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Challenges in concentration?

Online teaching, studying from home or long school hours can create challenges for good concentration. By proper sleep, exercise and breaks we can increase our own or our students’ ability to concentrate. In this course we share information about the things, which seem to help Finnish teachers and students to keep up good concentration as well as some research based knowledge about the ‘psychology’ and ‘physiology’ of concentration.


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Suvi Krista Westling is an educational psychologist, who has a broad and holistic view of education and a deep understanding of the human mind and learning. She has graduated from and later taught new students in an innovative program of educational psychology at the University of Helsinki. Her teaching has included lecturing, supervising pre-service-teachers’ practice, and facilitating group processes and process-oriented group studies. In her research she studies the quality of regulation of students’ learning and activity both at school and at teacher education. She has worked as an expert in educational program design at an academic level as well as in the world of international organizations. 

Suvi has also gained grassroots experience of working with children and teenagers while working as a classroom teacher, youth worker and camp supervisor in various places at earlier phases of her life. She has developed an international mindset and understanding of different cultures by participating and working in different international communities and networks, living and studying in Latin America (Chile), travelling and having friends around the world.


Erika Maksniemi is a researcher of educational psychology with a long experience as a trainer of physical education and sports. She has graduated as a classroom teacher and a subject teacher of health sciences from the University of Helsinki. She has also been teaching teacher students. The topic of her current research is children’s sleep and use of digital media.

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