Creativity for the future: promoting Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving in the classroom
Course category: Innovative Teaching Methods
Locations: Bologna, Palermo, Tenerife, Sofia
Preregistration: Online in the course webpage
Related courses: Innovative teaching methods for teachers, school and adult education staff , Non-Formal Education Teaching Methods and Strategies, Introducing Project Based Learning in the classroom
You can check in our Course Catalogue all the courses available in 2022 and 2023.
You can check here what our past participants say about us and our courses.
In our pursue of preparing students for real world careers and challenges and equipping them with 21st-century skills, we often forget that as educators, we have a duty to dream and create spaces where everyone has the opportunity to bring out the best in themselves. The aim of this training is to raise confidence and broaden knowledge in educators and teachers in adopting different techniques and methods of encouraging their students to become more creative and develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. In this way, we will be effectively preparing them to be manager and directors of their own future, a constantly changing reality where they will be able to successfully apply their 21st century competences to take on complex and open-ended challenges.
This course aims to provide participants with different strategies, tools and ideas tailored to their needs and realities in order to inspire students’ creativity and motivation through innovative and interactive teaching methods based on experiential learning. The general aim of this course is to foster excellence in education by empowering teachers, trainers, headmasters and other education staff to find strategies to foster creativity while sharing best practices and experiences with fellow participants and trainers throughout all Europe gaining as well a broader understanding of education in Europe.
Thanks to this course the participants will:
- Develop a greater understanding of the differences between formal, non-formal and informal learning as well as the basic non-formal education principles;
- Broaden knowledge about the importance of developing creativity and critical thinking;
- Learn activities and games aiming at shaping creative thinking;
- Develop tools based on their students’ realities and concerns;
- Learn how to engage students and motivate them to establish effective collaboration and develop problem solving skills as well as their self-esteem;
- Learn how to lead and deliver experiential activities to stimulate the students’ creativity in problem-solving;
- Get to know Storytelling principles and practices using a creative approach;
- Exchange good practices and discuss challenges with fellow colleagues and the course trainers.
This course is addressed to teachers, trainers, educational counsellors, career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school management and administrative staffs working in primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools, training centres, adult education institutions, kindergartens and pre-primary schools, higher education institutions, and NGOs.
Please mind that the course may include teachers from different school levels. In case you would like to attend a session tailored for your school level, please write to email@example.com to check if there is any session planned.
Standard daily programme
Please find below the standard indicative daily programme that will be personalized on participants needs and professional profiles.
Our standard program comprises 7 days of course, of which the first one is dedicated to networking, preparation and cultural immersion and the last one to follow up, specific needs and cultural activities. Please note that we always do our best to accommodate the specific needs of our participants in a flexible way, including but not limited to budget restrictions and travel arrangement. Participants can choose to arrive 1 day before the start of the course and/or leave one day after the end of it in order to enjoy a deeper cultural immersion. Upon specific request we can organize longer or shorter versions of this course.
- Participants arrival
- Orientation and information about the venue and the city
- Networking activities
- Walking tour in the venue’s city
- Course introduction
- Needs and expectations evaluation
- Teambuilding exercises
- Basic concepts and principles about non-formal education as method to develop and reinforce 21st century skills
- Reflections on current teaching practices and styles
- Morning wrap-up
- How to foster students’ motivation, participation and creativity through non-formal, informal and experiential learning activities
- The importance of creative thinking when working in groups: benefits and challenges
- Experimenting group exercises, problem solving games and experiential activities to establish effective collaboration through creative thinking
- Cultural activities in the venue’s city
- Morning wrap-up
- Storytelling as a non-formal education tool enhancing creative problem-solving, self-awareness and empathy
- Encouraging active imagination and creative writing through storytelling
- Practicing, designing and delivering storytelling exercises
- Optional cultural visit outside the venue’s city (Florence, Cefalù, El Teide...)
- Morning wrap-up
- Using tools and activities to foster creativity in critical thinking
- Practicing activities to develop creativity in support of language development
- Non-Formal methods and pedagogies to strengthen creativity in problem-solving
- Tools and guidelines for assessing and validating in a creative way through non-formal activities
- Morning wrap-up
- Experiencing creativity based-pedagogies to teach and foster sense of entrepreneurship
- Practicing and designing lessons using creativity skills and tools
- Delivering your own creativity workshop to apply in classroom
- Cultural activities in the venue's city
- Farewell dinner
- Space for discussion of future cooperation and planning follow up activities
- Course roundup and final evaluation
- Validation of learning outcomes and certification ceremony
- Additional training session tailored to specific needs (optional)
- Optional cultural activities or additional guided visit in another major city
- Participants departure
We tailor the working methods based upon participants’ needs, attitudes and professional profiles in order to ensure high productivity, effectiveness and transferability into practice.
