Our school is involved in various pedagogical projects, often funded by the regional education authorities or the Ministry of Education.
Bridging the Gap - Subjects: Danish, English, mathematics, physics (all compulsory subjects)
This is a project whose purpose is to ensure that pupils in our feeder
schools are made aware of the academic demands of the subjects in the
upper secondary programmes.
Teachers from our school visit the feeder schools in the project in order to teach some classes and demonstrate to the pupils what methods and curriculum content to expect at the upper secondary level. The teachers exchange pedagogical ideas and methods, and the project also thus furthers mutual understanding between the teachers at the two different types of school.
At the lower secondary level, pupils have to choose either German or French. The project introduces the two foreign languages to make gifted language pupils aware of the importance of learning language, in particular German and/or French as part of their upper secondary programme. The two languages are an integral part of European history and identity and are also in demand in modern day business and therefore relevant in future jobs.
Courses for particularly gifted students
Developing and maintaining meaningful programmes for exceptionally talented and gifted students is one of the most intriguing challenges we face as teachers. Part of what makes our job easier or more difficult, frustrating or satisfying, is the match we achieve between the expectations of the system and what we, as practitioners, can realistically do.
The Ministry of Education has a mission statement which promotes an education system that enables "all learners to develop their individual potential." For gifted students this requires opportunities to develop in ways which may far exceed expected learning outcomes for their age.
All students are entitled to equal access to learning and achievement. We provide this access by placing exceptional students in the most enabling learning environment possible. We must consider this same principle when programming for gifted students.
It is an interesting time to be teaching gifted students. New initiatives are giving educators greater freedom to individualize programmes and to make the learning environment dynamic and relevant. Among the initiatives that have positive implications for gifted and talented students are:
- personal planning at all levels
- work experience and career development at the graduation level
- increased use of computer technology
- opportunities to challenge courses at the graduation level
- opportunities to take independence directed studies.