Every child is capable of learning, not in the same way or at the same speed. We are all distinct and have diverse needs. This course helps teachers to develop professional skills to deal with children with learning difficulties in the classroom. It also provides parents with easy-to-use tools and strategies to implement in the home environment. The course includes the following subjects: The definition of educational difficulties and its most important branches and causes, methods for preparing an inclusive school community that is designed to support learners with learning difficulties, overview of differentiated education, its principles and its main values, and some applied learning strategies like adaptation and modification as supportive tools for learning.
The first week offers an introduction to learning difficulties in children and the possible causes behind them. You will find in this week a general brief on the most common difficulties at schools, such as dysgraphia, dyslexia and ADHD and their relation to academic achievement. In addition, you will find an explanation of the process of diagnosing learning disorders. When you complete this week, you will be able to: differentiate between learning difficulties and learning disorders, identify the most common learning difficulties in classroom, explain possible causes of learning difficulties, and explain methods of diagnosis and the role of specialists.
The second week outlines various activities and tools that aim at promoting a supportive teaching and learning environment that is inclusive and accepts and respects learners’ different needs. These strategies target the entire school community from teachers, peers and parents. When you complete this week, you will be able to use and apply a variety of tools and activities that aim at promoting an inclusive environment.
The third week specializes in differentiated learning, its principles and values. Also, it shows the difference between applying two different methods that cater to individual differences and these are: adaptation and modification. When you complete this week, you will be able to explain differentiated learning strategies, its principles and values and compare between adaptation and modification in classrooms.
The fourth and last week aims at transforming the concepts acquired in the previous weeks to practical applications as you will learn a variety of strategies that will make learning easier. This week is considered a chance to analyze the needs and identify the intervention approach to support learning. When you complete this week, you will be able to use and apply a variety of strategies that supports learning reading and writing, use and apply a variety of memory enhancement activities, and use and apply strategies to handle hyperactivity.
At a very early age, I developed interest in exploring new horizons. I get enthusiastic about learning and unlearning things. I constantly challenge myself to embrace new learning experiences. I relied heavily on my senses to do that. This skill was not an asset at school but helped me in my life and work. As a special educator, I assist individuals with diverse needs to own their learning process and become independent. I help them to appreciate what they can do, rather than focusing on what they cannot achieve. For years, I promoted equality in my community. I believed that people must be treated the same way. My work as a special educator made me realize the importance of equity. I understood that each one of us is unique and has diverse abilities. Providing equal support does not ensure fairness. On the other hand, a differentiated approach is an efficient pathway to fairness. This shift in my mindset prepared me for my career with civil society organizations. Well, learning is life. Through this life journey, I earned certifications in project management, inspiring leadership, and teaching adult learners. I worked with different educational institutions, including Lebanese university, private schools, rehabilitation facilities for adolescents at social risks, and with national and international non-profit organization. I was responsible for coordinating educational services, facilitating workshops, managing departments, leading teams, designing educational and recreational curriculum, and providing consultancy services. It is where I am now. Who knows where I will be tomorrow?
This is Grace, my great passion is supporting and bringing positive thinking to children, adolescents and vulnerable ones, who have been through stressful experiences in their life. At an early age, I started working with my community, I was in responsible for children and youth clubs. Now I work in the public and private educational sectors. I am experienced in providing assessments, conducting workshops on various topics, listening to caregivers and providing recommendations. I enjoy working in creating an inclusive environment for all, and finding ways with partner schools to celebrate our diversity. I completed my Master’s degree in Psychology at Lebanese University and I have earned several other related certificates. That’s not giving you a lot of detail, is it?
My journey began at school when I participated in community programs. I found joy in working and interacting with people and saw how simple things can make a difference. This is why I decided to become a Psychomotor Therapy and I earned a Master degree in this field. For those of you who are not familiar with this therapy, don’t hesitate to ask, I would be happy to help! I worked in several schools and centers with learners with special needs. In addition to that, I offer training to fellow psychomotor therapists at a private University. Throughout my years of experience I was responsible for leading a Psychomotor Department, as well as a Workshop Department where I enjoy organizing and facilitating various workshops for educators and specialists. I also conduct private sessions for children and provide support for parents. Our motto in psychomotor therapy: move your body, grow your brain, so… get ready to move!