"Teachers in Russian are like Russian dolls with many varieties and complex"
Everybody knows the Russian dolls, dolls inside one doll going to little one. We have had honour to work with these committed and wonderful people. We are coordinating and leading education process in Republic of Carelia (Russia)http://www.peda.net/veraja/asbkarelia. This coaching process has put together Russian and Finnish teachers and schools.
In our point of view Russian teachers are very committed to their job and children they teach.
This metaphor ("Russian dolls") describes very well Russian teachers : most of them are women and schooling system is still quite hierarchical. Their system is well organized and ruled. Still teachers we work with, want to have new methods and more flat organizations. They are very willing to learn new pedagogical skills in their own educational ecosystem.
"Mixture of Finnish team learning and Russian way of thinking rocks"
Team learning and lot of discussions suite very well to co-operate. Russian teachers are very
good to depate and argue their conclusions. We Finns have lot to learn from them. They all are well educated and sophisticated. They know a lot of history, litterature and general knowledge.
We noticed that our thoughts combined to Russian way of thinking is marvellous mixture. During last year we have discovered new innovations and new small business together. We should put more foreign teachers together to get new ideas and thinking.
"Both sides respect each other"
We both know that everyone has to give and share. Our system has few good points and also Russian education system includes lot of great elements. We understand our historical background and different development, but still we can work productive together. This is really true and pure dialogue and it works. We will wait for our next meeting in February. It is awesome to get foreign colleagues. We want to have more teachers in our PLN (Professional Learning Network) to learn.
Let's share, let's care and let's dare !