February 22, 2012

ASCHAM, Dalton school in Sydney

In October 2001 and November 2003
I visited the outstanding Dalton school Ascham. It was a great inspiration for me to observe educational processes and to speak with many teachers and students about the effects of Dalton. The school is mentioned in this blog several times.

The reason to bring here their statements about the Dalton philosophy, is the planned visit of two heads of the school to Holland in May.
The new head of the Junior department Mrs. Elizabeth Neil and the head of the pre school department Mrs. Judy Butcher will visit some Dalton schools in our country.
They are the guests of our Teacher's University KPZ and both will participate in the International Dalton Meeting on May 9. 2012.

From the website of Ascham:
Ascham’s teaching rests on the Dalton Plan, a philosophy of learning developed in the USA and introduced to Ascham by Headmistress, Miss Margaret Bailey, in 1922. The Dalton Plan is used in schools in the USA, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Germany and Japan.
The Dalton Plan’s key objective is to develop independent learners who take responsibility for their work and their time management. Through training and practice, girls develop skills to help them meet academic and professional challenges with confidence.

The Dalton Plan requires girls to complete weekly assignments for each subject. The weekly timetable provides lesson times and study periods, in which girls complete their work in individual teachers’ rooms under supervision, where they may seek assistance. All teachers have their own classrooms and girls have easy access to every subject teacher.

Students have considerable flexibility to decide how and when to complete assignments by a deadline. This teaches self-motivation, time-management skills and personal responsibility. A close follow-up and support system also assists the students with the completion of their work. In recent student surveys, some of the key features of the Dalton Plan most appreciated by students, are the flexibility and learning advantages provided by the study periods.

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