Description : A core text for those training to teach or newly qualified teachers, this book serves not only as a practical guide to primary teaching, but takes the unique approach of exploring the concept of outstanding teaching and how you can strive for and achieve excellence as a teaching professional from the outset of your career. The text is pedagogically rich and includes learning objectives, questions, case studies, a download site and reflective activities.
Description : What is meant by outstanding teaching? What makes the best teachers stand out from the rest? How can I develop my own practice to become an outstanding teacher myself? Whether you are training to become a primary school teacher or you are newly qualified and striving to improve your practice, this fully updated second edition of Becoming an Outstanding Primary School Teacher will support, inform and inspire you on your quest for excellence. Throughout, Russell Grigg draws on theory, research and case studies of real classroom practice to discuss what it takes to become an outstanding primary teacher today. This bestselling guide has been comprehensively revised to reflect the latest changes to the curriculum, including the National Curriculum in England for 2014 and Scotland’s Building Curriculum for Excellence. It has also widened its scope to appeal to trainee and serving teachers, reflecting the new Teachers’ Standards. Key topics include: defining and measuring outstanding teaching; understanding the theory, nature and scope of the curriculum; developing thinking skills in the classroom; understanding and meeting individual learning needs; using ICT to improve pedagogy; behaviour management; monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting. Becoming an Outstanding Primary Teacher will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including those on school-based programmes such as Teach First, as well as more experienced teachers seeking inspiration.
Description : This book contains lots of easy-to-introduce activities and techniques that will propel satisfactory and good lessons into the outstanding category - not just when being observed, but all the time. And the best news? This book tells you how to do it without spending lots more time planning, researching and preparing 'out of this world' lessons. There are dozens of starters and plenaries and useful websites, and the author's own website offers resources to save you even more time. A must for all primary school teachers who want to become outstanding, not just for the inspectors but for every child they teach.
Description : The 2nd edition of David Dunn's best-selling How to be an Outstanding Primary School Teacher, now updated to reflect changes in teaching initiatives and educational policy, including valuable new content on using technology in the primary classroom. This book features lots of easy-to-introduce activities and techniques that will propel satisfactory and good lessons into the outstanding category - not just when being observed, but all the time. And the best news? This book tells you how to do it without spending lots more time planning, researching and preparing 'out of this world' lessons. There are dozens of starters and plenaries and useful websites, and the author's own website offers resources to save you even more time. A must for all primary school teachers who want to become outstanding, not just for the inspectors but for every child they teach.
Description : As primary subjects are increasingly being taught on an interdisciplinary level, Russell Grigg and Sioned Hughes have created an innovative new text, Teaching Primary Humanities. This new text explores current debate, encourages reflection and provides clear guidance on planning, teaching and assessing the humanities from the Early Years to Key Stage 2. Through a blend of theory and real-life examples, Grigg and Hughes demonstrate the contribution that history, geography and religious education can make to enhancing children’s thinking, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. Whether you are a trainee or a practitioner, this book will develop your knowledge of how young children’s understanding of place, time and community can be fostered through a play-based curriculum. It will also benefit teachers of older children looking to encourage more independent learning in their schools. About the authors: Dr Russell Grigg is Head of the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education. He is a trained primary inspector for England and Wales. He has written widely in the field of history and primary education including Wales in the Victorian Age and Becoming an Outstanding Primary Teacher. Dr Sioned Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Training at the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education. She has published many educational materials, especially in primary geography. Her work on Patagonia was recognised by the Welsh Books Council as the ‘Bestselling Children’s Book’ in 2011.
Description : How to be an Outstanding Trainee Teacher gives you everything you need to get your teaching career off to a fantastic start. Whether you're training in school, on a PGCE, or through another route, this book gives you the practical and theoretical foundation you need to hit your targets, impress your mentor and, of course, plan and teach superb lessons! Written with the busy trainee in mind, the book helps you to become a critical, reflective practitioner who understands the unique demands of classroom teaching. Topics covered include becoming a teacher, understanding learners, unpicking the lesson, sustaining pace and challenge, communication, creating the environment for learning and much else besides. Every chapter comes with a set of reflective questions and activities designed to help you think critically about your experiences as a trainee teacher. And throughout the book, you will find lots of practical ideas, strategies, hints, tips and tricks you can try out with your students. All in all, How to be an Outstanding Trainee Teacher is the must-have book for those entering the profession - whether training to teach primary or secondary level. Written by expert teacher, trainer and author Mike Gershon, the book will enhance your training, giving you all the tools you need to be outstanding.
