Donatas Petkauskas

is professional supervisor, coach and experiential learning trainer, having more than 15 years of experience in consulting various organizations and individuals, creating and conducting training course on national and international levels. Donatas has extensive experience in non-formal education, training of youth workers and trainers. He is working in the field of non-formal education since 2003, since 2004 he is a member of trainers pool of Lithuanian National Agency (currently an alumni).
  • Why did I choose this tool? There are several approaches to the behavior of the participants that are not convenient for the trainer/facilitator and might become annoying for the group of learners. I chose this tool to introduce one of the approaches – connecting difficult behaviour with the types of personalities and having a prepared list of strategies that can…

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  • Reflectly

    Why did I choose this tool? Reflectly is a very easy to use and also kind of a fun way to reflect on the day and on different topics about yourself, your work, people, values, behaviours, dreams, etc. How does this apply to being a trainer? Being a trainer requires a lot of analysis of what is happening in the…

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  • Openness and acceptance

    Why did I choose this tool? I chose to construct this tool in a way that several approaches to openness would be covered as openness is an extremely broad concept. I chose the theoretical input from the handbook for youth workers as it is written in a deep, sensitive and comprehensive manner. I like reading it, I hope you will…

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  • Empathy

    Empathy

    Why did I choose this tool? While there is plenty of information about how important empathy is in education, I believe it is important to connect it better with the need of the trainer to support learners in identifying their learning needs. Because of that, the part of active listening and observing seemed important to me. How does this apply…

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  • Authenticity

    Authenticity

    Why did I choose this tool? Daring to share emotions and insights, honestly takes a lot of effort because you need to make peace with yourself, accept yourself for who you really are and accept the things that you’re thinking about. If we are willing to support learners in identifying their real learning needs, we need to encourage the realness…

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  • What works in guiding and supporting learning

    Why did I choose this tool? I chose this tool because I believe it is important to make a distinction not only between encouraging – confronting the learners, but also by supporting and encouraging in a way that is useful for the learners’ personal and professional development. How does this apply to being a trainer? Trainer’s role is versatile and…

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  • Probing questions

    Why did I choose this tool? I chose this tool, because I believe that asking the right questions at a right time is the most powerful tool of learning. Also since I find probing questions not that easy to master, I propose to start with getting acquainted to examples of them and start introducing them one by one into your…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? I chose this tool because of its simplicity as an introduction to the educational relationship that can be achieved while working with groups of (young) people. In order to establish a relationship with a learner as a skill, the main approaches for creating professional relationship need to be internalized, practiced and reflected. How does…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? Building a relationship is somewhat magic and individual in each case. Therefore there are no universal rules that would guarantee an educational relationship. This is an incomplete list of ideas that might work. How does this apply to being a trainer? A youth worker and a trainer in the youth field both do educational…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? This is an introductory tool to non-formal education principles, which helps to put into perspective supporting the learner, choosing the “correct” educational approach and creating a learning environment. I use the introduction to NFE principles at the beginning of a training program so the participants can better comprehend what is going to happen and…

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