maanantai 19. syyskuuta 2016

Subtopic of Aggression

Pupils from the 6th grade worked on the subject 'aggression' during the art lessons. They expressed different emotions through faces made of playdough. One half of the face is aggressive and the other half positive.  

Fourth grade pupils also made art. The topic was to draw a face looking like you're really angry or aggressive. “Does this guy look like he wants to play with you? Would you like to play with him? What can you do if you feel like this?” Many questions were asked when we did these drawings. 

First grade pupils talked about aggression and made signs as a reminder that it's not accepted.

6th grade performing arts course also participated. They focused on how to prevent aggressive behaviour at school.

tiistai 31. toukokuuta 2016

Erasmus+ day

Couple weeks ago we had an Erasmus themed day here in Lempoinen. The participating students had organized various events related to each country involved in the on-going project, for example quizzes and dances. The workshops were open to every single student ranging from age 5 to age 12 so that produced a certain challenge, but we did a wonderful job. Please enjoy these photos:!404&authkey=!ADhKLXzGWuSor-I&ithint=folder%2cJPG

keskiviikko 25. toukokuuta 2016

Hungary pics

Greetings from (rarely) warm Lempäälä!

The trip to Hungary was truely awesome. We all got to experience new things and learnt a lot about ourselves and other cultures. But as you probably know, one picture tells more than a thousand words, so here we go:!403&authkey=!AED4cE2yD4snnbw&ithint=album%2c

torstai 12. toukokuuta 2016

Lack of Assertiveness

During the Erasmus+ project, several on-going student works are in progress. This time the topic was lack of assertiveness (itsevarmuuden puute in finnish). Please enjoy the attached pictures.

sunnuntai 24. huhtikuuta 2016

Greetings from the school assistants of Lempoinen school

We thought we can tell you something about our work because the school assistants are present at this Erasmus project.
In our school every school assistant is professional. Everyone has got the professional degree. There are about thirty assistants in our school. They work with preschool pupils, with handicapped pupils in special classes, with first and second grades morning and afternoon activities and only a few are working with so called normal classes pupils.

We help the pupil personally to find solutions in learning situations, for example in history to find out the answers from the text, in maths help to solve more difficult exercises. We do not offer the right answer, just only help the child to find it by him- or herself. We encourage the children to be self-motivated. Always we are the working partner with the teacher and sometimes we work as a substitute teacher. 
Furthermore we are pedagogues ( educators ) in school's everyday life who are taking care of values and aims, which are written in our school's teaching plan. We work together with teachers and other adults in our school that pupils will get enough self-confidence and chances to plan and carry out to live in a good member of our society. In our school everyone has to create and get better skills to get along with all pupils and in everyday life in general. We assistants are often in these kind of situations and we try to help pupils to accept others opinions and to explain their own opinions and of course everyone to respect each other. The child/pupil is not always able to find right and acceptable ways to solve these kind of problems and these are moments we are needed. Our duty is to show the way to solve problems without violence and shouting. Good manners and respecting others are everyday skills we are practicing constantly.
We look after the pupils with teachers during breaks. The children play many different games with each other or just talk with friends. Very popular place in our school, where assistants are always looking after children, is so called Arena. That is a little sports field next to a football field in our back yard. Sometimes problems and arguments appear in children's relationships. We have to solve these problems and in this work so called Verso-pupils help us. There are some pupils in every class from grades 4-6 who has got the training and education to this Verso-duty. Those Verso-pupils have the skills to talk about problems and to find the solutions to problems. In English we call them as equal mediators. Erasmus-visitors in our school in autumn 2015 got a little this Verso-education. This Verso has proved to be a good action in this kind of situation.
In our school we do not accept any kind of bullying. Every adult's duty is to interrupt these situations. Every adult in our school has chance to send the pupil in so-called Kake-event. In this meeting  “ Kake “-teacher discusses with pupils and the pupils must contact their mom or dad by phone and explain what he/she has done.
             Assistants take also part in alternative lessons as assistants or teachers (pupil has chosen one activity from sports, art, acting or other voluntary acts). Every grade has one alternative lesson a week. This is very popular and the pupil can choose his/her special things. One pupil can choose four different courses during school year. 
Many child has got more self-confidence and appreciation by this activity. It is the best thing to see the pupil, who has found his/her skills and who brings the joy, hope and acceptation to other people.

We wish you all beautiful spring and sunny summer!

sunnuntai 27. maaliskuuta 2016

Portugal pics

Hey hey!

Portugal part is over. Hopefully I'll receive some travel stories from the students I can post here, but here a some pictures to begin with:

maanantai 8. helmikuuta 2016

Difficulity in trusting others

The second sub-assignment was related to the theme "Difficulity in trusting others". There were no specifics (ie. make a movie), so the teachers and students had different approaches. For example 3rd graders had classroom conversations and an cartoon project, 6th graders practiced trust with a blind drawing (one student guiding his/her friend who has a blind fold on their eyes) and 5th grade, future erasmus-travelling students, made an excellent video with correct and incorrect solutions of common school situations. Below you can find some of the finished works.

maanantai 1. helmikuuta 2016

Student works part 1

The Erasmus+ project also encourages every single student of our school to think about the different aspects of bullying. How? During the two years of this collaboration, several sub-topic related tasks will be done in every country. The first one was about low self-esteem. These little tasks are a great way to unleash the creative potential of our students while still discussing a subject of great matter. In the link below you can find some pictures of our works:

Low self-esteem student works

tiistai 19. tammikuuta 2016

Finland pics and välkkäri video

Below you can find some Finland meeting pics taken by Ronnie of Germany. Also linked is a video made by our välkkäri educators, thanks Hämeen Liikunta ja Urheilu!



torstai 14. tammikuuta 2016

The start of a new year

In last december it was Finland's turn to shine and host activities for other teachers and students. The local newspaper (Lempäälän-Vesilahden Sanomat) published a short article about the event. You can find it in here (in finnish though): . Here's a free translation of the text:

The school of Lempoinen is taking part in an Erasmus+ -project during this and the following year. The theme of this project is combating and preventing bullying in schools. In total there are seven countries involved: Finland, England, Germany, Turkey, Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal. Finland received guests in 28.11 - 4.12. International teachers and english kids enjoyed the hotel while other students were placed in host families.

The week was full of different events ranging from welcoming assembly on monday, ice skating, gingerbread cookie baking to grande finale of international evening on thursday, where food and presentations from all over the Europe were presented. 

In Kaupinojan sauna the guests got to try traditional finnish sauna and ice swimming (in an iceless lake though). Verso and välkkäri trainings were offered too. The school was decorated to fit the christmas mood, the hallways had different flags and presentations hanging. 

Erasmus+ -project continues in early march with a trip to Portugal.