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Making Every Primary Lesson Count: Six principles to support great teaching and learning (Making Every Lesson Count Series) Paperback – 30 Jun 2017
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Making Every Primary Lesson Count is a boon for all those interested in honing their classroom skills by finding out more about the science of pedagogy. It uses key research to produce a range of practical tips and ideas which have been used effectively in school settings. This book is both engaging and highly readable. --Will Ryan, primary education consultant, trainer and author
Using the familiar format of Making Every Lesson Count, Mel and Jo have brought a practical wisdom, rooted in primary classroom practice and experience, to this excellent book. A teaching manual full of invaluable guidance for primary practitioners, the values of excellence and growth have been exemplified in each chapter. Whether you are beginning your teaching career or looking to review and renew your practice, this book will help, support and challenge you in equal measure. Keep it to hand rather than at the back of your teacher s cupboard. --Stephen Tierney (@LeadingLearner), author of Liminal Leadership
Making Every Primary Lesson Count is a highly accessible, practical book for primary teachers with constant reference to relevant, current and powerful research evidence. Its framework provides an essential underpinning of what matters most: challenge, explanation, modelling, deliberate practice, questioning and feedback. The authors have taken all that we currently know about children s learning and woven it into highly practical writing. Each chapter begins with two real-life scenarios which are then fully analysed and developed. We are shown not only how key research informs us of how we need to teach, but are also given a range of well sourced practical strategies and ideas. The book has several threads which run through the writing: the ethos of a growth mindset and the importance of struggle; the framework of formative assessment; high expectations for all with no false ceilings; and the necessity of clarity, practice and modelling. These ideas, if followed, will go a long way to helping teachers, as the authors say, guide children towards independence . --Shirley Clarke, Formative Assessment Expert Associate, UCL Institute of Education
About the Author
Jo Payne is Deputy Head Teacher. Although she specialised in primary languages during her teaching degree, she is particularly interested in how technology can enhance pupils learning. She writes a blog, MrsPTeach, on which she shares ideas about many subjects within education, including: feedback and marking, whole-class reading and maintaining a healthy work life balance as a teacher. @MrsPTeach
Mel Scott is an MFL and English specialist who currently leads a year six team at Vale School. Prior to entering the teaching profession, she worked in industry using her language skills in areas as diverse as buying and copywriting.
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What you won't get, and what I didn't want, are jazzy ideas for activities, or games, or anything subject-specific. I was also worried, following the trad/prog debate on Twitter, that this would lean a particular way, and that I wouldn't agree with some of what was said. However, there really isn't anything you can disagree with - everything that is advised is all the basis of good teaching.
Possibly my favourite part about it was how everything was contextualised. An idea was given, but then a typical classroom scenario followed explaining how the idea would work in that situation. Sometimes even a breakdown of exactly what a student and teacher might say came too - I never left a page thinking, like I have done After reading another edu books, "oh, I like how that sounds, but how exactly would it work?"
I've always thought to take advice from consultants with a pinch of salt, especially because as soon as you leave full-time teaching, you forget what it's like. However, Jo and Mel are both full-time classroom teachers - so if they can make it work, so can I.
I really do think this book would be useful for any teacher, no matter at what stage in their career - I read some bits out to my mum (who's been teaching for 30+ years and is a current deputy head), and she agreed - some things you simply forget, and this is a brilliant way of being reminded! She will be reading it next!
Thank you, Jo and Mel!
It is hand on heart the best CPD book I have ever read and I only wish it had been around when I was an NQT.
I highly recommend this to any primary teacher, regardless of what point they are at in their career. Within the first chapter I knew this book was a keeper and so my copy is thoroughly annotated with plenty of colourful sticky markers and lots of highlighting/underlining. I'm keen to keep it all fresh in my head and know I will refer back to it in the future.
Lots of useful reminders and it really straps away fads to focus on the core elements of good teaching.
An easy quick read, this will become my CPD Bible next year.