I have to confess that I know very little about Denmark and the Danish educational system. I Googled "best education systems in the world" and in this link, Canada is listed as #7 in 2014 and #10 in 2012. In the same site, Denmark is listed as #11 in 2014 and #12 in 2012. Other sources rank Denmark similarly close to Canada in world results. On this side of the Atlantic, we hear a lot about the Finnish education system - why have our colleagues chosen to come to Canada for their quest? If I get the chance, here are my other questions as well as my sharing points.
I wonder ...
- When foreigners think of Denmark, what comes to mind first? If you could change this, what would you want foreigners to consider first when they think of your country?
- What does it mean to be Danish? What constitutes your national identity?
- What are you most proud of with regards to your educational practices? What are you most displeased with regarding education in your country?
- How do your schools compare to those in Canada? What are the similarities and differences?
- What do you know about Canada and the Canadian educational system?
- What are Danish children passionate about? How does this compare to Canadian students?
- What do you hope to see while you are here?
You may be wondering ...
- What are those odd looking animals doing in the library? (clue = skinny pigs don't aggravate allergies)
- Why do the students keep talking about Minecraft? (clue = tapping into student passions through clubs and in-school tasks help them learn)
- Where did all these iPads, SMART Boards, HP netbooks, Acer netbooks, Macs and PCs come from? (clue = a variety of technology tools, won and bought, make differentiated instruction easier)
- When do the kids stop asking questions? (clue = encouraging inquiry throughout the day and in many different subjects makes learning "sticky")
- Who manages the Library Assistants during recess? (clue = students show responsibility and initiative in many ways)
|The answer to #1|
|The answer to #2|
I hope Torben, Kim, Lars and Lene enjoy their time with us and that it's a time for all of us to learn something from each other.