Congratulations, teachers of the world

Thursday, 5 October 2017, was celebrated as World Teachers' Day. The City of Helsinki Education Sector covers approximately 2,000 kindergarten teachers, 4,100 basic education and upper secondary school teachers, 850 adult education teachers, and almost 800 vocational education teachers.

The schools, educational institutes, and kindergartens of Helsinki are testing many different pedagogical methods and tools. They have also been open-minded in taking over the entire city as a learning environment - writes

‘It has been awesome to see how bravely teachers in Helsinki are developing pedagogy and sharing their knowledge’, says Head of the Helsinki Education SectorLiisa Pohjolainenhappily. In accordance with the new curriculum, Siltamäki Primary School is one of the schools implementing the new Fuse pedagogy, and Maatulli Primary School focuses on skills for sustainable development.

Peer learning in Fuse studios

The Siltamäki school is one of six in Helsinki using Fuse pedagogy. The school’s Fuse studio has all the necessary materials, and the students use laptops. The studio offers many kinds of challenges to the students, such as studying physics phenomena using mirrors and light, jewellery design and making jewellery using a 3D printer, producing ringtones for mobile phones, and even building speakers.

‘In the Fuse studio, the students learn by doing together. They can instruct each other, and the teacher will help when necessary. Nobody gets stuck with their assignments, as they can always ask for advice. Peer learning is carried out with the help of experts. After solving a Fuse studio challenge, the student becomes an expert in that particular challenge, and others can ask them for help’, explains Anna-Mari Jaatinen, principal of Siltamäki Primary School.

For a video of the activities at the Fuse studio, see here.

‘The nicest way of learning and working’

Maatulli Primary School has a monthly Maatulli day with a changing theme. The theme on the school year’s first Maatulli day was sports, the October theme was climate change, and the November theme will be democracy. ‘The students have voted this as the nicest way of learning and working. We have skilled teachers, and the courage to carry out many kinds of ideas. We are always tired but happy after a theme day. This is a crew to be proud of!’ says principalHeli Siljama.

Tuesday 3 October was Green Power day at Maatulli school. Representatives from the school’s cooperation partners, Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre, Stara’s garden services, and VRJ Southern Finland, also participated. Not even the rain could bring the day down.

During the day, the students worked on environmental themes in workshops led by teachers. The day also included cleaning the local environment, setting up a Finland 100 years-themed flowerbed, weeding at the Arboretum, working on a work of art on climate and recycling, a climate dance, and ten climate deeds for primary school students. The yield of the Green Power Day and the other theme days is not forgotten after the day: work on sustainable development themes continues in many ways, including the school blog.

Watch a video on what sixth-graderOlavi Anttila, who is the president of the student association board, and class teacherSini Mustaniemihave to say about the day.

Congratulations to all teachers. Experimenting and learning together, we can make Helsinki the most powerful place in the world for learning.

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