Teenage Kicks at the Stedelijk Teenage Kicks at the Stedelijk In August I was asked to lead a private tour for a group of teenagers at the Stedelijk, a museum of modern and contemporary art and design in Amsterdam. This was to be a small group of participants aged between 11 and 18 years old. All of the group were German, but some lived in Amsterdam and went to a local international school, whilst others were visiting from Berlin where they attended a bi-lingual secondary school. The tour would be in English but all of the group were non-native English speakers. Two of the

Stories Around the World – Interview with Claire Bown

If you are interested in the story behind the programme for international schools that I developed at the Tropenmuseum in 2011, here is an interview I did for the Tropenmuseum website at the time. Interview with Claire Bown, developer of Stories Around the World. Claire, can you tell us a little about yourself and on how you got involved in this project? Whose idea was it to develop a programme for international primary schools? I am originally from the UK and moved to Amsterdam in 2008 with my husband and three children. Since arriving in the Netherlands, my children have been

Stories Around the World

  Yesterday was a very proud moment for me. Over the past year (2011) I have been developing a new programme at the Tropenmuseum for international primary schools using thinking routines as a method of engaging and interacting with museum objects. We invited teachers from international schools all over the Netherlands to come to the museum yesterday to find out more and experience a taster of the programme for themselves. There are two types of international schools in the Netherlands - private and so-called community schools. The latter receive a generous subsidy from the Dutch government which ensures school fees stay low. Community