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Rescooped by Deborah Owen from iGeneration - 21st Century Education (Pedagogy & Digital Innovation)!

How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing?

How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing? | Hudson HS Learning Commons |
The OECD’s PISA studies show Finnish students are among the best in the world in reading, math and science.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Deborah Owen's insight:

"The reality in Canada, which is unfortunate in Dr. Sahlberg’s view, is that students are rewarded for competing against their peers, teachers are held accountable by their class’s performance on exams, and schools are compared through widely published standardized test results. Finland takes an alternative approach. Students receive only narrative evaluation instead of marks or grades until Grade 5. Thereafter, their grades rely on how they’ve performed relative to their individual potential rather than as compared to their classmates. “Teachers stress grades as little as possible,” Dr. Sahlberg says. “This means that students ‘compete’ against themselves, not one another.”"

CERT's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:09 AM

We, as teachers are frequently under the impression, that unless we control what children learn, we wouldn't have done our duties as teachers. At CERT we believe that giving the children enough flexibility to be creative and express their own ways of learning, is an imperative ingredient in the recipe for success and excellence. We need learners who are critical, reflective and show initiative. Rote learning, standardised tests, etc. are easy ways to have a silent classroom. Learning goes so much more beyond that. 

Rescooped by Deborah Owen from Inquiry Reform Education!

Inspired by Finland - 5 Goals I'm Setting Now

Inspired by Finland - 5 Goals I'm Setting Now | Hudson HS Learning Commons |
By Joe Mazza Last week on my the flight out to Finland, I was lucky enough to sit next to a higher up in the Swedish educational system. The takeaways from that conversation were transitioned into ...

Via Leslie Maniotes
Deborah Owen's insight:

-Don't be wasteful.

-Develop trust in one another.

-Develop deep relationships; have self-discipline.

-Think, talk, model innovation by default.

-It's not about the accolades or being #1.


Leslie Maniotes's curator insight, April 9, 2013 1:39 PM

Don't be wastful, build trusting relationships... good lessons for us in education