E-Motion in the Classroom

Course Description

There is an increased number of students suffering from various small or severe traumatic experiences all of which can become an obstacle in their learning. These may lead to feelings of shame, fear, anger, guilt, etc. In many cases the cognitive abilities of students are negatively affected by these daunting experiences, and so their performance decreases as a result. So it is imperative that teachers in the everyday classroom are equipped with tools to find out about these as early on as possible, and offer opportunities for healing either by taking them through various activities or by guiding them to experts if necessary. This will help students move towards emotional states, such as courage, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, and peace, all of which support not only their learning but their wellbeing.

Teachers will be presented with a pack of activities and materials they can use in their classrooms with students between ages 6 to 16. This pack will include tips, activities, methods and materials to deal with bullying, fear, loss, anger, and also to help students learn about happiness, love, and peace.

Methodology & Assessment

The vast majority of teachers will have experienced the negative impact of traumatic experiences on learning either from their own experiences as students or as teachers. So the main goal of the course is for participants to become equipped with the necessary tools to either prevent these traumatic situations in their school or help students heal from them as part of their everyday teaching.

Participants will prepare a personal action plan to implement ideas learnt on the course not only in their everyday teaching but also disseminate ideas in order to create a school-culture where dealing with emotions become an integral part of education, realising its importance in learning.

Learning outcomes

  1. Increased awareness of emotions in development and learning: Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the different emotion types and their role in development and learning.
  2. Increased self-awareness and self-regulation: Participants will develop a deeper insight into their own emotional states, and their impact on their communication and behavior in the classroom. In addition, participants will gain a variety of techniques they can use to regulate their own emotions to be able to help learners achieve the same.
  3. Increased understanding of students and their needs: Participants will gain several ways to find out about the emotional states of their students in order to help them regulate them.
  4. Increased expertise and skill in using techniques and methods to help students deal with emotions: Participants will gain knowledge and become skilled at using different techniques helping students deal with emotions and heal from possible traumatic experiences.
  5. Enhanced teamwork and collaboration: Participants will gain the skills necessary to work collaboratively with team members, communicate effectively, and manage conflicts to achieve common goals.
  6. Sharing and learning good practices: Participants will have the opportunity to openly share challenges they experienced with their students who went through different emotional states, and ways they overcame those.

Learning Programme and Tasks

Day 1 Icebreaking activities
  • Participants will participate in a number of fun get-to-know-each other activities in which they introduce themselves and their school.
  • Participants will gain of overview of the basic emotion types and their role in development and learning.
  • Participants will identify their specific goals for the course.
  • Working mode: individual, pair and group-work to work with the emotion types, their goals, and mingling to get-to-know- each other
Day 2 Current challenges and best practices
  • Participants will share current challenges they experience with their students’ emotional states, and practices of dealing with emotions
  • Participants will learn about general methods and techniques to find out about students’ emotional states and to help students heal from possible traumatic experiences. Some of these are: drama, creative writing, songs, literary texts, poems, question-types for guided chats, and many more.
  • Working mode: individual, pair and group-work
Day 3 Best practices in practice
  • Participants will try out a number of activities, techniques to help students heal from possible traumas. These activities and materials are suitable for a number of different types of lessons and school subjects.
  • Working mode: individual, pair and group-work
Day 4 Reflection
  • Participants will reflect on their experiences with the activities they have tried out and identify ways they can incorporate them into their everyday teaching.
  • Working mode: individual, pair and group-work
Day 5 Show what you have learnt!
  • Working in teams, participants will look at various scenarios and find appropriate solutions to help students in each case. Participants then will present their ideas and solutions to their peers.
Day 6 Action plan
  • Participants will look back to see how much of their goals has been achieved
  • Participants will draw up an action plan of how they plan to implement the ideas learnt into their teaching and how the on-site dissemination activity will unfold following the SPRE.
  • Participants will present these to each other in order to evaluate each other’s action plans for implementation and dissemination, and respond to any queries raised. This will be followed by reflection on their action plans.
  • Course wrap-up and awarding the certificates.
Language level: English B2 and above*
Locations: Budapest (Hungary) and Pula (Croatia)
Time: 9 AM to 2:30 PM daily (extracurricular activities outside of learning activities)
Dates: Budapest: 29 April – 3 May, 13-17 May, 8-12 July 2024 (5 days, 25 lessons)
Pula 29 July – 3 August, 2024 (6 days, 30 lessons)
Price: €430 (5 days), €510 (6 days) including extracurricular cultural activities and welcome dinner

*The language of the course is English, linguistic aid may be provided for speakers of Hungarian with lower language abilities

The course complies with all rules as set in the Quality Standards of the Erasmus+ program. Extracurricular activities are in addition to the lessons, and study groups are international. Note: should the latter condition not be met, participants will be informed 40 days in advance.

Payment facilities: participants with funding from the actual year’s project budget may ask to request a deposit of EUR 100 to guarantee their places on the course and pay the rest of the fees later.

It is possible to take part in 2 consecutive courses, please book both separately. A price reduction of 110% will be applied.