Teacher’s Professional Development in New Learning and Teaching Methods and Approaches

Teacher’s Professional Development in New Learning and Teaching Methods and Approaches

This course highlights the critical role of teacher professional development in the ever-evolving educational context of the 21st century.

Course Description

topics

  • New learning and teaching methods and approaches
  • Digital skills and competences
  • Key competences development
  • Initial and continuous training for teachers, trainers and other education staff

dates

24-28/06/2024, 01-05/07/2024, 08-12/07/2024, 22-26/07/2024

Course Calendar

target audience

  • Educators and Teachers: K-12 teachers, higher education instructors, and teaching professionals from diverse subject areas.
  • Education Administrators.
  • Technology Coordinators.
  • Professional Development Coordinators.
  • Curriculum Developers.

This course highlights the critical role of teacher professional development in the ever-evolving educational context of the 21st century, which emphasizes the adoption and mastery of new teaching and learning methods and requires teachers to have the skills to integrate evolving technologies and create engaging and effective learning environments.

The course is meant to empower teachers to explore and implement innovative pedagogies such as project-based or inquiry-based learning, fostering inclusivity and adaptability in teaching practices. It also addresses the imperative of recognizing and responding to diverse student needs through inclusive strategies and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. Modern assessment methods, emphasizing authenticity and timely, constructive feedback, are integral components, fostering a culture of continuous improvement in the teaching and learning process.

Additionally, it equips teachers with the skills to incorporate global perspectives into lessons, leveraging technology for cross-cultural collaboration and enriching educational experiences. The course provides ongoing education and collaboration opportunities, allowing educators to serve as role models, demonstrating the value and joy of continuous learning to their students.

 

Objectives:

 

  • Inspire a culture of innovation in teaching
  • Understand, explore and implement innovative teaching and learning methods
  • Harness the power of technology to amplify teaching
  • Learn to design authentic assessments, leverage technology for assessments, and incorporate peer and self-assessment techniques
  • Understand the power of global collaboration in education
  • Familiarize learning platforms, participate in virtual professional development communities, and explore open educational resources.

Gain proficiency in innovative teaching methods and be able to integrate them seamlessly into their classrooms.

Master the use of educational technology, enhancing their ability to create interactive and engaging learning experiences

Develop a comprehensive understanding of various assessment methods and tools, enabling participants to design effective assessments aligned with learning objectives.

Acquire skills to create inclusive learning environments that cater to diverse student needs.

Gain insights into global collaboration, virtual reality, and open educational resources, broadening participants’ perspectives on education.

Equip participants with the tools and resources necessary for continuous learning and professional growth.

Daily Program

Day 1: Understanding Professional Development for Teachers
  • Welcome and Introduction: Highlight the importance of embracing innovation in teaching. Icebreaker: Use a creative and engaging icebreaker that introduces participants to the concept of exploration and openness to new ideas.
  • Innovative Teaching Pedagogies: Introduce flipped classroom models, project-based learning, and inquiry-based learning. Exploration of the methods through conducting learning activities. Discussion on the benefits and challenges of each approach.
  • Technology Integration in Teaching: Explore tools and platforms for blended learning. Conduct hands-on activities using educational technology.
  • Gamification in Education: Instruct and help participants to design simple gamified activities for their subjects.
Day 2: Effective Teaching Strategies
  • Active Learning Strategies: Explore strategies such as problem-solving activities, case-based learning, and role-playing. Conduct a demonstration or workshop on incorporating these strategies.
  • Flipped Classroom Implementation: Provide guidelines on creating flipped classroom content. Discuss how to engage students before, during, and after class.
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices: Introduce Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. Discuss strategies for creating inclusive learning environments.
  • Mindfulness in Education: Explore the benefits of mindfulness in teaching. Guide participants through mindfulness exercises that can be incorporated into their classrooms.
Day 3: Assessment and Feedback
  • Authentic Assessment Methods: Discuss performance-based assessments, portfolios, and real-world applications. Share examples of authentic assessments across various subjects.
  • Technology-Assisted Assessment: Explore tools for online assessments and grading. Discuss the pros and cons of technology in assessment.
  • Peer and Self-Assessment Techniques: Introduce peer-assessment models. Conduct activities where participants assess each other's work.
  • Interactive Feedback Tools: Explore feedback tools and platforms that enhance communication between teachers and students. Discuss the importance of timely and constructive feedback.
Day 4: Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Global Collaboration in Education: Discuss the benefits of connecting classrooms globally. Explore platforms for international collaboration.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Education: Provide an overview of VR and AR applications in education. Allow participants to experience simple VR or AR activities.
  • Microlearning and Bite-Sized Learning: Introduce the concept of microlearning. Discuss how short, focused lessons can enhance retention.
  • Design Thinking in Education: Introduce design thinking principles. Engage participants in a mini design thinking challenge related to their subjects.
Day 5: Continuing Professional Development
  • Online Learning Platforms and MOOCs: Explore opportunities for online courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Discuss how to integrate these into a teacher's ongoing professional development.
  • Virtual Professional Development Communities: Discuss the benefits of participating in online teacher communities. Provide information on relevant platforms and forums.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER): Explore freely available teaching materials. Guide participants in finding and evaluating OER for their subjects.
  • Closing Ceremony and Reflection: Reflect on the incorporation of new methods and approaches. Discuss strategies for implementing these innovations in participants' classrooms.

