Teach Like a Montessori Champion

In 1907, Maria Montessori was asked to set up a daycare centre in San Lorenzo, a district in Rome. The centre was located in a housing project in a slum area. 60 children, aged three to seven, joined the centre, while their illiterate parents were working. Montessori described her pupils: Tearful, frightened children, so shy... Continue Reading →

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Kuidas aidata lapsel tema peamist ülesannet täita?

Uue kooli loomisega kaasneb üks oluline küsimus: kuidas toetada parimal moel iga lapse arengut ja õppimist? Mida saavad selle heaks teha õpetajad ja mida lapsevanemad? Kindlasti on kahtlejaid, kelle arvates need küsimused ei ole üldse kuigi olulised. Me oleme ju kõik suureks kasvanud, olles õppinud väga erinevates koolides ja kasvanud peredes, kus vanematel on erinevad... Continue Reading →

Reimagining our schools?

Recent PISA results raise the question: do all children have the opportunity to attain a good education in Estonia? If our academic results are already strong in international comparison, is there any need to change? “We may have the best results in the world, but we need to keep improving quickly. China now has three... Continue Reading →

In memoriam Mart Taevere

Reede õhtul lahkus meie hulgast mu isa Mart Taevere.  Ta oli kümnete telesaadete ja dokumentaalfilmide autor, toimetaja ning režissöör. Tema elutööks oli inimeste lugude jutustamine ning seeläbi meie ühiskonna valupunktide mõtestamine. Tema jaoks oli iga inimese elu väärtuslik ja ta suhtus igaühesse inimlikult - olgu intervjueeritavaks president Lennart Meri või Pääskülas prügimäe serval elav kodutu.... Continue Reading →

Looking for wisdom and empathy

Political events in 2016 have been screaming at us: WAKE UP!! Britons slammed the door in the face of their EU neighbours. Americans threw a rock (in the shape of Donald Trump) to smash the windows of the political establishment. Dissatisfaction with politics as usual is evident around the world.  What to do about it?... Continue Reading →

Avatud kool ühendab uut ja vana

See artikkel ilmus Sirbis, 04.09.2015. Praegu alustavad kooliteed lapsed, kelle vanemad käisid koolis enamasti 1990. aastatel. Meie kunagised õpetajad said oma väljaõppe 1980ndatel või isegi varem. Mõeldes oma kogemusele, milline on hea õpetamine, siis see jääb mitmekümne aasta taha. Lapsed, kes on praegu kuue-seitsme aastased, alustavad iseseisvat elu 10–15 aasta pärast. Seega peaksimegi küsima: mil... Continue Reading →

Luxury or necessity? Critical thinking and problem solving should be at the core of learning for all

This article appeared in Unlocking a world of potential, a publication by British Council. Even in a world where most children are still learning basic skills, critical thinking and problem solving can and should be taught. In a low-income community in South Delhi, India, students are reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Today’s discussion... Continue Reading →

The puzzle of how teachers learn best

How do teachers learn best? What is the best way to improve professional practice so that this has a positive effect on student learning outcomes? These questions have been puzzling me for years and here is why. A newly qualified teacher was having a really tough time at school. He was teaching in a secondary... Continue Reading →

Reinvent teachers’ professional development

New and more effective models of teachers’ professional learning are needed. These have to take into account the challenging reality, including long working hours, the pressure of inspections and exams. Creative Generation is an organisation trying to reinvent teachers’ continuing professional development. We hope that our efforts contribute to teachers regaining a sense of professionalism... Continue Reading →

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