Comprehensive and engaging, Successful Teaching for Everyone contains practical strategies and expert advice for teachers, parents and aspiring educators. Based on real classroom experiences and backed up by impressive levels of research, this guide is relevant for all stages of teaching – from reception to university level. Fastiggi digs deep into the key principles that underpin good education, and each section is rounded off with a clear summary of the main points.
Starting his teaching career in London and working in schools throughout the UK, China, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil, Fastiggi brings over ten years of global experience to his book. All of his points are meticulously researched and referenced, and together make a case for the importance of high-quality teaching. How one might achieve such high-quality teaching is clearly set out with examples, anecdotes, and easy-to-follow, practical tips. Fastiggi’s insights ring true again and again, from his suggestion that teachers repeat back a student’s answer to ensure the whole class can hear, to the importance of having a positive outlook and body language.
I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Managing Emotions, especially one’s own emotions as this is often something that gets overlooked. Mindfulness is shown to be one of the key ways of mastering one’s emotional competence, and Fastiggi supplements this with advice on how to avoid feeling tired and drained, especially at the start of one’s career. The combination of strategy with detailed research on the rapid ability of students to read non-verbal cues shows the importance of maintaining an inner calm.
This book is labelled as a must-read for anyone who cares about education, and Successful Teaching for Everyone certainly draws on a wide-ranging series of topics – from the history of education to the most common misconceptions about teaching. The first section, dating back to the transmission of knowledge in hunter-gatherer communities 10,000 years ago, and including details of different writing methods throughout the ages and across continents, is an education in itself, and gives the book a wider appeal. That said, it is particularly relevant and useful for those with a professional interest, offering insights for trainees and novices as well as those with years of experience.
This book is a glowing testament to Fastiggi’s years of experience and research into good education and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about such an important field.
*I wrote this review in exchange for a copy of the book and was compensated.*