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NLC Online Kurs in Deutsch

Grundlagen für eine Neue Lernkultur

Online-Lehrgang in 14 Live-Treffen für LernbegeiterInnen und Eltern  Volkschule und Mittelschule
Sommer 2016

Der Online-Lehrgang “Grundlagen für eine neue Lernkultur” bietet eine Einführung in das New Learning Culture (NLC) Schulmodell, bei dem Kinder autonom lernen dürfen und dabei liebevoll und entwicklungsgemäß von Erwachsenen begleitet werden. Dieses Bildungsmodell beruht auf Maria Montessoris Originalschriften und Rebeca Wilds kindzentriertem Ansatz, der derzeit in mehr als 200 Alternativeschulen in Europa verwendet wird. Vor allem aber beruht der NLC-Ansatz auf den tatsächlichen Bedürfnisse von Kindern, LernbegleiterInnen und Eltern.

Die Teilnehmer lernen wie man Kinder auf ihrem Weg als autonome Lerner begleiten kann, und gesunde Grenzen setzen kann und wie man die natürliche Entwicklung der Kindern mit vorbereiteten Umgebungen, Lernmaterialien, sowie “non-invasive teaching” unterstützen kann. Die Ausbildung beeinhaltet auch kinderfreundliche Elemente aus dem Bereich der Reformpädagogik (Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Waldkindergarten und andere Erziehungsansätze), und einfache Erkenntnisse aus nicht-direktiver Spieltherapie nach Virginia Axline, Bindungstheorie, sozialer Intelligenz und achtsamer Kommunikation.

Jeder von uns kann Kindern einzigartige Gaben bieten. Der NLC Online-Lehrgang befähigt TeilnehmerInnen eine breite Palette von Hilfsmitteln zu verwenden um Kindern authentisch, respektvoll und wirkungsvoll begleiten zu können.

Klicke hier um das detailliertes Kursprogramm zu sehen
Kursdaten: Montags – 1 Stunde  vom 20. Juni bis 12. September
Kursaufzeichnung wird gleich nach jedem Webinar als mp3 zugeschickt
Kursbeitrag Euro 650

 

 

 

Bringing Miracles to Children’s Lives

Imagine, if you will,  school as an inspiring place where children love to go. School as an extension of home, where everyone feels safe, respected, and honored for who they are. At an NLC-based school children learn, fueled by their own curiosity, not by the promise of a reward, and NLC teachers, called learning companions fully support each child as they discover their own path.

Children look forward to the day ahead in an NLC-based school. When they arrive at school, they aren’t pinned to a desk, passively listening to a teacher, waiting for the school day to end. Instead of quietly following directions, they are free to talk with peers, play, and start their own projects. In this learning environment, each child has the chance to explore and engage according to their own rhythm and interests.

 

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As learning companions and mentors, NLC teachers share a great variety of practical and intellectual skills that relate to a child’s world. They don’t facilitate all of a child’s activities or set the pace of the day. Instead, they allow space for the learners to think for themselves and make their own decisions. Learning companions reassure children as they discover the world through play, because they understand that play is the most effortless and joyful way for them to learn. They nurture children’s imagination, because they know that imagination will serve them throughout their lives to face changes and challenges creatively. At NLC-based schools, adults trust children’s willingness to learn and their capacity for absorbing knowledge. Children acquire academic skills at their own pace, peacefully and free from pressure and judgment.

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Learning takes place within carefully prepared rooms, as well as outdoors and in nature. In each of these environments, children walk about freely finding many engaging, fun activities that offer endless modes of creative expression. On a large table, children may tinker with all kinds of crafting materials, such as buttons, seashells, sewing supplies, paint, and clay. Art and writing materials inspire children to create their own books, letters, and diaries. The interest in reading comes from within, at a time appropriate for each child. Learners start writing when they feel a need to communicate with peers and adults, plan their projects, document their activities, and express themselves. Music, theatre, cooking, and gardening materials are accessible at all times. Children have time to play with peers, with blocks, dolls, and cars, and to process and integrate the discoveries they make in the adult world. Outdoors and in nature, children move their bodies, and soak up the fresh air and natural sunlight. Sand, leaves, flowers, soil, water, rocks, pebbles, and sticks invite them to play; shady trees offer cozy places to rest and read.

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NLC learning companions show learners that math is essential in preparing for an empowered life, is fun and useful. Learners acquire skills such as counting, adding, subtracting, dividing, multiplying, measuring, and estimating are acquired while cooking, following a recipe, crafting a checker board, planning their budget, and pretending to own a market booth –or planning to participate at the farmer’s market in town. In addition, through creatively exploring Montessori materials, such as colored boards with beads, cubes, and mysterious wooden boxes, children learn about the world of numbers. In playing with these materials, children begin to understand with their whole body that geometry, algebra, and statistics are about their world, and math becomes a personal tool.

