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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 | Leadership Think Tank | 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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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 10:25 PM

I rarely assigned homework. It seemed counter-productive and counter-intuitive. The exception, if can be called homework, were projects which engaged students and their parents at home. This provided an untapped resource, excited students and parents, and was highly successful. I always provided more time for these projects so they did not work against learning.

Mika Auramo's comment, July 28, 1:00 AM
Too much false information, including topic.
Debra Evans's curator insight, July 28, 5:54 PM

Good piece, but need to consider also; this country is not really catering to multi-cultural group.  But, we should learn from their examples - we in Australia definitely moving towards over-educating, with even prep losing its play-based approach.  Also worth noting - the teacher in the classroom has the biggest impact on whether or not the students will learn - effective teachers=effective learners.

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Inside Finnish Classrooms

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     When I creaked open the door to a first grade classroom, I noticed a dozen seven-year-olds sprawled around the room. About half of them were sitting at rectangular tables while the others...

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Ludgero Rego's curator insight, November 3, 2013 1:43 AM

It's a question of mutual trust and acceptance of what is appropriate and what is not - without the shadow of a legal challenge looming... what happened to the "I'm sorry Mrs Oliveira, your little boy pricked himself with a needle today but he's alright now" - "that's ok, i'm sure he'll be fine" type of discourse?

Vesna Dumeljic's curator insight, November 3, 2013 5:53 AM

Interessant. Graag zou ik meer van hem leren...

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Education in China: Proposed "No Homework" Policy Is Not Finnish

Education in China: Proposed "No Homework" Policy Is Not Finnish | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
     After reading the article, I agree with Pasi. China is not borrowing a page from Finland’s playbook. I’ll explain how I see it. China is seeking to de-emphasize homework for its...

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Malachy Scullion's comment, September 27, 2013 8:35 AM
I live and work in China and deal with Chinese kindergarten/primary/middle school students regularly. If the Chinese minister for Education decides to drastically reduce the homework levels for primary and secondary education, I personally would like to shake him by the hand.
Chen Quan's curator insight, September 27, 2013 8:48 PM

I do not think the policy will  work and be implemented. Chinese and Chinese school have strong incentives to do a lot of homework for the colledge entrance examination. If that can't be changed , the no-homework policy will be on the paper only.

Aldemar Valencia Martinez's comment, October 1, 2013 12:41 PM
Homeworks are not for disciplining learners . . . but for them to evidence their own learnings !!!
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Want to Know the Secrets of Finnish Education?

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Clearly, there seems to be a disconnect between much of what’s written about Finnish education and reality. This is a curious matter. Yes, we all agree that Finnish education has been successful,...

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Linda Alexander's comment, August 24, 2013 10:57 AM
Thank you for the article, Susan and Juandoming. I altered the title before I shared it.
Patch Self-help's curator insight, August 24, 2013 7:09 PM

In Finland there is also a development in mental health practice known as Open Dialogue. Look it up. In Nottingham there is a group of people trying to bring Open Dialogue to the UK starting locally. What is it? It is a way of treating people in distress with real care and understanding rather than sedating them with drugs and labeling them Psychotic for life with on going prescriptions. The best way to avoid side affects. It is a real education so do look up more about this and look out for MHAW in Nottingham where you can find an event focuswd on Open Dialogue in the orange leaflet out soon in Libraries and GP surgeries.

 

Dafnord 's curator insight, August 28, 2013 3:31 PM

15-åriga finska elever har fått fortfarande bästa resultat i internationella PISA-studier. Därför talar man om den "mytiska finska undervisningen". Jag tror att bakom den där framgången är viljan att lära sig. De förflutna tider har inte varit lätta för Finland. Kampen mot fattigdom, kampen för nationell existens, kampen för ett eget språk. Är det möjligt att just den hårda kampen har påverkat finnarna så att uppskattningen av kultur, bildning och lärning har utvecklat särskilt kraftigt bland medborgare? Jag bara frågar.

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Finnish Education Highlights - Flipboard magazine - compilation of articles, research and reports

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By apuustin | apuustin created a magazine on Flipboard. "Finnish Education Highlights" is available with thousands of other magazines and all the news you care about. Download Flipboard for free and search for "apuustin".

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Valia Reinsalu's curator insight, November 3, 2013 12:34 PM

Always interesting to read about Finland's school system...

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Is China Copying Finland With Its Proposed "No HOmework" Policy?

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     After reading the article, I agree with Pasi. China is not borrowing a page from Finland’s playbook. I’ll explain how I see it. China is seeking to de-emphasize homework for its...

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Taught by Finland

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I'm an American teacher in Finland, excavating Finnish education as I teach in Helsinki, and keeping a blog to share insights.

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Jim Bob's comment, August 31, 2013 11:53 PM
Well done Susan.
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How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing?

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The OECD’s PISA studies show Finnish students are among the best in the world in reading, math and science.

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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. 

Deborah Owen's curator insight, May 18, 2013 12:06 PM

"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.”"