaching (I.C.T.) course we would like to demonstrate the usefulness of flipped classroom methods, field work, project work, team work, task-oriented activities, learning by doing, experiential pedagogy, and informal learning, etc. With these methods, we want to emphasize the importance of a suitable positive learning environment, namely for the development of the personal potential of the individual in the learning process, of both the student and teacher. We use modern technology only as one of the tools.

Objectives

The classical method of providing information is replaced at the seminar with methodical approaches that encourage creativity, critical thinking, motivation and self-initiative in all subjects. Practical examples in everyday situations of the urban environment will be shown. Adventure education, however, can only be expressed in the natural environment. Work in the field will be such an important component of the seminar, which will adapt to the wishes and abilities of the participants, similar to their work environment.

Participants will receive useful materials and learn about methods they can use in their everyday work environment. At the seminar participants will:

– Get hands-on materials of the methodology with practical examples

– As participants, determine outcomes for professional progress

– Prepare the outputs of the seminar (how they will use the knowledge at work)

– Anticipate the impact for continued use and professional personal development

– Do a project about the seminar (drama play, video, etc.)

Methodology

The program of the course is designed interactively, along with discussions, individual and team exercises. It is important that all participants have the opportunity to share their experience, so we conduct the course in small groups (up to 20 people). Participants will design their own material that they can use in their teaching.

Target groups

The course is aimed for teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult), class teachers, teacher trainers, educational counsellors, school psychologists, headteachers / principals and also for other individuals who are interested in deepening their understanding of their emotional world.

Programme day-by-day

DAY 1

LJUBLJANA – THE GOAL IS ON THE PATH

Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of the timetable, information about the course venue and programme. Teachers will get hands-on materials.

Topic: introduction, survey the city, plan a trip to Bohinj, team-building

Practical strategies & activities: icebreakers, scavenger hunt, senses of the city, brainstorming

Participants will get to know each other and meet locals, switch on all their senses, prepare for the trip

Methodology:  group climate, team building, project work, task-oriented activities, field work

DAY 2

A TRIP WITH PIT STOPS – FLIPPED CLASSROOM

Understanding cultural differences: get to know each other. Short presentations of the country and the city. Participants will get instructions for the guided tour around this part of Slovenia. In the task-oriented approach, the participants will have short presentations on the bus.

Topic: team building, observing the country, nature

Practical strategies & activities:  scavenger hunt, brainstorming, debate

Participants will guide the tour, lead rather than follow (the herd), be proactive

Methodology: flipped classroom, field work, evaluation

DAY 3

PROJECT WORK – PROCESS

Participants will learn about their strengths and weaknesses. How the team works, project work and outdoor activities can help establish a positive learning environment, and how the students can overcome the learning difficulties. For example, scavenger hunt, ice breakers, social and team games.
Topic: team building, local environment & meet the locals

Practical strategies & activities: group work, video making, drama play, bonfire night

Participants will investigate the local climate, talk to people, do the project

Methodology: task-oriented activities, field work, project work, evaluation

DAY 4

BOHINJ – LEARNING BY DOING

Learning by doing:  the participants will take an active role in workshops for making souvenir arts & crafts. Half-day excursion. Climbing in the nature. Boat ride in the pearl of the Alps, Lake Bohinj. Participants will start filming a short (3-5 minute) video in smaller groups.
Topic: team building, souvenir making, handcrafts, art & crafts

Practical strategies & activities: group work

Participants will make a souvenir, prepare a meal, create a piece of art

Methodology: learning by doing, task-oriented activities, fieldwork, project work, evaluate

DAY 5

BOHINJ– INFORMAL LEARNING

Create a meaningful and useful learning environment for the participants. We also look at the best practices that work with students of all ages. Participants will continue shooting a short (3-5 minute) video in smaller groups.
Topic: team building, hike, bike & paddle, switching on all the senses

Practical strategies & activities: group work, mindfulness

Participants will enjoy the nature, use different modes of transportation, switch on all their senses

Methodology: learning by doing, task-oriented activities, fieldwork, project work, evaluate

DAY 6

BOHINJ – FLIPPED CLASSROOM

Project outcomes: The participants shoot a video, draw a picture or write a poem about their experience in Slovenia.

Topic: team building, presentations,

Practical strategies & activities: group work, brainstorming

Participants will do presentations, prepare for the trip, lead the tour

We will do/be: learning by doing, task-oriented activities, fieldwork, project work, evaluate

DAY 7

LJUBLJANA

Key learning points: planning follow-up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes. Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.

Topic: secret friend, closure, evaluation

Practical strategies & activities: group work, round table discussion

Participants will find out who is a secret friend, do the evaluation

Methodology: critical thinking, self-assessment, evaluate

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Sessions

2020
  • 15. 07. – 21. 07.
    (open for pre-registration)

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Useful information about Let's do it Outside course

Which competencies will you acquire in the “Let’s do it Outside” course?

This course will equip you with the knowledge of how to develop mindsets for 21st century teaching and learning and the skills needed in order to develop character. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  •  Explain the role of the teacher and the student in creating a more positive learning
    environment
  • Describe how positive classroom atmosphere can contribute to better learning environment
    Use the main tools for developing team building, project work, cooperation between
    teachers and students
  • Apply arts and crafts in order to enhance pleasant emotions, engagement, positive
    relationships, meaning for better classroom atmosphere
  • Increase personal engagement of their students in order to motivate them on learning tasks
    (engagement all the way from planning stage to reflection)
  • Reflect upon your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Generate your own ideas for teaching/ learning experience outdoors
  • Foster challenging situations for personal growth through active engagement throughout the
    course
  • Stimulate happiness and well-being

Meet the trainers

Polona Vehovar

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Polona Vehovar has a degree in teaching English and an MA in Applied Linguistics for working with young learners. She has been teaching English for 19 years. She has worked with primary and secondary school students as well as university students and professors.

Her notable achievements are as follows: being a speaker (presenter) at the annual conference held in Birmingham in 2004, the IELTS (English Language and Literature Association) conference, Topolšica (2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015), and the annual ESP conference, Celje (2011). In her teaching career she has been a mentor for several research papers, which received gold awards at the national level. She has also been preparing students for national language competitions. She has successfully run the creative thinking club, MUN and WSC clubs.

Her personal development includes:

  • Creative thinking – for innovative management of cultural diversity – in 2008.
  • Leader of the Comenius 1 project, which finished in 2008.
  • Coordinator for the E+ KA01 project: Healthy School – Healthy Teachers. 2015 – 17.
  • Coordinator for the E+ KA=1 project: Mind the (Cultural, Digital and Generational) Gap! 2017-19.
  • Participant and presenter in the Comenius 3 project: The Learning Teacher Network.

She has herself taken part in several Erasmus + teacher trainings: International house: The IH practical teacher (2001), Bell International: Bringing British Culture to Life (2006 and 2014), Bell International:  Advanced to Proficient English (2018, 2019)

Tomaž Vehovar

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Matjaž Vehovar has done project team work in numerous projects together with students, professors and students at different levels of teaching. For three summers, he was an educator at summer camps in the USA, where he was a swim instructor and  counsellor in camps for children with special needs. As an organizer, he has organized Special Olympics for children with special needs.

He has taken his high school students into the world of project work and experiential education with the Back to Nature project. The basis of the project was to coexist with nature while completing and planning activities of basic living skills (cooking, hiking, etc. in nature). A similar project was carried out several times under the name ‘Let’s go for it’. During this project, students were involved in the process from idea to implementation, and their active role and excellent results in the field of motivation and self-initiative took place in nature. They put together a field trip and planned all the details. In the first case, walking, the preparation of shelter and food in nature were central themes. In the second case, cycling in the local area.

‘Survival in Nature’ is a further exploration of pedagogy that has brought insight into the personal growth of students in the most basic human activities in nature: providing enough fluid, food and warmth to survive in nature. Such circumstances were ensured by project work in exchange with the Swedish School in nature with endless forest or snow. Under different circumstances, he became aware of the voluntary, but carefully planned the ‘Never lose your soul’ project in the area of ​​equatorial Uganda. One part of the project was helping the self-sufficiency of the indigenous population.

Innovative, creative thinking – In the field of early learning, he designed the innovative project Learning English Through the Vehicle of Sport. During the eight-year project, he studied and actually implemented early learning for children aged 3 to 9 years. The language immersion took place in a child-friendly environment – play, with movement with dance, in collaboration with rhythm and numerous movement activities.

Experiences at all levels of pedagogy – He supplemented his experience and familiarization with the vertical of the pedagogical process with work at a higher education college, where he taught future kindergarten teachers as an assistant for P.E. The main focus being the accelerated psychomotor development of children as a basic mechanism of early childhood development. All level of pedagogy work is familiar to him since he has also worked with kindergarten children,  primary school students, high school students and university students.

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