Teach the European Union Through Collaborative and Student-Centered Learning

Trainer: Roberta Begliomini
Session 1: 9th Dec – 13th Dec 2024
Session 2: 27th Jan – 31st Jan 2025
Location: Florence, Italy
Price: Course, Accommodation and Travel free of charge*
*for Italian participants only course expenditures will be covered.

Important update: Registration are now closed for international mobilities. They will reopen during summer 2024 for the 2nd cycle of seminars.


Description

Following indications by the European Union, schools and teachers are expected to integrate content related to the European Union (e.g., cultural symbols, history, institutions, values, current events, and global issues) into their lessons.

However, teachers might lack the necessary skills and resources to create effective lesson plans and engaging activities that align with EU-related topics.

The course will help schoolteachers (from either primary or secondary schools) introducing EU-related topics in their lessons in an engaging and meaningful way by clarifying the fundamentals of collaborative and student-centered learning.

During the course, participants will learn how to structure engaging lesson plans based on the 4Cs to develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills.

They will also learn how to design effective task-(TBL) and project-based learning (PBL) activities that allow students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world situations. Moreover, participants will focus on how to create appealing warm-ups to effectively enhancing student motivation.

For every methodology, the instructor will always provide practical examples and case studies about how to incorporate the specific learning strategies into learning activities focused on EU-related content.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to create engaging and meaningful lessons that incorporate EU-related topics while also developing their students’ 21st-century skills. They will be better equipped to engage and motivate their students while teaching EU-related topics with collaborative and student-centered methodologies, ultimately contributing to a more informed and active citizenry.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:   

  • Understand the principles of student-centered learning;
  • Apply the principles of student-centered learning in designing engaging lesson plans and activities;
  • Create effective activities that foster the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity).
  • Design and implement TBL and PBL activities focused on EU topics;
  • Create warm-up activities that enhance students’ motivation and engagement
  • Promoting skills related to EU democratic culture.
  • Incorporate archival research and primary sources into classroom instruction for learning about the history of the European Union.

Tentative schedule

1• Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
• Icebreaker activities.
• Presentations of the participants’ schools. 
EU education: an introduction
• Educating to the EU
• What is EU-related content?
• Why teaching EU-related subjects?
• Shared discussion of participants’ needs.
2The 4Cs and the student-centered learning
• Collaborative and Student-Centered Learning;
• The 4 Cs;
• How to structure engaging lessons;
• Choosing the right EU topics to develop activities based on the 4Cs.
3Teaching the EU through TBL and PBL
• TBL and PBL: definitions and differences;
• How to design effective TBL and PBL activities;
• Examples and activities based on EU Topics.
4Creating Appealing Warm up Activities to Potentialize Student Motivation
Introduction
• Motivation: What is it and how to keep it up;
• Developing skills on EU Democratic Culture through Warm up Activities.
5Summing up Active and Collaborative Learning Strategies
• Active and Collaborative Learning Strategies;
• Additional learning Strategies to teach EU related topics;
• Case study: Workshops at the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU).

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    Terms and Conditions  

    1. Europass will organize the courses in its school premises in the center of Florence, Italy;  
    1. All the candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will be admitted based on first-come first-served criterion; 
    1. The course will be offered free of charge for all selected participants; 
    1. Lunch will be provided for free to all participants during the training course. 

    Selected participants will need to 

    1. Take part in the course activities in Florence; 
    1. Create a lesson plan on EU matters for their subject of teaching (on the last day of the course). The lesson plans will be made freely available on the project website; 
    1. organize a workshop at their school involving at least 15 of their colleagues to explain what they have learned during the course, within 6 months after its end; 
    1. Have at least 15 users (students or teachers) taking one of the free-of-charge EUTEAM online courses (5h online self-paced course in English) within 6 months after the end of the course.  

    There is no reimbursement available for Italian participants.  

    Participants from abroad will be provided with accommodation and with a lump sum reimbursement for transports and dinners.  

    Upon the completion of all the requirements, non-Italian participants will receive a reimbursement of € 375 each if they accept to sleep in a double room with another participant of the same gender, and € 200 if they want a single room.   


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    Notes

    The course has been created as a part of the European project EU-TEAM: European Teachers on the Move, co-funded by the European Union. Materials of the course are freely available for school teachers and online users in the Massive Open Online Course Teach the EU through Collaborative and Student-Centered Learning.

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