The aim of the course is to give experience on and basic information on group dynamics and social skills, give tools to observe group process and also how to create better school and classroom climate and to discuss how to use this knowledge in the classroom.
Providing basic knowledge of group dynamics includes: phases of group development, emotions (feeling, naming and understanding the sources), roles in a group, communication, leadership, norms and conflicts and cohesiveness
Observing the group dynamics in the classroom includes: observing verbal communication, observing hidden meanings of communication and learning to analyse the social context: positions of group members, climate, resources and the weaknesses of the group
Providing tools to make positive interventions to the group dynamics includes: starting the group, supporting the partnership in a group, creating norms of a group, creating goal oriented group and finishing the group process.
Providing basic knowledge of social skills includes: intrapersonal skills, interpersonal skills, group skills and organisational skills.
Providing tools to create classroom climate which support learning social skills includes: creating safety and trust in a group, creating openness in a group, creating cohesiveness and tackling with conflict
Providing adequate methods to teach social skills includes: co-operation, discussions, giving positive and constructive feedback, games, playing, role playing and situational analysis
Learn to recognise our own power and weakness as a group leader includes: being aware and evaluating of own behaviour and its influence to the group, being aware and processing of own emotions and feelings in a group and being aware of those areas as a group leader one should develop.