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The module focuses on the psychological aspects to be addressed and taken into account to understand the pupils’ personal aptitudes and characteristics, to identify those aspects that must be considered to personalize their education path, motivation to study and the risk factors that can lead to the decision of abandoning school.

Understanding pupils

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Chapter 2 - Different roles: teachers, counsellors, psychologists
Different roles in the staff.
Teacher usually is responsible for the cognition of pupils’ strengths and weaknesses, emotional and motivational state, encouragement, and support during the learning process. Teachers have to be able to understand pupils as personalities, to clarify what feelings and experiences pupils bring from their families and social environment, to cooperate with other staff members- counsellors, psychologists in identifying pupils’ interests, aptitudes, inclinations and potentials in order to develop personalized guidance service to motivate them to learn and proceed their educational pathway towards the career and life style that might suit them the best in the future.

Counsellor evaluates pupils’ abilities and interests through aptitude assessments, interviews, and individual planning; identifies issues that impact school performance; helps pupils understand and overcome social or behavioural problems through classroom guidance lessons and counselling; counsels individuals and small groups based on pupils special needs; helps pupils create plans to achieve academic and career goals; collaborates with teachers, administrators, representatives of the labour market and parents aiming to help pupils succeed; teaches pupils about certain topics, such as bullying, drug abuse, assists in planning their future educational and career path. Counsellors help pupils to identify their hidden potential, aptitudes and skills, to identify the main areas of improvement, to enhance motivation to continue their educational pathway.

Psychologist’s responsibility covers identification and deeper understanding of personal strengths, difficulties, psychological aspects of self- cognition, provision of psychological consultations to pupils, teachers and parents; consultations on career development, social, communication and self-control training; training and development of leadership and conflict resolution. The role of a psychologist is particularly important in the upper grades, when individual education plans are made, when pupils get interested in psychology and career development. Psychologists play the most important role in cognitive development of adolescents

Special education teacher is responsible for identification of special development needs and for providing consultations in case of learning difficulties. Special education teacher takes care about pupils' adaptation at school, attendance, training of social communication skills, learning motivation.

In a well functioning school environment cooperation exists among all the staff members. Team work is the most effective. Teachers, counsellors and psychologists working in a team, in close collaboration help pupils to adjust to the school environment at different stages of their development. They help pupils in the formation of a positive attitude towards school and education, in identifying and dealing with behaviour and learning difficulties, they help pupils to unveil their interests and attitudes, to plan and implement personalized educational and career plans.
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Date: 2016.09.13

Posted by Aneta - Lithuania

It provides a lot of useful information that is essential towards pupils’ understanding.

Date: 2016.09.13

Posted by Beata Višniak-Bakšienė - Lithuania

This section contains specific information that makes it possible to define the classes’ structure, provides future activities and direction.

Date: 2016.08.03

Posted by L. Barrada - Spain

For the e-learning package, I am sure I will use some of the chapters in the near future. I keep them to use them with my own resources.

Date: 2016.07.10

Posted by Palumbo Luana - Italy

This section is very important because it gives all the tools to understand the pupils’ needs, the level of their skills, their dreams about a future job. For teachers it is also useful because it offers a series of tests to know and exalt the pupils’ potentialities. Teachers can also inform pupils about the concrete possibilities of working and living abroad.
The contents of the package are undoubtedly very useful, because they permit the deep knowledge of all the possibilities offered by the labour market.
In particular the “Job profiles section offers an exhaustive explanation of how the labour market requests new profiles or is modifying the existing ones., Finally it will be important to improve the section of test so students can start to think about their skills and aptitudes

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by I. Jacquard - France

The contents are really interesting and there are a lot of online resources.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Emanuela Gheorghiu - Romania

The first module Understanding pupils highlights important theoretical psychological aspects which should be considered in order to understand and identify students’ personal aptitudes and characteristics; these aspects are useful when personalizing students’ education pathway towards the most suitable career and life style for them.
The last chapter strikes a balance between theory and practice by providing teachers and counsellors with best practices, experiences and success stories related to career planning, guidance and counselling.

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