It is common knowledge that education is undergoing substantial changes all over the world. The way most people think about teaching and learning today is quite different from what it used to be. In fact, they talk about ‘progressive pedagogies’ rather than traditional school to meet the needs of modern students.
Still, how people actually learn or develop their creative and entrepreneurial skills is something scientists do not completely understand. So educational researchers keep debating over the advantages and disadvantages of different educational systems. The same happens here in Estonia, where some people are trying to adopt the mistaken ideas of open education and free school, believing it’s progressive.
Should our teachers continue helping their students gain the best academic education possible, or should they facilitate getting ready for the job market? Is school about competence building or edutainment? Undoubtedly, one cannot pursue both ends at the same time. As many of us feel rather confused about the situation in modern education, it’s time we sought out some helpful answers ourselves.
Everyone knows that teachers greatly benefit from learning experiences abroad, so here we go with our staff mobility project, enabling 12 mobility flows to six European countries. It goes without saying that the participants will be expanding their professional knowledge and developing their teaching skills. In addition, they will be educating themselves about various educational systems, visiting different types of schools, observing classes and talking to the teachers giving those classes. As teachers tend to face quite similar challenges all over the world, an opportunity to share some good practices with their European colleagues is something our teachers are looking forward to. Not less importantly, this project will help us promote European values and foreign languages at our school, too.
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