We are class teachers Teija Kauppi MAT (The Master of Arts in teaching) and Eija Leskinen MAT, a theatre pedagogue and nonfiction author (Kuvallisen ilmaisun taito 1 ja 2 (T. Karjalainen- E. Leskinen), Ryhmä toimimaan!(E. Leskinen) ja Ryhmä oppimaan! (edited by J. Norrena), all published by PS-Kustannus).
In our work, we have put together ideas and finished multiple entireties, for example with the help from Finland’s Cultural Foundation. Additionally, we have developed our schools’ learning environments, along with after school activities and cultural activities. We have trained teachers, day school teachers and activity directors.
Active teaching and learning has always been an important part of teaching for our whole teaching careers, about thirty years. We have noticed that active learning motivates and inspires pupils to learn. Learning a new skill, rehearsing and revising become more motivating and interesting when they are done by playing and moving. We have done a lot of cooperation by planning and sharing active ideas. Professional literature written by Eija inspired us to gather ideas from past years and develop new ones. We want to share all the ideas with our colleagues with the help of our partner, Mobie Academy. Digital material enables the use of pictures and videos as means of illustration. The digital material also enables diverse printable attachments. Modification and refilling of the material also becomes easier through the use of digital material.
With the help of our courses, teachers can upgrade their vocational skills. We hope that our courses inspire and encourage more teachers to try active teaching methods. For those, who already use active teaching as one of their techniques, we would like to share new ideas that make each school day even more enjoyable.
Welcome to the world of active learning!
Eija Leskinen and Teija Kauppi