The Towards the inclusive classroom course aims to help participants expand their knowledge and skills that relate to designing and managing the inclusive classroom.
During this course, the participants will have the chance to focus on international best practices regarding one or more of the following topics:
- Inclusion of people with special needs, problematic behavior and learning difficulties
- Dealing with Roma students and other nomad communities
- Facilitating gifted students
- Reducing early school leaving
Participants will also visit and study a place of interest (e.g. ancient Messini, the historical center of Kalamata, etc) and prepare online lessons or another “product” on a topic of interest. That way the course will, secondarily, marry inclusion with basic ICT skills and European culture and history.
At the end of this course, participants will:
- be familiar with key terminology regarding inclusive education
- have actively engaged with state-of-the-art methods of teaching and living in the inclusive classroom
- have actively engaged with class-management in the inclusive context
- be familiar with peer teaching and collaborative learning methods
- have improved their communicative competence in English;
- have used technology to design lesson-plans or other activities
- have increased motivation and satisfaction in their daily work
- have improved their understanding of other European cultures
- have developed a sense of European citizenship and identity through participating in a community of European teachers and trainers
- shared experiences and best practices
- be familiar with the Europass.
The main aspect of the course is to promote collaboration between participants. Lessons will be held in our centre’s classrooms and computer lab, as well as outside. Our approach is to base the learning process on practical rather than theoretical knowledge. The course is designed on active learning methods and, at the end of the course, teach participant should be able to use the taught techniques effectively.
Every participant will have to fill a questionnaire which helps the trainers to customize the course to better fit their needs.
Attendants will get instructions and material which will help them to be prepared for the courses needs.
Structured study visits
During the course, we also organize study visits to local schools. Normally, we discuss with participants their needs and we organize study visits to cover these needs. Depending on the group, we organize from a minimum of one to a maximum of five study visits. Popular study visits include:
- A special needs education school
- A school for adults from disadvantaged backgrounds
- A school with Roma mainstreaming classes
- Vocational secondary and post-secondary schools
- General primary and secondary schools
Each study visit is structured and accompanied by reflective activities. There is no extra cost for these study visits.
There are two outdoor learning activities: a gamified tour of the town and a visit to a local historical site. The onsite visit is accompanied by non-formal European history learning activities, as well as activities that link this history to the course topic. There is no extra cost for these activities.
There is also an optional social programme for those interested. This programme may include an intercultural night, lunches and dinners at different restaurants, going out for a drink or coffee, or even an extra excursion – if there is time! These activities depend on participant needs and wants, and those participating in them will have to pay for what they choose to eat and drink. If there is an optional excursion, they will also have to pay van costs and any other expenses (e.g. museum tickets)
The participants will get material which includes information about all the areas covered at the course, lesson plans, all the produced outcomes of the course, useful links and more.
The above material can be freely used by the participants at their school.
Target Group / Who is this course for
This course is for every teacher in primary, secondary, adult or vocational education and training.
Duration and cost
The duration of the course is 7 days and the cost is 490€. This amount can be fully covered via an Erasmus+ grant provided by your National Agency.
Unless you participate in the above mentioned excursions and going-outs, there are no other costs involved. However, we can also offer consultancy/ coaching services to your school. Previous experience includes:
- Supporting the multiculturization of educational material
- Helping with designing more inclusive classrooms
- Material development
- Outdoor learning activities design
- 01.02.2018 – 07.02.2018
- 15.4.2018 – 21.4.2018
- 28.10.2018 – 3.11.2018
- 3.2.2019 – 9.2.2019
- 10.2.2019 – 16.2.2019
- 7.4.2019 – 13.4.2019
- 30.6.2019 – 6.7.2019
- 13.10.2019 – 19.10.2019
- 09.02.2020 – 15.02.2020
- 03.05.2020 – 09.05.2020
The course will take place in the city of Kalamata, Greece. Here you can find more information about Kalamata and your accomodation.
Assistance is available. Don’t hesitate to ask us for help!