Zoe Elder's book makes a compelling case for teachers' and students' effortful engagement in the many processes of learning, and she sure walks the talk: this book exudes hundreds of hours of thought, reflection, planning, redrafting and reorganising, and it's all the better for it. The author clearly has a relentless curiosity (more talk-walking), and a remarkable capacity to synthesise wide reading at the frontiers of educational theory in a format which is attractive, accessible and very readable - without once talking down to her reader. On the contrary, potential readers of this valuable addition to the canon of classroom praxis had better be prepared to step up. If they do, they will find much to intrigue, provoke and feed their appetite for educational excellence, and they will take away practical strategies for translating often subtle insights into the rich melee of the classroom. --Barry J Hymer, Professor of psychology in education, University of Cumbria
`Full On Learning` sits at that intersection where the craft of teaching meets the science of learning. Packed with practical ideas, it proves what Zoë expounds: that effective teaching is fundamentally a creative activity which focuses relentlessly on teasing out the capacity and potential of each student. Defining an architecture, creating with the building blocks, it will not only transform classrooms but will take teaching and learning experiences to another level. --Sir John Jones. Writer, presenter, educational consultant
This very special book is a beautifully produced treatise on learning. Each page is a pleasure, with something new to learn and explore. It reminds me of when I first got my iPad, it was so full of interesting things I took it everywhere and played with it endlessly, constantly surprising myself with its potential. Same with Zoe`s book - there is so much in it that I know it will be filled with post it notes and bookmarks on every teacher`s bookshelf. This book really does cover everything you need to know about learning for the 21st century. The author`s voice is consistently heard throughout the book, demanding that we consider the importance of the learners owning their experiences and being fully engaged to reach their amazing potential. This book also practises what it preaches, as it is fun and engaging and makes you think in different ways. It also sets up very useful checklists and informative links to make it an extremely practical read too. I haven`t read a better book that sums up all the essentials for outstanding learning in such an engaging format that will make it one of my most treasured tomes, lovingly taken everywhere and only lent to trusted friends. Teacher, buy this book! --Jackie Beere OBE, Author, trainer and educationalist
About the Author
Zoë Elder has worked in schools in Oxfordshire and the South West as a teacher, head of department, G&T coordinator, Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and as a Local Authority Adviser. She is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) with the National Teaching Schools Programme and she works with schools around the country as an Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd.