The text below is not a blog post, nor it is a CV per se. It is more like a cover letter, an explanation, a reason or a background story.
I do not play an instrument. I cannot sing. I use to be a good swimmer, now not anymore. I do like running, but I’m not very good at it nor I’m fast. But what I’ve always been good at is learning and connecting knowledge from different disciplines, topics, etc. I’m the one with whom you hate playing Trivial Pursuit (if anyone is even playing the game anymore).
Throughout my high school I knew I wanted to study Biology and specialize in Genetics to be precise. I studied all the courses my high school could offer, I borrowed (and read) all the Biology books from the library of my home city and I tortured my mother with endless questions and demands of more detailed explanations about e.g., how our blood types are determined. Yes, I was determined. Until my last year of high school.
Can you imagine the stress and insecurity of an 18 year-old book worm who had it all figured out until the point when everyone else figured it out? Luckily there was Computer Science (CS). I applied, I went to the entrance exams at the university and I got accepted. I had no clue what I was doing or going to study. I remember my mother comforting me by saying that in the future -probably – biologists need more and more computer skills so your studies won’t be a complete waste, if you change your mind.
I started the studies the same year I graduated from high school. The studies were hard at first (this, however, is because of two things: the partying and not understanding how to study at the university level, both influencing each other heavily). On my second year I studied the courses I didn’t pass on my first year and the ones I was supposed to do on that year. Besides the heavy study load, I had never been happier. I loved the theories and that things could either be zero or one. Never before (except with my best friend) I had the feeling that I belonged somewhere. I had finally found my type of people.
However, quite soon, when I no longer needed to study two years of worth study material, I realized that as much as I liked optimizing sql queries and calculating how much time it will take to fetch information from a hard disk, I wasn’t happy just sitting behind my computer. Hence, I applied to become a teacher. Here I make it sound like an easy thing to do, but let me tell you that it was the most horrifying thing I had ever done. At the University of Helsinki (and everywhere else in Finland), only the best students get accepted to study to become teachers. I had no worries what came to my grades, but I needed to score high in an interview and give a presentation in front of a board consisting of professors and teachers about a topic I had ten minutes time to study. And did I tell you, I was terrified of presenting or public speaking altogether. To my big surprise I got accepted and I started to study Pedagogical Studies for Teachers parallel to my CS studies.
If CS studies had opened the world for me, the combination of these two was even better. Of course during the practical training in schools of Helsinki, I often found myself standing in front of 20 pupils thinking why on earth am I doing this to myself. I’m still nervous every time I have to present but at least I know that I can do it. And it cannot be that bad since I’m still on the same path.
If I was a superhero my superpower would be learning. I love it although I hate the phrase ‘lifelong learning’ (don’t get me started on that one). So for me the time well spend would be doing research and learning more about education and its methodologies. And that’s what I do. So for five years now I have been involved in primary (science and) technology education of teachers and pupils. I have investigated, interviewed, trained, discussed, advised, assessed and I could not like it more. Thus, by mentioning one of the following topics: primary technology education, technology education, primary education in general, adult education, higher education or teachers’ professional development you may have woken up the sleeping bear and you have to endure through one of my rants.
So – no matter how much I try to phrase it somehow else – this blog is about my passion (just like all the other blogs out there). I do agree with John Locke – not the part where he assumed that mind is a blank slate – that of all the people we meet, nine parts out of ten in us are from our education. Hence, in this blog I share my concerns about education, just like Locke did in his book. As stated in the above, my interest is in technology education and anything related to technology education but don’t be fooled; it doesn’t stop me from sharing my concerns about the other factors, phenomena, issues and problems in education as well. And because I’m not a philosopher – I’m a CS nerd – my approach tends to be more analytical although my mind may drift aside every now and then. Maybe it has become clear by now that I’m a fan of cross-curricular learning and my method is to mix and stir the soup that way. Who knows, maybe I end up teaching high school Biology after all.
Thank you for spending the time to get to know me!
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