Parents' skills for 21st Century

We are proud to introduce a free parenting course which will be run once per week over four weeks by Potential Plus

The course will run from 6pm – 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th February, 7th March, 14th March, 21st March. 

We have 10 places which we will allocated first come-first served basis. If you are interested and can commit for all four weeks, please email to RSVP.

21st Century Skills Short Course Outline

 Week 1 – What are 21st century skills? How do we prepare our children for an uncertain future?

This introductory session is a chance to foster a sense of community within the group. Participants share what has brought them along to the workshop; where they come from; how old their children are and their values. This is an important chance to create a familiar and welcoming atmosphere and indirectly, the group becomes a safe space in which to share experiences and ideas and to learn from each other and from the course leader. 

This session also introduces the aims of the course, which are:

1.   To understand the challenges and opportunities that we face in the 21st century.

2.   To understand what is meant by 21st century skills.

3.   To understand the unique role you have as a parent or carer in the education of your child.

4.   To appreciate the joy of learning and to learn how to model that joy to your children.

5.   To feel more confident in your own abilities: to come up with ideas, to work with others, and to express your ideas.

Week 2 – Creative Thinking: why now is the time to think creatively!

This workshop follows on from the end of the first workshop with another creative thinking challenge, which demonstrates just how hard it can be to think outside of the box as adults. This activity enables collaboration and even demonstrates how important resilience and perseverance are.

1.   An introduction to creativity: what is it and why is it vital?

2.   A discussion about why and how we lose our creative confidence as we grow up.

3.   A discussion about what education is for.

4.   What we can do.

5.   Your children can help you!

6.   Why now is the time to be creative.

7.   What is stopping us from thinking creatively?

8.   How we can work with our children and learn with them and from them:

9.   How to be creative:

Week 3 – Curiosity: How to encourage an inquisitive mind.

Curiosity, in its truest and simplest form, is taking an interest and engaging with others. To illustrate this, we open this workshop by asking everyone to share where they come from and what matters to them. “An essential part of the process of enabling students and piquing their curiosity is understanding where they come from and what is going on in their lives.” Ken Robinson. As parents and educators, we can model curiosity simply by taking an interest in our children’s interests, in asking questions or even just listening and asking them to tell us more! By taking an interest in each other, we are forming a connection, which is essential for learning. “The key to raising achievement is to recognise that teaching and learning is a relationship. Students need teachers who connect with them. And above all, they need teachers who believe in them.” Ken Robinson.

Week 4 – Joining the Dots

In this concluding workshop, we bring together everything we have learnt during the workshops and we incorporate any key concerns the group might have, be it strategies for positive parenting or how to harness the internet and gaming to support our children’s learning.

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