El Secreto de Finlandia en Educación: Los niños finlandeses de hoy estarán el día de mañana entre los profesionales más preparados del mundo

El país nórdico lidera el informe PISA con una enseñanza gratuita que pone en Primaria a los profesores más preparados

Los niños finlandeses de hoy estarán el día de mañana entre los profesionales más preparados del mundo. No lo predice ninguna bola de cristal, lo auguran datos objetivos. Desde que la OCDE comenzara en el año 2000 a elaborar su informe PISA, Finlandia ha acaparado los primeros puestos del podio en Europa por su excelente nivel educativo.

«El éxito finlandés se debe a que encajan tres estructuras: la familia, la escuela y los recursos socioculturales (bibliotecas, ludotecas, cines…)», explica Melgarejo. Los tres engranajes están ligados y funcionan de forma coordinada. «Los padres tienen la convicción de que son los primeros responsables de la educación de sus hijos, por delante de la escuela» y complementan el esfuerzo que se hace en el colegio.

De maestros, los mejores
La diferencia radica en la elevada calificación académica del profesorado en Finlandia, principalmente en educación primaria. «Los finlandeses consideran que el tesoro de la nación son sus niños y los ponen en manos de los mejores profesionales del país», destaca el exdirector del colegio Claret de Barcelona.

Los mejores docentes se sitúan en los primeros años de enseñanza, donde se aprenden los fundamentos de todos los posteriores aprendizajes. Se considera que hacia los 7 años el alumno se encuentra en la fase más manejable y es cuando realiza algunas de las conexiones mentales fundamentales que le estructurarán toda la vida. Por eso, se considera esencial seleccionar a quien ayudará en este proceso.

Para ser maestro se necesita una calificación de más de un 9 sobre 10 en sus promedios de bachillerato y de reválida y se requiere además una gran dosis de sensibilidad social (se valora su participación en actividades sociales, voluntariado…). Cada universidad escoge después a sus aspirantes a profesores con una entrevista para valorar su capacidad de comunicación y de empatía, un resumen de la lectura de un libro, una explicación de un tema ante una clase, una demostración de aptitudes artísticas, una prueba de matemáticas y otra de aptitudes tecnológicas. «Son las pruebas más duras de todo el país», asegura Melgarejo. Al proceso de selección le sigue una exigente licenciatura y periodos de prácticas.

No es de extrañar que los profesores estén muy bien considerados socialmente en Finlandia. «Es un honor nacional ser maestro de Primaria», aseguró el pasado 25 de septiembre en Madrid Jari Lavonen, director del Departamento de Formación al Profesorado de la Universidad de Helsinki.

Harri Skog, secretario de Estado de Educación de Finlandia desde 2006, resumía en una frase la importancia de este proceso:

«La educación es la llave para el desarrollo de un país»…

Fuente: ABC España

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This is a tale of serendipitous romance and fortuitous misfortune. It’s got a familiar feel, mixing in the culture of two nations, and two world-renowned cities, Memphis and Santiago. A romance needs beauty, and this book has the mythological beauty of a goddess present within its pages. And to make it complete, there’s a courageous teacher of English, with a dilemma, with a choice to chance, a difficult decision to make. That is, if the choice can be made.

I would be remiss in my duties if I did not leave you with a final word of caution: the reading of this book will cause you to feel the need to travel, to go “Walking in Memphis”, to enjoy the culture and customs you will find within its pages.

So, Meet Me in Memphis, or alternatively, I’ll see you in Santiago; that will also be just fine…

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Boudicca: Celtic Warrior Queen

Celtic Warrior Queen Boudicca

Statue of Queen Boudicca on the Thames River in London

What is deemed as “history” is often determined by those who survived to write it. In other words, history is written by the victors. The Roman historian, Tacitus, left us an account of the Roman victory over Queen Boudicca in the year A.D. 60-61.

Prasutagus, the wealthy King of the Iceni tribe, had died. Upon his death, his wife, Queen Boudicca, became the new ruler of the Iceni tribe. She headed a rebellion against the occupying Romans in Britain in A.D. 60 in which more than seventy thousand Romans were killed. The rebellion was eventually crushed and Boudicca committed suicide. So, this is a neat, sweet his-story with a happy ending, if you were on the Roman side, that is.

Yet undeniably, every community has a memory of itself. Not a history, nor an archive, nor an authoritative record, but a living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories.

Now, with the help of the Roman historian Tacitus, I shall tell you Queen Boudicca’s story, her-story……

Boudicca: Her Story
[Kindle Edition]

What is deemed as “his-story” is often determined by those who survived to write it. In other words, history is written by the victors. The Roman historian, Tacitus, left us an account of the Roman victory over Queen Boudicca in the year A.D. 60-61.
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Pecha Kucha & ELT

I saw my first Pecha Kucha over three years ago. It was when I was working at Universidad Andrés Bello at Campus Casona in Santiago with the students in the English Pedagogy program. I admit I’ve been fascinated by “Pecha Kucha” ever since that first time. I remember being very impressed by the performance I watched. There were a number of reasons for this. For now, let me share with you why I find Pecha Kucha to be so impressive and fascinating as a presentation technique.
Firstly, when we speak of our first time doing something enjoyable, it’s always a good feeling. We like what we like, we know what we like, and because of that, we return often, to what we like.

As you can tell by now, I like Pecha Kucha.

Secondly, its principles are easy to understand and apply. It’s fast, it’s efficient, it’s effective, it’s collaborative, it’s visual, it’s easy to prepare, it’s fun. However, it does require practice, lots of it, to do this really well. Practice, oh what a sweet word in the ears of any EFL teacher. Students practicing what they are going to say, again and again, going over their own words, to speak about images they themselves have selected. Volumes of practice, huge quantities of practice, helping the students to achieve the eventual automaticity that is the hallmark of mastery.

Having said that, of all the principles of the Pecha Kucha, the most important principle is this: images are powerful.

Images convey meaning and emotions. In fact, the whole range of the human experience can be conveyed by images. For example, think of the images left on the walls of caves by cave men. No one needs a cave man to verbalize what you are seeing. You feel it – through your eyes – to your brain – to your emotions. It’s visual storytelling. That’s what the Pecha Kucha is, visual literacy in its purest form…

Pecha Kucha & ELT
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The International Baccalaureate [Kindle Edition]

The International Baccalaureate [Paperback]

The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.

It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.

I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.

In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.

I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.

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Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome Baker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.

He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.

Thomas is also a past member (2011-2012) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.

Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty five (45) books overall.

The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.

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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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