The standard methodology is highly practical and participative with hands-on approach that comprises real-job examples, case studies examination and simulations. We embrace collaboratively working methods that foster mutual learning and cooperation among participants. Our focus is on learning in an interactive and international environment knowledge applicable to the real contexts and/or in the classroom. The pedagogical methods that we use are based upon experiential training, group and peer activities, learning-by-doing and best practices’ exchange. They include visits with local schools and institutions allowing the participants to better understand the local education system as well as exchange ideas and contacts.
Morning Wrap-up and brief daily evaluations are foreseen to ensure quality of education and to adapt the learning programme to participants' needs better tailoring the education.
We organize optional social, networking and cultural activities in order to give participants the opportunity to know Italy as well as to exchange best-practice and establish professional cooperation and links.
The training and staff team is multinational thus giving a full European dimension to the course.
To discover more on our courses check the ELA Blog, our photogallery and videogallery and give a look to what past participants say about us and our courses.
You can find below the sessions planned. If none of these dates suits you please mind that we may organize an additional session ad-hoc for your school if there are at least 6 participants interested so feel welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about your needs. When adding an ad-hoc session we may be able to organize it in your language.
30/01/2022 - 05/02/2022 (Bologna)
15/05/2022 - 21/05/2022 (Tenerife)
31/07/2022 - 06/08/2022 (Bologna)
30/10/2022 - 05/11/2022 (Palermo)
19/02/2023 - 25/02/2023 (Bologna)
19/03/2023 - 25/03/2023 (Tenerife)
23/04/2023 - 29/04/2023 (Sofia)
11/06/2023 - 17/06/2023 (Palermo)
13/08/2023 - 19/08/2023 (Tenerife)
05/11/2023 - 11/11/2023 (Bologna)
Language of the course
The course is held in English. For groups with at least 8 participants, we can organize an ad-hoc session in a different language.
Please write an email to email@example.com to get more information about it.
Costs and Erasmus+ funding
Teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations are eligible to receive an Erasmus+ grant covering all the costs to attend our training courses including travel, board and lodging, cultural activities and all fees. Our training courses are tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus+ and we offer different options to ensure the best comfort and quality at a price that is within the Erasmus+ grant.
We are proud to tailor our training courses to both participants' learning and practical needs and to ease your participation at our training courses, we will gladly take care of all the practical arrangements. If you prefer, you can take care of some of the practical arrangements by yourself (e.g. meals, local transport...), though we will manage the organization of your accommodation in order to ensure optimal logistic organization, safety and time-efficiency. We always provide board and lodging in the same hotel in which we organize the course thus ensuring optimal comfort and potential of networking with the fellow participants. Read more about how we take care of your subsistence and practical arrangements.
The most common option that we offer to schools and organisations costs EUR 1220 and includes course fee, certification and support fee, accommodation in single room, 2 coffee breaks per day, 3 meals per day, walking tour in the venue’s city, a sum-up dissemination video and local transport during the course. For schools sending 2 or more participants we can offer accommodation in double rooms and we can provide as well accommodation for people or relatives accompanying the participants.
When attending our courses, we recommend you to request 9 days of individual support for your subsistence costs, 7 days for the course plus 2 additional days for the travel. In this way you can have more flexibility in planning your stay and you can enjoy all the cultural activities planned from the first to the last day of the course. You can read here more about the Erasmus+ funding. Shall you have need any help with filling the budget during the application stage or have any problem with your grant please let us know and we will see support you.
Certification and validation of learning outcomes
At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance in , together - if requested - with the Europass Mobility Certificate.
Our certificates are in line with the Erasmus Quality Standards and so include a short description of the course and its learning outcomes, dates, venues, the name of the course provider and the course instructor(s).
We support the participants in every step of certification and validation of learning outcomes with specific focus on European instruments and Erasmus plus requirements such as staff mobility/learning agreement, quality commitment and Europass mobility certificate.
We experienced that schools and education organizations may require additional documents to certify the competences learned or the presence in the training course. Upon request we can provide those documents as well as we provide photos of the training course and a sum-up video that can be used for visibility and dissemination purposes.
The Erasmus Learning Academy
The The Erasmus Learning Academy (ELA), is a training centre that strongly supports and believes in the innovation, modernisation and internationalisation of education.
Our mission is to foster excellence and quality improvements in education and training. We design and deliver training courses and structured training events for teachers, trainers, headmaster and other education staff and we support them in participating in learning mobility experiences (e.g. jobshadowing, study visits, ...) to foster the improvement of their competences and the quality of education.
