Finland Blog

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:48am
Today, Kelly and I presented our learnings from the EduTour of Finland to Eagle County Schools principals and administrators. Click HERE to view our slideshow. (It's best to download it as a PowerPoint and view the notes to follow along.) We hope to...
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Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 11:20am
Yesterday (or maybe it was today…jetlag), I said goodbye to Finland. The things I’m taking away from the experience are not things I could have learned in a book, read in an article, or watched in a movie. It is, however, the unexpected, the small...
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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 5:55am
As our trip comes to an end, Kelly and I have been left to reflect on the assumptions we held prior to our visit to Finland. It’s not an exhaustive list, but here’s what we now know for sure: We used to think that everyone in Finland was blonde with...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:56pm
There is so much to process from today’s classroom visits that I’m not really sure how to compartmentalize or summarize it all. I’ll start by saying that the teachers I met today are nothing short of miracle workers. They teach in a school where...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:53am
Today we met with the Education Department for the city of Turku.   During our conversations, I heard interesting phrases like “the curriculum is the law that all teachers obey” and “our top students apply to become teachers”.  So if...
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:17pm
Today, we said goodbye to Helsinki (after just a short 18 hours) and visited the Education Department at Kirkkonummi City Hall. Mr. Mikael Flemmic, the Head of Early Childhood and General Education (aka Superintendent) spoke with us about curricula...
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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 7:30pm
We made it!  Snowmagedon cleared out and we were able take off for Finland.  We had a quick layover in Iceland (no Bijork sighting..yet), and then landed in Helsinki. And yes, Jenna really did wear the eye mask.  We caught up with...
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Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:40pm
It’s spring in the Rockies and Snowmageddon has us stuck in Colorado when we should be on our way to Helsinki. With any luck, the storm will pass, the gorgeous Colorado sun will shine, the roads will clear, and we’ll be flying out of Denver tomorrow...
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Friday, April 8, 2016 - 8:03am
A few things come to mind when I think of Finland. Northern Lights. Cold. Saunas. Nokia. (Although I will admit I used to think that was a Japanese company.) And, of course, education. It’s no wonder, really, why we can hear folks singing Finland’s...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 12:48pm
On April 16, Kelly Kienzle and I will be driving through the mountain passes, boarding a plane in Denver, stopping over for one hour in Iceland, and arriving in Helsinki, Finland, to begin a week long study of the Finnish school system. We will be...
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