We were excited to share the training from Germany with the rest of our staff. Everyone enjoyed the games! The sound shaker game was very popular and we were good at guessing how far a deer can jump. We managed to fit 21 people in our shed! We are looking forward to trying out the games with our pupils.
We wanted to try some things, which I learned at our LTT teacher training in Germany. Outdoor teaching was a big part of our visit and that’s why we decided to go to the forest with my pupils.
It’s winter and it has been a very cold week in Finland. The temperature has been about -25 degrees and we have lots of snow here. That’s why the outdoor activities were a little bit different to do here than in Germany.
Today the weather was really beautiful. The sun was shining and temperature was about -21 degrees. First we were playing “Pöllöhippa” “Catch the Owl” at our school yard. Kids liked to play it and they were running a lot. That was a good start, because they became warm. After that we walked together to the nearest forest.
In the forest we learned how to do “fox-walk” and “owl-eye”. Then we did the same exercise, that we also did in Germany. We walked alone like foxes around the forest and did “owl-eye” when we wanted to. It was important to be quiet. Pupils thought that the exercise was nice and relaxing. After that we were playing “hide and seek”-game together. It was really fun to run in the snow and also a little bit hard. But we loved it! And everyone was asking the same: “Can we do this again someday?”
We definitely must do lot more outdoor activities! It is nice to be out of the classroom and the forest is definitely the place where your mind can relax.
written by 5B-class
“Run-Jump-Learn“- has been awarded „Project of the Month February“ by our National Agency PAD. In December our Agency sent us a film team that accompanied us for one day. They filmed our school, some lessons, some actions of our Run-Jump-Learn-Club and did some interviews with teachers and pupils.
For the sake of your own well-being its good to learn how to relax. Relaxation encourages healthy mind and body. Relaxation through mental images at the beginning or end of class only takes a few minutes. Guided relaxation stories and scripts and widely available in the internet in various languages. In addition to taking time to relax in class, some classes also do child yoga in Pöllönkangas school.
In the last week of November our Run-Jump-Learn-project had a teacher training at Kleeblattschule in Germany. The overarching question of the training was „Why go outside?“
Our focus lay on outdoor teaching and integrating outdoor activities into everyday teaching. With the help of an outdoor specialist, we explored perception exercises and tested various new games that can be played on playgrounds, in gardens or in forests. Rangers from our local nature and wildlife park provided insight into how schools can integrate excursions to discover flora and fauna in the woods into the school’s curriculum.
Another part of the teacher training were lesson observations at Kleeblattschule, in order to get a concrete insight into the German school system. In addition, the guests taught German pupils dances, games or how to count in another language. The pupils really enjoyed that part and were highly motivated to learn more.
In the afternoon we tested ways of combining ICT and outdoor learning when doing interactive tasks using iPads in the school area.
One day was spared to visit the Studienseminar Kassel, where teachers are trained after their first state examination. This part of the German teacher training was new to our guests from Finland, Sweden, Wales, and Spain. In the evening we enjoyed visits to traditional Christmas markets and spend the evening together talking about the past days full of impressions.