Lern how pupils teach each other in a guru-way!

TeacherSirpa Ahde



School levelPrimary school


The new curriculum in Finland has launched this autumn 2016. One of the main important things has been the increase of digital environments, materials and devices. In every subject ict-skills are a part of teaching and learning. There has been many researches that show the reality: the level of digital skills of teachers and pupils as well varies a lot.  There is lacks and inequality. In the city of Vantaa, where I work as a teacher, has been done a lot because of these facts. The city started a development project and it’s main purpose is to increase learning and doing together and participation of the pupils as well. In every primary school in city of Vantaa has been established a new learning environment called Guru-café.


About 10 prosent of the pupils are trained to be so called Guru-students. They are very well trained for this position: they have own Guru-academy with specific supporting material. All this is in digital environment. These guru-students are operating at schools under guru-teachers supervision. They are supporting pupils and teachers as well in ict-skills. But who are guru-teachers? About 20 prosent of the teachers in Vantaa primary schools are to be Guru-teachers. They have studied for example social media, gamification and coding. They can also use so called Edubox-videolibrary that can be used whenever it is suitable time. With the help of that Edubox teachers can study different essential apps and devices that are used in school environment. In our school the Guru-café is open during the breaks. Guru-students and Guru-teacher are helping the students that have pre booked to café to learn certain things. Most of the Guru-students are from 4th and 5th –grades. School is providing for them personal Chromebooks for studying and learning purposes. Also tablets are used in guru-cafees. This type of peerteaching and -learning has been very fruitful and taken it’s place as a part of teching and learning processes. It supports inclusive education as well, because all the pupils have a chance to sign in to the café.  All the pupils are motivated and gurus are willing to share their knowledge in a pleasant athmosphere, without any rush. This type of café is also a good example of   peerteaching, it’s not always the teacher that has all the answers!


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