Sweden is a land where the teachers roam free

The Swedish school system gives teachers the opportunity to explore new methods in the classroom

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Next year will be my 10th as a secondary teacher in Sweden. Before, I led a somewhat nomadic existence as an English as a second language (ESL) teacher, after graduating in political science from the University of Dundee.

ESL teaching, while rich in experience, had not proven financially lucrative. Freelancing as a language consultant in Stockholm meant periods of feast or famine, with the summer particularly lean. As the years passed and my Swedish improved, I found myself keen to trade the corporate conference room for the classroom.

When I started my teacher training there was – and still ...

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