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Defining success is not easy, and sometimes we get tangled in details and want to define students’ success as mastery of a single subject or unit, or course. Students’ perception about their own success matters. Please note, though, that I am not talking about entertaining students. My intention is to describe a learning environment where students cooperate and are accountable for their own learning. In Finland one measurement for successful education is “kouluviihtyvyys”, which approximately translates to school enjoyment, or school satisfaction, but actually has some deeper connotations.

Without actively listening to our students’ needs, we easily forget how important part the learning process plays in permanent learning, and resort to cohort thinking and try to teach everyone at once with the one-size-fits-all approach.

To me well-being in schools is an essential measure of providing students with successful learning experiences. What do you think? And how can you increase student success in your school/district?

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Liz's picture

Your ideas and your website are very thoughtful. The education system has become too centered on student products. It does not take into account the diversity of our students and the needs of our learners. Depending on the age of the students, their perceptions of themselves as learners can be drastically different and will impact their desire to learn.

I try to increase student success in my school by focusing on student engagement. I get to know my students' interests, strengths, and weaknesses at the beginning of the year, and then I integrate this information into my teaching throughout the year. I also recognize and acknowledge the changes in my students' day-to-day emotions. If their well-being is not being addressed, then their education will be negatively affected.

I agree that we cannot ignore a child's well-being in school and still expect them to have educational success.

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