In our schools 10 to 20% of our students have special needs..
Our aim is to help them succeed through activities that would build up their confidence, and by creating teaching resources adapted to their cognitive abilities?)
Our schools are located in areas where part of the population are immigrants (recent or older), or from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Moreover, we notice that children have difficulties in social skills such as: tolerance, judgemental remarks, aggressiveness, etc.
Finally, we can see that the educational activities that are set up in class often call for the same specific forms of intelligence: logic, mathematics, and speaking skills, which is not suited to the proportion of students who have developed intelligence in other areas (visual / spatial, kinesthetic, musical …) and they find themselves penalized.
Some students are accumulating these ‘difficulties’.
We would like to implement activities that would trigger all of our students’ involvement in their learning, motivation, and interest. Activities that would:
- Engage the person as a whole (Involving the mind, the body, and emotions)
- Improve the situation for students in difficulties because of cognitive differences, enhance the students’ confidence in themselves and improve their performance at school; by acknowledging the individual differences in ways of thinking and competences,
- Allow children to know themselves better and feel appreciated as people in order to be confident enough to accept others with different cultures and thinking processes.
Through these situations, students will acquire:
- Communicating skills in English (vocabulary and syntax needed to write recipes, game rules and identity card, as well as writing letters and taking messages) and to learn from reading (paper and/or digital articles);
- Digital skills to communicate and present their work (word processing, multi media documents) and to gather material (web search);
- Language skills to communicate efficiently, to use accurate and appropriate vocabulary and to write (notices, reports, invitation cards and posters);
- Cultural skills by learning some cultural events from our partners in the project; the local, national and our partners’ heritage; express one’s opinions and feelings; create pieces of art;
- Social skills and autonomy by cooperating in a project, getting involved in a project.
The project also aims to make teachers better able to adapt their teaching techniques to improve student performance.
Throughout the project, the proposed activities will enable teachers to diversify teaching techniques (described above) associated with planned activities, and therefore better tailor the training to the students’ needs.
Meanwhile, teachers will train and equip themselves as to the theory of multiple intelligences and its application in all academic areas, cooperating in the development of a tool bank and approaches, and that sharing and putting into perspective their positive teaching practices.
This project, at European level, will help meet professionals from different educational cultures. It is this meeting that is expected to: create varied and complementary tools, provide new resources, and new teaching solutions. But also to share practices and tools that would still be unknown (or poorly understood) to us and yet already tried and proven by our respective partners.
Furthermore, the need to present evidence of his own culture (recipes, games, works of art, artists ...) to someone who is not familiar with them, provides legitimacy and therefore a motivating goal for students in their research, writing and creation.