Top Tips for New Pedagogies is written in Estonian, only. It is a guidebook for all teachers working hard to cope with current changes in education. Being an important output of the second staff mobility project of Tartu Tamme Gymnasium, this publication gives nine teachers an opportunity to reflect on four teacher development courses and three structured educational visits they did with the help of the Erasmus+ programme. Also, the book addresses some quite important matters related to teaching and learning, which mainstream media tends to cover rather partially.

Top Tips turns attention to disempowerment and deskilling of teachers and the commodification of knowledge, characteristic of neoliberal approach to education. While the former contradicts the very art of teaching, the latter interferes with deep learning directly. Our intention therefore is to provide teachers with some slightly unorthodox ideas to hold their ground in terms of traditional pedagogies. We feel that traditional pedagogies should not be misprized; instead, traditional and new pedagogies should be used in synergy.

The guidebook reflects on the books written by Nathaniel Branden, Jordan B. Peterson, Dr. Carol S. Dweck and Angela Duckwort about self-esteem, self-assertion, mindset and grit. It also discusses the thoughts of Estonian scientists Tiiu Kuurme and Marju Lepajõe on deep foundations for learning.  Finally, it covers typical worries many students and teachers at Tartu Tamme Gymnasium have, and it tries to suggest some workable solutions to ease those worries.

Top Tips comprises six chapters, named after six countries of destination of this project. Each chapter includes a summary of mobility, a participant’s blog post, a key issue about learning, a pair of teacher and student concerns, and an advice corner. Altogether, there are six advice corners in which the participants gladly share their top tips with their colleagues. Also, with nine flashbacks on pages 43 – 44, they hope to inspire other teachers to start another staff mobility project soon.

All in all, although the writing process was not easy, it turned out to be quite insightful.  It helped us realise that the art of teaching is still in our hands, so all we have to do is stand tall and make our voice heard. With Top Tips for New Pedagogies, we have taken a large step ahead.

Download Top Tips for New Pedagogies as a PDF file here.
Enjoy the first part of Top Tips for New Pedagogies as an e-book here.