The PICK program is a valuable tool that enhances learning while preserving the existing curriculum. Our program excels as it integrates various methods from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics to create an incredibly effective didactic system. Our comprehensive approach takes into consideration educational aspects, as well as the psychology of personality and the sociocultural environment of the student.
The program’s primary goal is to develop creative competencies that stem from everyday cognitive processes. While exceptional creative achievements are not ruled out, the main focus is utilizing these abilities to solve day-to-day problems.
The program aims to significantly enhance intercultural competence by fostering essential cognitive, emotional, and behavioral traits necessary for effective interaction with individuals from diverse cultures. Through the program, students will acquire an in-depth understanding, appreciation, and practical application of cultural factors that impact how people perceive, assess, feel, and act in intercultural situations. This promotes mutual adaptation, tolerance, and productive cooperation in a highly effective manner.
The program employs groundbreaking techniques that facilitate active and systematic language switching. This guarantees an immersive foreign language learning experience while nurturing and enhancing the learner’s native language. Additionally, we provide effective techniques to minimize foreign language anxiety, making our program a top choice for language learners.
The ultimate goal of the program is students’ systemic adaptation, which allows them to proactively and assertively engage with their surroundings while also encouraging them to assess existing social and psychological conditions, gain a strong understanding of their abilities in those conditions, and adhere unwaveringly to the primary objectives of the endeavor.
The program is designed to significantly boost students’ internal motivation for learning, openness to new experiences, assertiveness, self-confidence, emotional intelligence, and curiosity.
Skills and abilities
The primary objective of this program is to significantly enhance language proficiency and communication skills while also targeting goal-setting, attention, creative perception, cultural awareness, and flexibility of thinking.
Consistency and integrity
The PICK program effectively ensures consistency and integrity by seamlessly connecting all its components. It confidently promotes daily engagement in creativity, foreign language study, and intercultural competence, utilizing various cognitive, individual, and sociocultural factors to holistically develop each student.
Collaboration among students, parents, teachers, and administrators is the key to successful socio-pedagogical partnerships. This partnership is founded on trust, shared goals and values, and mutual responsibility for educational development.
Valuing the opinions of all participants in education is crucial to boosting self-confidence and involvement. It is essential to acknowledge that individual differences make these principles achievable. The PICK program does an outstanding job involving as many students as possible in tasks and recognizing their unique traits and interests.
Engaging in two-way conversations with peers and teachers is crucial for PICK program students. This promotes active interaction and communication skill development while also serving as a preventative measure against school bullying. It is imperative to foster a positive environment; this approach is a critical factor in achieving that goal.
Implementing the personification principle to boost emotional intelligence among students is imperative. This principle effectively tackles their emotions and experiences, leading to a notable decrease in adverse reactions during social interactions.
Students must possess the skills to identify and generate their educational assignments, conduct comprehensive research, and work autonomously to thrive in the classroom. These abilities are fundamental in fostering a sense of motivation and personal accountability.
The practical application of knowledge is given the utmost priority in every lesson of the PICK program.
- This program is designed for everyone involved in education regardless of their profile of work and the subject taught.
- You can incorporate acquired knowledge and skills into the existing curriculum because the PICK program does not require separate class time and space.
- During training, you master practical skills in how to work with the PICK program.
- You receive a workbook and other materials to implement the PICK program in your classroom practice.
- You are provided with an opportunity to attend a series of supporting lectures and workshops during the implementation of the PICK program.
• Parents of homeschooled children
- Generate new ideas and put them into practice
- Look at problems from different angles and solve them
- See beauty in the world, and create it.
- Theoretical foundations of creative education. How to activate the creativity of children within the educational process.
- Train to think creatively. How to develop different types of thinking: divergent and convergent, metaphorical and associative.
- Cognitive skills. How to develop the skill of multitasking, task-switching, and selective attention.
- Creative person. How to form a creative personality, encourage creativity and individuality, and develop intelligent risk-taking and a sense of humor.
- Aesthetics. How to develop aesthetic perception and behavior.
- The self. How to develop one’s creative personality traits and abilities to teach a child creativity and grow a creative person.
- Understand how to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse cultures.
- Develop practical intercultural communication skills.
- Manage emotional states for a constructive intercultural conflict resolution
- Acquire creative approaches to intercultural communication
- What is intercultural competence, and why is it essential to develop it?
- We integrate the development of intercultural competence into the educational process.
- How to form cultural awareness within the educational process.
- What are the elements of communication in intercultural communication? Verbal and non-verbal communication.
