Spice up Formal Education

– Non-formal education to improve the learners’ motivation.

Topic/ theme: non-formal education methods, activities and tools in the formal environment

 At your request, the courses can be structured for a different schedule (5 or 7  training days).

Sending partners: educational organizations involved in formal, non-formal and informal learning: schools, adult training centers, resource centers and other relevant organization active in the adult education field established in Erasmus+ program countries.

 Participants: 20-25 adults involved in education

Course fee: According to the Erasmus+ guide, including course preparation, training, training materials, administration costs, organizational costs and 24 hours emergency support.

Trainers: multinational team of trainers – Portuguese, Romanian and Maltese, SALTO affiliated, with specialization courses in more than 15 European countries.

Languages used: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French. The training materials will be provided in English. On request, Spanish and French.

Profile of the participants:

The participants are teachers or adult trainers active in the sending organization interested in non-formal education methods, with or without previous experience, willing to develop themselves professionally not only through the course, but by involving themselves in preparatory and follow up activities. They must be interested in other cultures and in developing the institution’s European dimension.

Objectives:

– to develop competences regarding applying non-formal education in different formal settings in order to improve the motivation of the students

– to share best practices and transfer knowledge and methods between different cultural zones and different learner ages

– to develop tools (a guide, a digital game etc.) about ways of applying non-formal education in the formal environment for different age groups

– to enable participants non-formal activities and techniques for their own teaching context in order to improve the motivation of their students

– to increase participants’ confidence in working with non-formal methods, using their own qualities, talents, differences, as well as the collective intelligence of the home team they will guiding in the valorisation process

– to promote European cooperation in the field of education within the framework of the Erasmus+ program by partnership building

 Methodology

Most of the educational approaches are inspired from constructivist pedagogy. The project has a holistic approach and uses various tools during the different activities.

Days Module Details of activities and methodology
Days 1,2 Culture and interculturality  Intercultural games. Working in an international project – how to communicate and connect. Team building: working with colleagues and parents – practical exercises followed by a debate. Stereotypes and prejudices in the classroom.
Cultural Isla – project tour exploring exterior manifestations of culture
Day 3,4 Communication Communication (assertive, aggressive, passive). Adapting communication to the age group. Games for improving communication. Non-verbal communication in the work environment and in the classroom.
Day 5
Group dynamics. Intra and inter group dynamics. Tools for working with groups, group building activities. Working with stakeholders.
Midterm evaluation
Days 6,7,8
Education methods (formal, non-formal, informal) Study visit to a local institution applying non formal education methods. Dissemination of previous European projects applying non-formal and informal methods made by all partners.
Research project followed by role play: Salto: choose a method and apply it!
Creativity methods in the class room.
Exploring the urban landscape – Isla as an outdoor education resource.
Day 9
Evaluation Dissemination and valorization activities planning. Using European certification tools: Europass Mobility certificate, upgrading the Europass Language Passport and Europass Skills Passport. Project evaluation.Certification ceremony.