Well-being in the classroom: The What, Why and How of fostering social and academic learning

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Well-being is essential to creating safe, dynamic, and effective learning environments. Well-being is not an “add-on” that we might address if we have extra time. It is at the centre of a child’s ability to learn and a teacher’s capacity to provide high quality instruction spaces for teaching and learning. One of the best things we can do for ourselves, our teams, and our students is to understand exactly what we mean when we talk about well-being - drawing connections with learning, teaching, inclusion, and the school environment.

This 8-10 hour online course module focuses on promoting student and teacher well-being over two weeks. It begins by defining well-being and clarifying its meaning. The following learning modules explore both explicit and implicit approaches, providing strategies to teach well-being explicitly and incorporate it into everyday classroom and school practices.

A key highlight of this course is the significance of teacher well-being on student well-being, supported by research findings. Participants will delve into the documented impact of teacher well-being on the overall classroom atmosphere and student outcomes, recognizing the interconnectedness of the two.

The modules offer practical, hands-on activities that participants can implement to promote well-being in the classroom, the school, and the community.

The course is offered by the European School Education Platform. Visit our website for more information.

Duration and workload

Start date: Monday 15 January 2024

End date: Wednesday 31 January 2024

Duration: 2 weeks

Workload: 8-10 hours

Target audience

Teachers and school leaders from all levels and subjects, as well as other school staff (librarians, nurses, counselors) who are interested in enhancing their knowledge on the field of well-being in the school environment.

Learning objectives

  • Understand what exactly well-being is.
  • Be able to define well-being for their specific educational context.
  • Be able to apply practical strategies to promote well-being in the classroom.
  • Understand the connection between teacher well-being, student well-being, and DEBI (diversity, equity, inclusion, & belonging).
  • Be able to map out a plan for implementing well-being structures in their educational context.

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This content is offered by the European Commission. The European Commission is the European Union's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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  1. How this course works
  2. Module 1: The What – Defining Well-being for your context
  3. Module 2: The Who – Well-being for staff and students
  4. Module 3: The Who Part 2 – Teaming for Well-being
  5. Module 4: The Why – Well-being and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  6. Module 5: The How – Creating a Plan