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Helsinking

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Europe’s top-performing school system rethinks its approach
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A new national curriculum meant to restore the “joy and meaningfulness of learning”. Nice.
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This is why Finland has the best schools

This is why Finland has the best schools | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just abou
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Play. Little focus on standardised tests. Strong professional culture for teachers.
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No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening.

No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening. | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Children will look at broader topics and use multi-disciplinary modules, one expert says.
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But they are having an integrated, multidisciplinary, student designed approach....


"Educators in Finland think, quite correctly, that schools should teach what young people need in their lives rather than try to bring national test scores back to where they were.


What Finnish youth need more than before are more integrated knowledge and skills about real world issues, many argue. An integrated approach, based on lessons from some schools with longer experience of that, enhances teacher collaboration in schools and makes learning more meaningful to students."

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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
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An integrated, PBL approach to learning. Will other nations follow?

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How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic

How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
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More information on Finland education, including a lack of homework.

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Why is the Finnish school system so good? | Left Foot Forward

Why is the Finnish school system so good? | Left Foot Forward | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A look at Finnish schools reveals an education system built on unapoligetically social democratic principles.
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Another interesting look at why the Finnish education system is successful. Which of these ten reasons would work in your school district?

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Finland – where ‘equality starts at the blackboard’

One educator reflects on the Finnish school structure and culture, teacher education programs and processes.
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Slow education and an unhurried schedule with 15 minute breaks every hour. Sounds good to me.
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Stop treating teachers as 'widgets': OECD education chief blasts Australia's education system

Stop treating teachers as 'widgets': OECD education chief blasts Australia's education system | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, Mr Schleicher said Australia's emphasis on having teachers in front of a class over their own professional development was an area that needed addressing.
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A strong case for the benefits of targeted and "disruptive" professional learning for teachers instead of worrying about counting hours in front of a class by one of the world's leading educational voices.
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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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So Finland is moving to no longer "teaching subjects" to "teaching topics". And "there will be a more collaborative approach, with pupils working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills." Will others follow?

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What the best education systems are doing right

What the best education systems are doing right | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
In South Korea and Finland, it's not about finding the "right" school.
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Two different but successful educational approaches. Both have one thing in common: a deep respect for teachers and their academic accomplishments.

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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
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Importance of free play and frequent breaks for students.

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Finland's education ambassador spreads the word

Finland's education ambassador spreads the word | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some Finnish insights and lessons.

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