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Inclusive Teaching for SEN Students

Course Summary

This course will focus on a broad topic of Special Education Needs. It is a topic well-known in many countries in the world. However, it seems that not many countries have come to a solution that satisfies all stakeholders in the process. It is primary to focus on children's needs, providing the most beneficial outcome to the quality of their lives. But, in the process, is it possible that we overwhelm the ones who are planning for those outcomes and are implementing the programs?

 

Through encouragement of your philosophical skills and engagement in discussions which are much needed in the world of education, the course will go through some basic knowledge of Special Education Needs and some of the most prevalent difficulties and impairments, as well as special talents and extraordinary abilities one can come across a school setting. 

Course Detailed Description

This course will focus on a broad topic of Special Education Needs. It is a topic well-known in many countries in the world. However, it seems that not many countries have come to a solution that satisfies all stakeholders of the process. It is primary to focus on children's needs, providing the most beneficial outcome to the quality of their lives. But, in the process, is it possible that we overwhelm the ones who are planning for those outcomes and are implementing the programs?

 

Through encouragement of your philosophical skills and engagement in discussions which are much needed in the world of education, the course will go through some basic knowledge of Special Education Needs and some of the most prevalent difficulties and impairments, as well as special talents and extraordinary abilities one can come across a school setting. 

The course will present some of the SENs a teacher can come across, and suggest some of the approaches for children with:

  • Intelectual disabilities

  • Learning disabilities

  • ADHD

  • Autism

  • Hearing impairment

  • Visual impariment

  • Physical impairments

  • Emotional difficulties

  • Gifted capabilities

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1

  • Introduction 

  • Course outline 

  • Ice-breaking activities

  • Introduction of the participants, their goals for the class and their challenges, school presentations 

  • What is Special Education and who is it for?

  • The importance of Special Education

  • Who needs Special Educaiton?

  • Guided city tour

Day 2

  • Difference of integration and inclusion.

  • The idea of inclusion.

  • Role of different stakeholders in SE: teachers, parents, schoolsociety

  • The process of SE from early age to adulthood.

  • Discussion

Day 3

  • Intelectual disabilities

  • Learning disabilities

  • ADHD

  • Autism

  • Discussion


Day 4

  • Hearing impairment

  • Visual impariment

  • Physical impairments

  • Emotional difficulties

  • Discussion


Day 5

  • Types of giftedness and their needs

  • Early signs of potencial giftedness

  • Gifted children in the mainstream school system

  • What can schools do?

  • Difficulties that may accompany giftedness

  • Self evaluation


Day 6 

  • Course evaluation

  • Certificate awarding 

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities

Course outcomes

  • Better understand the scope of Special Education Needs

  • Better understand the complexity of inclusion and integration

  • Better understand different types of disabilities and needs that come with it

  • Better understand different types of giftedness and needs that come with it

  • Learn some approaches for optimal learning

  • Understand the importance of the teacher's awareness of the uniqueness of each student

  • Understand the importance of the teacher's flexibility in choosing an optimal approach to teaching

  • Understand the importance of having well-educated assistants in classrooms

  • Increase understanding of different systems dealing with special needs children in different countries and cultivate mutual respect and intercultural awareness

  • Understand the importance of continual professional development, and build confidence in advocating for pedagogies that are supportive of special needs children and social and cultural diversity.

  • Meet colleagues of different nationalities within the EU, engage in cross-cultural learning experiences, exchange ideas, and build a network for future international cooperation.

  • Enrich communication skills, improve foreign language competencies, broaden professional vocabulary and promote the EU’s broad linguistic diversity

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