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Här beskriver vi de olika skolutvecklingsprojekt som Sandgärdskolan deltar i.

Is there a doctor in this room?!

LärandePosted by Per Selin 2018-03-15 11:34:39

Trots att jag inte kan peka på någon speciell titel kan jag se den typiska filmscenen framför mig. En person har svimmat eller hamnat i ett akut sjukdomstillstånd och det behövs hjälp. Fort. Gärna av någon kvalificerad. Tanken slog mig lite när fobasNT18 inleddes i tisdags morse. Där satt jag bland alla NO-lärare och –forskare (tillsammans med folk från Skolverket och något science center). Om det skulle uppstå en situation där det snabbt behövdes en språkdidaktiker kunde jag ställa mig upp och tillhandahålla mina tjänster på nödsignalen ”Is there a language teacher in this room?!” Jag hade nog varit den enda tillgängliga.

Vad kan man då få ut av en konferens som så tydligt riktar sig mot NO- och teknikämnenas didaktik om man är lärare i svenska och engelska? En hel del visade det sig. I den första keynote-föreläsningen presenterade Dr Helge Dresch resutat från studier där elever använde sig av teleologiska och antropomorfologiska förklaringar till naturvetenskapliga företeelser. De gav alltså naturvetenskapen mänskliga egenskaper som inre vilja. Giraffen har utvecklat lång hals för att den vill nå de höga grenarna eller positivt laddade atomkärnor lockar till sig och dra åt sig negativt laddade elektroner. Detta är för mig samma självmål som att förenkla för eleverna av välvilja och göra det så mycket så att generalisering inte längre går att göra. Att kalla preteritum för dåtid till exempel. Funkar kanske till viss del, men blir svårt när andra språk skall diskuteras.

Onsdagens keynoteföreläsare doktoranden Ulrika Ryan från Malmö universitet pratade om digitala verktyg i matematikundervisningen. Hon sade att hon kände sig som en katt bland hermelinerna som matematiklärare bland alla NO-människor. Jag förstår vad hon menar… Det bjöds på en gedigen genomgång av datorstöd och en metafor som användes kommer jag ta med mig. En pensel kan användas till många olika saker. Allt från att måla en vägg till att måla et konstverk. Avgörande är ens kunskaper och mål med verksamheten. För Ryan var penseln en metafor för datorn och för mig kan det vara såväl dator som ordinlärning som en massa andra företeelser. Det är användningsområdet som avgör, inte verktyget i sig.

Blev det någon kultur i Norrköping då? Absolut. Till att börja med var konferensen lagd i lokaler som angränsade till den vansinnigt vackra och dramatiska miljön runt de gamla industribyggnaderna som kantar Motala ström genom centrala staden. Det är svårt att argumentera emot påståendet att ”vi har Sveriges vackraste campus”. Kulturdel 2 kom när Jonas och jag gick från hotellet dag 2. ”Kan undra om Broadway finns på riktigt?” funderade Jonas när vi pratade om Eldkvarn (som vi gjorde en del under de två dagarna). ”Tja,” sade jag och tittade upp. ”Det skulle ju kunna vara denna gatan?” Vi gick då på Bråddgatan och bara en liten bit längre fram såg vi etablissemanget Café Broadway på höger sida. Det fick bli en kaffe och chokladboll där när vi väntade på tåget. Tyvärr hade vi redan ätit lunch, vilket uteslöt en legendarisk äggmacka, men det var inget tvivel om att detta var stället där Eldkvarn en gång inledde sin karriär. Kan undra om det var här Plura fick idén om att göra matlagningsprogram i TV med bar överkropp också?

Vår egen presentation? Jodå. Det kändes som att publiken var intresserade och framförallt av e-boksskapandet i GIGS-projektet. Det är väldigt roligt att bli igenkänd också. ”Jag såg er presentera på Lärarnas forskningskonferens i höstas”.

Tack till NATDID på Linköpings universitet för två intressanta och givande dagar. Vi har fått massor med intryck och inspiration. Nu drar vi igång ett nytt forskningsprojekt.






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Vad gör vi egentligen?

LärandePosted by Per Selin 2017-11-02 13:38:02

Hur går du igenom subjekt och predikat? När skall vi köra novellskrivandet i år?

