perjantai 10. huhtikuuta 2015
tiistai 7. huhtikuuta 2015
"In dialogue we trust"
Finland has very good reputation as an educational country or state. Most people know our well trained teachers and our teacher training system. Teacher's profession is highly valued in Finnish society and salaries are quite good.
Is this all ? There is still one point missing ? Our Educational leadership and principal training. You can't get excellent results in any area without good leadership and coaching.
For example Institute of Educational Leadership at University of Jyväskylä has developed all-round principal preparation training programme. I am personal also tutoring and mentoring these future educational leaders at Uni. https://www.jyu.fi/edu/laitokset/koulutusjohtaminen/en
Training program is divided in two sections : Academic lections, seminars and other studies at Uni and real-life situations (Praktikum) under the guidance of our tutors. During the studies participants will :
· understand the educational administration and leadership
· have dialogue and interpersonal relations
· make their own leadership philosophy
· study part-time 1½ years using various pedagogical methods
· get qualifications of teaching personnel (law)
· team work and co-operate
· use e-learning platform and ICT
keskiviikko 1. huhtikuuta 2015
lauantai 28. maaliskuuta 2015
torstai 12. maaliskuuta 2015
Taiwanese exchange students and their teachers with us
20 students and 3 teachers and 1 principal from Taiwan visited our school (Muurame Senior High School) for 10 days. Group was from Tamsui Vocational High School Taipei. Our students had visited Taiwan October 2014. We had marvellous time together to discuss our education systems and implementations.
First I must say that Taiwanese people are the most grateful on earth. They were always very pleased what they see and learn. I still missing those smile faces and passion to learn. Most Finns are quite far from this inspiring motivation and passion. They were eager to get new experiences and meet new people. They thought that every moment was a new possibility. We need more that entrepreneurial attitude in Finland !
There are several differences in our education systems :
1. School days are much more longer in Taiwan (7.30 to 5. p.m. ) / Finnish high schools ( 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
2. After school there are clubs or private lessons in Taiwan / no clubs or extra lessons in Finland
3. Students school trip can be 1 to 1,5 hour a day in Taiwan / in Muurame Finland 20 min max.
4. Lot of testing / for example in history every 3rd day tests or even more / Finnish high schools in general tests every 6th week /one national test = matriculation examination after 12 year studies
5. Some teachers and principals lived at school apartment / never in Finland
6. Teaching languages in Taiwan Mandarine, English and local dialect / Finland : Finnish, English, Swedish, French, German, Spanish, Russian
7. Social media use in education (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, clouds) forbidden in Taiwan / Finnish senior high schools can use these tools for teaching/ learning
8. Maths : Taiwanese students were skilled in mental calculation and arithmetic / Finns use more calculators and blackboard
In general relationships between Taiwanese students and teachers were very warm. I did not see any hierarchy or bureaucracy in this matter. Students and teachers were all easy going and willingness to crab new opportunities. I admire that attitude. Maybe Finnish students could have also few extra hours in their school day...
Hopefully we see again next time in Taiwan !
Tamsui Vocational High School proudly presents : Bartender students