Course dates:

22 - 28 July 2018, Riga, Latvia (Level 1, in En or in Ru)

Sept 2018, Riga, Latvia (Level 1, dates to be confirmed, in En)

October 2018Cantalupa, Piedmont, Italy (Level 1, in En)

February 2019, Daugavpils, Latvia (Level 2, dates to be confirmed,  in English or in Russian)

The course can also be organised on demand, either as a residential or in-house. Dates and locations of the courses can be changed upon request. Contact us for details.

(deadline for grant applications in your National Agency is Feb 2018)

 

Objective:

  • Provide the participants with tools for the development of creativity and thinking skills of learners.

Who should attend:

  • Teachers and teacher trainers of various subjects and age groups of learners.
  • Policy makers and educational administrators.
  • Professionals interested in the development of creativity and thinking skills.

Course contents (see detailed programme below):

  • Practical tools for the development of creativity and thinking skills across curriculum.
  • Problem solving and research with learners of various subjects and age groups.
  • Examples of lessons and their analysis together with the participants.

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants know practical tasks and technologies for the development of thinking skills in the learning process.
  • Participants understand the difference between thinking and non-thinking tasks in the learning process.
  • Participants are willing to join professional community working towards better integration of creativity & thinking in any learning activity.

Facilitators:


Dr Alla Nesterenko

A teacher, teacher trainer and researcher in the field of key competences in school education. A certified TRIZ specialist.




natalia origNatalia Kovilina

A teacher and teacher trainer specialising in the development of thinking skills in teaching Russian. Deputy head of Daugavpils Russian Lyceum.

 

 


Dr. Alexander Sokol

A teacher, teacher trainer, researcher in the field of thinking skills in language education. Principal developer of the Thinking Approach to language teaching and learning.

 

Preliminary programme:

DAY 1
10:00-16:00 Arrival
16:30-18:00 Introduction & getting to know each other
18:00-19:00 Course aims and finalisation of the programme
19:30 Welcome dinner

DAY 2
09:00-10:30 What is thinking? Thinking Task Framework
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 My approach to the development of thinking skills
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 Typical thinking tasks: thinking vs. non-thinking
17:00-17:30 Coffee break & country presentations
17:30-19:00 Developing tasks for own classroom
19:30- Dinner

DAY 3
09:00-10:30 Thinking Task Framework: challenge & contextualisation
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Thinking Task Framework: strategy & reflection
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Yes-no training as a tool for learning to deal with problems
15:30- Cultural activity followed by dinner

DAY 4
09:00-10:30 Organising learners' research: synthesis of objects
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Organising learners' research: establishing effects
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 Planning learners' research in own context
17:00-17:30 Coffee break & country presentations
17:30-19:00 Research: success measures

DAY 5
09:00-10:30 Development of own thinking tasks
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Thinking lessons: essential features
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Thinking lessons: video fragments & experiences
15:30- Cultural activity followed by dinner

DAY 6
09:00-10:30 Preparation of a series of thinking lessons for own context
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Sharing lessons with colleagues and feedback
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 Overview of TA electronic resources
17:00-17:30 Coffee break and country presentations
17:30-19:00 Development of action plans for the coming months
20:00 Gala dinner

DAY 7
09:00-10:00 Overview of the Thinking Approach and future plans
10:00-11:00 Validation of learning outcomes
11:00-12:00 Feedback on the course and certification
Departure

 

Course Price

We offer a flexible approach to course fees to ensure that you are able to choose the most appropriate option for your needs.

OPTION 1. ERASMUS+ PACKAGE
(best option for partners receiving an Erasmus+ grant and planning long-term collaboration with TA Group)

  • Total price per package per participant – EUR 1400

The price includes 7 days tuition and seminar materials, 6 nights accommodation in a single room, all meals and coffee breaks during the course, social programme during the course, distant support of each participant during a year + organisation support during a year.

For you reference: when obtaining an Erasmus+ grant, the amount you will receive for each participant from your organisation will be in the range of EUR 1500-1800 + travel expenses, depending on the country you come from and where the course takes place. Thus, the amount of the grant will always be enough to cover all the costs associated with the course.

Feel free to contact us if something remains unclear.

 

OPTION 2. CUSTOMIZED PAYMENT
(The option is for partners interested in a particular course or one of the additional services we offer. You can select any of the services or their combination)

  • Course fee – EUR 1250

The price includes 7 days tuition and seminar materials, 6 nights accommodation in a single room, all meals and coffee breaks during the course, and the social programme during the course.

  • Distant support – EUR 250 per year per person (optional)

The price includes online support (answers to questions, comments on reflection, participation in webinars and other online events) during the year following the course.

  • Organisation support – EUR 250 per year per person (optional)

The price includes online support for the organisation at the stage of application and reporting, as well as the possibility to have consultation on administrative issues during the project implementation.

 

DISCOUNTS

Each partner organisation participating in the courses is eligible to one of the following discounts:

 

  • 10% discount for each participant that attends Level 1 and Level 2 courses during one year;
  • 10% discount for each participant if the total number of participant from one organisation that attend the courses during the year is 10 and more.

Additionally you can have a discount if two participants from your organisation are accommodated in a twin room (this discount is available in some of the venues only and should be confirmed by the organisers first)

Information about previous courses:

Photos from the previous courses: June 2013, Feb 2015, Feb 2015, April 2015Sept 2015, Nov 2015, July 2016

Participants' feedback from the previous courses: June 2013, Feb 2015, Sept 2015, Nov 2015, July 2016

Video feedback from former participants (various courses 2014 - 2016)

Video feedback from former participants (various courses 2009 - 2016)

The number of places on each course is limited, therefore we are asking you to contact us as soon as possible if you would like to book a place.

 

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