BONFIRE AFTERNOON WITH CAMPING CLASS

Camping class in Veittijärvi School in Ylöjärvi, Finland. Written By classroom teacher Mikaela Kokko. (Picture Vice principal Mari Saarinen) Last fall 2016 the 6th grader students had been given an opportunity to choose subjects of interest from a list of optional studies. One of these optional activities was a Camping class wich was chosen by…

Students designing their own learning environments – Case Viljakkala

When I was working as the Head of Education in the city of Ylöjärvi I started a learning environment development program. In that program the voice and the participation of the children was extremely important. Now, a year later, it is my pleasure to show you an example of what happened in a village called…

We create school culture together! #nobullying #enkiusaa

There is an initiative in the Finnish government to draft a bill to the schools to be able to move a bully to another school. Actually it is unnecessary while it is already possible.  Last spring I started to work against bullying with collegues from the Trade Union of Education in Finland as well as from the Finnish Parents´ League. We…

Strategy for teacher education in Finland

Last week the new development strategy of Finnish teacher education was presented to the Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Granhn-Laasonen. I gave a speech in the event on the behalf of local authorities. This blog post tells shortly my views on that strategy. But before I get to the point, it is important to…

Something new, a lot of old and something unfinished

When I became the principal of Roihuvuori elementary school, the school building was a wreck. It had been on the complete renovation list of Helsinki city for, I guess, 15 years and the school had been on the close-down list for maybe a decade. Sometimes I wonder if I was actually hired to close down…

Our brand new curriculum <3

Once they had a swearing competition in teachers´ lounge. ”S*#”t”, said the first teacher. ”F*#¤k”, said another. ”Curriculum”, said the third one and the winner was clear. The joke of Finnish teachers´ lounge holds a hint of truth in it, but it is still just a joke. For the past three years my main interest…

A new blog about to be born

For some time now I´ve dreamed on starting a blog. My old blog, Opsia etsimässä (Searching for curriculum) has been on a break for a half a year now and I decided it should stay there. Some 200-300 visitors a day, still, tells me the topic is still current, but the audience, the Finnish education…

School in Tides

School in Tides is a #educationalchat blog about renewing Finnish -and the global- basic education. I´m superexcited to hear everyone´s ideas on where we should go next. Join me, jump in to the waves and let´s see where we end up next!