This is a fine book on the subject of lesson planning. With many years of teaching experience to his credit, the author makes some exceptionally good points on structured preparation. However, not everything can always function strictly according to the plan! He also outlines some useful strategies for a selection of hypothetical scenarios that might arise- eg. how a teacher could cope if a whole class of unruly children were attempting to exploit any mines of comic potential that might exist within his surname. A schoolmaster must never allow himself to become the 'Butt' of his students' jokes!
One of those brilliant books no teacher should be without.
If you don't have it and are starting out then get it and then don't lend it to anyone - Its one of those books you lend someone in order to be helpful to a friend/colleague and then end up with a grudge against them because they "forget" to give it back. And its always just when you really need to consult it. Then when you ask them again they make you feel unreasonable for asking and in the end you just buy it again and cant help hold that grudge every time you see them.
What you should have done is email them a link where to buy it and then suggest they read the reviews and buy their own copy.
BTW are you one of those people that borrow books and forgets to give them back - well buy some of those peelable stickers and remember to put the name of the book owner on the front of the book, and buy a stack of chocolate boxes too - that way you will have more friends in life!
I have the benefit of personally knowing Dr. Butt who, by the way, is now Professor at Oxford Brookes. He trained me on my PGCE and M.Ed. so I have first hand experience of his knowledge and skill.
This 3rd edition is even better than before and includes in depth ideas about structuring lesson, especially for good behaviour management. Ultimately a well planned lesson that is interesting is likely to take care of behaviour in and of itself.
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