It’s no secret that other countries are out-performing American students in standardized achievement testing.
What is impressive is the way in which Finland is doing so, and the Finnish teachers and students are not necessarily working any harder than we are.
Author Timothy Walker, an American educator who worked as a teacher in Finland, makes some simple, yet bold observations.
He says, “What we can learn from teachers in Finland, based on what I’ve experienced, is they way in which they seem to value happiness more than achievement.”
Or this statement:
“They make small, simple decisions to promote joyful teaching and learning, and in the end, as numerous PISA tests have shown, their students do well anyway.”
I am intrigued. I have enjoyed my long, summer days pouring over this wonderful book. Teach Like Finland is thought provoking and highly recommended.