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Finland – Werkbezoek – Studiereis Passend Onderwijs – september 2012

September 4 – 7 2012
Dinsdag 4 sept.Woensdag 5 sept.Donderdag 6 sept.
Dinsdag 4 september 2012  – KLM 1167 from AMS to Vantaa Finland.
@Maraonilne… “Me and my Skoda” 🙂
Return to Mankaa Koulu after 12 years…. feels good!
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First meeting in Mankkaa Koulu with Principal Lasse Utti, Biology teacher Mrs. Helena Rimali and SEN teacher Mrs. Medhin Kebede…2 hours of exploring diversity in main stream learning.
Mrs. Medhin Kebede – SEN teacher @ mankkaankoulu “Skipping a classroom for a bright  student almost feels likes discrimination” as learning is also about social responsibility.
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Translate.google.com is an absolute must here!
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Woensdag 5 september
Visits to Zachris Topellus School and Saunalahti School
The Swedish speaking Zachris Topellus School is located in Helsinki city and situated in a 100 year old building. There are 75 students in mainstream and 25 SEN students in 5 small groups.
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We were warmly welcomed by principal Mrs. Carlita Glasgow and SEN teacher Catelijne Verschure (Dutch).
A small group homeroom houses 5 SEN students who are taught by one teacher and each student has one individual personal assistant.
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With a lot of creativity even the smallest closet spaces are transformed into small yet beautiful and quiet playrooms.
Special sensitivity rooms include scent, soft music, lighting and soft fabrics.
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Older students are aiding younger students in the library.
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The Pictures Exchange Communication System (PECS) helps the SEN students to communicate with their teachers, assistants, classmates and parens and vice versa.
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In the afternoon we visited the brand new, one month old Saunalahti School.We were welcomed by Principal Mrs. Hannah Sarakorpi and grade 3 teacher and leadership team member Mrs. Minna Weli.
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Mrs. Minna Weli explains how learning not only takes place around the desks, yet in every corner of the classroom.
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Each grade wing contains 2 regular classrooms and small special instruction classroom.The two groups, about 20 students each, are being taught by a team of 3 teachers.
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Donderdag 6 september
Today a visit to Vantaa, Lumon Lukio School and Hesinki, Teacher Training University – Mr. Timo Tamminen
At Lumo Lukio School we had a fruitfull meeting with Principal Mr. Jari Koivonen. To start he showwed us around in their secundary school in the Center of Vantaa. The school is a real knowledge center and meeting point in the municipality of Vantaa.
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Our preparatory visit ended on Friday morning with a meeting at the Keinumäki Hospital School in Espoo.Pricipal Mrs. Riitta Paasivirta was very open for a school visit and explained about the importance of a community of care around each child. To be continued in November 2012

 


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