Thursday, November 15, 2012

Finnish School Schedule | Daily Lesson Plan Finland

The Finnish Primary School Day Is Shorter and More Enriching!

A basic Finnish school (public school) does not select its intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude yet they are the world’s leader in happy people and amazing student outcomes!

   "Finland’s experience shows that it is possible to achieve excellence by focusing not on competition, but on cooperation, and not on choice, but on equity.”

  "All of the factors that are behind the Finnish success seem to be the opposite of what is taking place in the United States and much of the rest of the world, where competition, test-based accountability, standardization, and privatization seem to dominate.”

    "Instead of competition, Finland decided on cooperation and mutual help as a matter of policy. Students are rarely tested. Instead, they teach each other in class. Each student gets personal attention until he is on par with the other students. This attitude extends to the teachers and schools as well:

    “One of the ways that teachers improve is by learning from other teachers. Schools improve when they learn from other schools. Isolation is the enemy of all improvement.” Pasi Sahlberg


Students in US schools are revolting because we have turned schools into testing factories!

Finnish students love school and thrive!

This is a primary schedule from a public school in Finland.

1st Grade Schedule (7-8 year olds)
Rajakyla Elementary, Vantaa Finland
Time
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
8:00-
8:45
Language
arts
World
Religion

Handicraft

8:45-
9:30
Math
Language
arts
Language
arts
Math
Music
9:30-
10:00
Recess
Recess
Recess
Recess
Recess
10:00-
10:45
Language
arts
Physical
Education
Art
Language
arts
Language
arts
10:45-
11:30
Handicraft
Science
Art
Science
Physical
Education
11:30-
12:15
Lunch and
Recess
Lunch and
Recess
Lunch and
Recess
Lunch and
Recess
Lunch and
Recess
12:15-
1:00

Math
Language
arts
Religion


Dismissal
Dismissal
Dismissal
Dismissal
Dismissal







Finland’s  75–25 Rule for Educators and Teaching!

Finnish students spend 25% or more of their school day enjoying enrichment activities.
Imagine giving students 25% of their instructional day to whatever fascinates them personally; will they build a passion for learning and succeed? Finland uses the 75/25 rule for building emotional intelligence, academic fidelity and  loyalty, creating a culture of learning innovation, cultivating creative imaginative students,  and acknowledging the creativity and productivity of working on self guided passions. Most Finnish students are in a band or musical group even the primary students.
The 75/25 Rule can be used as the foundation of a flipped classroom, front loaded instruction 25%, and student work/collaboration 75%.
Food For Thought on the 75–25 rule
  • 90% of students success comes from intrinsic lead interest 10% of success comes from teacher lead instruction and studying
  • 90% of students academic knowledge comes from 10% of the time spent on academic learning
  • 80% of lessons are unproductive (meeting the needs of all students) 20% of lessons are productive
  • 70% of students need differentiation (pacing, higher or lower level) 20% of students are on instructional level
  • 90% of classroom behavior problems come from 10% of students (academic and social and emotional)

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