Does context & culture play a part in the Finnish education story?

After writing the post on phenomenon-based learning in Finland there was a great discussion, comments on the post and a LinkedIn thread. It really makes ideas come alive when we engage in discussion. So thanks to Seetha, Bernadette, Kristina, Rebecca and Matt. The emerging themes were: Curriculum review has collective responsibility and ownership 15 minuteContinue reading “Does context & culture play a part in the Finnish education story?”

How Finland is leading the way, again #phenomenonbasedteaching

The SCIL Vision Tour 2016 will be spending a few days in Finland. This small Nordic nation is in the process of rolling out its new curriculum approach phenomenon-based teaching. Around 15 years ago Finland became the shining light in education achievement, due to its “mouse that roared” status. With a small population and modestContinue reading “How Finland is leading the way, again #phenomenonbasedteaching”

On the way we saw… #SCILFinland – visually captivating

We may be focussing on the educational elements and learning for the school system, but we can’t help being captivated by the scenery along the way. And keeping an eye out for falling snow sheets from the buildings above and the almost deadly icicles. Can you imagine this much snow falling from a great height?Continue reading “On the way we saw… #SCILFinland – visually captivating”

Finnish National Board of Education: So many questions, and so little time #SCILFinland

“The objective of Finnish education…is to guarantee all people…equal opportunities and rights to culture, free quality education and pre-requisites for full citizenship.” Our first full day in Helsinki started with a session at the education authority. While it was formally titled “Learning from PISA success”, the realty was an informal conversation on a range ofContinue reading “Finnish National Board of Education: So many questions, and so little time #SCILFinland”

Day Zero – SCIL Conference tour to Finland. Follow our adventure #SCILFinland

According to the Weather Channel, our arrival in Helsinki tomorrow will reach the heights of -1C, with snow showers. Thats a little different to the beautiful Sydney day that I leave behind today. Why am I going to Finland? I am taking a group of 16 educators and architects to attend the OECD Centre forContinue reading “Day Zero – SCIL Conference tour to Finland. Follow our adventure #SCILFinland”

‘What ifs’ from the SCIL Study Tour? #SCIL11 – Part 1 | Denmark & Sweden

What if you threw 10 educational leaders together, to travel to places in Europe and the UK for two weeks? This is what happened last month, as we embarked on a trip to learn from places of unique interest, share ideas, challenge one another and have a lot of fun along the way. Here areContinue reading “‘What ifs’ from the SCIL Study Tour? #SCIL11 – Part 1 | Denmark & Sweden”

Learning from Finland and connecting with my heritage

In less than a week I will have the opportunity to visit two schools in Finland. Since I was a child I have been proud of my Finnish heritage. My grandfather was a merchant sailor early last century. He arrived in Sydney, jumped ship and fell in love with a young Australian woman. Sadly, theContinue reading “Learning from Finland and connecting with my heritage”