Promoting Social, Emotional, and Learning Skills of Students with and without Special Education Needs by Developing Teachers’ Capabilities in Music, Dance and Digital Competences
The project directly addresses the need to promote social inclusion in European Classrooms by developing, piloting and applying an innovative methodology to combine music and dance to promote social, emotional and learning skills of students focusing on mixed classrooms that have children with special needs. The innovative learning approach to be explored promotes the use of rhythm to enhance the students’ skills and promote an atmosphere of collaboration and respect in the classroom. This project will move one step beyond to focus on rhythm (both in music and in dance and their combination) and how it could be used to promote student engagement and collaboration while at the same time promote the use of rhythm-based artistic techniques to manage the classroom and enable the effective inclusion of all children in the learning process including children with Special Education Needs.
The project will contribute to the strengthening of the profile of the teaching profession, firstly by offering to teachers the necessary skills and knowledge to promote inclusive learning by using arts and in specific Music and Dance, secondly by acquiring psycho-pedagogical skills and knowledge that will enable identify the unique characteristics and needs of their students including students with Special Education Needs and build an atmosphere of collaboration and trust in the classroom in an engaging way. Finally, the project will also promote the acquisition of digital skills by teachers and give them the motivation and ability to document their teaching practices and experience in the form of digital stories using modern digital tools in order to further exchange ideas with their peers, thus building vivid communities of practice that will support them in their teaching activities.