Description : How do we encourage children to think deeply about the world in which they live? Research-based and highly practical, this book provides guidance on how to develop creative and critical thinking through your classroom teaching. Key coverage includes: · Classroom-ready ideas to stimulate high-order thinking · How to think critically and creatively across all areas of the curriculum · Case studies from primary, secondary and special schools · Philosophical approaches that give pupils the space to think and enquire This is essential reading for anyone on university-led and schools-based primary and secondary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), School Direct, Teach First and employment-based routes and also anyone training to work in early years settings.
Description : Big Ideas in Education: What Every Teacher Should Know by Dr Russell Grigg provides an accessible and easily understood introductory guide to the big ideas that really matter in education. The teaching profession is saturated with ideas. Unfortunately, some of these are half-baked or fundamentally flawed. Dr Russell Grigg moves beyond the unhelpful supposed dichotomies that pervade current educational thinking – child-centred versus teacher-centred, traditional versus progressive. Throughout the book, readers are invited to question assumptions and popular rhetoric and reflect on their own experiences. Big Ideas in Education aims to equip teachers with a good understanding of current thinking in a diverse, fluid and dynamic field. Each of the big ideas is discussed within the framework of four questions: what is the big idea, who is behind it, why is it important and what can you do? Big ideas are important, distinctive, empowering, adaptable and simple to understand. Dr Russell Grigg provides readers with a concise and reliable introduction to twelve such ideas, which are at the core of educational practice. The ideas chosen are general rather than subject-specific in nature. In turn, they invite the reader to look at teaching in wider society, address elements of learning which teachers actively promote, raise questions about why, how and what to teach and, finally, look at ways of improving the quality of education. The twelve big ideas under discussion are: (1.) Education – education goes beyond the school gates and is a lifelong experience. (2.) Childhood – children need time and space to explore, enjoy learning and develop as children rather than miniature adults. (3.) Knowledge – knowledge is the foundation for learning. (4.) Skills – learners need to develop a broad range of skills in real-life, relevant contexts. (5.) Dispositions – effective learning depends upon cultivating positive dispositions. (6.) Ethics – teachers’ conduct should be guided by a moral purpose. (7.) Instruction – direct instruction is a tried-and-tested means of effective teaching. (8.) Curriculum – the curriculum is all the learning and assessment activities in school, both planned and unintentional, that contribute to agreed educational goals. (9.) Feedback – providing personalised, accurate, specific and timely feedback is one of the keys to improving learning. (10.) Reflective practice – good teachers critically analyse their practice with a view to improving what they do. (11.) Research – research has a central role to play in the professional development of teachers. (12.) Professional leadership – effective school leadership operates at all levels and is about shared vision, support and securing improvement. An ideal book for busy teachers who need to be kept up to speed with the latest thinking in education, this comprehensive guide provides the essential knowledge to keep you fully informed, whether leading staff discussions, submitting assignments or preparing for interviews. Suitable for teachers in any setting, from trainees and NQTs to more experienced practitioners looking to reflect on their practice, the book will also appeal to school leaders and teacher training providers.
Description : This is an essential core text for all primary trainees and beginning teachers, covering the key knowledge, understanding and skills new teachers should have. It addresses all aspects of the Teachers’ Standards and includes important and seminal research findings in relation to the content of each chapter, with a clear emphasis on evidence-based teaching. Theory and research are explicitly applied to practice, and there is a complete chapter dedicated to learning to use research. Other chapters cover subject knowledge and pedagogy, child development, planning and differentiation, assessment, behaviour management, special educational needs and disability, and professionalism. Clear objectives and professional links are provided at the start of each chapter, questions integrated throughout encourage the reader to evaluate, challenge and apply, and critical reflections clearly summarise and extend chapter content.