My book, Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms, was just published in North America! (In May, it will be published in Europe!)

You can order Teach Like Finland from several websites:


Barnes & Noble




The Reviews

“[Walker] provides an engaging and eye-opening vision that does not pit America against Finland, but lets us see what we can learn from each other… For teachers and education advocates who would like to understand one instructor’s reflective quest toward educational improvement.” (Library Journal)

“More joy in classrooms and less work for teachers as the way to improving student learning? Sounds incredible, but the Finns have figured it out, and Tim Walker explains how American educators can do the same in this engaging and important book. Teach Like Finland deserves to be widely read and discussed.” (Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators)

“Walker was nevertheless able to identify 33 strategies that could be easily introduced into American educational systems… [Walker’s ideas] are geared toward the relaxed, flexible, welcoming atmosphere that works so well for both teachers and students in Finland. Teachers and parents will be intrigued.” (Booklist)


An Excerpt 

Read one HERE on the education blog MindShift! It’s excerpted from the section “Schedule brain breaks.”



The Q&As

“While I agree that transplanting the entire Finnish model is unsuitable for America, I think it’s misguided to think we need to have all or nothing. In my book, I’m focused on the little, practical things we can learn from Finland’s approach to education, in spite of the major differences.” (NEA Today)

“American educators don’t want to teach just like Finnish educators, I don’t think that would be helpful. There are a lot of things that American teachers do already, like social-emotional learning and project-based learning, that are working well, we want to hold onto those things.(BRIGHT)

“In short, it’s harder for U.S. teachers to stay balanced when they’re spending many hours in the classroom with few breaks. (As someone who burned out while teaching in the States, I can empathize.) There are other systemic differences, but I think the allocation of time is the starkest one.” (Education Week)


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For fun, I recently sent a copy to Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education! Here’s more proof. I’ll keep you posted.