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Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms 1st Edition
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"Walker was nevertheless able to identify 33 strategies that could be easily introduced into American educational systems… [Walker’s ideas] are geared toward the relaxed, flexible, welcoming atmosphere that works so well for both teachers and students in Finland. Teachers and parents will be intrigued."
"Walker offers realistic tips on creating joyful schools, arranged according to five 'ingredients' of happiness: well-being, belonging, autonomy, mastery and mindset. . . . [T]he tips are prefaced with lively anecdotes from the author's own classroom experiences and often reveal how he overcame American biases to embrace them. . . . [T]hey all highlight how we can learn to value happiness more than achievement."
"More joy in classrooms and less work for teachers as the way to improving student learning? Sounds incredible, but the Finns have figured it out, and Tim Walker explains how American educators can do the same in this engaging and important book. Teach Like Finland deserves to be widely read and discussed."
- Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators
"A few years ago, I spent my spring break visiting classrooms in and near Helsinki, trying to identify what the secrets of Finnish education were. Although the experience was enlightening, it turns out that all I had to do was read Tim Walker's book Teach Like Finland! Thanks to his American perspective, Tim was able to isolate the key differences in pedagogy, routines, beliefs, and purposes that will help teachers in all countries consciously make their classrooms more "Finnish." I highly recommend this book for all who aspire to be better teachers!"
- Paul Solarz, 5th Grade Teacher and Author of Learn Like a PIRATE
"Clear, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, this book actually does present 33 strategies that would, in fact, make teaching and learning both more joyful and more productive. My response in reading was never, "Where did that come from?" or "We could never do that!" Rather, I thought over and over, "Of course!" "How is it that so many of us have moved so far afield from what we know to be true?""
- Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D., William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor & Chair, Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
"Tim Walker is one of the most thoughtful educators I've ever encountered. His observations as an American teacher working in Finnish classrooms will surprise many readers: Some traditional ideas we've pushed aside actually work well in Finland, some of Finland's most effective strategies originated in American schools. With refreshing clarity, Tim gets specific with daily interactions, policies, curriculum, procedures, faculty relationships, and student expectations. Including the voices of many Finnish educators, he answers the skeptics who question whether or not any of the Finnish schooling elements can be incorporated in America and elsewhere. There is substance here that adds to our important conversations about what works in schools. A gift to our professional selves and one to share with respected colleagues and any parents you know."
- Rick Wormeli, author of Fair Isn't Always Equal
About the Author
Timothy D. Walker is an American teacher and writer living in Espoo, Finland. He is the author of Teach Like Finland.
Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator, and his book Finnish Lessons 2.0 brought worldwide attention to Finland’s educational system.
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781324001256
- ISBN-13 : 978-1324001256
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (April 18, 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1324001259
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best look into the Finnish school system in an applicable way for American teachers.
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The key differences are surprising, for example creating joy, teachers being less competitive and having a good work life balance. There are a lot of myths that he dispels (Finnish teachers do a lot of summative testing for example).
As a teacher I found this a book packed with ideas to reflect on and implement in my classes.