My first meeting of the day was with 8th grade math and science teacher Jeanette Thorin. I was very thankful to meet with her since students start tomorrow and we all know how hectic the day before the first day can be!
Jeanette works at Skarpnäcks skola in Stockholm. She has been a teacher for around 20 years. She currently teaches math, science, and technology.
My conversation with Jeanette centered mostly around what she thought were the strengths and weaknesses of the Swedish school system.
Jeanette thought that the school system here was great in its desires to include everyone. This means that students who have special needs are not kept completely separate. She also thinks that it is good that resources are spread around through the county school system to those schools who have the most need based upon student family income, number of language learners, and number of students with special needs. She also thought a strength was that her grade level of teachers got 2 days a week where they got to make the students’s schedules. This flexibility she thought was great for when teachers wanted to work across curriculum areas or had larger projects.
The school system, as stated above, has a much more equal distribution of money. However, Jeanette feels like her school still does not get the technology resources it needs since its students are fairly wealthy. She has implemented a BYOD classroom since they do not have computers at all for the students.
As stated, she has BYOD and uses many of the same programs that I use in my classroom (if they are available on mobile). We are hoping that we can perhaps have some sort of combined project together; however, it may be difficult due to her lack of computers.