Could Do Better!: Help Your Kid Shine At School Paperback – 1 Aug 2007
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The award-winning teacher who starred in Channel 4s The Unteachables helps parents worried about how their kids are doing at school
Phil Beadle is a former rock musician, the winner of the Secondary Teacher of the Year Award 2005, and the inspirational teacher who wowed the nation with his unorthodox teaching methods in Channel 4 series "The Unteachables". There, his bizarre but effective approach to teaching English included Punctuation Kung-Fu, and reciting Macbeth to a field of cows. Through techniques such as these Beadle seemingly achieved the impossible by successfully drawing out the desire to learn from a group of failing pupils. Now his focus is on spreading the word to parents: every child has the ability to learn, and to do better at school. In this book he tells parents that there is no such thing as a stupid child, only boring lessons. Intelligent, unconventional, humorous and inspirational, this hands-on guide blends personal anecdotes with the nitty gritty of how to best unlock your children's unique intelligence, and how to ensure they have the best possible chance to succeed at school.
From the Back Cover
He looks like a rock star and is probably the best teacher in England. John Humphrys · Every child has the ability to learn, and to do well at school. · There is no such thing as a stupid child, only boring lessons. · Every child has his or her own unique intelligence: such as the Mover, the Talker, the Thinker and the Dreamer. Phil Beadle is the inspirational teacher who wowed the nation in the Channel 4 series The Unteachables with his unorthodox but effective approach to teaching English, including Punctuation Kung-Fu, and reading Macbeth to a field of cows. Through unconventional methods such as these, Beadle achieved the seemingly impossible, by successfully drawing out the desire to learn from a group of disaffected, failing pupils. Now, in Could Do Better!, Phils focus is on spreading the word to parents: · Identify your childs special learning style · Make homework fun · Discover how teachers award marks · Help your child revise for exams · And much more!
About the Author
Phil Beadle was until recently an English teacher in a secondary school in East London. He won Secondary Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. He writes a regular column in the Guardian and was the inspirational English teacher in Channel 4 's series The Unteachables. He lives in South East London with his wife and children.
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There is plenty of useful information in the book including practical advice which may be helpful for struggling students as well as more general advice on how teachers grade childrens work through the key stages (UK).
Also, it is nice to see an explicit mention of alternative educational theories in this book such as the theory put forward by Howard Gardner (Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education) which some teachers seem to believe has some practical and educational use in the classroom.
Gave me some new ideas to try in school as well as at home. A fantastic resource for both parents and teachers!
We know that whilst parents are the most important influence on a child's development, getting it right at school is almost equally important. Phil gets it just right with his wealth of experience, great writing style and sense of humour.
So, learn to help them at home, and help them at school!