Message from Ms. Kissel

Hey all!!

I’ll be back in school on Wednesday 6/3. I know the physics final is scheduled for the middle of next week, so I’ll be there just in time to do the grading (oh no!). I know Ms. Kumpf was out last week, so I hope you used your time wisely to review what you’ve learned this year.

One of the other American teachers who is here with the same program as I’m here for wrote an interesting blog post today. She quoted a student from one of the classes she visited, and I thought I’d share it. I like the parts about it being your education and nobody is going to learn it for you. Keep this in mind when you’re studying for all of your final exams. I know this is a stressful time of the year, but remember that your education is for you. Not your teachers. Not your parents.

“We start out with a lot of trust from our parents and expectation too, we get ourselves to and from school starting in 1st grade. By 7th grade you are really on your own making your own decisions about how you are going to manage school, you pick your own classes and you are free to mess it up- but it’s your mess-up…You always know that. It’s my education, it’s my time I need to be the control of it. If you don’t do the work you quickly realize you won’t understand or pass the course, no one is going to learn it for you and you can’t just keep repeating. By the time you are in lukio [high school] or whatever you are doing you want to get on with your life, you want out from under your parent’s home. You realize you have to get serious to get through school. There is a lot of stigma if you are 20 years old and still living at home. You are 18, you graduate, you start your life. You just can’t do that without an education.”

Source: https://kultturriculture.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/failing-forward-how-finnish-schools-support-autonomy/

See you soon!

Oh, and I forgot to include a cat reference. So here’s one. I saw this photo when I was out running yesterday. Good thing I didn’t bring my cat on my run!11350714_10205426148665865_8872728368284244828_n

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