Review: Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms

Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms by Timothy D. Walker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Walker provides a good collection of tips and considerations about the ways in which one might try to blend some of the best features of Finnish classrooms with American classrooms. Acknowledging that to completely model the Finnish education system, a system that has been heralded as creating amazing changes in teaching and learning in the last few decades, is unreal since the US does not have the same values or mechanisms to transition, Walker delves into thinking about the smaller pieces that teachers themselves can easily practice or incorporate into their teacher. His advice comes from spending several years teaching in Finland after he had taught in the US. Some of his tips are as simple as getting students up and moving or make sure there is fresh air, while others require rethinking one's practice and being a bit more mindful in the moment. While not all may be applicable to a given course, there are lots of ways of tweaking and adjusting the learning to change the learning and teaching experience. I found that his suggestions, though geared for K-12, still had some applications and relevance to all learners.

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