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Inclusive education for ALL: The approach of Differentiated teaching with the adoption of innovative methods and new technologies

Inclusive education is a modern educational approach whose main objective is to ensure equal access for all pupils to the educational good and to overcome the structural obstacles and stereotypes of the system that make it unable to respond to the heterogeneity of the needs of the students. Inclusive education values diversity and the unique contributions each student brings to the classroom. In a truly inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. Students and their parents participate in setting learning goals and take…

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Reducing Early School Leaving

Every year in Europe thousands of young people leave school within their attendance without complete education initiated with the consequence that there is no possibility of training, employment outlook and often led to deadlock professional and social exclusion. In this course we will initially highlight the role of the school in the treatment and prevention of dropouts and the contribution of school not only in learning, but also to the positive development and promotion of mental health of students. We will present the research data on school dropout…

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STEAM education – Creating a fun learning environment oriented in reality

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design and Math) is an educational framework that brings reality into the classroom by connecting different subjects together in a way that they will relate to both the real and business world and to each other. STEAM is the second step of STEM education, in which one incorporates the artistic and design-related skills and thinking processes to student-learning process. As such, STEAM education is posed to be gender inclusive and accessible for all levels of technical abilities. STEAM education provides an opportunity…

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Thinking about Thinking: Developing Metacognitive skills in Teaching

Metacognition is one of the latest psychological buzzwords which enables us to be successful learners, problem solvers, and decision makers, and has often been used synonymously with words such as language, awareness, and consciousness. Metacognition refers to "cognition about cognition", "thinking about thinking", or "knowing about knowing" and higher order thinking skills. In this course, we will examine various components of metacognition, including its role in learning and memory. During the workshop the participants will practice in experienced techniques and main aim is the active participation, utilization of…

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Stress Management in Schools

Stress is an inevitable and necessary component of life-to a degree. Excessive stress can become a disease promoting agent and constitutes a major health concern today. While some stressors can be avoided and others need to be confronted, in the end, a good balance of stress in one's life can be healthy, and growth promoting in terms of one's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Stress coping strategies acquired through experience, vary individually, with some appropriate and successful, and others inappropriate and unsuccessful. Many of these coping strategies,…

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Second Language Acquisition in Childhood

Acquiring a second language is essential nowadays. In addition to the school curriculum, teachers also play a crucial role in facilitating the children learn a second language. A variety of teaching and learning approaches have been implemented some of which are learning grammar rules, vocabulary, memorizing phrases and dialogues, engagement in tasks and games while speaking in the new language. However, to communicate effectively with the students, teachers should not only focus on textbooks but also take into account the individual learner characteristics, development of knowledge and their…

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Prevention of Violence and Child Abuse

Schools are in a unique position to identify violent behavior among students early and to implement prevention strategies that affect the entire community. Teachers are in an interesting and often time sticky position when it comes to school violence. The position that they are in puts them at risk for much of the same abuse as children in our schools but it also has them in the role of protector for a good part of each day. While school violence is everyone’s problem, teachers are in a valuable…

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Preparing primary-school teachers to integrate Web 2.0 Tools

Teachers today are faced with many challenges. While integrating technology in the classroom should be something all teachers enthusiastically embrace, the rapid onslaught of new tools has left kindergarten teachers overwhelmed and unmotivated. Many primary schools have invested in hardware, software, and internet access but in order for the curriculum to be truly integrated, kindergarten teachers must also invest their time and effort to learn how to enhance their lessons with the various tools at their disposal. The instructional goal, therefore, of the first professional development series is…

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Intercultural Education

To address the problems encountered in recent decades after the influx of immigrants in educational contexts in Europe and the US experimental education models were elaborated and applied in order to smooth integration and psychological-social adjustment and learning of students of various national and cultural groups in the education systems of countries hosting migrants.The various forms of educational approaches are known with different definitions as multicultural, intercultural or anti-racist education, education for diversity and citizenship, critical intercultural approach, education for equality and peace, global education, etc The seminar…

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Environmental Education

Environmental Education (EE) aims at teaching children from a young age to be environmentally aware, offering the perfect chance for educators to build lifelong habits that could potentially make a significant difference in the future of our planet. Sustainability and Environment are recognized within public discourse as crucial topics. Consequently, it is essential to realize that the concept of Environmental Education is continually changing towards Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). ESD contains all the goals and principles of EE but it also aims at the transformation of human…

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