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Team Learning

In their two week pilot, Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary School will create a phenomenon based learning model for team learning. Otalampi Comprehensive School will participate by trialing co-teaching experiments. The goal is for the schools to collaborate on these cross-curricular experiments. HundrED will observe how team learning can be implemented and how it will be developed across the two schools.

What is the idea of the experiment?

In this experiment a secondary and an upper secondary school team up to develop team learning from different points of view:

Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary School first year students will be implementing the team learning model into five subjects (biology, chemistry, Swedish and Finnish language and student counselling). The semester will consist of numerous week-long PBL classes.

Otalampi Comprehensive School students will work in groups, each lead by a student team leader. The team leaders will be trained for the position. The aim is to create a broader model to replicate and scale for schools around Finland.

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

This experiment will be conducted at the Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary School for the third time. At the Otalampi Comprehensive School the experiment is a continuation of the Moi-project from the 2015-2016 school year and will have a stronger emphasis on team learning.

How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?

Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary School: the experiment will begin in the Fall of 2016. The first year students will all receive a twenty-four hour training in which they will learn the basics of team learning.

Otalampi Comprehensive School: The training of the student team leaders will also happen in the Fall of 2016, but the trialing of the full experiment will be conducted throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

In the Spring of 2016 teachers were trained for the experiment and the development of the content and methods were ongoing.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?

Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary School: the goal is to improve student collaboration, to comprehend the basics of team learning, develop skills needed in the future workforce, improve school satisfaction and better apply content through phenomenon based learning. In addition, the goal is to implement new pedagogies and assist in the professional development of teachers.

Otalampi Comprehensive School: the goal is to improve the inner motivation of the learners and find ways to inspire them further. The goal is to also create a team learning culture for the entire school.

Describe why you feel it is meaningful to be a part of HundrED

Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary School: HundrEd offers us a chance to gain meaningful partnerships in developing our pedagogies and in promoting our model globally.

Otalampi Comprehensive School: HundrED is offering us tools for teacher self reflection and professional development as well as sharing know-how. The project pages allow us to engage in pedagogical discourse beyond our own school.

Schools involved

Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary and Otalampi Comprehensive School.

Contact Information

Organization: Ylöjärvi Upper Secondary and Otalampi Comprehensive School

Contact person: Jarkko Tuomennoro and Suvi Puronsuu

Contact email: jarkko.tuomennoro@ylojarvi.fi suvi.puronsuu@vihti.fi