Finnish Education: an Insider Perspective

This week, I am spending my mornings following around a Finnish sixth grade class to see what school looks like from a student's perspective. I've made a few super interesting observations in that time. Class "buddies". At the end of the day today, a third grade class came to play a programming board game with … Continue reading Finnish Education: an Insider Perspective

Midpoint Reflection – Some Lists

WHOLEY PICKLE STICKS I HAVE BEEN IN FINLAND OFFICIALLY HALF THE AMOUNT OF TIME I WILL BE IN FINLAND! (Actually, that's not true, I still have three days until then, but I'm writing about it now because I am impatient.) There are a few things to mark this momentous occasion: On this day in history, … Continue reading Midpoint Reflection – Some Lists

PSA: American Education Doesn’t Suck

Background: When I started this whole business about moving to Finland for a semester, it was about figuring out what Finns are up to that makes their schools so darn successful. Why does a system full of free time and decidedly lacking in rigor (by means of exams anyways) work so well? Well, obviously, I … Continue reading PSA: American Education Doesn’t Suck