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The context

The school spaces

Classrooms, workshops, grounds, everything is big!

Projects in common

Erasmus + and others

Day 1

Discovering my Norwegian school: Ringsaker

Days 2-9

Vocational lessons

Days 10-14

Language lessons

Bye bye, NW!

Where time has a different value

From la Guineueta to Ringsaker


Day 0.

My home school

Information about the county

By Tònia Cladera Bohigas, Ins. la Guineueta, Barcelona

I have attended many lessons related to Pharmacy and Healthcare. It was surprising how students do not have "subjects" but they work 100% on transversal projects.

For instance, during two weeks, they worked on a project about diabetes, in which the teachers presented the objectives of the project, the outcomes and taught a few, short contents. The rest is the students' responsibility; some days they are free to work wherever they wish (meeting rooms, coaches, sometimes from home). When the students present their final product, there is a slow, rich feedback from the teachers where the professional and communication skills are deeply analyzed.

The organization of lessons and internship is also very different: while in my school students attend to class every morning or afternoon and do their internship the hours they are not at the school, in Norway students don't do both activities in the same day: for instance, third year Pharmacy students have an average of 2 or 3 days of school lessons and they are in the Pharmacy the rest of the week.

One of the most productive visits I have performed has been visiting a Pharmacy and interviewing the pharmacist and one of the technicians. I have used the learnings to construct a dynamic teaching activity for my students, so they get to know the Norwegian Pharmacy System before doing their Erasmus + internship. In the infographics, you can see a photo of the pharmacist and I.

In summary, my impression was that the amount of contents the students learn in one week is lower than in our coutry, but their professional careers are one or two years longer. Also, as Norwegian students learn by doing (researching, explaining, performing...) they probably gain deeper knowledge and skills.

Ringsaker is a public school that offers General Studies (from 16 to 19 years old) and Vocational Education & Training (VET). Students can initiate vocational studies from 16 years old. These studies have a duration of 3 or 4 years, depending on the profession chosen.

Nowadays the school has 750 students (44% general studies, 66% VET).

Some of the professional profiles that are offered are: Healthcare, Pharmacy, Medical Office, IT, Construction, Electronics, Industry and Transports.

I work as a Vocational teacher in the school la Guineueta, in Barcelona. I teach future pharmacy and laboratory technicians. I participated in an international program of the Spanish Ministry of Education that allows teachers visiting schools from other countries

A curiosity: the school takes the name of the neighborhood, which in Catalan means "little fox"?

The photo shows an English lesson. Each student has their own laptop. There are coaches and small tables in a corner of the classroom, but they do not appear in the image.

I have observed several language lessons (English and Spanish) in the General Studies

English is also taught in the first grades of the Vocational Studies, although I couldn't attend them.

Compared to Spain, the teaching of languages is less focused on grammar and more on the use of the language.

Students are great at English and the lessons are very fluent because they can communicate quite easily.

I had the opportunity to teach a short lesson in Spanish about Pau Casals. It was interesting for me to speak to quite low-skilled students, as I had to use all my communication resources, such as gestures, translanguaging and visual aids, to make me understand.

However, an aspect that disappointed me was that CLIL isn't used to teach contents regularly, although certain contents are taught in English; for instance, they prepare building and construction students with English vocabulary and structures to work at a bilingual workplace.

In the Norwegian educational system, skills are much more important than contents. They do not hurry up to teach as much content as we do, and they ensure plenty of time for students to interact, learn and get feedback. Although some teachers complain about having so much paperwork, it seems to me that they have quite a relaxed system!

Ringsaker school gives education to students coming from the municipality of Ringsaker, which belongs to a county named Inlandet. This county has a rich, varied agricultural economy. Some of the teachers are also farmers in the afternoons or weekends. The picture shows the newborn sheep of one of the students, she showed me the photo so proudly!

This is one of the spaces of the school library

Classrooms are huge. This "carrousel" is a tool to keep medicines in the Pharmacy classroom

The workshops (pharmacy, hospital, bodyshop...) are wide and well equiped.

Students playing ping-pong

Teachers have a big and comfortable space to eat, have coffee (at all times) and chat

Currently we collaborate in Erasmus + projects. Our students do internships in pharmacies and hospitals.

In the near future la Guineueta will launch an e-twinning project in which we wish to have Ringsaker as a main partner. The photo on the infographic shows a student from our school doing his internship in a Norwegian pharmacy.