SAMM-workshop with pedagogical-psychological services and school representatives in Birkenes

In beautiful surroundings, SAMM and PPT in Birkenes has organised a workshop where we have worked on identifying challenges in the learning environment and possible solutions to ensure inclusion and a feeling of mastery in school. Representatives from the schools who work with different challenges have together with PPT reflected on how the SAMM-approach may contribute to create a good learning environment, and this work leads to further development of routines for addressing various problems before contacting PPT. The goal with this work is to create good structures and cooperation where PPT is available and can work with guidance at an early stage of problem-development, both at individual and system level, and also that the schools experience predictability when faced with challenges.

SAMM-groups of youths, Blue Cross Kristiansand

Young people reflect:
What is important when having a summer job?

Blue Cross Kristiansand has integrated the SAMM-method in one of their projects, the summer job project, and has started using an adjusted version of the fivestep method with a focus on having a summer job. Young people met an evening this summer to reflect on what is important, what they already do well, and what may stop them from doing a good job. There was a positive atmosphere, and many good reflections this evenening. This is the start of a project at Blue Cross, a project aimed at helping young people reflect on how they can make a change in their situation, handle school or prepare for working life.

SAMM conference on the topic racism and discrimination

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May and Kedir leads a discussion on how to prevent racism from developing

Friday 28. May, the Norwegian classes at Lillesand adult learning centre met at Hotell Norge in Lillesand and discussed racism based on the questions in the SAMM-method. The following questions were used:

  1. What is important to prevent racism from developing in one’s surroundings?
  2. What do I already do that helps prevent that racism develops?
  3. In what way is racism an obstacle for me?
  4. What can we focus on to stop racism?
  5. What can we specifically do to stop racism?

The 25 students present had good contributions and there were interesting discussions. Some of what was said that it is important to include each other, distance oneself from racism or interfere when racism occurs, contribute in society through voluntary organisations, and reach out to others and be nice and smile. The participants of the conference agreed that it was a useful and great day.

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Kedir explains by using a straw, and says that things are not always what they seem. When the straw is in water, it looks broken, but when removed from the water, we see it is not broken.
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Headmaster Thor appeared in a special suit to illustrate that a person can have different expressions, but still be the same person.

Book presenting the SAMM-method for sale in Norway

After five years of working with the fivestep-method in SAMM, the first book is ready for teachers in lower and upper secondary school. The book presents the theory on which the method is based, as well as details about how the method is applied in the classroom. Thre variants of the method is presented: a fivestep method for life master, a fivestep method for learning to learning in subjects and a fivestep mehtod for working with student democracy. The method is in line with central principles in the new national curricula, and many examples from experience in the classroom are included.

The book also includes many useful metaphors and illustrasjons, which you can also find in the instructions under “Material”. Some of these you can see on the poster below that we have developed in the project.

Inspiration and workshop in beautiful surroundings at Strand Hotel Fevik

Gathering in the project “The participant at the centre” supported by IMDi

In the project “The participant at the centre”, which is a further development of SAMM in adult learning, we enjoyed a couple of fantastic days in beautiful surroundings in Fevik to discuss how the motivation method can be applied in the qualification programme for immigrants. We were about 70 people gathered from Birkenes, Lillesand, Grimstad, Vennesla and Evje and Hornnes, adult learning centres and refugee services. Thank you for your contributions in workshops and inspiration to continue the work, and thank you for a beautiful flower, as colourful as the community we wish for ­čÖé

SAMM on a digital international conference

Gerd Martina Langeland presents SAMM at IAFOR’s conference ECE 2020 – London, European Conference on Education, a different experience with an online conference

This year, SAMM collaborated with other actors in HBS (Healthpromoting kindergartens and schools) to make a symposium with four presentations at the international IAFOR’s European Conference on Education, which was supposed to be in London. This year the event was digital, and we gathered to give the presentations together. The leader of HBS, Eva-Kristin Paschen- Eriksen, started with an introduction on why we need a public health programme in Norway, and this was followed up by Migle Helmersen from Norce, presenting healthpromoting indicators and an example of how these could be implemented. This was followed up by two SAMM presentations, where Gerd Martina contributed with a presentation on life mastery in upper secondary school and Eva Carmen contributed with a presentation on how the SAMM-method can be applied in student councils. It was very inspiring and fun to collaborate, a real success, thanks for the efforts everyone ­čÖé

Photos by Julie Sundsdal N├Žrdal

Eva Carmen Jenssen presents how we work with SAMM in student councils.
We present in a somewhat special setting.

Kick-off for “The participant in the centre”

May Olaug Horverak, initiator and leader for “The participant in the centre”, presents the new project where we are to use the SAMM-method when working with individual plans for immigrants. Photo: Kedir Diary.

Close to 40 people were gathered to kick-off for this new project, which is developed based on SAMM in adult learning. Several representatives from the five participating municipalities were present; Birkenes, as leading partner, Lillesand, Grimstad, Vennesla and Evje and Hornnes. Also representatives from the County Governors and the University of Agder came, which we appreciated a lot.

The projects main idea is to integrate the fivestep method when working with individual plans, both at the refugee services and the adult learning centres, for immigrants that participate in the introduction programme. The main point is that the participants bring their reflections when meeting with different institutions, with the purpose of experiencing that they to a larger extent own the process themselves.

The project has received 400 000 NOK from IMDi (The Directorate og Integration and Diversity), and builds on the idea that last year won the regional idea contest about how one may improve the quality of the qualification programme for immigrants. Thanks to Kedir Diary, Maria Bjerke Dalene and Gerd Martina Langeland for contributing this evening.

SAMM is spreading in Peru

Toril Espegren instructs teachers in Peru. Photograph: Ingebj├Şrg Martinussen.

During the school year 2020-2021, the plan was to implement the motivation project in several schools in Peru in cooperation with the Department of Education. Toril and Ingebj├Şrg work for NLM in Peru (the Lutheran Missionary Association), and they were to present and implement the project in several public schools there, but this ended suddenly when the corona-virus hit the world. They managed to present the project in one school before everything closed down, and it was well received. Caring teachers with many pupils who live under rough conditions were very happy to learn about this way of working. The principal was very grateful. When the world starts again, we can again follow the development of the project in Peru.

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 ├ůmli

John Petter talks about mastery and motivation at a parents’ meeting in ├ůmli, 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 ├ůmli 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.