Teacher Agency in the light of increasing Teacher Stress and Burnout

At a time when Estonian school children have reached the top of the 2019 PISA[1] league tables in several categories, it was interesting, but disturbing, to hear that increasingly Estonian teachers believe that their profession is not valued. During an EAPRIL keynote session in Estonia, November 2019, Dr Ali Leijen, Professor of Teacher Education at…

If you PLAY SMART, will YOU be MORE?

“TEACH your students • to DOUBT, • to THINK, • to COMMUNICATE, • to question, • to make MISTAKEs, • to LEARN from their mistakes, and most importantly • have FUN in their learning” Richard Feynman`s quote In the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Kuopio, Finland, as one of the flag-ship young…

“Reasons for teacher burnout and ways to combat it.”

Judging from recent headlines in the UK, teacher burnout and occupational stress are contributing to a crisis in teacher retention – from primary and secondary school teachers to further and higher education lecturers. It’s not just the UK that suffers from the negative effects of teacher burnout, as a recent joint research project involving teachers…