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Nina Smith
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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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Knowledge as collaborative meaning-making
What is contemporary learning like? Is it just memorizing and regurgitating unrelated facts or constructing understanding? It is crucially important for every educator to think about their own epistemological beliefs about knowledge, because it has such a h...
What is contemporary learning like? Is it just memorizing and regurgitating unrelated facts or constructing understanding? It is crucially important for every educator to think about their own epistemological beliefs about kn...
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Not too soon, I hope! I am having too much fun!!! :)
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Engagement in learning - or just in schooling?
One main problem n contemporary education is that “ students are typically presented as the customers of engagement, rather than coauthors of their learning ”. [1]  It is really, really hard to be intrinsically interested and very engaged with things you ca...
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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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What is contemporary learning like? Is it just memorizing and regurgitating unrelated facts or constructing understanding? It is crucially important for every educator to think about their own epistemological beliefs about kn...
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If a student learns....
There is an old philosophical thought experiment that has attributed to philosopher George Berkeley:  “ If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? ”   Our subjective realities are references to the lives we live.  We ...
There is an old philosophical thought experiment that has attributed to philosopher George Berkeley: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”   Our subjective realities are referen...
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Indeed!  And that was one of the important things I was taught during my Finnish teacher training: to emphasize metacognitive skills, and help students learn how to learn. Also, our school had a great preschool teacher who was setting students up for success on the path to lifelong learning.
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Teaching consultant & Mentor
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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