“Every student can learn effectively and has the right to learn.” – Sophia Christina Andrioti, Greece

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Sophia Christina Andrioti
Special Educator
130th Primary School
Athens, Greece

In today’s classrooms, diversity is the norm. MIE Expert Sophia Christina Andrioti has made empowering that diverse set of students – especially those with special needs – her focus.

“The moment that defined me as an educator is when I attended seminars about phonological awareness and teaching English to students with dyslexia to become a certified practitioner of these methods after I had finished my MA in Special Educational Needs,” Andrioti says. “This gave me the chance to help my colleagues use a different approach when teaching students with dyslexia. I also realized that each student is unique, and I should treat them as individuals. Every student can learn effectively and has the right to learn. I help them acquire personal empowerment and self-awareness which leads to happiness and success.”

This realization motivated Andrioti to create a curriculum that uses multi-sensory and differentiated teaching instruction techniques based on new technologies, neuroscience, mindfulness, brain gym, and yoga.

One new technology Andrioti is fond of for classroom activities is Paint 3D.

Students with dyslexia really do excel in 3D spatial reasoning,” she explains. “When they form 3D images in their mind, they can manipulate them at will, and view them from all angles. My students with dyslexia use Paint 3D to build 3D words and letters.”

Bigger picture, Andrioti – who is a 2019 Teach SDGs Ambassador — is committed to incorporating sustainable development goals into her curriculum.

“We should offer holistic and transformative education of values and life skills supporting sustainable development, and we should encourage students to take an active role in shaping their future,” she says. “In order to facilitate and encourage my students, I take part in global projects, I attend seminars, take part in Skype lessons, and I am a member of the Microsoft Educator Community to teach the sustainable development goals using technology.”

Connect with Sophia at her Microsoft Educator Community Profile.

About Sophia Christina Andrioti

  • Educational background: BA Honors in Primary Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Thessaly; MA in Special Educational Needs, University of East London; English Teaching License, National and Kapodistrian University; Neuroscience and Education, National and Kapodistrian.
  • Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Paint 3D, Sway, One Note
  • Favorite books: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Website I check every day: Pinterest
  • Favorite childhood memory: Singing and dancing with my grandparents.
  • What is the best advice you have ever received? Never stop trying.

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