Study trip Portugal 2018

Why Portugal is performing so well in PISA Scores

Portugal is on the rise in PISA scores and it will pass the Netherlands in the coming few years. The Dutch are losing points, while The Portuguese are gaining them fast. Only one measurement stand out in which the Dutch score dramatically better, and that is the stress students perceive. The schoolwork-related anxiety is nearly …

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Answers to the Questions

I voiced seven questions in preparation to this study trip. In the course of two days I spoke with colleague teachers and professors of the school for teachers. Below a summary of the answers, as concise as I  could be. For more details, contact me. How does Portugal get children ready for formal education? (—> …

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Dom João III and Dom Peter I

Quite a bit of history is available about Portugal. We saw the statue of John the 3rd (João III, 1502), and heard the story of Peter the 1st (Pedro I, 1320). The statue of John III is on a beautiful spot in Coimbra, fairly high up so you can see the city from above. King …

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We’ve made the Papers

That we are here in Portugal made the papers. And the radio as well! For those who have trouble figuring out the Portugese: a group of professors of the Hanzehogeschool from the Netherlands visit the Teacher Academy in Coimbra. We are looking for information on why Portugal is so succesful in the PISA scores. The …

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Talent Development animated

What is important for me in this trip, is not so much that we bring bits and pieces from Portugal to the Netherlands. On the contrary, I now appreciate the Dutch education system more than I did before. Our system is not fault free, but it works. The animation is on how I see talent …

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Extraordinary high level content

In two classes we visited, the high level of content offered stood out. In secondary school (pupils of 15 years and older), the geometry class was staggeringly new to me. It is called geometria descritiva here. Now, my experience with geometry is over 40 years old, so I understand things have changed. But in this …

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Computers in School

Visiting Escolar Básico Martim de Freitas in Coimbra. The teacher I speak with is Pedro and he explains what they currently do with computers and tablets in school. He runs a classroom with over 30 PCs on which a wide variety of programs is offered to students. Today, he is working with his IT guy …

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Let’s Get Ourselves into a Picture

Obviously, we are on a school trip. Serious business, as we are expected to discover, investigate, analyse, discuss and learn. But, we are on a school trip too, so some of the time we act up. The inner child in use never has left any of us and then things start to happen. Strange things, …

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Visiting Escola Martim de Freitas

Friday morning we visited Escola Martim de Freitas. We had to wait in a beautiful room. After a warm welcome and explanation about the school system there was an English class who gave us a guided tour around the building complex and everywhere a student gave a short explanation. There was a group of 6 …

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Botanic Garden of Coimbra

Today is a beautiful day. Sunny and kind of warm. With an hour to spend as we please, some of us visited the botanic garden. Some pretty pictures.

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Natália Pires explains

We have arrived at the Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra. Natália Pires explains how things work in Portugal. Our systems are alike, but have some interesting differences in how students move through it. The discussion about being an applied science or an academic school plays out in Portugal as well. The Politechnico is applied …

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Teacher School

We are in Coimbra to visit schools like the ones we teach ourselves, in our daily jobs. Plus, visit a school that teaches teachers. Like our own Master. In the Portuguese system, this is an applied science school (HBO in the Netherlands). And just as in the Netherlands, they graduate in bachelor and in master …

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Holanda e Portugese

The pre-schoolers surprised us with self made gifts: small bags with a Portuguesa and a Dutch flag on the sides. What stood out was: discipline, extreme politeness and kindness. The pupils were very quiet, the school was super clean and the teachers were motivated and passionate about their work. The teaching is aimed at experience …

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Impressions on our school visit

Thursday morning, a warm welcome at Escola Secundária D. Maria and after a guided tour we were divided into three different groups to attend the lessons. The teacher was teaching in English. The children had to answer in English. So all conversation was in English. The 28 pupils did pay attention to the teacher for …

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Visiting Escola Secundar Infanta de Maria

Impressed by the well organized state of this secondary school concerning organization, learning environment and facilities. Teachers are very inspiring in their use of interaction skills, in order to capture the attention of the students for 45 minutes. Moreover, they use these skills to create talent moments as well. I felt envious about the well …

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Pizza or Petiscos

Discussions ensued about where to eat. Pizza was a safe option. But two of us looked at TripAdvisor and came up with Petiscos e Vinhos. Snacks and Whine. Very Portogese. Some of the petiscos had no English translation. But where delicious. All the vinho was included. Atmosphere improved. Joy was on the rise. Emotions were …

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Arrived in Coimbra

Arrived! Happy and joyfully excited. Just walking the stations’ platform, under a bright and warm sun, made us feel truly arrived. John Frouws captures 10 students and two teachers Now, some of us will take a taxi to the hotel. Many think they will enjoy a short walk instead (about half an hour). But finding …

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Seeing where you come from

If you know where you came from, you can understand why you are here. In fact, without looking back, how would you ever know where to go? Ingeborg walked to the end of the train and saw the track flying by underneath her. Impossible to experience in the Netherlands, that view is for drivers only. …

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Porto Campanha

Moving gently along in our attempts to reach Coimbra. Some sourthern oriented jet stream blew us in a little over two hours to Porto. We saw the Montanas Pyreneen: they were frozen, not snowed. The Metro took us from the Aerogade to Porto Campanha train station. The people in the Metro were quiet. And, on …

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Mexam-se (get moving)

Let’s get moving! We’ve survived security and were surprised how demotivating work makes you terribly unfriendly. Plus, blond girls are treated differently from the rest. Our blond enjoyed that part tremendously. Now, the big wait for our plane starts. Beautiful weather by the way.

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Seven research questions to work on in Portugal

For a great part my questions are based on the book Cleverlands by Lucy Crehan, who investigated Western and Eastern educational systems extensively. From this comparison, she derived five principles to enhance the Western educational systems, which are not copied from Eastern ones, but are based on analyses and constructed from differences. The principles convert …

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Studytrip Portugal 2018

Preparing for the studytrip to Coimbra, Portugal. We have about two days to meet, discuss and research another’s country educational system. Figure out what they do different and why. What works better and if that can be used in the Netherlands. Most importantly, to immerse ourselves in a different culture, different educational system, different thinking …

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