How is the Finnish school going: personal experience
We have repeatedly told you about the peculiarities of Finnish school education, and today we want to share a review about schools in Finland. Alexander Murashev, a journalist and photographer, talks about how he studies at schools in Finland, becoming a student of one of them for a while.
Recall that school education in Finland has the best position in the world rankings. Moreover, according to the research of the international organization PISA, Finnish schoolchildren showed the highest level of knowledge in the world.
journalist and photographer
That’s what I did at Ressu School in Helsinki, which used the new teaching method before anyone else in the country. Moreover, in August 2016, the school took an even more experimental program and now it is possible to understand what it led to. Ahead of the events, I’ll allow myself a spoiler: what I saw just blew my head.
Starting with this line, there will be a lot of words that are difficult to adequately translate into Russian. The first one is mdash; the very name of the new methodology. Finns call it phenomenon based learning, and in reality, students really do not study objects, but phenomena.
It turns out that within the section of schoolchildren there is one subject to choose mdash; and they decided to create a cafeteria. Now they need to calculate the financial costs, determine what ingredients to buy, at what prices to sell and how to make a profit, mdash; says Lina. mdash; In fact, they train on each other.
However, some of the activities I have seen are still taking place in that same old fashioned manner. In the past, there is much good and we do not want to just throw it away, mdash; explains Lina. mdash; The school we want to see mdash; It is a combination of the new and the old. If some tricks from the past work mdash; it is not necessary to get rid of them simply from the principle. Change them so that it's better for the students. But it is not better for the education system, it is not better for the school as an institution. Because the school is mdash; these are kids. At least, I see it that way.
That day I will see many more lessons. Studying the solar system second-graders will create planets from egg packages and paints. The topic of the section will be the rotation of the earth and the effect of this phenomenon on the change of seasons and on all living beings.
In history lessons, students are asked to find out how their grandmothers lived in the fifties, which at that time was the school.
They need to compare and evaluate how the education system has changed, how learning helped the family create something more. Or it can be two or three simple mathematical examples, just to maintain practice. Nothing more. If you ask students, they will say: I do homework for a maximum of 20 minutes. Or sometimes even so: If I do a job, then it takes no more than twenty minutes.
Children have the opportunity to study outside the school, mdash; says Lina. mdash; This study is mdash; their social life and family. I, as a director, want the children to spend time with their parents. Mom and Dad mdash; it's not just people who bring children to school, they participate in their lives. It is enough to ask at least how your day passed at school. Show your interest, but do not come across. Now it's their turn to learn, not yours.