Experiences of peer to peer: The Fredrika Bremer project

One of the students in SMF/Sluss read and made a book report on a novel which dealt with the situation of women in Morocco. We have had a lot of talks about that  and it felt a good thing to plan a project with the students to get to know some history and local history since the famous feminist author Fredrica Bremer lived in the area in the 19th century.

We used an article from Allt om Historia 9/2012 called FredrikaBremer1801-1865 En tidig kämpe för kvinnors rätt as a starting point. The students read the article, made sure that they understood the text really well. They looked up difficult words and then they wrote a summary with about 150 – 200 words. Important to notice is that every step in the process was work in pairs or small groups. They read each other´s texts and asked questions, and suggested improvements. The teacher checked the final version and printed them. All texts were displayed on the whiteboard.

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The following week we went to Årsta Slott, the castle were Fredrika Bremer spent almost all of her life. The castle is situated just half an hour from the school, but not one of our students had been there before. It is a lovely place with a golf course and a restaurant, and beautiful surroundings. We were met by a local guide and she took as through the castle and the history of the place. The students had prepared questions so that they dared to speak to the guide and it became a dialogue.

The student assignment was to take a photo for an exhibition, and to write a short text. The small exhibition was to prepare a group of students who will visit Årsta Slott in May. This student group is new in Sweden and they are not speaking so much Swedish yet.

Back in school the students put together the exhibition and presented it for the other group. They did a really good job, and the students were really pleased with their achievements.

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Most of the students in the group need a lot of positive feedback, from teachers, from their peers and from other students.

This post was written by Elsie Silver, a teacher at Alma Folkhögskola in Sweden.