March 27, 2016

Why Finland has the best schools

What makes Finland schools to great? Let’s just say, it’s very VERY different from U.S. public schools!  A guest lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland enrolled his 7-year old son during their five month visit to Finland and what they found was very surprising.

According to his essay for the Los Angeles Times this week, William Doyle says there are no formal academics until age 7.  Children receive a mandatory 15-minute free-play break every hour of every day.  There is very little homework.  Teachers are highly educated, compensated and respected.  Most children get to walk or bike to school.  And here’s our favorite, “”Finland doesn’t waste time or money on low-quality mass standardized testing. Instead, children are assessed every day, through direct observation, check-ins and quizzes by the highest-quality “personalized learning device” ever created — flesh-and-blood teachers.”

To read more, click here.

Finnish school lunch.

Finnish school lunch.

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March 22, 2016

Treating tutoring as an art

Halina Goetz directs the Mathematics and Computer Science Clinic at Chapman University.  In her article for the Orange County Register, she explains that tutoring is an art requiring a special set of skills that go way beyond being a homework helper. “Homework should be treated only as a material or a tool used for teaching deductive thinking, how to learn, how to study and how to think analytically and critically.  Effective tutoring needs to be taught and needs to be learned.”

Goetz continues with “many people think that if one has knowledge of the subject matter to tutor, it makes him/her a tutor. It is far from the truth.  Tutoring is not easy. It requires a formal schooling on how to do it in a way that you are not enabling the student but you teach the student how to learn on his or her own.”

To read the entire article, click here.

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