The Primary Classroom as the First Democratic Space - Strasbourg
Available in: Tenerife, Strasbourg, Athens
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If we wish the citizens of the future to participate fully in the democratic process, to perceive society as fair and just, and to use their voice and actions to transform our society into a better place, then we need to make some fundamental changes to the way we are teaching them, right from the word go, at Preschool and at Primary levels.
Far from getting credit for sitting quietly and doing as they are told, children should perceive the classroom as a democratic place where they have a voice and a vote, every activity involving and implementing fairness and choice. Autonomy, creativity, and positive attitudes are evaluated, as well as the content. This course aims to demonstrate how the classroom can reflect and emulate a just society, giving children a real living experience of the workings and processes of democracy.
Working with classroom activities that promote emotional intelligence, creative thinking, and active listening, we experiment with how to assist children to express and fulfill their needs, desires, and aspirations, without crushing or dismissing those of others. We will see and trial a style of classroom management in which children participate democratically: Choosing the order of the activities, creating the classroom rules, taking the register, setting up and judging competitions and games, deciding what to write, what to draw, and how to act, with the reassurance that their grades will value the way they think and act, as well as what they know.
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Course categories: Classroom Management and School Innovation
Classroom Management: Do you want your students to be more focused in class? Thanks to the new educational techniques (such as the flipped classroom, project-based learning, remote teaching, collaborative learning, student-centered learning) your students will participate in class with more enthusiasm creating a fruitful and healthier classroom environment. In our Classroom Management courses, you will enhance your ability to include students with special needs and motivate everyone. Furthermore, you will have the chance of learning how to manage a multicultural classroom and prevent possible conflicts.
School Innovation: Both students’ needs and institutional demands nowadays change so quickly that is not always easy to keep up with the latest requirements. These courses provide school principals, managers, and teachers with new tools to face an ever-changing society. Our training courses about project management, entrepreneurship, team building, and mentoring will help you make the most of new trends in school administration. You also have the chance to get familiar with the most interesting educational systems in Europe, such as the German VET system, the Finnish school system, or the Italian preschool education. Finally, you can also explore innovative methodologies to foster a more creative and inclusive school environment.
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