Therapeutic educational activities for ESL
inclusiveness. Handbook for teachers.
inclusiveness. Handbook for teachers.
This will comprise a collection of 79 innovative educational activities dedicated to teachers and educators from primary and secondary schools which need to reduce the risk of drop out for pupils at risk. Those are developed as a mix of therapeutic activities embed into learner centered approach.
Each activity implemented by partners will be summarized into a video material which will be available here serving as a practical model for those who wants to apply it into the own environment.
As well a handbook describing all proposed activities will be prepared and available here to any interesting party.
To see all video materials please access also the second page.
Please note the videos are available only in each partner language.
Activity 1: A story, two versions
The activity subject is about conflict and violence, where teachers explain the main concepts and listen to the pupils’ opinion about the subject. The main part is about the alternative of the red hat story, a version narrated by the wolf. The conclusion: it is important to listen to the 2 parts involved in a conflict.
Activity 2: Discovering Europe
This is an activity implemented in partnership with a travel agency, aiming to develop personal and cultural competencies and form European citizenship among pupils at risk of early school leaving. The travel agency manager explains the role and the types of travel agencies, as well as legal documents. The activity is continued by teachers and therapists from the school with information about the European culture, interactive exercises and projects realized by the pupils.
This indoor activity, which is taking place online, aims to help children to identify and manage the own emotions and the emotions of the others. During the activity the therapists and teachers use expressive therapy, emotion management therapy and game based therapy. The activity was implemented with pupils from the classes III to VIII having educational difficulties and facing social problems. They watch a movie, listen to a short story and a presentation and discuss the characters’ emotions. They play games which help them identify emotions.
Activity 3: Roll call of emotions
This indoor activity taking place on-line aim to help children to identify and manage the own emotions and the others. During the activity the therapists and teachers uses expressive therapy, emotion management therapy and game based therapy. The activity was implemented with pupils having educational difficulties and passing through social problems from classes III to VIII. They watch a movie, listen a short story and a presentation and discuss characters emotions and the moment that appears. They play games helping to better identify emotions.
Activity 4: In the movie theater
This activity it’s addressed to children aged 6-14 and aim to form the following socio-emotional abilities: identifying the emotions experienced by others after watching a video; creating well-being by empathizing with others; accountability in compliance with the rules of civilized behavior in a movie theater. During the activity it was used a group therapy. The children play a game and discuss around the topic.
Activity 5: Coming soon
Activity 6: Coming soon
Activity 1: Emotion and Dancing
This activity is an indoor activity but if you want it can be implemented as an outdoor activity, as well.
.It is about emotions through melotherapy /music and dance. The main target with this activity is stimulating creativity in movement, the sense of belonging to the group and the identification of fundamental emotions through melotherapy and dance.
Before the activity teacher wants each student a color to represent themselves. Then the teacher and students discusses about music types and emotions. At the end of the meeting teacher asks questions to raise awareness about students’ feelings, thoughts and also effects of dancing.
Activity 2: The Box of Emotions
This activity is an indoor activity but if you want it can be implemented as an outdoor activity, as well. It is about emotions through the game therapy, emotion management therapy and verbal therapy. It is aimed to contribute to students’ introspection, empathy and communication through the box of emotion. The main target with this activity is also stimulating being aware of their peers and their own emotions and also seeing different ways to overcome negative emotions. Before the activity teacher prepares a box, including papers that is written positive and negative emotions on. Then the teacher or a student chooses a paper from The Box of Emotion and they discuss about the emotions. At the end of the activity, teacher invite students to find a possible solution to avoid, improve, and solve the problems which triggered the bad emotions.
Activity 3: Rash Judgement
This activity is an outdoor activity but if you want it can be implemented as an indoor activity, as well.
It is about rash judgement through the role-play therapy. It is aimed to help students to realize people who are often judged by externals and how important it is to become aware of basic incorrect approaches in social interaction.
The main target with this activity is also to stimulate students to develop competencies such as expressing themselves clearly, presenting well, listening and giving feedback.
At the end of the activity, students share their experience and give examples of their everyday life for rash judgement and successful avoidance of rash judgement. They discuss about how to avoid judging people by the way they look, by the first impression, prejudices or stereotypes.
Activity 4: A Private Visit
This activity is an outdoor activity and it is about a nursing home visit.
By using emotion-based therapy during the activity, it is aimed that the students can put themselves in the shoes of others, understand the feelings and thoughts of other people, and feel the positive emotions that will be created by the feeling of helping.
In this activity, our students visited the nursing home and went to the park with their elders living in the nursing home and did a book reading activity with them.
Activity 5: 3 Features
It is about features of students through the speech therapy. It is aimed to help students analyse themselves and their friends and try to know each other better. Knowing each other more will make them feel more confident and have strong communication in their group.
Before the activity, teacher prepares a box and each student writes 3 features about themselves that not physical appearances or about characteristic known by everybody and then they put the papers in the box.
Then students randomly take papers from the box and read features loudly. The aim is to guess the student who has those features.
Activity 6: The Balloon
This activity is both an indoor and outdoor activity. In the balloon activity, it was aimed to develop empathy by using emotion-based therapy method. With this activity, it is aimed to make students realize that the anxiety and anger of each individual can be different and anxiety and anger can be taken under control.
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Activity 1: The game of associations
The teacher shows the students a video in which six different emotions are performed by different people through their facial expressions: anger, joy, sadness, disgust, fear and contempt. Then she/he invites the class to guess what feeling does every facial expression shows. After asking the students to perform their own feelings through their faces the class discusses the possibility to misunderstand people’s mood.
Activity 2: At the cinema
The teacher prepares a story-telling about the difficulty in expressing one’s emotions at school.
He/she shows the class a cartoon where different students behave in different ways according to their characters: they are angry, scared, happy, sad, etc. Then the teacher asks the students about the possible reasons of their attitudes and some advice to help them control their emotions. Then the teacher invites the students to create an avatar and let him/her talk about his/her feelings.
Activity 3: Coming soon
Activity 1: Box of the emotions
Children engaged in performed activities are from 7 to 13 years old. They are children with educational difficulties and specific social difficulties. Those are with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, autism spectrum and immigrants.
Skills developed during activity: training in the identification of needs. Activation of communication channels between teachers and students. Building awareness of your own and others’ emotions and looking for different ways to deal with problems and unpleasant emotions.
Activity 2: Body and emotion
This activity was performed by children aged 8 – 9 and it was specially designed for pupils with educational difficulties and specific social difficulties. Group of students who took part were children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, autism spectrum disorder, immigrants. Through presented games pupils got more chances to develop adequate competences, in order to display emotions. They shaped correct pro-social attitudes, discovered and experienced a diverse and rich world of feelings. They practised empathy skills and the ability to describe their own feelings.
Activity 3: Games and emotions
This activity was performer by pupils aged 8 – 10 years and 14 years old. Board games about EMOTIONS in a fun way teach you to recognize and express them. They teach empathy, tolerance, proper interpersonal relations, and make people sensitive to others. The game triggers positive emotions, stimulate the imagination and stimulate cause-and-effect thinking skills. The participants of the game exercise their perceptiveness, concentration and memory. Board games about EMOTIONS are not only a game, they are great fun, thanks to which we have a chance to get to know each other better.