Nina's Notes

for Effective Teaching and Meaningful Learning

How to improve learning?

Effective teaching and meaningful learning are two concepts that walk hand-in-hand. Nina's Notes are dedicated to describe and discuss the dualistic nature of teaching and learning, and how to make choosing effectiveness available for all teachers and students.

The first presentation Improve learning and teaching - Finnish it? suggests adopting global competencies and Finnish pedagogy that are helpful in preparing our students to their future lives. 


The transcript for Finnish it? can be found by clicking here.

The three following presentations Focused and Effective Feedback, Meaningful Learning and Reflective Teaching all have the same point of view: using 3Cs - Cognitive and Cooperative practices in Constructive way to improve both teaching and learning experiences. And they all also have a Finnish twist, obviously! :)

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In case you prefer to read and browse Meaningful Learning presentation in your own speed:  Here is a link to this PPT in PDF format, and here is the transcript.  



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I hope you enjoy!




Not all education reform is the same. There is a different model:

The Fourth Way is a way of inspiration and innovation, of responsibility and sustainability. The Fourth Way does not drive reform relentlessly through teachers, use them as final delivery points for government policies, or vacuum up their motivations into a vortex of change that is defined by short-term political agendas and the special interests with which they are often aligned.Rather, it brings together government policy, professional involvement, and public engagement around an inspiring social and educational vision of prosperity, opportunity, and creativity in a world of greater inclusiveness, security, and humanity ( Hargreaves & Shirley 2009, p. 71).

This is what The Finnish Way looks like:

In the Fourth Way of Finland, teachers design and pursue high quality learning and shared goals and improve their schools continuously through professional teamwork and networks, from evidence, and from literature in their trade. (Sahlberg, 2011)

Finland has shown the effect of this empowerment-based education reform in several consecutive PISA results.

Hargreaves, A., & Shirley, D. (2009). The fourth way: The inspiring future of educational change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Sahlberg, P. (2011). The fourth way of Finland. Journal of Educational Change,12(2), 173-185.

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More presentations

Here is a presentation delivered in 2012-13:

Unleash the Force (of learning)