This course refers to teachers working in diverse classrooms due to the presence of disadvantaged learners, including migrant and immigrant students and children with special educational needs. Diversity challenges traditional teaching strategies and methods imposing the need on innovative ways for successfully managing a common context for all students.
The course has been tailored for participants who seek to learn more about managing effectively their heterogeneous classrooms by encouraging participation and achievement for all students using the latest inclusive and classroom management teaching methods and tools.
Participants will learn more about managing a classroom through experiential learning and case studies which encourage reflection, discussion, and sharing of good practices regarding the contemporary classroom challenging issues. Through engaging activities participants will develop innovative ways to increase motivation and collaboration among students, establish classroom rules, and incorporate pair and group work, preventive and creative classroom management strategies for encouraging students to reflect on their own classroom behavior.
Concept by: Ilaria Barbieri
The course will help the participants to:
- Apprehend the concept of diversity and build a welcoming and reinforcing classroom environment;
- Develop preventive and reactive strategies and techniques for differentiated teaching and classroom management;
- Develop inclusive practices;
- Effectively respond to students` difficult behaviors;
- Teach their students through innovative strategies (e.g. Problem Based Learning, Jigsaw, Think-Pair-Share).
Day 1 – Course introduction & setting goals
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building;
- Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations;
- Preventive and reactive strategies, rapport monitoring;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – Diversity
- Motivation, Cultural Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities, Intercultural Competence
Day 3 – Behaviour and boundaries
- Effective Rules, Dealing with Difficult Behaviour
Day 4 – Learning strategies
- Task-Based Learning (TBL) and Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Day 5 – Assessment
- Differentiating Instruction;
- Portfolios and Rubrics
Day 6 – Course Closure & Excursion
- Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
- Excursion and other external cultural activities.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.
If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.
The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.