Playing 4 Soft Skills

Helping students to discover transversal skills through play


By Elena Pedrosa Puerta, Teacher of Plastic Arts and Design, PhD in Audiovisual Communication and Art Therapist. Introduction: from the dispersed to the symbolic, a journey back to the origin For Pablo Beneito, Doctor in Islamic Literature: “The symbolic implies the movement to restore unity, while the diabolical would be the movement to disperse.” (1) […]

9 tips to demonstrate dependability in the workplace

Dependability is a significant soft skill that a person can possess. Being dependable means that you do what you say you will, when you say you will. You can be trusted to complete any task, and you will do it well. A dependable person builds trust by holding him/herself accountable, and if they lead others, […]

Time management: 5 tips to better organize your daily activities

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” With this quote from Victor Hugo we can find out what time management is.  Time management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of […]

Becoming more European with Erasmus

Cultural awareness in the schools One of the key competences of lifelong learning – cultural awareness and expression – includes the ability to appreciate the creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions, as well as active creativity in various expressions like music, arts, fine arts and literature. The European schools are increasingly using a competence […]

Messages from Marina Abramović about effective communication and performative art

Juan Antonio Espinosa  Through their works, artists continually explore the possibilities and limits of communication. The artistic message assumes different functions or meanings: sometimes it intends to transmit what the artist is feeling, other times it explains the situation that he is going through; sometimes, the work serves the artist to say what he thinks […]

Self awareness – and why it is better to ask yourself “what” instead of “why”

How do you feel today?  What made you laugh, what made you angry?  What went pretty well?  Was there something, you would like to change for the next time?  Are you having a good time? Do you think about those questions sometimes? If not – do not hesitate to do so: Scientists and organizational psychologists […]

How can you respond to the motivation and initiative crisis?

“There are three things to remember about education. The first is motivation. The second one is motivation. The third one is motivation.” — Former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel Bell How is it working in actual classroom? When students are learning in hybrid and virtual classrooms, keeping engagement and ensuring motivation is more challenging than […]

What would the world be like without empathy?

Let us reflect for a moment. What is empathy? In the simplest terms, it is the ability to have compassion, to be able to understand another person’s emotional state, to be in a position to imagine and feel that person’s perspective on oneself. It is a skill, not an emotion.  Now imagine a world without […]

Blend in or flex?

How to interact with others? Should we become like them, or should we stay flexible and gracefully accept the fact that we differ? There are many words that try to characterize our ability to find ourselves in various circumstances. One way is to “blend in”, or adopt so many characteristics of those around you that you become one of […]

Desire to learn – a highly required competence in the nowadays labour market

In recent years the development in the labour market happens very rapidly. New businesses models appear, industries get consolidated, organisations are being constantly stretched and reshaped.  It requires both companies, organisations and individuals who are involved in the labour market to adapt, change and learn very quickly. Therefore, today learning to learn competence is something […]