SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS (SEN), INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM IN REYKJAVÍK - ICELAND

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Contact: info@pmserasmusplus.com
Organization ID (OID): E10039300

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COURSE INFORMATION
This ‘Special Education Needs (SEN), Inclusion and Diversity in the classroom’ course is designed for teachers and school staff from pre-school through to secondary level, alongside those teaching vocational education, adults and special-educational needs; it is also appropriate for staff of non-government organisations, government and policy makers, as well as company staff. Participants are expected to have at least a B1 level of English.

The course will focus on how to create an inclusive, diverse classroom environment, considering the wide range of experiences and educational backgrounds – including those which may not be immediately apparent – of our teachers and students.

As educators, we have the responsibility to ensure our students are prepared to work in diverse environments, being readily able to collaborate with those offering different perspectives. When we incorporate a variety of perspectives into our teaching and provide students with new ways of perceiving their environment, we are preparing them to be part of a diverse workforce. Diversity enriches us and it can be a powerful tool for the development of our teaching approaches.
In a context where socio-economic and political changes are affecting the way we think, communicate and, therefore, behave, any educator should renew their approaches towards a more inclusive classroom – which can eventually create a more inclusive society.
Independently of what lesson, workshop or speech you are delivering, there are changes you could make to your classroom and your own approaches to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all. It is well known that any academic success does not rely only on students’ independent work but also on a teacher’s approach and ability to adapt their content to students with specific learning styles and needs: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein.

This course will also provide you with a wide range of knowledge and strategies to be used and adapted into the classroom regardless of subject discipline.

METHODOLOGY
As educators we conceptualise diversity with the understanding that each student brings unique experiences, strengths and ideas. These differences can be along dimensions of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, age, special needs, religion, political beliefs, personal values or ideology. The course will explore these areas using participation, including workshops, practical exercises, roleplay, problem-solving exercises, theorical presentations, learning types, case studies, stories, practical demonstrations and other dynamic techniques.

In addition, we would like to include a visit to some cultural community projects that promoted diversity by facilitating the interaction of different people working together to create respectful and save environment. As well as visiting other interesting and creative areas of London.

Diversity is the exploration and incorporation of these differences to enrich learning in our classrooms. This course will offer you ways of taking the first steps in designing an inclusive classroom and teaching multicultural awareness to your students.

MAIN OBJECTIVES
The main goal of this course is to offer knowledge and understanding about our students – tackling different aspects of their lifes; their needs, learning styles and backgrounds that will directly affect their academic progress. Therefore, as a teacher, policy maker or leader in any group, we must use this knowledge to adapt our teaching approach to maximise a desirable outcome.

This course will help you to:
● implement techniques and develop tools to facilitate inclusive classroom practice;
● improve communication and be mindful of the use of language to create a safe learning environment and positive atmosphere. This will lead to the development of our student’s self-esteem, enabling them to face learning challenges and optimise their class engagement;
● incorporate fun, cooperative and interesting activities that will increase our students’ motivation towards their learning;
● be able to identify different important aspects about students that could lead to the risk of exclusion from their educational environment;
● offer supportive tools for teachers, carers or group leaders to facilitate their approach when facing challenging behavioural situations in their classroom;

After this course, participants will be able to:
● understand a wide range of different aspects, including special needs, cultural or religious backgrounds and other aspects of identity that may affect academic progress and classroom atmosphere;
● use resilience as a tool to overcome and tackle unpredictable situations related to different aspects of diversity dimensions;
● be able to not only teach but also demonstrate how our individual differences can lead to an enrichment of the whole classroom;
● feel confident in trying different tools and techniques that will help us to motivate and prompt our students to be more tolerant, inclusive and respectful towards their peers;
● use creativity as a tool to develop our own strategies towards the creation of a safe learning environment for all.

DAILY PROGRAMME
It exists a standard indicative daily programme. However, the course can be personalized each week on participants needs and professional profiles.