We work in the education sector since more than 10 years, thus we know the real context and the challenges which teachers are facing every day. Fueled by our genuine, motivated and passionate approach, we regularly participate in international training and European conference to keep our know-how up-to-date. We actively participate in the network of Erasmus organizations in a multitude of ways: hosting participants from other countries and sending our staff abroad through Erasmus+ KA1 mobility projects; taking part in conferences and contact activities organised by the National Agencies and the EU institutions; ideating or participating in Erasmus+ KA2 innovation projects and strategic partnerships; sharing our knowledge with other organisations that have less experience in the Programme by providing advice, mentorship or other support.
We’ve a strong know-how in organizing international training courses for teachers, headmasters and educational staff and in the last 5 years we’ve successfully received and trained over 3000 teachers and education staff coming from all over Europe as you can read from the reviews on School Education Gateway and on our website.
We’ve extensive experience in delivering education staff training especially in the framework of European programmes. You can read here more about our experience and meet our team. We’ve experience in providing linguistic, pedagogical and cultural preparation before the course as well as support and assistance during and after it. We know how to support and guide participants providing clear and comprehensive information before the courses and how to assess and recognize their learning outcomes through national and European instruments (i.e. Europass, ECVET, …). We put a strong effort on facilitating the share the process of sharing results and knowledge gained during the course.
Past participants appreciated especially the quality of instructions, our interactive and hands-on approach focused on practice and experiential training as well as our support in project implementation, practical arrangements, certification and dissemination. Most of our participants receive funding from the Erasmus+ programme.
As partner, we bring a strong added value to an Erasmus+ project thanks to our long-lasting experience, our international presence (eTwinning, SEG, EPALE…), our involvement as stakeholder in EC initiatives and our dissemination and visibility capacity.
We know how crucial is providing linguistic, pedagogical and cultural preparation before the mobility, as well as support and assistance after it. That's why we go the extra mile to support and guide participants, providing clear and comprehensive information before the courses and making them feel comfortable and safe. You can read here the 7 reasons why we may be the right partner for you.
We work in the education sector since more than 10 years, thus we know the real context, the challenges that teachers are facing every day. We regularly participate in international training and European conference to keep our know-how up-to-date. We’re experience in tailoring our courses to the participants needs and profiles thus enhancing personal and professional development.
We support our partners in every step of the course: from application, to preparation, to monitoring and evaluation, to organization of practical arrangements and collection of all final documentation. During the application phase, we can guide you with our experience, providing concrete tips as well as the learning outcomes and daily schedules of our courses. We tailor our training courses to both our participants' learning and personal needs. For this reason, we provide personalized working methods and training programmes based on the participants thus ensuring that the competences learned are relevant and applicable to real contexts. This is why our courses are unique and special, each in its own way. At the end of each course, we provide participants with photos of the activities and a summary video to help our partners in the dissemination phase.
We put a special emphasis on the social and cultural dimension of our courses. We are in love with our culture and we’re glad to offer foreigners the opportunity to get a taste of it. Beside the training activities, for the participants interested to discover our artistic heritage and traditions, we organize cultural and recreational activities. Upon request, we organize guided tours to some of the most beautiful Italian cities like Florence and Venice. During our courses in Palermo, we can arrange visits to the pictoresque Cefalù. When in Tenerife, participants will have the opportunity to visit El Teide volcano and relax in Lago Martianez.
We’ve been abroad in training courses and we know what teachers need to feel cared for. We're proud that our participants feel at home during our courses and we undertake to make them feel comfortable and to cater for their personal, practical and educational needs. Indeed, in addition to delivering the training, to ease and enhance your participation at our training courses we can take care of all the practical arrangements. We provide board and lodging in the same hotel where the course takes place, thus ensuring the best comfort and coziness as well as effective time management. With our standard format, accommodation, meals, local transport during the courses as well as cultural programme are provided by us and are fully covered by the Erasmus+ funding. In this way participants just need to organise their travel and can rely on us for all the other practical arrangements.
Above all, we know the impact we can have on society, we love our work and we enjoy being with teachers and education staff. You’ll see it, you’ll feel it.
Our quality standards
The Erasmus Learning Academy follows high standards of quality in line with its mission to foster excellence and quality improvements in education and training. Driven by passion and motivation for our work we don’t leave any stone untouched when it comes to offer the highest quality and continue improve our courses.
