Teach in a Finnish School:
Deepen Your Understanding Through Practice

As a valuable enhancement to our Teacher Job Shadowing program, “Teach in a Finnish School” offers a unique opportunity for educators to blend observation with active participation within the same three-day visit. This add-on service is crafted for those eager to not just observe but to also showcase their teaching methods, aligned with the Finnish education system’s core concepts and principles.

Service Overview

“Teach in a Finnish School” enhances the Teacher Job Shadowing experience by offering a unique blend of observation, collaboration, and teaching. It draws on key components of the original online version, emphasizing practical engagement, pedagogical innovation, and the fostering of self-regulating, collaborative learning environments. Participants will leave with a richer, practical understanding of Finnish educational excellence, ready to apply these insights within their own classrooms. Teach in a Finnish School includes:

  • theoretical training through online course materials, where you will be introduced to Finnish perspectives on childhood and learning, the concept of transversal competences, and functional teaching methods. You will see how the Finnish society supports children’s development into self-regulating, peer-supporting individuals from a young age.
  • practical training, where you will get to shadow a Finnish teachers in the classroom. During the shadowing, you can observe how the teacher applies Finnish curriculum and pedagogical methods. 
  • the chance to teach in a real Finnish classroom, where you will develop your teaching skills in a safe and nurturing environment and receive feedback from both the students and their teacher.

Daily program at School

Day 1: Observation and Initial Reflection

Begin your immersive experience with a comprehensive observation of the Finnish educational landscape, spending the day within the walls of a Finnish classroom. Here, you’ll witness firsthand the dynamic interaction between teachers and students, the implementation of innovative learning strategies, and the nurturing of an encouraging learning environment. This day is not just about observation but also about understanding the foundational principles that make the Finnish education system unique.

As the day transitions to its conclusion, you’ll engage in a thoughtful reflective meeting with a Finnish teacher. This session is designed to be a dialogue, an exchange of ideas where you can delve into your observations, ask questions, and discuss the nuances of what you’ve witnessed. It’s an opportunity to align your teaching philosophies with the insights gained, setting a solid foundation for your upcoming teaching experience. This initial reflection is crucial in preparing you for the next steps, ensuring you have a profound understanding of the context in which you will be teaching.

Day 2: Independent Planning and Preliminary Feedback

Develop your lesson plan by showcasing your most effective teaching strategies and techniques, aligning them with the core concepts and principles of Finnish education. After finalizing your plan, a Finnish teacher will provide feedback, focusing on how well your methods integrate with the Finnish educational ethos. This stage offers you the freedom to express your pedagogical creativity, supported by insights from Finnish teaching experts to fine-tune your approach.

Day 3: Teaching and Reflective Feedback

The highlight of your journey: showcasing your teaching skills in a Finnish classroom. Embrace this opportunity to present your best practices and unique teaching flair, considering the Finnish educational framework. The session culminates with reflective feedback, focusing on the effectiveness and adaptability of your techniques within the context of Finnish education. This feedback aims to enrich your teaching repertoire, offering perspectives on blending your expertise with Finnish educational values.


Certification and Price

Successful participants will receive a unique certificate, acknowledging their direct teaching experience in a Finnish school. Priced at 490€ per person, this program offers a rare opportunity to practically engage with and learn from one of the world’s most acclaimed education systems, culminating in a significant credential that underscores your commitment to educational excellence and innovation.

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Melina Rauhala

Ms. Rauhala (B.A.) is an educational sciences student at the University of Turku with studies also in the fields of psychology, business and HR, and sociology. As an education major, she is passionate about lifelong learning and the Finnish education system. She believes in change through education. In addition, Ms. Rauhala loves to learn new languages.  She completed an Erasmus + university exchange in Spain as a part of her studies and wants to work toward everyone getting international learning opportunities. Ms. Rauhala is working for VisitEDUfinn part-time while finishing her studies. 



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