The Finnish education system is widely recognized as one of the best in the world. Finland Math is a pedagogical concept that makes mathematics learning and teaching more effective, fun and engaging. It shares the best secrets of the Finnish education system with educators around the globe. We want to get children excited about learning and reveal their true potential while making teachers' lives easier.
Finland Math is based on years of scientific research at the Centre for Learning Analytics of University of Turku, one of Finland’s oldest and largest universities.
Make students active agents in the learning process.
Enable students to confidently overcome the unexpected.
Build passion for learning through safe and stress-free learning environments.
Customise the learning path for each learner's strenghts and weaknessess.
Enable teachers understand their students better in less time.
Future-proof students with learning strategies that align with future needs.
In student-centered learning, the learner is an active agent in the learning process. This is a key aspect of engaging students into the process. The rate and quality of feedback are crucial for student’s engagement and participation. Empowering students to take more responsibility of their own learning combined with meaningful feedback lead to happier and more motivated students, and inevitably to better learning results.
Key point: Select tools and methods that maximize the quality and amount of positive and constructive feedback provided to students.
Finland is famous for its short school days, regular breaks between lessons and lack of national tests. All these combine to education environment where the students can concentrate on learning with as little stress as possible. Less time for testing and marking means more time for learning and teaching. The school should be a place where it’s fine to make mistakes. After all, mistakes are a normal part of the learning process. School should be a safe, stress-free environment for building our passion for learning.
Key point: Create an environment where the students can learn from their mistakes by trying again and enforce continuous assessment instead of exams.
Every student is unique with their own strengths and weaknesses. Toddlers learn to walk and talk at different ages and mathematics is no different. It is up to us as educators to use methods that are the best fit to students’ learning styles and preferences. Differentiation of tasks can help to keep up the motivation and learning performance, even in a classroom with students at very different levels. Clear expectations and suitable tasks enable students to build their own metacognitive skills.
Key point: Utilize tools and methods that can provide necessary information of learners and their performance, and which enable you to provide suitable content for all learners.
In Finland Math, the goal is to avoid superficial learning such as learning for exams only. Deep understanding and creative problem solving require a solid base to build upon and teaching strategies that focus on learning in different levels of cognitive, affective and sensory domains. When done right, creative problem solving enables students to confidently overcome unexpected challenge.
Key point: Provide students challenges that vary in difficulty and style. This will build up versatile problem solving skills and help students become more adaptable.
Math is an excellent example of a skill where practice makes perfect. To be able to practice meaningfully, proper feedback is required. The problem in education are large groups where teachers’ time dedicated to individual students is limited to a maximum of few minutes per lesson. This is a problem that can be solved by clever use of technology: in addition to providing automated feedback, digital education tools can also help to pinpoint the students with the most urgent need for help. AI-enhanced learning analytics and teachers make a perfect 21st-century team.
Key point: Integrate tools with high-quality learning analytics into your daily teaching routines to detect challenges faster, react early and provide better personal support where needed.
Metacognition is probably one of the most important 21st century skills. Students need to be able to think for themselves instead of repeating something without using their own brain. Growth mindset is a way to ensure that the learning strategies align with future needs. Students with a growth mindset are able to try new challenges, learn from their mistakes and handle study stress better. Finland Math enables teachers to foster a growth mindset attitude in their students.
Key point: Help your students understand that mistakes are opportunities to learn something new. Focus on the quality of feedback and constructive language when mistakes are made.
Eduten Playground is a research-based digital learning platform that is the easiest way to bring Finland Math to classrooms around the world. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.