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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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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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Equity and life-long learning in focus
Reblogged from  http://www.insideclassrooms.com/14/post/2013/10/no-child-left-behind-relative-equity-in-finnish-schools.html No child left behind: (Relative) equity in Finnish schools Equity, support and life-long learning are important parts of Finnish edu...
Reblogged from http://www.insideclassrooms.com/14/post/2013/10/no-child-left-behind-relative-equity-in-finnish-schools.html No child left behind: (Relative) equity in Finnish schools Equity, support and life-long learning ar...
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Fostering (not forcing) learning is very simple. There are some other qualities in my mind I decided to name as:

CAFÉ

Communicate. Have a dialogue with your students, the most effective communication is reciprocal and includes negotiations of meaning.

Acknowledge their competence, and help to add into it. Validate their knowledge and understanding.

Feedback early and often. Provide feedback about the process (think of mapping the ground that lies ahead them, it is easier to steer clear when you know where the pitfalls are).

Encourage and empower. Support their choices. Point out other possible directions (make sure not to choose for students).

And just like coffee, or life in general, also education is best when you enjoy it – not shoved down your throat.

More about student-centered learning at

http://notesfromnina.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/how-to-grow-learners/
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Basic philosophy gives direction to instruction. What do we want for our students?
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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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Love this!!! (... and of course Legos, too...) 
My son and I share a common bond in our love of Legos. Yesterday I snapped this picture of a sort of bizarro "Super Friends" team assembled from our collection: Quite a team, right? This morning, I started thinking (and laugh...
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This is actually my blog post from last month, I just forgot to put it into blogger. Please let me know what you think! :)
Good teachers have strong organizational skills. Good teachers have solid decision-making skills. Good teachers get important things done. Exceptional teachers do all of the above–and more. Sure, they care about their school...
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Teaching consultant & Mentor
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Finnish teacher living in the US
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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
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Kotka - Aanekoski - Saltillo - Port Angeles