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Lower Secondary School
School bullying
The student was in the second course of ESO (Compulsory Secondary Education). His main feature is a chubby body built, what is unusual in its context. He attends school regularly but he shows attention problems. For example, he is always moving and trying to get teacher and classmate’s attention. He is the butt of his schoolmates’ joke because of his behaviour and physical appearance. In the words of the interviewee "he is the class clown." Also, he usually fails his exams and he is falling behind academically.

The socioeconomic level of the family is low. He lives with his parents and two siblings. He is the middle brother. His mother is sick in bed. She has respiratory distress syndrome, so she is in need of care because of her disability. His father is unemployed.

He attends a “Preferential Attention School”. This education center has curricular flexibility. The number of student enrolled in his class is quite low. There are around fifteen student and the most of them attend the lessons almost everyday. The classroom enviroment is very good in this context.However, there is great diversity among the students. Each of them have specific educational needs.

Trigger: the student's maturity and when the teachers daily work began to bear fruit.

Since the student attends the center, teachers become "parents". There is always more than one teacher per classroom. Sometimes, there are even three that means one teacher for every five students. This establishes a great bond between students and teachers. The methodology is inverse to the one followed in standard contexts. Behaviour control is promoted by the teachers instead of autonomy.Teachers are always overseeing them, so they feel well because they prove to themselves that they can do things properly. The key is to be by the student’s side all the time. In this way, his self-esteem are strengthened
At first it is difficult because they set rules and student are not used to them. The improvements are obtained gradually and fitfully. The most important thing is to be patient and to know that it is possible to change students into good citizens. In order to archieve that goal, it is important for students to mature and understand the importance of education.
The improvement on their behaviour will be notice progressively by the establishment of clear rules and discipline. Every student is taught individually to meet his needs. Motivations, interests and each day mood are taken into account. Teachers must focus on the positives behaviours and omit the negative ones.

In this case we can see how the student is much more integrated in the group and he is not teased by them.His behaviour and his level of attention in class have gradually improved. He has made a progress in their school marks. Specifically, he brings the material to class, he comes to school almost everyday, he can stay sat down more time and his behaviour is way better. Currently, he is doing the forth course at that school in a curricular diversification group. There are high expectations among teachers about him. They think he will be able to obtain the degree.
Critical analysis:
The keys of that achievement were joint actions of teachers, content flexibility and personalized attention. According to the interviewee, the key is to promote the humane against instruction. The aim is to create social values through schools. Educating citizens it’s important. In that way, they will contribute to great a safer and better society. If someone has nothing, that person will not be afraid of loosing it and will become a troublemaker.
By strengthening this child, we are eliminating risks within a family with difficulties. We are indirectly improving the family situation. He could even serve as an example to their sibling.
The key to understanding the actions undertaken to identify cases of truancy is, at the national level, in the law on education (LOE, 2066). Stable schools must ensure the holistic development of its students. To make these adjustments to the curriculum as needed. It also identifies Regional Government schools located in socio-cultural areas of high risk. These Center offer more attention, more specific and better resources.

The performance that can be transferred to other contexts are:

Curriculum Diversification: significant adaptation in reduced group.
Individualized attention.
Methodology based more on communication in instruction.
Emotional education.
Enhancing emotional intelligence: understand, communicate and express their feelings. Enrich your vocabulary to facilitate communication.
Guiding them to find what they want in life.
Prevention is an investment to avoid prison.
Patience. Highlight small progress instead of errors.

20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.