Classroom Culture

Group Work in 4A

Almost every single lesson of every single day had some sort of a small group work component in it, whether it was quiet partners to ask questions to when a student got stuck in math, or a group research project with 4 other students, or even a simple turn-and-talk with the other students grouped at… Continue reading Group Work in 4A

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Classroom Culture

Special Things for 4A

This week was full of special things for 4A, like a 2 hour PE class on Monday morning, but it was also filled with a lot of things that seemed special to me, though quite ordinary for everyone else at Lintaulaakso Kuolo. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. VaVa Every Tuesday afternoon, for… Continue reading Special Things for 4A

Classroom Culture

Finnish Recess

As we all know, there is no shortage of challenges facing students and teachers alike in the American Education System: over standardization, untrained teachers, unequal distribution of resources, large class sizes...unfortunately, the list could go on and on. But what about recess? Despite countless studies showing how important recess is to students, schools are continuously… Continue reading Finnish Recess

Classroom Culture

Lintaulaakso’s Places and Spaces

I am oddly excited about this post. Well, if we are being honest, I am super excited about all of my posts about Finland (have I mentioned how incredible that trip was?), but I was especially enamoured with the school set-up itself. Over the next few days, I will be talking a bit about the… Continue reading Lintaulaakso’s Places and Spaces

Classroom Culture

The Culture of Lintaulaakso 4A

Alrighty friends! Here it is: my first real post about my week in Finland! If you don't know what's going on here, and why this is so incredibly exciting, make sure you have read my postĀ Finland Trip - Intro to catch you up on the basics of Finland's awesomeness. Today, I am going to introduce… Continue reading The Culture of Lintaulaakso 4A