As an organization at both internal and external level we strive to adhere to the following 10 guiding principles:
- Make excellence the minimum standard
- Be flexible and open to change
- Always experiment with new things
- Grow and enable the people around you to grow
- Amaze the user and make him/her a fan of yours
- Focus on the solution and on what you can do
- Clarify priorities and goals
- Thank yourself and strive for something more
- Look for feedback, learn from errors
- Listen, listen, listen (and talk)
In addition to these internal principles when organizing international training courses we fully comply with the Erasmus Quality Standards and the principles set in the European Quality Charter for Mobility. You can read here how we comply with these standards. More than merely following and adhering to these principles we fully believe in them. It’s more than 10 years that we organize and participates in international training courses and learning mobility projects so we know how these principles stand at the core of a quality experience and how they make the difference between in term of both personal satisfaction of the participants and systemic impact of the training course. If you are working with other course providers we recommend to check if they know and comply with these principles.
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Die nächsten Sitzungen
- 30.10.2022 > 05.11.2022
- 19.02.2023 > 25.02.2023
- 11.06.2023 > 17.06.2023
- 05.11.2023 > 11.11.2023
Bewertung und Kommentar
Bewertungen können nur von verifizierten Kursteilnehmerinnen und -teilnehmern über das Mobility Tool+ der Europäischen Kommission erstellt werden. Wenn Sie an diesem Kurs teilgenommen haben, nutzen Sie zur Bewertung bitte das Mobility Tool+. Sollte der Kurs noch nicht im Mobility Tool+ aufgeführt sein, wenden Sie sich mit folgender Kurs-ID an Ihren Projektkoordinator:Bewertungen können nur von verifizierten Kursteilnehmerinnen und -teilnehmern über das Mobility Tool+ der Europäischen Kommission erstellt werden. Wenn Sie an diesem Kurs teilgenommen haben, nutzen Sie zur Bewertung bitte das Mobility Tool+. Sollte der Kurs noch nicht im Mobility Tool+ aufgeführt sein, wenden Sie sich mit folgender Kurs-ID an Ihren Projektkoordinator: 85064.
The ultimate learning goal of our course was to prepare us teachers to foster 21st century skills in our students, encouraging them to think out of the box, ask questions. The course lasted a whole week. Our sessions were packed with activities. Every point covered was transmitted to us through an activity, and this struck home! Sometimes we teachers get too wrapped up in content and forget to make lessons fun, but this was absolutely not the case here. We were totally engaged throughout all the sessions and our trainer, Sara Natalini (ELA), made sure that we also interrelated constantly with our colleagues from overseas. We went through a thinking process during each activity whilst also making new friends with teachers from all over Europe and learning to function as a team. We gave feedback about how each activity could be applied in our classrooms and this helped us actually prepare lesson plans whilst we were learning. We played games that encouraged us to think differently, out of the box. We learnt about a variety of digital tools that we can use in our classroom, as well as problem solving games, but most importantly, we learnt to look for that special activity that would make our lesson different, more approachable to youngters nowadays. The activities which struck me most included an application of Edward Debono’s Six Thinking Hats to solve a real life problem, use of Dixit Cards as visual strategies to encourage creative thinking, use of the Thinglink digital tool to enable students to create their own concept maps at school or even the teacher to create research/thinking projects for students, use of the Quizlet digital tool to create team quizzes in a new way where students need to rely and trust their team mates and last but not least, use of the question carousel and the Kialo.edu digital tool to encourage students to ask good questions and to give positive feedback on their own questions and those of their classmates.
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The course I participated in was "Creativity, critical thinking and problem solving in learning", held in Bologna.It was an interesting experience from a professional point of view, the course was well structured and the proposed objectives were achieved.The course has reached the personal training needs and is also correlated with the objectives of the project carried out in our school.
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Cursul a fost foarte interesant, interactiv și mi-a deschis noi perspective în educație.
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It was the first training course organized by Erasmus Learning Academy that I attended, and it was a great experience. The course itself was very interesting, interactive and well structured. During the course I improved a lot of skills such as: coummunication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. I had a lot of fun during the duration of this course because I met a lot of colleagues from all around Europe and the course instructor Sara Natalini was very helpfull, competent and professional. I must thank and point out Sara because in this challenging times she was very patient and helped me a lot because I had to postopone my training course multiple times because of the pandemic. One big thank you to the whole Erasmus Learning Academy team, and I really hope to see you soon!
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Extremely interesting and useful course, which has provided me strategies to develop creativity and critical thinking to my students and interactive teaching methods based on experiential learning. I' m glad I to shared best practices and experiences with my colleagues. and trainers and I receved many informations about education system in different countries. The course provider was very professional, the trainer was also dedicated and helpful.
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It was a very interesting experience, I have learnt new teaching methods, I have exchanged good practices with fellow teachers from other countries and all happened in a relaxed background, that encouraged collaboration and friendship.
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