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I whole-heartedly recommend this book to teachers. It comes at a time when many in the profession have reported that the thrill and buzz of teaching is being sucked from classrooms by the obligation to just drill pupils for tests. Full of useful, practical ideas, The Artful Educator understands that there is an important distinction between pointlessly sugar-coating work with a superficial fun activity and actually inspiring intrigue and engagement in a topic or skill. I feel sure that The Artful Educator will help teachers to move pupils beyond simply tolerating their learning and help them to actually love it instead. --Isabella Wallace, education consultant, author and presenter

A timely response to the notion of teaching as content delivery for examination performance. Sue Cowley s book delights in its embracing of the complex, with all the engaging messiness that this entails. Proudly modelling her belief in the power of the metaphor, Cowley equates teaching with a range of creative arts, providing practical pointers for putting the soul back into classroom practice. Some will interpret the book as a riposte to the push to make the profession more research-evidenced. I don t. For me, Cowley s call for teacher creativity in the classroom sits perfectly comfortably alongside the idea of education being research-informed: practitioners guided by academic journals and their artistic instincts. --Duncan Partridge, Director of Education, English-Speaking Union

The Artful Educator will spark joy in both teachers and learners. You don t have to be arty or creative to find yourself rapidly consumed by Sue s passion and friendly approach. Within a few pages you ll be champing at the bit to try out Sue s simple but innovative ideas and all those ideas of your own that the book will no doubt effortlessly inspire. --Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Director of the Children, Young People and Schools Programme, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Vice Chair, Children and Young People s Mental Health Coalition

About the Author

Sue Cowley is a writer, presenter and teacher trainer, and the author of more than 25 books on education, including How to Survive your First Year in Teaching. Her international bestseller, Getting the Buggers to Behave, is a fixture on university lists, and has been translated into ten different languages. After training as an early years teacher, Sue taught English and drama in secondary schools in the UK and overseas, and she also worked as a supply teacher. She now spends her time writing educational books and articles and is a columnist for Teach Nursery, Teach Primary and Nursery World magazines. Sue works internationally as a teacher trainer, as well as volunteering in primary classrooms and helping to run her local preschool.

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