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Oi, tudo bem? A Training experience in Brazil

The Brazilian sun is hot and The Brazilian people are warm. When more than forty Brazilian educators are working in co-operative way, the loud and tension is high. I had a nice possibility to deliver three one-week training sessions for educators in Brazil, one week in Rio de Janeiro, one

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How to improve wisdom?

One of the most important chapters of Finnish basic education curriculum is titled: Thinking and learning to learn (First of the seven transversal competences) Edvard de Bono writes in his book Textbook of Wisdom (Viking, 1996): “Wisdom is not all the same as cleverness. I have known many people who

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The Pedagogy Strikes Back

Transversal Competences – maybe the most important part of Finnish Curriculum reform ”Transversal competence refers to an entity consisting of knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and will. Competence also means an ability to apply knowledge and skills in a given situation. The manner in which the pupils will use their knowledge

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Older but Golder!

Finland is celebrating 100th anniversary in 2017 Finland became an independent state on 6th of December in 1917. Despite of hard times (civil war 1918, Word War II in 1939-44) the Finns have built this nation successful by making decisions together. Now we are steering the country to the new

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The Chinese Case in Guangzhou

I had a possibility to deliver a principal training in Guangzhou, China, two weeks ago. Training sessions in three different universities were part of principal´s continue studies in Guangzhou area and me and my colleague Reijo Jouttimäki represented Tampere University of Applied Sciences as specialists in principal training. In every

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What if trust was the starting point?

What would you think if I gave you an argument that trust is the starting point of leadership? In Finnish school system trust is one of the biggest values. The whole educational system is based on trust. Parents trust the school system, politicians trust education providers, education providers trust principals,

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Making sense – thinking skills

I read an interesting article written by three ladies: Ms Irmeli Halinen, Ms Minna Harmanen and Ms Paula Mattila. They are discribing the Curriculun reform in Finland specially focusing the question: why Finland is Introducing Multiliteracy in Teaching and Learning. You can read the whole article here. In the Finnish

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This is not a blog

There is nothing to tell about Finland in July. We used to say that whole country is closed. Almost everybody has his or her vacation in July. Fortunately there is always somebody somewhere who is still interested in this almost word´s northernmost country.  In British newspaper “The Independent” they ranked

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