Niina Melanen
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Welcome to my blog Bilberry Ideas! I’m Niina Melanen a freelance writer and a part time teacher. I live with my husband and son in Helsinki, and I have two adult stepchildren. I studied MA in social and political sciences in Helsinki University.

I have a long career in television as a news and current events reporter and documentary films director and producer. My years as managing editor of Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Teacher TV have given me advantage point onto scientific research on learning.

I started my blog because I wanted to know more about the new ideas of learning and share my knowledge with other parents wanting to help their children succeeding in school and in life.

I would also like to share my experiences of Finnish school system, that has become world-famous for its leap to the top ranking in the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

I have written an eBook See the Good, that contains practical advise on how to strengthen your child’s character and how to become a better learner. You can purchase it at the Amazon

Please feel free to sen email to me concerning new ideas of learning or anything at, or find me on Facebook, Bilberryideas or in Twitter. And please do comment on also my blog posts. As I’m not a native English speaker I wish that you excuse my grammar and spelling errors.

I usually publish new articles and videos a few times a month and always try to provide interesting findings to my readers.

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