Its time to
Reboot Education!

Results with research-based 21st century methods.

Why we need to change the way we teach?

The world has changed dramatically during the last few decades. The traditional “lecture – study book – testing – competing” model to prepare students worked well for the industrialisation and jobs of the 20th century. It is a whole different world now. Now is the time to implement the active “learning – skill based – individual assessment – cooperation” model of the 21st century. The Finnish educational model has been ranked #1 in teaching the skills of the future.

Polar school – Learning philosophy

Our learning philosophy is designed student centric. Students learn how to set learning objectives, how to find and analyse new knowledge and how to assess their own progress. All of these are the building blocks of life-long-learning skills.

Highly qualified teachers play a key role in supporting individual students in this process. Teachers use selected methods to introduce new knowledge. Students are guided to explore, demonstrate and reflect new knowledge and how to apply it in the real world situations, not just in tests.

1. Introduce

One of the most crucial roles of a teacher is to introduce subjects and new topics to students. The teacher and students define the relevance of the topic together. Either the teacher will introduce content or sometimes the students can choose it themselves. Introduction to a new topic should be inspiring and it can be delivered i.e. by examples, books, lectures, videos, games, fairy tales, role plays, or visits.

2. Explore

Students are encouraged to explore the topic more deeply and its application in real-life situations. Teachers are not just lecturing, but also using various methods such as problem-based learning, peer-learning, visits, virtual reality and expert interviews to enable students to find reliable, new information on the topic. Using a wide range of learning activities from the Bloom’s Taxonomy, the learning is engaging and motivating for students.

3. Demonstrate

After exploring a new topic, students are able to demonstrate their skills in various ways i.e. by writing an essay, drawing a picture, doing a project, teaching other students or building a 3D prototype. During this phase the students are integrating their previous knowledge with the new, and by using versatile methods the learning is more in-depth.

4. Reflect

Reflection can be done via self, peer, formative or summative assessment. The focus is in progress and learning. With this information, the student knows how well they have mastered a particular skill in the curriculum and if there is still need for further practice of the topic. Self-assessment is a crucial skill and can be learned after years of practice, with a support of a teacher. After reflection, the student is able to orientate to the next topic and define their own learning objectives.

Polar School – Student Profile

Our Student Profile has three layers and is based on the Finnish National Curricula.

In the center is the individual student who is taught various academic subjects, life skills, humanistic values and supported to form her or his own worldview.

The 21st century life-skills are learned as a natural part of schoolwork. They are already integrated within the subjects in the curriculum.

1. Individual motivation

Every student has their own individual interests, personalities and strengths. Teachers help nourish these and support students to become active individuals with a motivation for lifelong learning.

2. Basis of thinking

We help students understand general, sustainable humanistic values to support their personal worldview. Students are given and encouraged to acquire academic knowledge to understand the ever-changing society. By teaching life skills we help students apply their knowledge to personal, local and global questions.

3. Six Skills of the active Citizen of the 21st century

  • Global skills
    In order to understand the world, we need to get in touch with our local environment and culture. From there we start exploring the world outside our own normal sphere of influence and make decisions that have positive impact, even on a global scale.
  • Learning skills
    The world is full of information and there is an infinite amount of knowledge we do not master yet. We teach how to find relevant information and how to produce new research-based information.
  • Environmental skills
    We are all part of a local and global environment. We need to cherish our nature and understand how it works, in order to make informed and sustainable decisions.
  • Technological skills
    We cannot predict what technologies will be used in 5 years, let alone in 30 years from now. But we can teach the understanding of how technology works and how it can be used in a positive and ethical way.
  • Entrepreneurial skills
    The future is not stable. We need to learn how to combine different skills, gain understanding of complex problems and figure out how to tackle them with our skills. By seizing the opportunity and taking action, we can create new opportunities for ourselves and also to people around us.
  • Social skills
    Our ability to understand and communicate with people from different cultures will be one of the most crucial skills in the future. By grasping the diversity of human behaviour and the ways we communicate, we can learn new, constructive ways of living and working together.

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