January 30, 2013

January 29, 2013

January 28, 2013

Dalton Poster

I was very proud when students fron "Akademie der Diözese" in Linz made this summary of my workshop.

"Die Einführung eines Prozesses darf nich zu schnell gehen !"

January 26, 2013

Dalton review

A chapter from the book 'Assignment happiness', written by Albert Cohen was published in this magazine in the summer
of 1955.
A very interesting article with an actual value for secondary education in many countries in Europe.

"In more than fifty years of wide teaching experience, it is the only method I have known where happiness prevails in the school through the interaction of positive learning and character development".

Isn't it a nice coincidence this advertisement of an OMEP conference.

Dalton International has a strong relation with OMEP in Poland.

January 24, 2013

International Dalton Meeting 13-16 May 2013

”Let’s get inspired by Dalton”

KPZ University
Ten Oeverstraat 68, 8012 EW Zwolle -the Netherlands


Monday May 13. 2013

Reception of the participants, meeting the hosts and organizers
Introduction of the University and a tour through our new
“Knowledge landscape”
Lunch at the University
13.00 -15.00
Visit primary Dalton school
Dinner at the University

Tuesday May 14. 2013

09.30 -16.00
During this conference Paul Bruijn, Roel Röhner and Hans Wenke will work
with you on subjects as cooperation and multiple intelligence, reflection,
positive interdependence, social interaction behaviors and attitudes,
individual accountability and the relation with competences in child-centred
learning processes.

Introduction: 'Vision on Dalton'
by Hans Wenke (Senior Dalton consultant of KPZ University)

Workshop 1: ‘Cooperative learning in relation with multiple intelligences’
by Roel Röhner and Hans Wenke -(Senior Dalton consultants of KPZ university)

Workshop 2: 'How to teach competences in child-centered learning processes'
by Christine Schrön -(Käthe Kollwitz Gymnasium, Lengenfeld / Germany)

Workshop 3: ‘How do we learn children to reflect on your work’
by Paul Bruijn -(teacher trainer of KPZ university)

Workshop 4: ‘A Dalton coordinator, an important member of your staff’
by Roel & Paul

Workshop 5: “Good practice” by a group of Dalton students from
grade 4.
Platform for discussion and questioning.

Dinner at the University

Wednesday May 15. 2013

Departure from KPZ University
09.30 -12.00
Visit primary Dalton school
Lunch offered by the school
Guided tour through the old center of Zwolle
Free time in Zwolle
Dinner in a restaurant in Zwolle, offered by KPZ University

Thursday May 16. 2013

Departure from KPZ University
09.30 -12.00
Visit Primary Dalton school and for those who are interested a visit to a
secondary Dalton school, accompanied by Hans Wenke
Lunch offered by the schools
Visit to the centre of Amersfoort, time for shopping
Dinner to be decided by the group, either in Amersfoort or Zwolle on own

Friday May 17. 2013

Departure of the participants
Transport assistance by your hosts if necessary

The conference is organized by KPZ/Wenke Daltonconsultants in cooperation with Dalton International.


January 20, 2013

Masterclass of Dr. Pasi Sahlberg at KPZ

Last Friday January 18. 2013 Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Education change activist, General Director of CIMO in Helsinki and autor of the book 'Finnish Lessons' gave a masterclass at our University KPZ.

"Ten years ago Finland was ranked as the world’s top education nation. It was strange because in Finland education is seen as a public good accessible to all free of charge without standardized testing or competitive private schools. When I look around the world, I see competition, choice, and measuring of students and teachers as the main means to improve education. This market-based global movement has put many public schools at risk in the United States and many other countries, as well. But not in Finland.
You may ask what has made Finland’s schools so extraordinary. The answer has taken many by surprise.

1. The Finns have never aimed to be the best in education but rather to have good schools for all of children. In other words, equity in education comes before a ‘race to the top’ mentality in national school reforms.

2. Finns have taken teachers and teaching seriously by requiring that all teachers must be well trained in academic universities. All teachers should enjoy professional autonomy and public trust in their work. As a consequence, teaching has been a popular career choice among young Finns for three decades now. Today the Finnish government invests 30 times more in professional development of its teachers and administrators than testing its students’ performance in schools.

3. Finnish educators have learned systematically from other countries how to reform education and improve teaching in schools. The United States has been a special source of inspiration to Finland since John Dewey a century ago. Such American educational innovations as cooperative learning, problem-based teaching and portfolio assessment are examples of the practices invented by teachers and researchers in the United States that are now commonly found in many Finnish classrooms.

One thing that has struck me is how similar education systems are. Curricula are standardized to fit to international student tests; and students around the world study learning materials from global providers. Education reforms in different countries also follow similar patterns. So visible is this common way of improvement that I call it the Global Educational Reform Movement or GERM. It is like an epidemic that spreads and infects education systems through a virus. It travels with pundits, media and politicians. Education systems borrow policies from others and get infected. As a consequence, schools get ill, teachers don’t feel well, and kids learn less".

International Office

January 19, 2013

Next meeting 'Blogging in Europe' in Poland

The next meeting of the Comenius project 'Blogging in Europe' will take place from February 27. till March 3. 2013 in Ostrowiec / Poland.

Click for more information on general blog left.

January 17, 2013

Using iPads in the Classroom

Interesting article from Edutopia


January 12, 2013

International Dalton Meeting

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