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What's up with Finland's education system?

What's up with Finland's education system?



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    • What’s up with Finland? joebower.org
    • Pasi Sahlberg
    • Irmeli Halinen
    • Assessment is not a spreadsheet, it’s a conversation
    • Learning is done in a context and for a purpose
    • We need to reformulate learning difficulties as a problem for the curriculum rather than a problem of the child.
    • Finland Alberta sq km ~ 350,000 ~650,000 resources timber oil children in poverty 1 in 25 1 in 10 population ~ 5 million ~ 3.7 million
      • What has Finland *not* done:
      • increase school inspection
      • standardized testing
      • externally imposed learning standards
      • competition
      • choice
      • What has Finland done:
      • reduce class size
      • improve formative assessment practices
      • increasing teacher pay & notoriety
      • all teachers have masters degrees
      • curriculum and assessment are local responsibilities
    • Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
    • Personalization
      • Setting a clear but flexible national framework for school-based curriculum planning
      • Encouraging local and individual solutions
      • Offering personal learning plans for those who have special needs
      Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
    • Focus on creative learning
      • Teaching and learning focus on deep, broad learning, giving equal value to all aspects of the growth of an individual’s personality, moral character, creativity, knowledge, and skills.
      Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
    • Encouraging risk-taking
      • School-based and teacher curricula facilitate finding novel approaches to teaching and learning, and encourage risk-taking and uncertainty in leadership, teaching and learning
      Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
    • Learning from the past and owning innovations
      • Teaching honors traditional pedagogical values, such as teacher’s professional role and relationship with students
      • Main sources of school improvement are proven good educational practices from past
      Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
    • Shared responsibility
      • Gradually building a culture of responsibility and trust within the education system that values teacher and principal professionalism in judging what is best for students
      • Targeting resources and support to schools and students who are at risk to fail or to be left behind
      • Sample-based student assessments.
      Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
    • Teach Less, Learn More
    • Teach Less, Learn More
    • Test Less, Learn Better
    • More Equity Through Growing Diversity
      • equal educational opportunities for all
      • Ability groupings abolished in1985
      • no streaming or tracking until age 16
      • This required teachers to employ differentiated learning for different pupils. Led to lots of PD focusing on research-based teacher education.
      Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
    • Teacher Education
      • all teachers have a masters degree
      • 3 year bachelor - 2 year masters
      • one major - two minors
      • 1 out of 10 applicants are accepted to prepare to become a primary teacher
      • Exam scores + interview
      • teaching > doctor, lawyer, architect
      Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
    • Random Facts
      • All education is publicly financed
      • All teachers have masters degrees
      • There are no formal teacher evaluations
      • For every 45 minutes of classroom there is 15 minutes of recess
      • Teachers are not required to be at school if they have no classes
    • Random Facts
      • Do not employ standardized census-based tests to determine their progress or success
      • No strict national standards for or descriptions of student learning
      • Spend 6 times more on teacher professional development than testing.
      • No word Finnish word for accountability
      • Almost all graduate
      • www.joebower.org
      • [email_address]
      • @joe_bower