On 6 February 2019 we conducted a final workshop after a series of short ones with IV-th grade students of “St. Paisii Hilendarski” Secondary School, Plovdiv. There were participants with the following disabilities: learning difficulties; speech disorders; mobility disability of the lower limbs; visually impaired students and students without disabilities.
At the beginning, Mrs. Grudeva reminded the students the objectives of the project and suggested that each student should show the Solar System he had produced. Here we`d like to add that there were previous short workshops, where we first talked and discussed the Solar System, and during the next short workshop, we decided that everyone should make the Solar System the way they imagine it themselves. Here, we would like to point out that we had to further explain verbally and visually the task to the children with learning difficulties, and put them working together with their classmates who helped them – i.e. there was teamwork.
The results were incredible. All the students had done their own Solar System in their own way. One of the children with learning difficulties had made it so good that it differed in no way from the others. The other two disabled children had done it in their own way, more simply, but they participated in the task. When they presented their work, all the other participants applauded them, and they were very pleased and happy.
In the photos you can see how responsibly all the participants, especially the children with disabilities, have done their work. You can also see the great desire for the implementation of the projects and that there is no difference whether they are with or without disabilities, or whether they are more talented or not. We made everyone feel equal to each other, which made the children feel happy and ready to take part in the next workshops.
The workshop lasted 50 minutes. Everyone wanted to present their project in detail.
The event was organized by Mrs. Grudeva and Mrs. Ikimova as a second workshop within the project aiming to raise pupils’ awareness of the benefits of teamwork, the good outcome of collaboration and mutual support among classmates, and the successful participation and integration of students with disabilities.