Teacher's Professional Development

We in BSS have developed a highly effective system for the continuous training of the teachers. Special attention was paid to the successful model of personnel recruitment and development at the BSS in the report, made by the inspectors, during their recent visit to the school.

Thinking-Based Learning – The teacher-training program that the Harvard graduate Robert Swartz TBL introduces teachers to a new methodology for teaching curricular content. This involves the infusion of higher-order thinking skills into content instruction in ways that prompt students to use these thinking skills to develop a deeper understanding of the delivered curricular content. It reverses the trend which makes lecturing and passive student learning a norm in the classroom. Most educators nowadays realise that this approach does not work.

Lateral Thinking by Eduard de Bono: The 6 Thinking Hats.

Concept-Based Learning by Lynn Erickson. Concept-based learning is about big transferable ideas that transcend time, place, experience. Concepts are a way to organise and make sense of learning. Concept-based learning is a framework to learn anything about any subject.

In SUGGESTOPEDIA – known as Accelerative Learning in some countries – the delivery of the material takes place in an exciting environment where pleasure, efficiency and personal fulfillment are crucial for the process of learning. Suggestopedia is a dynamic and innovative teaching method that stems from a new vision of learning. Based on the most recent research on how our brains and memories work, this approach organises the academic material in special ways, which make the mind remember spontaneously and then integrate this into what the learner already

Visual Tools and Maps for Transforming Information Into Knowledge by David N. Hyerle When implemented on a whole school basis, Visual Mapping is a common visual language that provides a consistent and brain-compatible way for teachers to present information, and for students to learn and retain it. Visual tools are a set of tools to allow teachers to present their existing curriculum in a more meaningful way.

Personal development through the application of the HABITS OF MIND by Arthur Costa. The Habits of Mind are an identified set of 16 problem solving, life-related skills, necessary to effectively operate in society and promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity, and craftsmanship. The understanding and application of these 16 Habits of Mind serve to provide the individual with skills to work in real life situations that equip that person to respond using awareness (cues), though, and intentional strategy in order to gain a positive outcome.

Personal development through Youth Effectiveness Training (YET) of Thomas Gordon we are developing pupils’ communication skills, helping them to become aware of their important needs, to make and keep friends, to tune in to others, to overcome fears that block them, to resolve conflicts instead of arguing and fighting, to relate to people who are different from them.

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