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Een optimaal leerklimaat, een optimaal leefklimaat: de school als bedding voor een optimale ontwikkeling. Kunnen we pijlers en methodieken vanuit het Finse model bij ons implementeren en/of verstevigen?
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Optimizing the learning environment, optimizing the quality of life. Or how a school can meet the individual needs of children as best as possible. The 'Teunisbloem' (Evening Primrose) is a Waldorf school located in a colorful region of Ghent, which we see reflected in its heterogeneous constellation of pupils. This makes the Teunisbloem as a Waldorf school quite unique. As a school we could benefit from a didactic improvement, concerning methods of evaluation (beyond grades) and an adequate follow-up system for every student. We could also use new or confirmatory insights in the field of inclusive education. Although we already offer inclusive education since quite a while -it even became a bit of a principle to let children with special needs stay with us- we would love to exchange experiences and know-how with schools where inclusive education is evident. Our school also wants to consciously work with an ‘APP’ –anti bullying plan -through which we can start talking about bullying and look into strategies by which bullying can be avoided (preventive bullying strategies!). In the Finnish policy we also notice an overlap with principles of the pedagogy of Rudolf Steiner, especially the guiding of the same class group during several years. All these elements together are perfect for a visit to Finland, which already has proven many times its high quality of education. This year, I'm guiding the sixth class. This means I will finish a 'round' of six years (June 30th)! Next school year I will take a sabbatical. During that year, I want to stay connected to the school and to education in general. I also want to undertake a meaningful project to recharge my batteries in a proper way. Therefor I'm very much inspired to travel to Finland personally, to take a look, to have a taste of the Finnish education and exchange experiences and know-how with the Finnish colleagues. I will observe in two schools, both for a few weeks. The exchange of knowledge and experiences will be brought back to my Belgian school The Teunisbloem. It will then be the task of the school to gradually insert new or confirmatory insights into the education provided. This will increase the well being both in the field of learning together, as well as in the field of living together. My new insights and experiences will also be off benefit for the entire teaching staff: the experiences will be shared and could be an important inspiration to questions that are living within the team. On top of that, those new experiences will also be shared beyond the school borders: by communicating to third parties such as other schools within the Waldorfschool community, the education magazine ‘Klasse’ etc.
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