Alan Larson

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Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist. Here's how that could change.

As automation disrupts the labor market and good middle-class jobs disappear, schools are struggling to equip students with future-proof skills.<p><i>Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series entitled Map to the Middle Class, which is being jointly published by NBCNews.com and The Hechinger</i> …

Education

This Common Word Makes You Sound More Negative Than You Want To

This tiny word is nearly unavoidable but frequently overused. Everything that follows it tends to make you sound like a downer.<p>The language you use shapes others’ impressions of you, but there’s a chance that some of your most common words don’t put you in the best light. In fact, I’ve already …

Self-help

Finland Adopts the Common Core

All right, it's not the Common Core per se, but it sure looks like it. And it helps confirm what most people in the U.S. are saying about the Common Core: "This could be the holy grail of education reform."<p>Finland changes its National Core Curriculum (NCC) every few years. While teachers and even …

Education

Work-Life Balance in Finland: Americans on a Different Planet

My wife and I welcomed our second child into the world exactly two weeks ago. If I was still teaching in the U.S., I’d be back in the classroom by …

OPINION: How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system

Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava’s fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform …

Education

How FInland is overhauling education

Finland’s plans to replace the teaching of classic school subjects such as history or English with broader, cross-cutting “topics” as part of a major …

What does 'social mobility' really mean? The schools of thought

Finland has remade its education system to help kids like Lara Osman – born to poor, immigrant parents – grow up to be middle-class success stories. Doug Saunders reports<p><b>Photography by Sakari Piippo for The Globe and Mail</b><p>In most other countries, Lara Osman's prospects would not be good. She was …

Three Lessons from Finland's Education System

Finland began the reform of its education system some 40 years ago. Today, Finland's school system is top-ranked among developed nations, as measured by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international standardized test for 15-year-olds in language, math and science. The …

Education

This is why Finland has the best schools

Unlike in the United States, where many schools are slashing recess, schoolchildren in Finland have a mandatory 15-minute outdoor free-play break …

Education

What We Can't Learn from Finland's Schools: Apples, Oranges, and Denial

It happened again. This morning yet another Facebook friend clicked share on yet another article about how Finland is doing a better job educating kids than the US. The article mentioned the usual more recess time, teachers earning both more respect and more money, children starting kindergarten …

Finland: Replacing Subject with Phenomenon Based Learning (Learning World S6E1, 1/2)

Some of America's Top Teachers Went to Finland. Here's What They Learned

Six state teachers of the year traveled to Finland to see how one of the world's top education systems treats its teachers.

Education

Find your own Finland

Finland

Finland has one of the world's best education systems. Here's how it compares to the US

Finland is an innovative country when it comes to education, and its innovation yields results.<p>It's consistently one of the highest performing …

Education

'Our Society Trusts in Our Teachers': a Conversation With Finland's Ed. Minister

Finland's teachers will have an active role in implementing the country's new national curriculum as the country continues to invest in teacher …

Education

Finland's Basic Income Program Could Prove Experimenting Is Worthwhile

Other countries might take a lesson from this willingness to safely explore new options.<p>Finland has become the first country in Europe to experiment …

Income Inequality

Real Finnish Lessons: The true story of an education superpower

In <i>Real Finnish Lessons: The true story of an education superpower</i>, published by the Centre for Policy Studies on Wednesday 15 April 2015, author …

Finland's 'education miracle' and the lessons we can learn

Finland’s success in PISA ― a worldwide study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of 15-year-old students’ aptitudes …

Education

U.S. Schools Are Blowing It By Not Giving Kids Enough Downtime

After spending a year working in Finland, a teacher discovers what American parents have long understood: we push our kids too hard<p>Timothy Walker …

Education

How Finland Starts the School Year

The global education pioneer eases students into the classroom.<p>Heading into my first year of teaching in Helsinki I felt pretty nervous. One of my graduate-school professors—an award-winning math teacher—had warned me that Finnish students were academically advanced, especially in math.* Indeed, …

Education

When Finnish Teachers Work in America’s Public Schools

There are more restrictions to professional freedom in the United States, and the educators find the school day overly rigid.<p>“I have been very tired—more tired and confused than I have ever been in my life,” Kristiina Chartouni, a veteran Finnish educator who began teaching American high-school …

Education

Teenagers aren't reading enough tough books – here's why that matters

We may be living in the digital age, but reading books is still a big part of growing up. And the books that young people read – and how difficult …

Teaching

5 tech industry moguls who raise their kids nearly tech-free

In fact, some of the highest-profile executives in the tech world, including former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and current Apple CEO Tim Cook, take surprisingly low-tech approaches to raising their kids.<p>The approach stems partly from tech parents realizing the power of the products they create, and …

Tech Industry

15 Dimensions of Personalized Learning

It is easy to think of personalization simply as differentiated instruction, but a full commitment to supporting individual learning journeys has …

Pedagogy

Redirecting

PBL for Equity & Inclusion of Students with Disabilities | Blog | Project Based Learning

August 28, 2017<br>PBL for Equity & Inclusion of Students with Disabilities<p>How do we respond to struggling learners, including those with disabilities, …

There's a teaching method tech billionaires love — here's how teachers are learning it

It involves students guiding their own lessons with the help of technology, while teachers take on more of a coaching role if problems emerge. For its apparent benefits in getting kids up to speed in reading and math, advocates have claimed it could — and should — become the future of US …

Pedagogy

Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

• Designing and/or creating a tangible product, performance or event<br>• Solving a real-world problem (may be simulated or fully authentic)<br>• Investigating a …

Pedagogy