This learning environment is free from imposed competition. If children feel an urge to measure their skills with peers, they ask if someone would like to playfully compete with them. Instead of receiving grades from teachers, learners receive constructive feedback concerning their learning progress whenever they wish it.

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Caring NLC learning companions model emotionally healthy and socially competent behaviors. Children learn to accept emotions as a natural part of life, to express them through words, and then to let them go. Instead of teaching how to avoid falls—physical or emotional—NLC learning companions model how to fall and get up again. This school helps children make friends, work in groups, resolve conflict, cope with rejection, develop self-discipline, say no in a friendly way, finding new strengths from inner resources. In short, children learn how to love and respect themselves and others.

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At NLC-based schools, childhood becomes a wondrous adventure full of joyful, memorable moments. Throughout this adventure, learners rarely lose sight of who they really are. The gift of a child-centered, truly inspiring education allows them to further discover themselves, to dig deeper into the mystery of who they are, and to connect with their full beauty, talents, and gifts. Being intimate with their own talents, passions, and interests will help them as young adults as they will emerge from school with an understanding of how they might fit into the larger community and society. In addition, at NLC-based schools, learners will find all the help needed to prepare for college entry exams or other benchmarks they would like to reach when they first leave the school.

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The NLC school model is designed to help prepare youngsters to find their place in the world and understand that true happiness comes from each present moment, fully lived. This education strengthens children’s spirits, nurturing and protecting their hopes for the future.

Schools like this are possible, and you can be part of creating a school like this in your community. The New Learning Culture courses, consulting, and books provide practical step-by-step guidance and resources on how to create or transform schools. Together we can re-invent education and create the schools children, teachers, and parents deserve.

With smiles,
Carmen Gamper
[NLC book excerpt / copyright Carmen Gamper 2016]
[Photos courtesy of:
Aktive Montessorischule, Die Pfütze Meran, Italy
Montessorischule Stams, Austria
Lernwerkstatt Wasserschloss Pottenbrunn, David Meixner, Austria]

Tag! You’re it! YOU are the greatest resource

Recently a mom shared with me that the “New Learning Culture” ideas make her sad because her children don’t have access to a child-centered school, she doesn’t have the money to purchase Montessori materials, and she can’t just start a new school by herself.

I’m glad she shared her concerns so I can bring back some hope.

New Learning Culture is all about creating inspiring, child-friendly schools with many learning materials available. But most of all the New Learning Culture helps create a change in perspective for individuals and also educational institutions.

learning-companionIn the NLC paradigm we adults (you) become the greatest resource for children. Through learning to honor children’s genuine needs such as connection, play, inspiration, boundaries, and nature, we naturally get creative and try to fulfill these needs as best we can in any circumstances.

The greatest gift for children is the time we spend with them. Being able to transform even a short amount of time, such as bedtime, into quality time, strengthens children’s self-esteem. Being able to add an element of play and even learning, provides the heart-mind connection needed for children to thrive even in difficult circumstances.

When children go to a school they don’t like, support them at home with your unconditional acceptance of their perspective. Always remain your child’s ally and advocate in the adult world. If you remain someone they can count on, that is all that is needed to transform challenges into learning opportunities, which strengthen your child’s growth in the long run.

About the learning materials… Even though it’s very useful to have access to Montessori materials, children don’t necessarily need all the “fancy” materials, ….in all cultures they happily develop intelligence by playing with buttons, sticks, and shoeboxes. Hands-on learning materials can be reinvented and crafted with recycled and natural materials (see ideas on the NLC blog and many other online resources). Homeschooling parents may be able to find like-minded people to communally purchase and share Montessori materials.

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Even though there may be no child-based school in your area…..When you allow yourself to learn, envision, and talk about alternatives, these are the first steps to creating child-friendly schools or help existing schools transition. Everything we add to the worldwide movement for more child-friendly education is a step in the right direction and it gives this movement strength.

The many European child-based schools provide us with a proven template. Each of these European schools started in one parent’s heart who affected another parent’s heart, who inspired a teacher. First people meet in living rooms, then in public spaces, and then they may rent an apartment or home to prepare their first shared learning environments. What’s possible in Europe is possible here in the US, in Mexico, and elsewhere.

Let’s keep going towards child-friendly education step by step, in each moment we enjoy with children.  Our change of perspective opens the door to a shift in education paradigms within our local communities.

Tag! You’re it! Don’t give up! Children and students need us now.

With love,
Carmen Gamper
www.newlearningculture.com

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