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The key purpose of this event is to see in person how learning takes place in Finnish kindergartens and schools. You can choose the age range to ensure it is tailored to your needs. If you want to know more about pre-primary education, note that in Finland it normally takes place in kindergartens. Here are the age ranges for each visit:

Kindergarten (age 0–6)
Primary school (age 7–12)
Secondary school (age 13–15)
Vocational college (age 16–18)
Ounasrinne school (age 7–12)
Teacher training school (age 7–12)

During the visits, you can observe teachers and children in their activities, and ask them about their daily teaching practices. After each visit, you may take part in a short group session to discuss and share your experiences with the staff from the visited unit and with your colleagues.

The conference offers interesting keynote presentations focusing on different aspects of Finnish education system. In addition to general presentations, you may expand your insights and reflect them with others during the interactive discussion sessions organized each day. Futhermore, these sessions will offer you with a great opportunity to share and elicit ideas inspired by the school visits. All these sessions take place in the premises of University of Lapland.

If you are interested in seeing one essential part of the teacher training in Finland, you may join a special group that visits the teacher training school in Rovaniemi. This school is administratively part of the University of Lapland and the Faculty of Education. During the visit, you have an opportunity to see how future teachers are performing in the classroom as part of their internship and education studies.

On Friday morning, you have an opportunity to visit to General and Vocational upper secondary education or participate to an optional workshop organized by the University of Lapland.

Tentative program for LIFE2018 – Please note that changes are possible.

Tue 16th
16:00 – 17:30 Registration
17:30 – 18:00 Opening LIFE2018
18:00  20.00 Kristiina Volmari: Key points to understand the Finnish perspective of education
20:30 – 21:30 City Reception and light dinner

Wed 17th
09:00 – 13:00 Kindergarten/School visits (incl. lunch)
13:00 – 14:00 Hannele Niemi: The Finnish educational system - A miracle of persistent work for education?
14:00  14:30 Heli Ruokamo: Media education: From university teaching to primary school
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Discussion session with teachers from the visited schools
18:00 – 21:00 Optional Winter activity (Snowmobile drive to reindeer farm)

Thu 18th
09:00 – 13:00 Kindergarten/School visits (incl. lunch)
13:00 – 14:00 Linda Liukas: Principles of play: Creativity & computing
14:00  14:30 Marjaana Kangas: Playful learning in theory and practice
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Discussion session with teachers from the visited schools OR Workshop: Apply principles of play in your classroom
19:00 – 23:00 Optional Winter activity (Aurora Borealis Adventure)

Fri 19st
09:00 – 13:00 School/Vocational college visits (incl. lunch) OR Workshop: Playful learning
13:00  14:00 Sanna Lukander: Fun learning - inspiring future astronauts to reach for the stars
14:00 – 14:30 Janniina Vlasov: Challenges of applying Finnish early childhood education principles internationally
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Discussion session with teachers from the visited schools
19:00 – 21:00 Conference Dinner with a visit from Santa

Sat 20st 
Time to explore Lapland, optional program:
09:45 – 12:15 Husky Safari
19:30 – 21:00 Ice Restaurant Dinner Experience

Please note that the program has been updated based on the feedback received from LIFE2017.