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Nina Smith
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Schooling or learning?
What is the perception we have about education? Is it something that we actively engage in? Or something the educational systems do to us? The difference between these two perceptions is huge. When people believe that education is a life-long learning journ...
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The Big Picture for Learning Centered Education
The previous posts have discussed learning and teaching philosophy  and dispositions , as these are important for the consistency and integrity of the chosen instructional methods in the classroom while beginning to emphasize learning-centered education . S...
The previous posts have discussed learning and teaching philosophy and dispositions, as these are important for the consistency and integrity of the chosen instructional methods in the classroom while beginning to emphasize l...
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Learning Strategies
Learning is such an individual experience! We all have our own way to learn, and the orientations, approaches and strategies we use for learning have been acquired during childhood and educational experiences, thus becoming quite stable by constant reinforc...
Learning is such an individual experience! We all have our own way to learn, and the orientations, approaches and strategies we use for learning have been acquired during childhood and educational experiences, thus becoming q...
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Wonderings about learning and intelligence
It seems that intelligence - or the way how we understand intelligence - is very much context dependent. In formal education those students who are able to reproduce the learning material delivered to them are often considered to be intelligent. This abilit...
It seems that intelligence - or the way how we understand intelligence - is very much context dependent. In formal education those students who are able to reproduce the learning material delivered to them are often considere...
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Growing Confident, Curious and Capable Learners
Choosing How to Teach and 3Cs are making a difference in the lives of teachers and students.  The feedback I have received from teachers taking the professional development courses about the philosophical and practical changes has been wonderful!  Here is a...
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I stumbled upon an interesting looking course in Coursera: What future for education? Of course, I got instantly hooked on the question. Where is education going? How could we make education better? Where should it go?? The introduction is promising:   In t...
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I very much agree with this!  Engagement is an investment in one's own (lifelong) learning. We also need work cultures that support ubiquitous  learning, because mandatory engagement promotes just compliance, not interest. To support the intrinsic interest to learn - that we all were born with - the work culture must empower independent learning and thinking.
All our best strategies, plans, projects, initiatives, etc. will all come to nothing and fizzle out, if we, as educators (Yes, I am also talking about teachers AND administrators) are NOT engaged a…
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Agency and ownership of learning
Learning is an important part of being a human.  We couldn't survive without the ability to learn and adapt to the environment where we live, work and learn. Human development doesn't end in adolescence, but continues throughout our lives. School learning i...
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Principles of life-long, life-deep and life-wide learning
In  a classroom, or within any group of learners, the reality is that each individual has a different learning experience, even while they all are instructed the same way. Fascinating, isn't it?! We all bring into the learning situation our own learning his...
In  a classroom, or within any group of learners, the reality is that each individual has a different learning experience, even while they all are instructed the same way. Fascinating, isn't it?! We all bring into the learnin...
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Children - natural born learners
Every child has a deep, innate curiosity about the surrounding world. This is the first learning environment we face. We all are born with a need to survive and experience the life, and to make sense of what we see, hear and feel. This is the force behind a...
Every child has a deep, innate curiosity about the surrounding world. This is the first learning environment we face. We all are born with a need to survive and experience the life, and to make sense of what we see, hear and ...
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Learning Cycles
When talking about
learning cycles we often refer to the processes that occur while  we
perceive, choose, reflect, store and retrieve  data and information  that our surroundings provide. It
is often displayed as a cycle, because the new information needs t...
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Learning and teaching philosophy
Every teacher has a teaching (and learning) philosophy they follow, either knowingly or being unaware of the beliefs that have an impact on the daily practice. I tried to trace back the steps to the most influential points in the development of my teaching ...
Every teacher has a teaching (and learning) philosophy they follow, either knowingly or being unaware of the beliefs that have an impact on the daily practice. I tried to trace back the steps to the most influential points in...
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Teaching consultant & Mentor
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  • Teaching Consultant, present
  • Mentor, present
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Finnish teacher living in the US
Introduction
Passionate about good quality learning and teaching. Teacher trainer mentoring and coaching teachers to thrive in their profession, specializing in pedagogy and student centered learning and teaching.
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Working on a doctorate in education, researching students' agency in their learning
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WA, US
Previously
Kotka - Aanekoski - Saltillo - Port Angeles