 

*subject to small adaptations, upon availability

Virtual Exchange Programs

Participants engage in virtual exchange programs, connecting with teachers from different countries to share experiences and insights. This fosters a global perspective and enriches their understanding of diverse teaching methods.

International Guest Speakers

The course features international guest speakers who bring unique perspectives and expertise. Participants have the opportunity to interact with these speakers, gaining insights into global educational practices.

Cross-Institutional Interactions

Participants collaborate on joint projects, discussions, or activities with counterparts from various institutions. This fosters cross-institutional knowledge sharing and provides diverse viewpoints on teaching and learning.

Online Global Classroom Sessions

Virtual classroom sessions are conducted with teachers and students from different countries. This immersive experience allows participants to observe and engage in global teaching practices, enhancing their cross-cultural awareness.

Virtual Study Tours

Participants embark on virtual study tours to explore educational institutions known for innovative practices. This allows them to virtually visit and learn from schools around the world without leaving the course location.

International Learning Circles

Learning circles are formed with participants from different countries, collaborating on specific topics or themes. This collaborative approach promotes international cooperation and the exchange of ideas.

Global Challenges Forum

A forum is organized to discuss global educational challenges and potential solutions. Participants engage in meaningful conversations, sharing perspectives and strategies for addressing shared challenges in education.

Cross-Cultural Workshops

Workshops focus on understanding and appreciating diverse teaching and learning practices from around the world. Participants gain practical insights into incorporating cross-cultural elements into their teaching methods..

Assessment Methods

Assessment is continuous with formative and summative methods throughout the training.

Formative

Innovation Portfolios
Reflection Papers, Peer Feedback
Technology Integration Plan
Role-Playing, Collaborative Project

Summative

Group Presentations
Lesson Plan Development
Authentic Assessment Design
Professional Development Plan

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Teaching Methods

  • Case Studies

    In-depth analysis of real-world scenarios to enhance problem-solving skills.

  • Workshops

    Interactive sessions where participants engage in practical activities and skill-building.

  • Group Discussions

    Collaborative conversations to promote knowledge exchange and diverse perspectives.

  • Hands-On Activities

    Practical exercises to apply theoretical concepts in a tangible way.

  • Interactive Demonstrations

    Live presentations or displays that actively involve participants in the learning process.

  • Virtual Reality (VR) Experiences: Role-Playing Exercises

    Immersive simulations using VR technology to enhance role-playing scenarios.

  • Mindfulness Sessions

    Guided sessions to promote focus, self-awareness, and stress reduction.

  • Technology Integration Sessions

    Instruction on integrating technology tools effectively into teaching practices.

  • Peer Review Activities

    Collaborative assessment where participants provide feedback on each other's work.

  • Online Platforms Exploration

    Investigation of various online tools and platforms for educational purposes.

Certification

Upon successful completion of our courses, participants receive recognition in the form of certificates.

Recognizing your active participation, the Certificate of Attendance is awarded upon completing the course. It signifies your commitment to the learning journey and showcases your engagement with the course content.

Certificate of Attendance

by SISERA Greece

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