Finland: The Human Factor in Math
Lesson Objective: Mr. Sinivirta cites the importance of respect, care and encouragement
Grades 9-12 / Math / Class Culture

Thought starters

  1. See how Mr. Sinivirta makes sure to connect with individual students Why is the "human factor" particularly important for challenging subjects like math?
  2. How does Mr. Sinivirta's approach help students who say they do not like math and find it difficult?
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  • Nigel Bispham, a deputy head teacher from Cornwall, visits Finland to discover why the country has scored so well in

    Nigel Bispham, a deputy head teacher from Cornwall, visits Finland to discover why the country has scored so well in the international OECD PISA assessments.

    Nigel visits Jukka Sinivirta's class at Martinlaakso Lower Secondary School on the edge of Helsinki to observe the Finnish way of teaching. After the lesson Jukka talks to Nigel about the deep respect he has for his pupils.

    Nigel questions why Jukka bows to his class at the start of lessons, and learns that Jukka has a real interest in his pupils and their development. Jukka explains that his class are the future of Finland, so deserve respect.
    J
    ukka teaches a class of 22 pupils and says his methods work best in smaller classes. The teachers discuss whether the method would be of good use in a mixed class of 30-plus pupils in the UK.

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