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Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.
It is implemented by: Teachers
It is directed at students aged: 12-14
Target group: Group-centred
Main subjects involved: Languages, Arts, Social competences, Cross-curricular
ICT involvement: yes
Description of the practice: The activity Little Big Group of Writers includes children with Special Needs| Additional Measures (according to Decree-Law no. 54 /Portuguese Laws). The project aims to encourage the development of reading, writing, oral expression, aesthetic sense and critical thinking in a playful way.
Throughout the 90-minute weekly sessions (led by a pedagogical team, the Librarian Teacher and the Special Education Teacher), using various resources (illustrated cards, board games, illustrated dice, image sequences, illustrated author books, author verses…) the group creates texts (poems or stories) that will culminate in ebooks, panels or audiobooks.
The participation of the students in the whole school happens with the dissemination of the work and when the members of the group present the final product to their class.
There is a sense of belonging , because we think this happens when they share what they have produced in the group with their class.
Accessible to any student: no
Meaningful participation for every student: yes
Why? This guarantee comes from the pedagogical team that thinks, develops and implements the activities according to the characteristics of the group. The librarian teacher is in charge of the dynamics of reading, writing and implementation of the final product and the Special Education teacher is guiding so that the message effectively reaches the elements of the group and ensuring that the pace of work is respected.
Support to the practice: yes