I was thrilled to be invited to be part of a ‘thinking for learning’ conference by Isselgroep and Anne from Thinking Well in Apeldoorn, Netherlands this February.
It was a brilliant trip and a opportunity to reflect, share practice and generate ideas about thinking for learning. My colleague, Lorraine, from Durham University joined me and we met lots of lovely people during our visit.
When we first arrived we went to a primary school and special school on the same site and listened to the wonderful Julie McGrane from Leading Learning speak at a seminar event about differentiation.
We then visited Willem Van orange college, Waalwijk. They had organised a teachers’ conference and were exploring innovative learning. We had a tour of the school with Monja and ate “stompot” (mashed potato) with some of the colleagues who had been to visit us earlier in the year.
We stayed with lovely Heli in her beautiful new house which she designed and built herself! Bob the dog seemed pleased to see us!
The conference in Apdeldoorn was very interesting and was an opportunity to hear and discuss many ideas and thinking about learning.
We also shared our practice and examples of our work Including SOLEs and our award winning ‘what if ..?’ project with Durham University at the conference with over 150 delegates.
We made a lot of new contacts and had some stimulating discussions about learning.
We were able to visit Amsterdam in amongst our busy four day schedule too.
We even saw the King of the Netherlands!
It has been a great trip with time to reflect on practice, share our experiences and ways of working and meet with many like minded people who want to encourage change for learners.
We are looking forward to our colleagues from the Netherlands working with us on a SOLE about the moon in March and looking forward to them visiting us in April.
Goedenavond and dankjewel!