- How to develop advanced intercultural competence. Active listening, dialogue, and role-playing.
- How to improve presentation skills in the cross-cultural context.
- How to develop emotional intelligence and manage the interlocutor’s emotions and feelings in an intercultural conflict.
- How to use constructive criticism and assertiveness in resolving and preventing intercultural conflicts.
- How to nurture creative constituents of intercultural competence.
- How to stimulate independent judgments, support individuality, and eliminate the fear of making mistakes.
- Understand how to motivate students to learn foreign languages
- Acquire skills to help them overcome their fear of learning a foreign language.
- Learn how to instill plurilingual competencies in students.
- What is the phenomenon of plurilingualism, and how is it different from bi- and multilingualism?
- How to develop plurilingual competencies: code-switching, interlingual games, two-way immersion, and bilingual tasks.
- How to integrate the development of intercultural competence into learning a foreign language.
Lectures and workshops
- The role of intrinsic motivation How to maintain curiosity
- The personal significance of the schooling material
- The concentration of selective attention
- Competitive team environment
- Adult role-modeling Independent thinking
- Directed visualization in the classroom
- Game techniques to maintain motivation
- Dialogue and team problem-solving
- Tolerance of deviant behavior
- Students’ self- and peer-assessment in learning
- The role of psychological climate
- How to maintain a favorable psychological climate
- Stress and how to overcome it
- Ergonomics and aesthetics of the educational space
- Person-centered approach
- Body and meditative practices in the classroom
- Using aromatherapy to optimize learning activities
- Using music therapy to optimize learning activities
- Practicing person-centered interaction between a teacher and a student
- The concept of critical thinking
- How to develop critical thinking in schoolchildren
- Project activity as a method to actualize critical thinking
- Critical thinking development techniques
- Techniques to optimize students’ project activities
What are the techniques in the PICK program?
- The PICK training program is very flexible. Some of the methods are specific associative, metaphorical, dialogical, project, and game-like techniques adapted to a specific academic subject.
- Some of the techniques are psychological and didactic methods of successful communication between a teacher and a student. The teacher independently decides when and what strategies should be used. We do not emphasize mastering a specific learning tool; instead, we focus on the general outline of educational activities.
- The main methods and techniques used by the teacher during the educational process are mixed learning technologies, code-switching methods, brainstorming techniques, psycholinguistic games, associative techniques, metaphorical games, and role-playing games. Special emphasis is placed on establishing a favorable psychological climate and developing students’ emotional intelligence during the lesson. Therefore, we use methods of developing dialogue, active listening, relaxation techniques, meditation, and visualization. As a leitmotiv of the training, we use a project-oriented approach in teaching.
How do we support teachers during implementation?
We provide methodological and psychological support during the implementation of the PICK program.
- Online chats with PICK curators to share experiences and solve current issues.
- Bimonthly online/offline supervisory support groups for a detailed implementation analysis.
- Bimonthly thematic webinars and masterclasses from PICK system experts aiming to deepen theoretical and methodological analysis and practical improvement of specific techniques.
- Webinars, masterclasses, and handouts about the PICK program for parents, teachers, and school administrators to facilitate harmonious social and pedagogical partnerships.
How is training for teachers organized?
The training program comprises three modules that aim to provide teachers with the necessary theoretical and methodological groundwork of the PICK program. It also trains them in plurilingual, intercultural, and creative teaching techniques. It allows them to put various didactic methodologies into practice. The training is conducted every six months, a week before the start of the academic semester. After the training, teachers implement the learned methods in their work with students.
The training algorithm for each module
1. Acquisition of knowledge and skills: Studying the topics of the module and mastering the appropriate techniques. Each day includes the following blocks:
a) Warming-up. Maintaining the physical well-being of participants, mobilizing their internal resources, and stabilizing their emotional state.
b) The main part. Discussion and testing of teaching methods and techniques.
c) Relaxation. Relieving muscle and emotional tension.
d) Reflection. Feedback about the current state of mind, the work done, and expectations from further work.
2. Homework: Prepare a lesson presentation on a selected subject using mastered techniques to independently plan the implementation of PICK techniques in the actual learning process.
3. Project defense: presentation of a prepared lesson, general summary of the module, and a survey of participants.
A teacher receives a training certificate for each completed training module. Teachers who have completed all 3 training modules can sign up for the PICK coaching course to obtain a certificate for conducting PICK training.
What do teachers receive at the training?
- A workbook with step-by-step instructions on implementing acquired PICK methods and techniques.
- A list of sources and literature for more profound development of PICK methods and techniques.
- Visual materials