Valuable Developments in Our Education
We find various developments in education valuable and have given them a place within our education:
- We think it is important that children acquire knowledge based on insight. We are increasingly trying to adapt our education to the individual needs and possibilities of children. This means that we use as many methods as possible that take into account differences between children.
- We encourage the children to think independently and critically. We challenge them as much as possible to formulate their own point of view and remind them that they have their own will and responsibility.
- We attach great importance to the emotional development of children. Children must be ‘comfortable in their own skin’. This is important not only for later but also for the learning process now.
- A child who does not function well in this respect cannot possibly learn well in school. In order to gain a good insight into the emotional development of children, intensive contacts with children and their parents are very important.
- We pay attention to the social education of children. We regularly discuss the functioning of the group in circle discussions. By doing some tasks in groups, children learn to work together and to take each other into account.
- Children should have a good time with us. They must feel safe and secure there. For this, we strive for an open, pleasant (work) atmosphere. By being clear about the rhythm of the day, we offer the children a safe feeling.
- We encourage children to make the most of their opportunities and reward them for this. When a child can perform well, we do not accept sufficient results. It is important that a child feels challenged by our education.
- Ready knowledge is indispensable for insight and critical thinking. Knowledge of the use of an atlas is of course important. But children in group 8, for example, also have to know a number of world cities by heart.
- We want to ensure that children make the transition to secondary education without any problems. In addition to thorough knowledge and insight, this requires a working attitude, which is characterized by efficient use of time and independence.
- In preparation for secondary education and their later life, we try to guide the children towards an independent work attitude. From the first years, children challenge themselves to come up with questions and solutions, instead of ‘chewing’ everything. From group 6 we also stimulate this working attitude through homework.
- Clear rules provide guidance for children. They know where they stand and are addressed by the teachers. Dalton’s education is a structured way of working.
- The subject of norms and values is on the agenda of every team meeting. We discuss the school rules and how we as a team and parents deal with these rules. The exemplary behavior that the staff advocates is also discussed.