It’s probably the most challenging and difficult task for a teacher to find the best way of dealing and treating students that require a individualized plan of learning. One phrase that was mentioned and ticked during this week was “every one of us has special needs” and it is going to meet the main topic of the week, inclusive education. This way, and giving emphasis to that sentence, everyone has their weaknesses, strengths and uniqueness. This is the most important message to bear in mind, because with that we are allowed to reflect and discuss different methods, strategies and different practices to promote inclusion in the classroom, we consider this the aim of the course.
The course session “Special needs and inclusive education the Italian experience of overcoming segregation” took place in Palermo from 12/02/2023 to 18/02/2023. We had participants that came from Serbia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Poland, France and Germany.
To understand what is fundamental in inclusion, we approach various key facts, for starting, is foundational that we have empathy, because, in every case it is very important to build any type of relationship, specially between the teacher, pupils and even some family members: learning how to put yourself in a position like that, do not ever judge and understand how to react with the emotion of someone, particularly knowing what to say in some situations. This provides connections; therefore, it is crucial in education.
With this, it comes union and membership, where the result is that you are welcome and belong to a group. That happens with mutual understanding, tolerance and respect.
The best way to explore points of view and exercise the critical thinking of each teacher was by doing a lot of networking activities. These activities were super intuitive, fun, a good way to get to know what their colleagues think, but most importantly, gave them different perspectives of some European countries and who they handle this type of situation in classes.
In order to deepen the other ways of teaching from these European countries, every participant held a short but concise presentation of their school and how they manage the students in general, but also special needs.
We must thank everyone who participated in this course, they sure gave the best effort and made this week feel wonderfully interesting. The ELA team from Palermo hopes to see you soon!
Discover more about this course in: https://www.erasmustrainingcourses.com/special-needs-inclusive-education.html
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