Dessa exempel kommer från svensklärardiskussioner på högstadiet, men jag antar att de går att applicera på valfritt skolämne och i valfri ålder. Det som Martin Stolare tog upp i sin keynote på Lärarnas forskningskonferens berör den viktiga och tyvärr ofta förbisedda frågan som (inte) ställs i skolan. Vad? Även om det ibland kan verka som att ämnesinnnehållet är givet eller kommer ur Läroplanen finns det inget som säger att ett visst stoff måste behandlas. Inte allt i alla fall och det är definitivt inte givet att man måste behandla något visst bara för att det gjordes förra året.

I år skall vi till exempel i ämnet svenska skriva (eller skall vi kanske säga producera eller skapa) e-böcker istället för de tryckta böcker som tidigare års sjuor gjort. Inte för att tidigare års elever varit missnöjda utan för att den formen (eller det ämnesinnehållet om man vill) nog är mer relevant för eleverna som samhället ser ut nu.

Ett annat exempel på hur viktigt det är att noggrant överväga ”vad” kan hämtas från den keynote som Ingrid Carlgren höll på LFK för två år sedan. Genom att använda ämnesinnehållet ”att sortera och gruppera växter” visade Carlgren då hur detta ämnesinnehåll, trots sin till synes daterade prägel, fick elever att utveckla många av de kvaliteter som krävs i ämnet biologi.

Det är ett nytt ämnesutvecklande projekt på gång på Sandgärdskolan. Detta skall ta sin utgångspunkt i just ämnets karaktär. Förhoppningen är naturligtvis att eleverna skall lära sig mer, men även att lärarna skall stärkas i sina identiteter som ämnesexperter och att frågan vad vi undervisar om skall skjutas fram. För det är inte samma sak att undervisa om eller lära sig kemi som engelska.







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A good year for the roses

Idéer och infallPosted by Per Selin 2017-06-21 14:27:11
The school year at Sandgärdskolan has to a very large extent focussed on the GiGS-project. At least when it comes to the school development part of the year. Most of the things that are needed to explain about the last part of the e-book writing and the week in Poland has already been said, so I leave it until the book is finally finished in a couple of days.

It is a pleasure to realize how much other aspects of school development that have come out from the thrilling cooperation with UK, Poland and Cyprus. We have done a local research project based on one of the pupil-led lessons. More about this will come this autumn when Jonas and I go to Stockholm to present at the Teachers' Research Conference.

We will also continue working with the e-book as a means of collecting and presenting pupils' work. It is an interesting and stimulating way of combining various media in one neat package.

Now I think it is time to take a summer break. Personally the first thing I will do is to visit Berlin next week and brush off the old Autobahn Deutsch. Perhaps there will be new ideas already there for next year's lessons and in what direction Sandgärdskolan needs to turn to improve even further. Even though I might not get any ideas about school development, I might at least get an idea of what it is like to not understand most of the things people say. Might be something worth remembering when the term starts off with new year-7 pupils.



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Don't stop believing

GiGSPosted by Per Selin 2017-06-06 22:21:13
What did you learn this week?

This was one of the four questions that was asked by the project coordinators at the very end of the last session. In a way I think that many of the people in the project leader group were surprised when so many of the answers focused around the idea of cultural meetings. "I have learned things about the other countries". "I have met new friends". The answer that was perhaps expected would be something related to STEM, digital skills or global issues.

I would argue that in a world where so much is focussed on winning and losing and where your enemies are labelled "losers" and that is what you think is the worst insult for them, the most important you can learn is to respect each other and see things from others' points of view. In a world where borders are being turned into walls we don't need hammers to tear them down, we need hearts that never build them.

Then of course there are interesting things about actual learning that can be noticed. It is such a relief to see pupils wanting to learn things just for the fun of it and not to get any specific grades. In the beginning of the week here I heard questions about grades and criteria. Listening to the pupils on the bus back home from Warsaw some of them were talking about how much English they had learnt (or realized they knew and learnt how to use). They were also proud of believing in themselves. I almost cried. Finally somebody learns for life and not for school. Then there have been times when you could see kids (Swedish, English and Cypriotic as well as Polish) learning STEM and digital skills just for the thrill of it. There is one specific Polish boy who has been staying up late just continuing to fiddle with the I-pad he borrowed and made widgets with.

