We work together to create solutions for the future and make a change

Gerd Martina at SAMM – workshop in inspiring surroundings at Prana kafe in Arendal.

A small oasis in the SAMM-life, with brainstorming, adjusting and planning – an efficient workday while others are on vacation. We have tried out the method quite extensively now in different contexts: adult learning, upper secondary school, lower secondary school and primary school, and now it was time to make some adjustments in instructions and evaluation forms. New material will soon be published.

Life mastery and motivation in everyday life in Åmli

John Petter talks about mastery and motivation at a parents’ meeting in Åmli, with the leader of the school sector and the major of the town on the front row.

We had a long and exciting day in Åmli in February, where John Petter gave several lectures, first for the youths in school, then for teachers at the school and finally for parents. One of his messages was that some times in life, everything is not okay, and it is important to accept that this is the way it is. One cannot always be happy, and some times things happen so we have to feel some pain. Then, it is important to see what you actually can do to make things change, what next step to take. The audience were satisfied with the evening, and some teachers have already started working with the method in classes. We look forward to continued cooperation.

Tore Flottorop, leader of the school sector, welcomes everyone.

Project presented at a conference in Hawaii – Aloha

May presents a comparison of how the motivation method works in Norway and Peru

In Januar, the motivation project was presented at another IAFOR conference, this time in Honolulu. Many were interested in the project, and we made new connections. From Peru, we had data from as much as 15 groups, as the method is spreading quickly there, and this is perhaps not so surprising when we look at the results. Publications in the project are updated under “research”.

Increased interest for SAMM in Peru

Toril Espegren from Birkenes Learning Centre, with Peruvian representatives, among others president/leader of Fondep, a national funding organisation for education, and our SAMM-brochure…

In April 2019, everything started when Toril Espegren, teacher at Birkenes Learning Centre, brought the motivation method to a school in Peru, and from there it has spread to several schools through another person from Norway who works in Peru currently (for Lutheran Missinary Association). So far, around 400 students in Peru have tried the method. What the students report in their evaluations is very positive, they are satisfied with the method and experience increased motivation and that they become better at planning. Also the Directorate of Education has become interested in the work, and want training of teachers to try out the method in a region.

Ingebjørg to the left, NLM’s worker in Peru, who has brought the motivation method to different schools.



We gather again at TT-beach in Lillesand to round off the semester, this time with some research update in the field youth and health



Close to 50 people gathered to our conference, again a diverse group of people with representatives from schools and the health sector. There were school employees from around 10 schools and psychologists from several municipalities, and representatives from UiA, from Blå Kors and other interested. There was a high quality on the presentations, and some of these are found here (in Norwegian).

Wilson, Poulsen, Rosef & Ugland, Paschen-Eriksen

Educating 120 teachers in adult learning centres in Agder

May Olaug Horverak and Kedir Diary gives courses for adult learning centres October 2019

The autumn 2019 the county governors chose to give courses in the fivestep motivation method on their regular event in October, and many teachers were interested in our work. We gave two courses, and there were about 60 participants in each session. We even had to find extra chairs for the second session, and this is always a good sign. We’re looking forward to further development of the project and cooperation with more adult learning centres.

Kedir tells about his own experiences as a refugee.

Winner of competition organised by the Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity, Region South

Pernille Baardsen from IMDi gives a prize to Birkenes municipality, here represented by May Olaug Horverak, principal at Birkenes Adult Learning Centre.

We sent an idea to this year’s competition at IMDi’s regional conference about how to improve the quality of the qualification work the municipalities offer refugees. The idea was called “The participant at the centre – increased user participation in work with individual plan”, and was sent in by Birkenes municipality represented by May Olaug Horverak, principal at the adult learning centre, Maria Bjerke Dalene from the refugee services and Inger Mosgren from NAV, in cooperation with Kedir Diary, social worker at Lillesand adult learning centre.

The idea is that the participants in the introduction programme for refugees bring the reflections they do at school when working with the motivation method, to their meetings with the refugee services and NAV, and that these reflections are used actively when developing and adjusting individual plans. This way, the participants are more at the centre of planning their own lives, and at the same time, it can contribute to a common understanding of the participants. In the evaluation from the jury, it was emphasised that we worked thoroughly and systematically in our project, and that we build on theory from several disciplines to find a solution to something that has been a challenge for a long time in work with qualification of refugees, i.e. the work with individual plans. We really appreciate this recognition we have received from IMDi, and hope that we will succeed with realising our idea in real life.

The motivation method presented in Iraqi Kurdistan

Kedir is interviewed about the motivation method, live on GKurdistan Television

This summer, Kedir travelled to his home country, Iraqi Kurdistan, and talked about the motivation method in different contexts. Many people were interested, and it ended up in a tv-interview on Kurdish television, and pictures from our website were shown on the screen. He was challenged on whether we will bring the method here…or rather when we would come. In addition, he was in contact with an organisation called Rwanga which organizes conferences for the education sector, and they were also interested in contact with us. It is exciting to see how this will be continued.

Research conferences at London University July 2019

May Olaug Horverak, Eva-Kristin Paaschen-Eriksen and Mariette Aanensen at Birkbeck, ready for the conference.

This summer, the SAMM-team and the HBS-leader went to London to two research conferences and presented findings from studies. The study from lower secondary school was presented at The European Conference on Education, and the study from the adult learning centres were presented at The European Conference on Language Learning (Organisator: IAFOR). We had some interesting days here, and we got particularly good response on how we work with life-mastery skills in lower secondary school, and as someone said, this is something that should be done worldwide.

May and Mariette are presenting the motivation method for an interested audience.
Gerd Martina Langeland outside Birkbeck
May and Gerd Martina in front of the main building of London University

SAMM cross municipal development workshop established spring 2019

Summer gathering in SAMM development workshop, from the left: Kedir Diary (Lillesand), Anette Lindhagen (Lillesand), Eva Carmen (Grimstad), Karianne Rosef (Birkeland) and May Olaug Horverak (Birkeland, leader)

From January, we have met regularly in SAMM development workshop to further develop the project. We started in upper secondary school with this method, and then we introduced it in adult learning centres, and then lower secondary and primary schools, and in this process, it is important to evaluate and adjust as we proceed. This is what we work with in the development workshop. Other participants not present on the picture are Gerd Martina Langeland (Møglestu, project leader uss), Mariette Aanensen (UiA) and Svein T. Heddeland (UiA). To keep focus, we have the plan for the processes we work with on the wall above us. There are 4 main tracks, and these are 1) to further develop the motivation method, 2) to plan implementation in the different contexts, 3) to make a structure that ensures follow-up of teachers and students if challenging health-topics appear and 4) to develop a plan for evaluation and research.