Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Updating my fellows: telling about "Resilience", "Experiment" and "Perfection"


I'm back to my place and it is nice. I'm living again in my cozy home and I've just started trying my new Skills about Education in my job. In few weeks, I felt a mix of happiness and sadness about the Vocational Education in my country. Meanwhile, at the same time, I saw how much I improve myself, as a professional, after that time in Suomi. Then, I'd like to share with you my thoughts about three important concepts that I learned from HAMK Staff.

Let me start with "Resilience".

There are many ways to define this concept. But, today, I like to think about it almost as a synonym for SISU! Since I returned to my job, I had to overcome some obstacles related to people, rules and places. Everytime, I remembered my dear advisor, Irma Kunnari, and her words about resilience. For sure, I was warned about it and I found tools from my VET Training to deal with it.

The second one is "Experiment".

Have you some idea about how hard is to convince someone else of a new way to teach a vocational student in Brazil? Brazilians believe a lot in Traditional Education, Summative Assessment, Contents and Punishment. They can't think a different school, because there are so many rules, they need to apply summative assessment each bimester, they must and must other stuffs. Again, I opened my tools bag from Finland, then we discussed about "less is more", Formative assessment and Feedforward. Finally, I found one to perform an experiment with me. It will be about CLIL (Content and Langage Integrated Learning -

The last one is about "Perfection".

Brazilian teachers grown up in a traditional school, where they were punished when they failed. Unfortunately, we don't have positive psychology in our school. We tried it in HAMK Visamaki with Essi Ryymin and it was wonderful! So, the absence of positive psychology in Brazilian schools have created professionals that try to be perfect everytime. However, it is impossible and use to bring lots of frustation. This Brazilian teachers' behavior is an obstacle for try new things, new strategies, new methods, new curricula. Because of that, they are afraid of failures. They do not want to be punished! Again, I took some words from Irma and explained to my co-worker: we don't need to be perfect, but we need to try something new to show the changing process working.

This is it! Kiitos, Suomi! Thank you, Hamk team! You have done a great job.


Monday, 20 June 2016

Do you remember the last time that you tried to learn something new?

This question must drive all teachers around the world. So, think about it again: Do you remember the last time that you tried to learn something new?

Was it easy? Was it fun? How do you show that you learn it? How does someone assess your learning outcome?

If you are a teacher, after some years, you might forget how was this learning process at those days, when you were a student.

Trying to help us to remember those days and to think about these previous questions, Hamk Staff invited us to perform a task totally new. We would learn how to draw applying a paintbrush tool, in Tavastia Facilities.

There, we had a teacher starting the lesson in Finnish, to show how important is the communication between teacher and student. Can you figure out how weird was it for Brazilian teachers? Because we had been studied in English past two months and then he started a class in Finnish.....

The message was: Don't speak Finnisk for your student. You must work to make yourself clear for your student, adjusting your speech for help him/her to learn.

After that, we got some idea about the task that we had to run. Then, our teacher said for us: "Explain for each other what to do". Then we started to talk about our subject, trying to accomplish our task.

The message was: Learning by teaching is a powerful approach to learn and to keep students focused on their studies. Don't be afraid, let them tried to learn with fun!

Of course, during this process, we had some questoins or doubts. So, our teacher and his team showed us the last and, maybe, the most important lesson of the day. Bear in mind that anybody had a previous training about how to draw or to paint using a paintbrush tool. Anybody was confident about outcomes and skills. Bacause of that, everybody was ashamed for trying or showing what she/he had made. Then, our teacher started to give us compliments and encouragement. It makes all of us work harder than before and creating new things whitout any fear.

The massage was: Positive psychology change the world and it is the best strategy to make your students starting to work. It means Learn by doing.

At the end, we had to assess what do we have learned that day. We discussed about the experiences and shared our outcomes. After that, I myself can say after it: learn is hard. Assess the learning outcome is harder than that. But, it is an amazing adventure that can be fun for everybody.

Antonio Jr

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Development group poster

Development group:
Fernando Godinho
Izidro Junior
José Luiz Amado
Rita Rovai
Rosângela Melo


Hello guys, you can see below our poster as our game.

If you become interested in the game and you believe that it can contribute to motivate your colleagues in Brazil, please make a download of the game (download), follow the rules and spread the Finnish education concepts that we learned at HAMK (the best VET school in Finland).

We are all ready to help you if you need.

Good luck in your journey.


Antônio, Gabriel, Rodrigo Alves, Rodrigo Rossi

After nearly three months of immersion in Finland and after different kind of reflection about Vocational Education, it's time to come back home! We are sure that the challenges are just beginning. We need to contribute to our reality and start building new paths. Step by step, convicted that big changes emerge with small and persistent steps. To believe that together we are stronger, we will work in a collaborative way during the next five months.
Our proposal is to work based on learning by doing to answer these questions: Do the Finnish educational practices could be adapted to Brazilian Vocational Educational Context? How?
So, let’s start right now!!! Take a look in our ideas and join us.
Remember: when a dream is just yours, it is just a dream. But when the dream becomes ours, it is a reality!

Learning by doing: Finnish educational practices in Brazilian Vocational Educational Context

The First Step – the different ideas need to connected. A big challenge - try to construct a new project with ten hands and one goal.

The Second Step – The first ideas emerge and have begin to consolidate in the Gallery walk, poster session in 13/06/2016 on Leppa Campus.

Development Group - Learning by doing
Azenaide Abreu Soares Vieira - IFMS/ campus Nova Andradina
Conceição de Maria Cardoso Costa - IFB
Juliana Campos Sabino de Souza - IFB
Marize Passos - IFES
Robson Félix - IFMS

Project Based Learning in Enviromental Sciences: using Gamification and Technology - By Learning is Fun

Learning is Fun is compose by: Alexandre Fonseca D‘ Andréa, Erika Tiemi Anabuki, Leonardo Emanuel de Oliveira Costa, Miguel da Guia Albuquerque, Vicente de Paulo Ferreira M. Sobrinho     

     Now it´s time to share our work plan with you. We (the group: Learning is Fun) believe that the learning process can be also a enjoyable experience, that we can use Projetc/Problem/Phenomenon/Passion based learning and gamification to engage the student in the learning process.

Check your ideas in the image below:

     All of us have our individual plan to change your pedagogical approach in our day-by-day activities. So be prepared to listening something in the "corridor radio" about the changes we are making in our classroom!

     And also we are planning a workshop in the IFRJ where Brazilian teachers can learning more about PBL. Our final workshop timetable can be changed, but you can check our first idea in the image bellow.

     For VET3 teachers and other Brazilian teachers... see you soon in "Terra Brasilis" and for our lovely teachers of Hamk University of Applied Sciences thanks four all the commitment with us and the third edition of the VET program.