BUILDING A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT- Classroom management, communication skills, effective teaching and learning (6-day/ 7-day course) Limassol

A positive, productive learning environment in the classroom is fundamental to students' academic, emotional and social success and progress. Teachers who establish classrooms that are supportive, caring, challenging, and academically strong build a positive learning environment. Classroom management techniques; communication skills; effective strategies for teaching and learning; discipline methods; effective routines and climate are basic components of a positive learning environment in the classroom that allows students to feel comfortable and safe; enhance their motivation and progress; and develop the sense of belonging.

This 6-day course gives participants theoretical background about how to build a positive learning environment in classroom and in school, as well as practical guidelines to integrate activities and implement programmes across the areas of curriculum and school life. Discussions, site visits and group work will enrich sharing ideas and exchange of practice between participants. There is also the possibility to extend the course to 7-day.

The  cost for 6-day course is  480 euro and for 7-day course is 560 euro. It  includes course fees, course material, entrance to museums and tours.

Objectives

During the course, participants will:

  • examine techniques for effective Classroom management
  • examine routines, norms and practices that improve teaching and learning
  • discover ways to develop Teacher –student relationships and communication skills with the students
  • learn techniques to maximize students’ attention
  • learn productive  ways for time management and controlling stress  and pressure
  • understand and address students’ diversity during teaching
  • learn ways to handle behavioral problems like indiscipline, racism and bullying
  • examine the use of technology for classroom management; for sharing data & communication; for creative activities
  • observe and discuss recorded teaching lessons
  • visit sites, museums and monuments in Cyprus and plan activities/ programmes
Methodology

The working methods that are used are highly practical and participatory. The experiential method is used to encourage the search for contemporary pedagogical theories and teaching approaches. The hands-on approach is used to examine real examples, case studies, surveys and simulations. The group activities foster mutual learning, cooperation and collaboration between participants. The discussions encourage sharing ideas, intercultural dialogue and the exchange of good practices between the participants. Social, networking and cultural activities give participants the opportunity to establish professional cooperation and links with teachers, staff, schools and organisations in Europe. At the end of the course, participants fill in an e-questionnaire for evaluation.

Preparation

After confirming registration, participants will be informed about the details of the course (arrival, daily programme). Participants will be able to introduce themselves and bring a few examples of routines and practices that they apply to their teaching.

Course schedule
DAY 1
  • The importance of a positive learning environment
  • A positive learning environment & Lifelong learning skills
  • Activities for team building
  • Classroom management
  • Teaching procedures and routines
  • ICT tools for sharing data & communication
DAY 2
  • Visit to Limassol Old city center, Carob Mill Museum, Medieval Castle & Museum and other monuments.
  • Doing activities in the city center.
  • Data collection for the group work.
  • DAY 3
    • Classroom setup
    • Teacher –student relationships
    • Communication skills
    • Activities that encourage communication
    • Non-verbal communication
    • Time management
    • Maximizing students’ attention
    • ICT tools for creative activities
    • Teaching & learning outdoors
    • Teaching & learning outdoors
    DAY 4
    • Controlling stress
    • Interactive teaching strategies
    • Understanding and addressing students’ diversity
    • How do we deal with classroom diversity?
    • Multicultural & Intercultural education
    • Intercultural activities in a multicultural classroom
    • Handling indiscipline and other behavoural problems
    • Activities that enhance the sense of belonging
    DAY 5
    • Dealing with racism
    • Dealing with bullying
    • Good practices for facing behavioural problems
    • Teaching skills & teachers’ competence
    • Activities in

    -Limassol Archaeological museum

    • Data collection for group work.
    DAY 6
    • School climate & policy
    • Curriculum
    • Dealing with parents
    • Relationships with staff and administration
    • Activities for Secondary Education
    • Participants complete the group work, presentation of group work, review of the course, certificates.
    DAY 7 (optional)
    • TOUR TO PAPHOS TOWN
      It includes a tour with 5-stops (9:00 am- 5:00 pm)
      • Tomb of the kings
      • Catacomb of Agia Solomoni
      • Paphos Archaeological Park with Roman mosaics
      • Paphos Medieval Castle and port
      • Petra tou Romiou (birthplace of Aphrodite).
    Course fees
      480 euro (6-day) & 560 euro (7-day)

      Sessions

        20.01.2024 - 25.01.2024
        16.03.2024 - 21.03.2024
        01.06.2024 - 06.06.2024
        20.07.2024 - 25.07.2024 Confirmed
        02.11.2024 - 07.11.2024
        07.12.2024 - 12.12.2024
        18.01.2025 - 23.01.2025
        15.03.2025 - 20.03.2025
        31.05.2025 - 05.06.2025
        28.06.2025 - 03.07.2025
        26.07.2025 - 31.07.2025
        25.10.2025 - 30.10.2025
        29.11.2025 - 04.12.2025