According to project’s planned C5 activity, teachers in mobility to Portugal attended: different workshops to experience and observe Portuguese SEN students and teachers most common practices, gaining awareness of intercultural differences and the Portuguese educational system procedures. It is expected that these activities might develop autonomy, social engagement, organization and commitment in our students, important skills to work out collaboratively in school and afterwards in real life contexts. Therefore, activities related to Learning by Doing were baking (flavors, ingredients, kitchen utensils and usage, hygiene and safety procedures), gardening and arts made out of local and recyclable materials.
Showing real working examples, was a follow up to school experience and training, it exemplified how working choices are dealt with in our community, besides experiencing a different reality from the school one. Teachers had the opportunity to visit MAPADI – a local private institution of solidarity that supports children and older people with mental disability in the municipality – an example of professional education and support, real working and social inclusion, for example weaving looms, cooking, laundry and car washing, services that are offered by the institution and used by community. Participants also visited CAO - Occupational Activity Center - a Residential Home with Autonomous Residences and Protected Employment Center and could observe in locu a unique national experience of inclusiveness for older people.
To reflect how visual effects and ICT resources will enhance students' linguistic and communicative skills and contribute to widen knowledge of European cultural heritage, Alive and Ticking in the Library activities, gave teachers an opportunity to attend workshops using ICT for reading purposes, together with more traditional strategies to further reading skills, like Kamishibai storytelling. Teacher librarian presented the school library, explained the use of ColorAdd code for daltonic people and ICT applications to develop reading. Pupils are encouraged to read digitally, besides paper, to use ARAWORD pictograms if disabled, to associate the image to its meaning, and to participate, all together, in activities related to Reading Literacy.
Participants could observe how sport promotes socialization, therefore inclusion, according to the level of physical proficiency, as well as a collaborative experience among pupils, in a simulation of real life, plus, working out safety criteria and sports' gadgets. In Active, Sportive and Safe! Teachers learnt about the school’s road safety circuit and protocol as a Reference School for Road Education.
From Accessibility To Cultural heritage, participants acknowledged and evaluated accessibility solutions in Portuguese cities by comparison to their very own reality. They were given an example on how to make students recognize places and monuments and exercise citizenship awareness for disabled people.
Teachers attended a workshop and learnt how to build digital Mobility Passport/guide which exemplifies how students could work out an inclusive cultural visit to a town. They visited different cities to acknowledge difficulties and notice Portuguese facilities already in use, on the streets or on heritage sites, profiting as well to get to know more about Portuguese culture.
Portugese Erasmus + team