The course’s trainers usually welcome participants on Sunday afternoon and give them all the course material. The main training activities, instruction and practices will take place from Monday to Friday. On another note, participants will be involved in cultural activities held by PMS ERASMUS PLUS during afternoon time, most likely on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Moreover, on Thursday morning all participants will be able to explain their own school and KA1 project to the rest of participants and work all together to set up future eTwinnings or even KA2 projects. After that, all of them will have the possibility to enjoy an optional activity to deepen in the searching of new partners, enjoying a great day full of motivating and funny activities. Finally, there will be a course’ roundup and a final evaluation on Saturday morning and the delivery of the certificates of attendance.

Please find below the standard indicative daily programme.

DAY 1 (SUNDAY) WELCOME:
● Meeting and greeting.
● Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city.
● Distribution of course material.
● Brief presentation of the course and its target by the end of the week.

DAY 2 (MONDAY) – DIVERSITY AND ITS DIMENSIONS
● Brief presentation of the national educational system and school types in UK and Other European countries: comparison.
● Defining inclusion vs diversity.
● Visible and invisible dimensions to consider when promoting diversity in classroom.
● How to promote resilience in our students through playful activities.
● Implementing social and emotional skills in the classroom.
● Practical activity: Promoting empathy & resilience in a classroom within a diverse socio-economic background.
● Free cultural activity: Discovering the city and its cultural heritage. You will visit Reykjavík center in a guided tour included in course fees.

DAY 3 (TUESDAY) – CONSIDERING SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS:
● Invisible Dimensions: Special Education Needs (SEN);
● More common types of SEN we will find in classrooms; Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia
● Educational strategies to facilitate the inclusion of SEN students:
Peers support system, collaborative partnership, visual reinforcements
● Behavioural and emotional learning difficulties: transactional analysis.
● Practical: How your SEN students feel?: Role plays: The T-Shirt.
● Optional visit to Blue Lagoon and relax in hot natural water. Included in optional package of cultural activities.

DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY) – VISIBLE DIMENSIONS: Age, race & Gender:
● Age and expected cognitive development.
● Cognitive development theories: Piaget, analysis, and criticism.
● Race: policies towards racism in UK schools.
● Gender: How to implement Coeducation across our curriculum.
● Antibullying Policies: Kiva Method.

DAY 5 (THURSDAY) – RECREATIONAL & CULTURAL ACTIVITY DAY:
● Networking activity: Presentation of your own school and your KA1 PROJECT: 5W's. WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY with all participants from the course and other structured courses of the company.
● Networking activity: Guided session to find your best partner for a future JOB SHADOWING and/or KA229 PROJECT.
● Optional cultural activity: Optional visit to Golden Circle to see Eurasian and North American tectonic plate boundaries in Thingvellir National Park – Geysir Geothermal Area – Gulfoss Waterfall. We will meet us in Reykjavík after lunch and we will spend all afternoon and part of the evening admiring marvellous places of the Nature. Included in optional package of cultural activities.

DAY 6 (FRIDAY) – PLAYFUL STRATEGIES:
● Conclusion: Visiting a SEN friendly project.
● Conclusion: What and how could we implement in our school?
● Designing our own activities to promote diversity in the classroom.
● Optional dinner in the center of Reykjavík. Networking activity to deepen the relationship between all participants.

DAY 7 (SATURDAY) – CONCLUSION.
● Course roundup and final evaluation of E+ Projects;
● Releasing of official course certifications;
● Certification ceremony with a video – photo souvenir of the course;
● Participants departure.

DATES
Special Needs, Inclusion and Diversity course will attend edition during years 2022 and 2023 in following dates:

2022:
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
- From Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th.
IRELAND – DUBLIN:
- From Sunday 31st July to Saturday Sunday 6th August.

2023:
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
- From Sunday 23rd July to Saturday 29th.
IRELAND – DUBLIN:
- From Sunday 30th July to Saturday Sunday 5th August.

COSTS AND ERASMUS FUNDING
The cost of the seven day course is 490€, including course fee, certification and support fee, organizational cost for educational visit schools and networking day activities in all cities. The training course is tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus + to teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations. Furthermore trainers can help in Key Action 1 Application to ensure that participants can get the grant and could be eligible to receive an Erasmus + grant that cover all the costs of the course.

Course organiser
PMS ERASMUS PLUS
Location
REYKJAVÍK, Iceland


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24.07.2022 > 30.07.2022
Register before 10.07.2022
23.07.2023 > 29.07.2023
Register before 09.07.2023

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