THE GOOD SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
INNOVATION IN SCHOOLS
Children are important educationalists for adults, and children's social, professional and personal development is crucial to the future of society. All children deserve a happy school life so that they have the opportunity to unleash their potentials and choose a way in life that matches their strengths and interests. Therefore, Compassion Consulting is working with innovation in schools together with teachers, educators, management and students to ensure a meaningful school experience for both children and teachers.
Innovation in schools focusing on children in learning difficulties has shown that that which children in learning difficulties wish for in school, is that which all children wish for in school. They demand active participation working with meaningful and relevant content in a good atmosphere in the classroom. Those are the results of the Egmont-funded Spiral project, presented at the Experimentarium Conference on September 13, 2018 under the title: Is school a place for children and sensitive souls? How do we create a good school experience for both children and teachers?
Since 2015, Compassion Consulting has been part of the project team at the Science Center Experimentarium together with the dedicated and competent school researchers and consultants Morten Fabricius Kisendal, Per Krull and Louise Klinge. With inspiration from Experimentarium's experiential learning environment, the project has co-created and developed methods, didactics and a mindset to promote learning, motivation and engagement from students in learning difficulties - those often lost in the school system - and everyone else.
You can read more about our findings and method in our new book The Good School Life, published at the University of Aarhus and released at our conference in September 2018, or by following the Experimentarium link below. We are currently further developing and co-creating methods and didactics with schools that are looking for ways to accelerate children's learning, motivation and engagement by offering new learning activities such as, for example, project work, self-determination elements, problem-based learning, etc.
The project shows that a good school experience is highly related to the Didactics of Engagement, which you can read more about in our book, and the teachers' relational competencies, such as recent research by eg. Louise Klinge and Sarah Grahms show.
FAMILY FORMATION & PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH
BEGINNING IN MARCH 2021
Attachment and family formation in people's lives takes place already during pregnancy, and early intervention is not to start intervening in the nursery or school ages but during and around pregnancy, birth and the maternity period. In collaboration with psychologist and midwife Anna-Katherine Højland and Hvidovre Hospital, Compassion Consulting offers a 1-year psychological training for health professionals who work with pregnant women, infants and toddlers and families around family formation and perinatal mental health.
RELATIONAL COMPETENCE IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION
School researcher and school consultant Louise Klinge's research into the teacher's relational competency and the importance of positive teacher-student relationships for children's professional, social and personal development is the central focus of the education as Relational Competency Guides in the country's schools. The education is divided into 8 modules and is offered at schools that want to train a selected group of teachers and educators to guide their colleagues in working with relationally competent actions. Louise's research points to 3 special characteristics of the professionals' relational competence and 4 conditions that must be met in order for teachers to act competently relationally in even more interactions with the children during a busy school day. I am a co-teacher and facilitator of the education. I have contributed an article about Teacher Presence in a Hectic School Day in a thematic issue of KVaN on relationship competence in September 2018. Finally, contact me if you are interested in hearing more, or visit www.Louiseklinge.dk