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Education TPT

Free Valentine’s Day Products in TPT

February and St. Valentine’s day is coming, and especially with younger students it’s time to use themed materials! I found also some fresh materials for older students. I divided these into three groups: Primary school, Middle school (and up) and for your own creations. Some of them are even for commercial use. Enjoy! Primary school […]

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Coding Education Future Teaching

The one problem with coding in schools

First of all, this blog post represents my personal opinion and views of the future world. And from the future world’s point of view, there is one problem with coding in schools… The good intention It’s obvious that coding is coming to schools strongly in different countries around the globe and there is a reason […]

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Education TPT

10 free puzzle downloads in TPT

I’ll be listing here 10 new free puzzle resources from Teachers Pay Teachers. Grade level is mostly from upper elementary to middle school, so there is no kindergarten/preschool resources in this list. Most of them are very recent, but there might be slightly older resources among these to make it full 10. List is ordered […]

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Education

Super easy labyrinth game with Scratch

First, you’ll need a maze. You can use your own or download this: To make things simple, make sure that whichever maze you use, it has no openings. This is how we avoid player form coming out of the maze and just bypass it from outside. 2. Download your maze of choice as a backdrop: […]

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Education

Dangerous calculate in your head -tips

I’ve been exposed to some calculate big numbers in your head -tips in social media. At first, I thought that’s nice. It’s good mental practice to use one’s own brain instead of calculator. But then when I look closer, I see that some of them are poorly defined. Here is an example of squares of […]

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Education

2 easy and 2 professional ways to teach coding

I’ve been teaching coding (along mathematics) for kids aged 9-16 for several years. I’ve proceeded in this order: code.org Scratch Python Unity First two are quite easily doable for teacher/parent with no programming experience. About the last two, I personally think that Unity is more appealing for today’s youngsters, but as an example of text-based […]

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Education Finland

Unofficial remarks on Finnish school system (part 1: Literacy)

It’s been widely noticed that Finnish school system definitely has some good properties. You can find an official description for example from here but in this series I take into consideration some features that may not come into attention internationally that often. Literacy rate in Finland is very high. Wikipedia uses the Unesco 2015 list […]