Creativity in teaching and training for a better students' motivation
The course is based of the successful results of a Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation project "The eight methods of fighting early school leaving in VET" coordinated by Quarter Mediation. The course is aimed to motivate students to attend school classes, to be actively involved in the lessons and activities the teacher organises and to finalise their compulsory education with a diploma.
The course is appropriate for teachers at any level, of any subject, head teachers, school inspectors, school counselors, decision makers in the field of education, trainers.
The final course title is to be announced only to the participants in the course (people having the grant approved and registered based on a final registration form provided by the course organisers), as it will be adapted to their needs and to the objectives of the projects the participants receive the grant from. Moreover, each course is unique, as it is adapted also to the novelties in education, to the background & level of education the participants teach/train at (in case the participants come from the education area) and/or to the background of the participants (in case the participants come from the labour market or business area). It is also possible that more topics will be combined in each session, in order to create a course adapted to the participants' needs. Nevertheless, the final course title will include the key words mentioned in this title.
It is organized in Assen, the Netherlands, in 7 days (42 hours). At request, people having a grant for 5 days can join only the first 5 days of the course. In case there are people having a grant for more than 7 days we have the possibility to extend the programme to maximum 10 days (depending on the number of people having more than 7 days granted).
For logistic and organisational reasons, all the participants will be accommodated in the same hotel chosen by the course organiser, the rooms will be booked by the course organiser and the participants will pay the equivalent amount by using the grant for individual costs received from their National Agencies.
All the participants in the training course will have breakfast and lunches together, in the same hotel where they are accommodated and where also the meeting rooms are located.
The course fee is the standard amount of 70 Eur per person per day. For organisational costs directly linked with the implementation of mobility activities, local travel related to the course activities, as well as monitoring and support during mobility each participant has to pay a fee of 65 Euro for the whole course, amount that will be paid by using the grant received from the NAs for organisational costs.
The course fee and the organisational costs are to be paid by bank transfer, before the course starts, to a limit date established by the course organiser.
The accommodation costs can be paid before the course starts (by bank transfer, in the hotel bank account, based on an invoice received from the hotel) or directly at the hotel reception, at the participants' arrival.
"I learned about different methods you use in the Netherlands to fight against early school leaving and now I have to adapt them at the structure of my school. I now understand better why there is less early school leaving in the Netherlands than in Belgium. I was very impressed by the collaboration between school and the municipality. I think I have to speak about it in Belgium to people working for the government. As a director, I will try to see how I can adapt some of the methods I've seen this week at my school." (Kevin Wayburn, Belgium)
"Attending a training course in the Netherlands has been a unique combination of knowledge, pleasure and creativity. It has been an invaluable opportunity to gain insight into a different cultural and social framework, while at the same time exploring a variety of fresh and interesting ideas and teaching methodologies to supplement our classroom practices. At this point I would like to make special reference to our course coordinators, Cristina and Tim, and I'm pretty sure I speak on behalf of everyone in the group when I say that their friendly spirit and encouraging attitude has created a relaxed environment where everyone was able to participate at their own pace and revolve their own skills and abilities, thus making the most out of this innovative course. Thanks to the excellent organisation, Cristina and Tim's bright guidance and the enthusiasm along with the strong bonds that developed among the members of the group, this has overall been a once-in-a-lifetime experience." (Eleni Christina Felouka, Greece)
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I was really disappointed with this course. I did not bring back neither ideas nor tools back to work with middle school level students. We were taken to some museums such as a windmill and were told that we could organize interdisciplinary activities around what can be seen in a museum. As if we did not know what to do with our students when we take them out for a visit. The sort of escape game we participated in, in a museum, was interactive and interesting but when I asked how to create a similar activity I was told to look it up on the internet where i might find suitable apps! we were just shown activities that are offered to Dutch schools. Finally we did a mind-mapping activity which was interesting because each group was given different instructions in order to create the mind-map but when I asked how they would proceed to make sure the students have a common summary sheet I had no answer. I would not recommend this course which i considered as a waste of time. The only positive aspect was the time spent with European colleagues, our exchanges about our system of education and teaching approaches.
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