Our Trip to Finland: Twitter Stories and YouTube Clips

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Take a walk through my trip to Finland with friends and colleagues Bena Kallick, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, and Marie Alcock! Look through our Tweets and videos from the five-day field study.

Day 1:

School visit: Pähkinärinne Primary Schools (grades 1–6), City of Vantaa with Principal Tiina Kärkkäinen, 12.30 pm school visit: Veromäki Joint

School visit: Comprehensive Schools (grades 1–9), City of Vantaa with Primary Teacher Markus Humaloja and Upper Secondary Teacher Pekka Peura

School visit: Vantaa International School (grades 1–9), City of Vantaa


Day 2

School visit: Kevätkumpu Primary School (primary; grades 1-6), City of Porvoo with Principal Markku Antinluoma and his team.

BONUS VIDEO: technology teacher explaining the 3rd grade interdisciplinary focus on light.

School visit: Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages (grades 1-4), City of Helsinki with Principal Sanna Manner, her team, and students.


Day 3

School visit: Vanttila Joint Comprehensive Schools (grades 1–9), City of Espoo with Principal Olli Poutiainen and his team.

Meeting with University of Helsinki, Centre for Educational Assessment with Professor Jarkko Hautamäki and Researcher, PhD Raisa Ahtiainen.


Day 4

Meeting with teacher training professionals at the University of Helsinki with Primary Teacher Ulla Ilomäki-Keisala.

BONUS VIDEO: Year 5 teacher trainee explaining the approach of how mathematics is taught in the classroom

Meeting with Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), International School of Helsinki and Deputy Head Ben Thrash

Meeting with professional development coaches and consultants on positive pedagogy


Day 5

Meeting with Eeva-Kaisa Ikonen, Superintendent of Education and her team of curriculum topic specialists, City of Espoo School Board

Meeting with professional development coaches and consultants: Irmeli Halinen, and Päivi Nilivaara


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