Are your students thinking outside of the box? Are they open-minded to difference and diversity? Do they feel confident approaching some of the challenges that lie ahead?
The BIG Think is a CPD workshop designed to support educators in bringing SMSC to life. This group training programme has been created to help teachers and educators to develop the tools and methodologies needed to encourage critical thinking, inspiration, empathy building, experimentation and creativity in the classroom. Consistent with your school’s focus on active learning, sessions involve active lesson participation, process overview and facilitation methods to support critical thinking, empathy and emotional health.
Through active participation in ThoughtBox lessons, staff members will experience some of the methodologies available to support facilitation of conversation, debate and deep listening centred around new ways of learning in the classroom. Teachers will be guided through facilitation of a healthy classroom environment to support opposing ideas and empower both students and facilitators.
Teachers will be invited to explore the connections between social, moral, cultural and environmental stories using introductory material from the ThoughtBox SMSC curriculum. The training will introduce methods to encourage students to be more proactive sharing their opinions and feelings on a range of topics by exploring some of the natural sticking points that come up in open discussions and providing educators with a toolkit to create a safe space in the classroom for young people to explore difficult subjects.
The BIG Think examines some of the reasons why we need to encourage our young people to develop critical thinking and emotional health when navigating an uncertain future and explores how we can support this, not just through SMSC but within the wider school learning environment.
Key areas explored within the CPD:
- How can we create safe spaces in the classroom to support dialogue and discussion?
- How can classroom management techniques be used to promote deep listening and active engagement in discussion?
- Why is critical thinking a vital tool for the future and how can our students practise this skill?
- What is the role of empathy in supporting emotional health?
- What sort of toolkit do we need to provide our young people to help them become positive global citizens in an uncertain future?
Meet the Speaker
Rachel Musson is a former English teacher, avid traveller and writer, with over fifteen years’ experience in the classroom and working with young people across a range of countries. She has travelled to over forty different countries and has worked in schools in Tanzania, Nepal and Australia, as well as in a wide range of schools across the UK. Rachel is also a member of the Global DEEP network, an NGO that is working in countries across the world to support and promote diversity, peace-building and cross-cultural dialogue.
As well as delivering workshops and training with ThoughtBox, Rachel has given talks to schools on the following topics
Becoming an effective Global Citizen – The positives and negatives of global education – Volunteering: is it always good thing? – Surviving an Interview – Stress Management – Effective Study Skills – Time Management -Developing Life Skills – The Art of Rhetoric.
Prices and Practicalities
The BIG Think is an interactive training workshop for educators that can be tailored to fit your needs and timings. The training can be part of a stand-alone CPD or as part of the ThoughtBox Journey (see below), which also provides a full SMSC curriculum for KS3-5 and a series of interactive student workshops.
Please get in touch to find out more, to get a quote and to let us know what you are looking for and how we can support your needs.