Please remind me of this the next time I get cynical about pupils that never hand in essays in time and can't focus during classes.



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A visit to Siennica

GiGSPosted by Per Selin 2017-06-05 21:29:46
Rebecka and Molly have already described it in the previous blog post, but let me say it again. The enthusiasm shown is amazing, and it was such a joy to be able to tell the girls that we had solved a transport to Warsaw tomorrow afternoon. It is happening.

"Unfortunately" we had to stop the creating at lunch for a visit to the Polish partner school. The energy lab we visited was truly one of the most impressing sights I have ever seen. You would probably need to go to a university of technology to find its equivalent.

Not only was the lab impressive the surroundings were as well. A gigantic school garden surrounded the old school building. The Polish partners had prepared an activity and that managed to make all pupils happy and spirited again, even though they had had a long day and been in the school museum for an hour. But you cannot complain about being hungry when you don't eat lunch and have an energy drink with white bread for breakfast!


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Another music in a different kitchen

GiGSPosted by Per Selin 2017-06-05 11:08:04

So far everything in this blog has been from the teacher's or the researcher's perspective. Let's see how the real main characters, the pupils experience it. I let two pupils, Rebecka and Molly, borrow the blog for a post.

So… getting up from bed at 3 Am just to go to the airport and fly one hour to Amsterdam, and then switch flight to one that goes to Warsaw. We asked ourselves ”is it really worth it?”

When we first got here we were a little bit negative because of the surrounding, that the house was situated in the woods and so far from the city. There was also a fence around the building and that made the whole thing more scary. To be in a different country without our family and also not a very good internet just made it worse.

But when we got some sleep on the first night, then the first day of working started and we got more and more positive as time went by. We started some workshops and we thought that it was really funny. We learned new things and we also started to communicate and get to know the other pupils that were here a little bit.

When we started to write the actual book then we really started to realize how big this project is and what we are a part of. So now when there are only two days left of work we start to feel a little bit sorry because we want to be here more, and get to know the others even more. So, then we asked ourselves again, ”is it really worth it?” and now our answers are yes. We think that it is worth it because our time here has been so great and funny, with nice pupils and nice teachers and we have had a barbecue and played volleyball and we think that it has been so much fun to get to do this.





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Spacelab

GiGSPosted by Per Selin 2017-06-04 21:45:17
A grand day out!

Even though the girls were a bit disappointed that they could not go shopping, they were excited when they entered the bus to Warsaw for a tour.

We started at the rooftop gardens above the library of the University of Technology. The greenery was really massive and it was nice to share ideas on how to continue working with the global goals for sustainability.
Next stop was the Kopernikus Science centre where we saw a film about space and inventions. This theme continued at the next visit to the library. Three women from the University presented their work on satellites that disappeared (burned more easily) as opposed to jumbling around in space orbiting forever.

Then there were three hours left with free time. The shops were not open so we decided to take a walk to the Old Town for some sight seeing and lunch. The square was a really nice sight and lunch with teachers and pupils was a pleasure. We actually could buy some souvenirs and gifts as well.

It still is not sure whether we can go for another trip to Warsaw, but I hope that it will be possible. The work and enthusiasm shown is worth appreciation.



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There is a light that never goes out

GiGSPosted by Per Selin 2017-06-04 19:29:17

So after a morning of workshops where various technical skills were trained, we were off with the actual creating of the e-book at Saturday morning. We had a rather well thought out storyboard of the book, so there were only matters of discussing who does what. The enthusiasm shown was impressing and the overall impression is that this is going to happen!

At the end of the day the details for today's visit to Warsaw was explained. In a subclause it was mentioned that since it is Pentecost all shops will be closed. All. The hearts of the Swedish girls sank and it was a truly low atmosphere for a while. We could have a serious discussion about it though, and there might be a possibility later. Jonas and I understand that the issue is important for the girls. They had been looking forward to shopping for a couple of hours.

When we had had dinner a couple of the girls approached me and said that thay had been listening very much to "that Manchester song" and really liked it. After a few second I realised that the song was The Smiths There is a light that never goes out that I played to the class last Monday to commemorate the victims of the terror attack.

I wish it did not have to be a topic again.

Take me out tonight
Because I want to see people and I want to see life
Driving in your car
I never ever want to come home
Because I haven't got one





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