Espoo Steiner School and Life Skills
This K-12 school focuses on teaching valuable life skills, such as appreciation, collaboration, compassion, problem solving and how to be a strong person. Traditional subjects will be taught alongside lessons in well-being and relationship building. In this HundrED experiment, Espoo Steiner School will encourage faculty members to commit to training and collaborating in order to transform this traditional Steiner School into a dedicated school of life skills. The goal is to develop the outcome of the experiment into a replicable model that other schools can adopt.
What is the idea of the experiment?
The experiment will be developing learning material for learning life skills in K-12 grades. The content will emphasize the arts, creativity, collaborative learning and community. The experience and data gathered from the outcome will be formatted into a guidebook that will showcase the best 100 practices and exercises in developing life skills. The content in the book can be later applied to lessons in humanity and basic skills as part of schools subjects or as a subject in itself.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?
The main goal is to support the wellbeing and happiness of students to develop holistically towards adulthood. For students to be able human beings past graduation with a sense of self-awareness, care and respect for others as well as for the community and as active citizens aiming to make the world a better place. The experiment intends to professionally develop teachers in teaching life skills in broad and diverse ways, so that the know-how may be further shared with colleagues. Steiner schools have been known as progressive thinkers in terms of teaching life skills and this experiment may be able to share that knowledge with all schools across Finland.
Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?
The Espoo Steiner School has been actively developing and experimenting on teaching life skills since 2015. In the spring of 2016 the school had an extensive life skills development project for grades 7-9. The project was in part of designing the new curriculum. The results will be reported to the Ministry of Education during the 2016 school year.
How will the experiment be scheduled?
The planning of the experiment began in the spring of 2016. The practice and applying of the lessons as well as development work on a school community level will begin in the fall of 2016 and go on throughout the school year. Planning the content with students will begin in the early fall. Parent involvement is encouraged as well.
Why is it valuable to learn life skills in schools?
Life skills are important to teach for students to comprehend that the best way to endure life is to keep developing as a human being and by helping other and collaborating in building community. According to recent studies, the positive interaction between teachers and students reinforces learning results and overall student satisfaction and wellbeing. A compassionate, kind community in school may be able to prevent conflicts, bullying and exclusion, maybe even on a society level. Wellbeing and humane, strong school communities are good foundations for our future.
Espoo Steiner School