Joana Simas

Teacher in Lisboa, Portugal

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I am a Portuguese Primary and Preparatory teacher since 2009 and I hold a Primary Teaching degree and a Masters of Primary and Preparatory Teaching in Math, Science, Portuguese, History and Geography. Plus, I am postgraduate in Coding and Robotics in the Primary and Preparatory School.

Since 2015, I have been teaching History and Geography of Portugal at PaRK International School and I am a Teach Coach, since 2017.

I follow a student-centered pedagogy, based on project-based learning, flipped classroom and integrate technology in the classroom naturally and effectively.

Most of my History projects use Minecraft as a learning tool so in this blog you’ll have different Minecraft approaches of Portuguese History.

In 2016 I was honoured to participate as a speaker for two projects, with my colleagues, at ECIS Annual Educators Conference – Cultivating Curiosity (Copenhagen, Denmark).

In 2017 I was recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and in 2018 as a Minecraft Global Mentor.

In 2018 I was distinguished as one of the ten finalists of the Global Teacher Prize Portugal.

Since 2019 that I am the Head of the Upper Junior School (Middle school) of PaRK International School.