Nothing Tops Groningen! Come visit Groningen: a unique opportunity to combine an extensive Lesson Study programme with the visit of one of the most famous natural heritages in northern Europe!
Our theme is Sustainability in education and environment. Our theme will be visible during the school visit to a secondary school and the University of Groningen on Friday. During the visit, the focus will be on how sustainable relations between school boards of secondary schools and the University of Groningen enhance professional development of teachers in the region. The implementation, organization, and performance of Lesson Study in schools and teacher education are some of the positive outcomes of this fruitful collaboration.
Overview of the programme:
On Friday morning you will visit a secondary school where you will observe regular lessons and teachers performing Lesson Study. There will also be plenty of time to talk to teachers and pupils during lunchtime.
In the afternoon, the Teacher Education Department of the University of Groningen will welcome you to exchange knowledge and experiences. There will be presentations from experts such as Klaas van Veen (vice dean of the Social Science Faculty and professor in Educational Studies), Nol Benders (director of the school board who implemented Lesson Study in all of their secondary schools), and Siebrich de Vries, professor in Didactics at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Part of the afternoon programme will consist of exchanging ideas and good practice on sustainable education and professionalization of teachers through Lesson study.
On Saturday the visit to the Wadden area starts with boarding a typical Wadden sea boat. During your boat trip an experienced guide will give you insight into this natural world heritage which is characterized by open water, waving reed lands and extensiveness with breath taking panoramic views, various species of birds and rare plants such as marsh grass, Parnassia and orchids and how it is preserved for coming generations. Visiting a sandbank with seals could be the highlight of this day!
If you rather stay on solid ground on Saturday, you may choose the cultural historical excursion. You will be exploring the city centre of Groningen with an experienced city guide and discover its unique history. There is also the possibility to visit the world famous Groninger Museum.
The trip to Groningen includes:
- Transport from the WALS2019 venueafter the final closing of the conference on Thursday afternoon (5/9/19) to Groningen
- Dinner on Thursday night
- Two nights in a hotel in Groningen city centre (single bedroom)
- School visit to a secondary school focusing on Lesson Study in practice and an educational exchange at the University of Groningen on Friday (6/9/19)
- An ecological and/or cultural program on Saturday (7/9/2019)
- Transport from Groningen to Amsterdam on Saturday evening app. 19.00 hours.
The costs of this two day/ two night visit, including transport, lodging, a dinner on Thursday night and an ecological and/or cultural program on Saturday, will be €450,-.
This school visit only takes place if a minimum of 20 participants sign up for the visit.