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A unit for teaching learning skills and finding one’s strengths


location_on Hollola, Finland
The Ippo unit is built on sessions about different strengths. These sessions can be part of lessons in any subject. This unit helps students recognize their own strengths and build their learning skills.
Ippo introduces the world of learning to everyone.

- Johanna Kivekäs, SEN teacher


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Innovation Overview

6 - 15
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Updated on February 1st, 2021
about the innovation

What is it all about?

Curiosity leads to learning, but to be able to face the challenges after that initial spark of curiosity, you also need to have the skills to learn. These challenges can include remembering things, understanding the way you learn, maintaining a positive attitude or processing information.

Learning skills refer to the information, skills, attitudes, and abilities that help you learn new things and maintain the desire to continuously develop yourself. Developing learning skills requires active practice, recognizing one’s strengths, encouragement from others and finding joy in learning the things you want to learn.

Learning skills are especially beneficial when faced with challenging topics. Learning skills strengthen your self-confidence and your ability to work independently. Useful skills to learn include academic skills such as reading techniques, finding information, communication and listening skills; learning skills, such as recognising your learning strategies; and being able to evaluate your learning, such as self and peer evaluation skills.

Ippo is a teaching tool that helps teachers plan their lessons in a way that focuses on learning skills. Ippo includes eleven learning sessions that each take about 90–120 minutes. Every session is comprised of six different parts. Teachers can cherry pick the sessions or parts that their class needs – or use the whole Ippo unit as a part of their teaching.

After completing the whole learning unit, students have a greater ability to control their learning and understand the amount of work required to learn new things.

The steps describe both the structure of the Ippo unit (steps 1–2) and the contents of each session (steps 3–13) in more detail.


HundrED Academy Review


Ippo combines teaching learning skills with improving students’ understanding of themselves.


The learning skills students acquire help them to actualize and reach their potential, and broaden their horizons.


This innovation can be applied to different types of curricula and environments; the skills are universal.


Achievements & Awards

May 2019
October 2017
Finland 100
June 2017
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Introduction to the Ippo unit
The IPPO unit is made up of eleven different sessions focusing on different strengths and learning skills. Every session takes about 90–120 minutes depending on the size of your group and the teaching method used.
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The structure of an Ippo session
Every one of the eleven sessions aims to spark enthusiasm, joy, and the desire to learn in students.
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Emotion Ippo: Emotions and temperament as part of learning
The aim of this session is to understand how your attitudes, emotions, characteristics, temperament, and understanding of how to take care of your brain affect learning. Students also get to know the Ippo unit and its goals. The session is built around the character strength of happiness.
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Map Ippo: Using maps to take notes
The aim of the session is to understand the importance of taking notes while studying, practicing different types of mind maps, and discussing the importance of friendliness in studying. The session is built around the character strength of friendliness.
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Game Ippo: Using post-its and memory games to take notes
The aim of this session is to learn how to use post-its and memory games to study. Students also think about the importance of grit and resilience in studying. The session is built around the character strength of grit.
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Drawing Ippo: Using drawings and posters to take notes
The aim of this session is to show students how to use drawings and posters to study. Students also think about the role of creativity in studying. The session is built around the character strength of creativity.
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