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 GROWTH MINDSET - LESSONS FROM POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

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Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at teachers and school staff from pre-school level to primary, secondary, vocational, adult and special needs education, staff of non-government organizations, government and policy makers and company staff as well as students and all those who are interested in the application of fundamental aspects of positive psychology in their work environments and in their daily life. They will learn the tools to enhance their own resilience, recognise their character strengths, recommended approach and activities to support the development of growth mindset - of themselves and their students. Participants are expected to have at least B1 level of English proficiency.

Methodology

Methodology is based on theoretical lessons and experiential and interactive exercises as well as discussions, individual and group activities and experience comparisons.  The course will focus on the development of the often-overlooked but critically important aspects of education, fostering the students’ attitudes and beliefs about their own abilities. These beliefs influence their classroom behavior, academic success and later on – their success in life. By being role models of this mindset, and implementing practical classroom strategies, teachers will set the stage and give students the opportunity for maximising their potential – in school and in their everyday life.

Outcomes
  • Recognizing the importance of mental health as a prerequisite for academic achievement.

  • Developing skills to recognize fixed and growth mindsets and their ramifications in any individual’s lives – their own and their students’

  • Developing skills to recognize the mindsets of other people which will make our students less susceptible to the negative effects of criticism, judgement and viewpoints of others

  • Acquiring attitudes, skills and methods to foster growth mindset development within their students and within themselves

  • Developing communication skills to foster resilience and teach students to develop assertiveness

  • Encouraging our students to face life challenges with more resilience and have a higher level of motivation thanks to mindset shift and new skills acquired.

  • Recognizing negative effects of beliefs on youth motivation and their goal-directed behavior – understanding how beliefs prevents teens to achieve their full potential in life.

  • Engaging in versatile activities to enhance participation of their students

  • Developing positive and respectful relationships as an important part of a student’s emotional and social development.

  • Acquiring interpersonal and intra-personal skills to foster positive relationships in their classrooms

  • Developing communication, collaboration, presentation, problem solving, negotiation, critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Improving English fluency (official language of the course).

  • Promoting intercultural awareness.

  • Sharing experiences of the use of positive psychology in education from different organizations in order to help each of us to be more effective in our work.

  • Developing the online collaboration platform for preparation, dissemination and networking in order to develop future partnerships and projects.

  • Strengthening the European collaboration among people practicing in different contexts.

  • Providing insights into different education systems.

Preparation

After registration participants will receive pre-course questionnaire which will be used by the trainer to learn about participants’ teaching backgrounds and to assess their exact needs. Before the beginning of the course a basic reading list will be suggested to participants to prepare for the training. Participants will also be asked to prepare a presentation about themselves, their professional context and their culture. The presentation will be presented on the first day of the course to facilitate networking opportunities. Participants will receive information about the country they are going to visit in order to prepare them for their cultural experience.

5 days programme (25 hours)

course sessions (Monday to Friday)

  • Introduction of participants, outline of the programme, warm ups and ice breakers

  • Basic human needs and their relationship with life satisfaction, motivation, mindset and school engagement  of our students

  • Growth vs. fixed  mindset – mindsets as powerful predictors of student outcomes

  • Growth mindset – how to  recognize and foster the right set of attitudes and beliefs of our own abilities to achieve the full potential in life

  • Character strengths – recognizing individual strenghts and establishing a foundation in goal-setting and planning.

  • Resilience – process of being able to adapt well times of stress; exercises  to develop and foster resilience; classroom strategies and activities to support students to face their life challenges with more resilience

  • Positive relationships and classroom strategies – important part of a student’s emotional and social development.

  • Individual support

  • Online tools for collaboration on  projects, eTwinning, School Education Platform

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

cultural and social programme

  • Teambilding and networking activities

  • City tour or a cultural trip

Follow up

After the course participants will be asked to share what they have learned with the rest of the staff in their schools. Further books and articles to deepen the topic and contacts with some other practitioners all over Europe and in the world will be suggested by the trainer. The methods shared and explored and the bibliography given will allow the participants to complete and improve their educational path.

CERTIFICATE

Each participant will get a course attendance certificate and we will validate the acquired competences on the Europass Mobility upon request. Please note that we have a paperless policy and all the documents will be delivered in digital form.

COURSE FEE

The course fee is 80 € per day. It includes tuition and materials, cultural and social programme, support in preparation and all the administrative work. There are no additional costs or hidden fees. After registration, you will receive a pro-forma invoice which you will have to pay by bank transaction. You will receive the invoice after you attend the course.

SUBSISTENCE

The course fee doesn't include accommodation and meals and participants are responsible to organize them on their own. In some locations we might be able to recommend or organize subsistence for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us to inquire about any specific location.

REGISTRATION

You can submit a non-biding registration and we will reserve a place for you until you are ready to confirm your participation. cancellations are free until you pay the course fee.

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