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Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching

Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching

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May 2017 | 296 pages | Learning Matters

Supporting trainee teachers to understand the complex nature of effective learning and teaching in primary schools.

A completely new book covering the key skills of primary teaching including:

  • teaching and learning
  • reflective practice in teaching
  • planning
  • assessment
  • behaviour
  • engagement
  • vulnerable groups
  • professional responsibilities and relationships

This book supports and challenges primary trainee teachers and their mentors (both school based and university/SCITT based) by offering a range of approaches, strategies and perspectives to aspects of primary teaching, with learning and pupil progress as the focus. It offers thought provoking activities, case studies and reflection tasks for trainees and mentors and supports trainees working towards their professional development targets. 

The text also explores less common themes such as question  and dialogue, EAL and teacher presence. It helps trainees to understand and develop these skills and begin to use them in their teaching. It then supports them in reflecting on their development of these skills and evaluating their impact on learning.

Reflection for Professional Development
Teacher Presence
Principles of Teaching for Learning
Planning for Learning
Approaches for Engagement
Questioning to Stimulate Dialogue
Vulnerable groups
Supporting Learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Working with Teaching Assistants
Professional Responsibilities
Academic Writing
Guidance for ITT Mentors: Coaching and Mentoring (including ‘communities of practice’ for trainees)

A highly accessible book, very relevant to our student teachers. Chapters are underpinned by theory and offer reflection activities. A strength is the mentor support - which we will be using to support our mentors at training.

Miss Jo Byrd
School of Education, Derby University
August 2, 2017

I will be recommending this text to student teachers as it provides a good grounding in the essentials of teaching.

Mrs Deborah Seward
Faculty of Education (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
July 5, 2017

Highly recommended. This book should be on every reading list for primary teaching courses.

Ms Clare Higgins
Dept of Education, Bolton University
April 5, 2017

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