Belarusian Experts on a visit to TAKK (#55/100)

Visitors of the Summer

July did wittness still one group of Belarusian experts. The group was on a search for training modules for Human Resource Management. TAKK is strong in running modules of the Specialist Qualification in Management and of the Further Qualification in First-Line Management.

The group was hosted by the top leaders, Principal Teppo Tapani and Director of Enterprise Services Olli-Pekka Tuomi.

What A Way to Communicate In Finnish! (#54/100)

by Lillie See, TAKK trainee

Well, I have been living in Tampere for 1 ½ years now, no doubt it’s just a short period of time but to me it seems like years.  Looking back on this 1 ½ years, hmmm…I have done a lot, come to think of it. First, I participated in photography exhibition and 2 of my photos were selected for the exhibition, I have learned Finnish language, Finnish culture, Finnish nature and national parks, Finnish lakes, weather….etc. Continue reading

Summertime Week in TAKK (#53/100)

”And the living is easy…” does fit the mood in the corridors of TAKK Nirva Campus at the moment. Let’s see what’s up in TAKK.

  • There’s the construction site. I tried to access the site, but was refused entry in four (4!) different places, so that’s that. Lots of sounds, so must be going strong. Good job.
  • Then there’s the guards and the electricians and the builders, classes continue for this week. Some 60+ cars in the parking lot of students, which fits the picture. Perfect.
  • Checking the intranet for staff members, next official event is a Staff Day in August, meant to ”refresh us”. From what? We’ve just had holidays.  I believe this is the employer’s secret way of gently transferring our wandering summer minds back to work. So sharpen your pencils before you some back from holidays! There’s plenty to do.

Happy holidays to everyone (heart-shaped emoji here…).

“Kill two birds with one stone” (#52/100)

by Riitta Juusenaho, TAKK

This old saying definitely hit my button, as I was invited to give a speech in the 5th National Initiative Education Forum in Beijing and  Principals´ Forum of Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Macau Big Bay Area last month. What a great opportunity to advertise our Educational School Camps! Free!

So Ms Jin Muranen from GTE (Global Tampere Education) and I jumped on the plane. In Beijing it was nice summer weather but in Guangzhou we were hit by the tropical heat. Two ladies from the frosted North to a 38 Celsius degree heath, oh boy, oh boy. But we fought like Finns do.

Global Tampere Education well presented in Beijing

When you go to seminars in China, you will soon find out that there are not ten, but hundreds or even thousands of people in the audience, and they are really interested in what you are saying. Especially when it comes to the Finnish education.

For me as a former teacher and a principal, it is always very strange how things that you as a Finn find as a matter of course in schools are new innovations and confusing phenomenons for others. For example school camp pedagogy. Or learning outside classrooms and school buildings or the deep trust between teachers and administrators. Or the lack of inspection system in our schools. Continue reading

Memories, Memorandum and Memoirs-to-be-written some day (#51/100)

International Forces behind agreements

Today in China, TAKK is signing a Memorandum of Understanding on making something great. Pls see the news. As this blog is first, the place for memories. Lovely, experienced, compassionate and understanding expert is a valuable thing in accomplishing something across the continents together. Memories of our partners in Guangzhou, make past AND present so sweet. In the photo, OUR Mrs Song. A true and a beautiful song, indeed. Continue reading

Lovely, Intriguing Midsummer (#50/100)

Midsummer – the nightless night in Finland

This is the Time. To unwind.

To change into flip-flops (I just counted, I have 11 pairs…),

to listen to the summer rain drops,

to smell the cut grass,

and lay still in the world class:

Midsummer of Finland.

– Ulla

How did it go? Teacher-student in Tampere Adult Education Centre (#49/100)

by Elina Reunanen, Teacher-student in TAKK

First you learn –

Last autumn, when I started my vocational teacher studies in Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), little did I know what as waiting for me! Fall semester went by doing homework, going to school twice a month and working at the same time. But this spring started the training, long waited but also scaring teacher training! Continue reading