A school rooted in real-life learning


I especially loved the part where, in a science class, using DNA testing, the students tested if the fish in a local sushi restaurant really was the fish it said on the menu. Science, ethics, media studies…all in one class – brilliant!

11 ways Finland’s education system shows us that less is more.

A beautiful post by  Kelly Day. Why make education so complicated?



Filling My Map


When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons.  I expected to have great new ideas on how to teach my mathematics curriculum and I would revamp my lessons so that I could include more curriculum, more math and get students to think more, talk more and do more math.

This drive to do more and More and MORE is a state of existence for most teachers in the US….it is engrained in us from day one.  There is a constant pressure to push our students to the next level to have them do bigger and better things.  The lessons have to be more exciting, more engaging and cover more content.  This phenomena  is driven by data, or parents, or administrators or simply by our work-centric society where we…

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