PHS Algorithm Principles – Finnish Learning Method
(Teaching students how to learn best and acquire skills for future success)
Responding to the challenges and current developments PHS Algorithm work is based on the principles of the Finnish learning method.
The educational system is a model that strives to create highly moral and responsible individuals as well as psychologically sound and highly professional academic citizens in all fields that will build respect for other cultures and nations.
Professional development for teachers to acquire different skills and abilities to complement and support in specific areas of work. In recent years PHS Algoritam has been involved in projects about methods and techniques for continuous improvement of teaching. Some of those projects are: Training on Modern and Creative Learning Methods and Techniques, Developing Professionalism in Performing Tasks, Professional Attitude towards Students, Parents, Teachers and other School Staff, Using New Teaching Technologies, In-service Teacher Training, Contemporary and Creative Learning Methods, Learning Techniques and Classroom Management, Democratization of the Teaching Process: path to creative and effective learning, developing effective teams and teamwork management, Improvement of Health and Environment in school.
The curriculum focuses on teaching skills and acquiring knowledge, rather than teaching the content itself. Teachers continually monitor students’ progress to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Highly trained teachers use modified and customized lectures.
PHS Algoritam highlights the skills for developing: Information Communication Technology (ICT), intercultural communication, active participation in society and entrepreneurship.
The system is based on the trust and mutual support of all participants in the educational process. Personal growth and development refers to the development of self-esteem and motivation. Any form of comparison of student outcomes can lead to a decrease in the sense of self-efficacy, especially in students with learning disabilities.
Classes are composed of up to 20 students. Teaching focuses on active learning through hands-on instruction to stimulate the learner. Learning through projects requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and different forms of communication. Students need to be able to use critical thinking skills and learn to work as a team.
This type of learning prepares students for academic, personal, and career success in order to face future challenges. In project-based learning, students present projects to their parents. As a result, students develop critical thinking, creativity and communication skills in project design.
They acquire the knowledge and skills they work over a period of time to explore and respond to an authentic, engaged and complex question, problem or challenge.
The school has an equipped laboratory where various practical experiments are carried out. The level of comprehension improves when students are engaged in a lab. The school provides good basis for preparing students for studying Science. Teaching without practical activities affects the student’s interest in scientific disciplines that result in smaller interest towards the natural sciences.
In the interest of selecting the appropriate future profession for students, PHS Algoritam carries out tests for the second and third year students – a professional orientation test that identifies the potentials of each student to provide clear guidelines for determining the future profession.
The school’s view is that students with specific educational needs should be given equal opportunity as everyone else.
Digital school program
The school has a full digital program. Teachers use an e-Learning system, i.e. send electronic materials, information and tests that can be easily accessed on laptops and phones. They encourage online research that involves use of digital resources.
Developing emotional intelligence
The school aims to develop students’ emotional intelligence and prepares them for future challenges. The school works on recognizing emotions, developing a sense of empathy, making the right decisions and maintaining stable relationships. Developing socio-emotional skills enables higher successes in later education.
Teaching students how to learn
An educational system of equality and cooperation instead of competition and a race for success, which creates selfish individuals who manifest a negative philosophy of “purpose justifies the means”. The negative counter-productive punishment versus reward system cedes the place of honest and persistent advocacy of professors. The competition system exposes students to unnecessary stress, anxiety and anger that results in poor grades and disciplinary action.
Teachers put a lot of effort into explaining each lesson to their students in a variety of ways while paying attention to each student in the class, helping each of them reach their maximum.
The educational system in PHS Algoritam is based on honesty and persistent commitment of teachers through flexible methods to teach students the required knowledge, where there is no option of giving up. Great love for students creating their future filled with skills and values, shaping the future potential of children, and highly moral guidance with well-shaped knowledge.
Equal treatment tailored to the potential of each child, including those with special educational needs.
Teaching students how to learn the easiest way. In Finland, students are not tested until the age of 18, according to this principle in PHS Algoritam tests are kept to a minimum.
Teachers teach children how to learn: adapting the way that is easiest for students to master the material without forgetting it for a short period of time. Every child has different potentials and with each one we work separately, we can’t expect every child to be good at math or to be a good athlete. Working with each child increases the confidence of each student and builds him or her as a complete and happy person. Every child has the potential to succeed if he is given attention, support and understanding. Not every student can learn in the same way and have the same potentials. During classes, teachers talk to their students and let them express their opinion and attitude.
Teachers strive to educate children as real, self-aware individuals, healthy, responsible individuals who want to collaborate, become creative visionaries, who will create a future world based on a model of progressive ideas and their own happiness, intelligent people ready to build a better world.
Homework is very rare because the students’ involvement during classes is sufficient to master the material through a variety of activities.
University educated teachers who genuinely love their profession are the key to this educational method, worthy of respect. According to this method there are no weak pupils. Teachers work separately with each child, and those pupils who have learning difficulties are given more attention.
Teaching students to learn is a basic strategy of this method. Teachers do their best to bring their teaching materials closer. Working with children requires a good pedagogical foundation and knowledge of child psychology in order for teachers to motivate students.
Basic principles of the Finnish educational system:
- Teacher’s focus is to help students succeed in the future;
- Viewing students as individuals with different needs and interests and not as future members of the labor market;
- Focus is on pedagogy, and technology is a complementary tool.
How should students learn?
Focus on the classes
To learn to be focused in class, to be mentally present, not just physically, to be active as well as active to listen.
2. Asking for help while learning the material
If a child has any questions about the material he should ask the teacher for help. Students should comprehend what they study, not just try to memorize facts which they will forget in a short period of time. What would be more useful, to learn the material by heart and get a good grade or to tell the same material in their own words for a lower grade. Would you like your children to have good grades even though they have learned the material by heart and are likely to forget it for a short period of time? Students should not memorize all the information in the lesson but think critically, that is, look for a solution to the problem through analysis, comparison, creation and evaluation.
- Best time to learn
The best time for students to study is during the day, not at night. At night they should sleep. Students should have good quality sleep.