Time for individual and group follow-up

Scenario

Time for individual and group follow-up

The Learning Challenge – Narative
Educators are facing difficult times to have spare time to consistently follow-up with their students due to the volume of tasks they have to carry out. Students with special needs require time from the educator, sometimes as they are adults, do not report their situation so teachers find out in the firsts months in the school. Secondly, once we are aware of the situation, we need to interview the student to get more information about the specific needs. On top of that, the teachers involved will have to meet to discuss the situation and propose activities that are suitable for the student. We must involve the rest of the group with the situations, seeking inclusion and not segregation or integration. To sum up, educators require time to perform all the above to deal smoothly with the needs of their students

Solving the Problem: Activities for Learning Groups

Activity 1

Title of activity

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Working on the activity – Suggestions

Based on a real situation, educators gathered together to propose different alternatives to the problem. To start with, one of the educators explains the situation to the rest of the participants in this activity, it is important to be concise in the problem as participants will have to come up with a valid solution individually. Once we collect all proposals the group will have different possible solutions.
Activity 2

Title of activity

Brainstorming

Working on the activity – Suggestions

A group of educators gathers together and one of them share the problem with the rest and they all have to brainstorm to find a possible solution. This activity can be performed informally but the results can be really powerful and useful as the ideas produced come straight from the educators.

Solving the Problem: Self-reflection (educator’s reflection)

Reflecting on the Problem Solving measures taken to overcome the challenge
Involving educators in the process of finding solutions helps them to enhance their commitment to improve education and feel valued.
Reflecting on the changes in the group dynamics
When educators are asked to participate in problem-solving and collaborate for a common goal, the result is a group of educators reinforced and better communicated. Empathy plays an important role in this activity, as they share their concerns and each other can relate.
Reflecting on personal change
When educators face problems sometimes they do not talk about it and they keep it for themselves, the activities proposed above are aimed to reinforce the role of educators being part of a community and to find solutions together, as they experience similar situations. It is important to have the opportunity, time, and place to have your say.

Points for Discussion with your Organisation

The activities proposed seeks to resolve problems wiht the participation of all members of the organitzation, not excluding them. The management of the organitzation is the one responsible of providing to their staff (educators) a place and time to share their thoughts and problems.

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