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Helping Teachers Develop

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  • Sara Bubb - Institute of Education, University of London, UK


October 2005 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Helping Teachers Develop is a positive, uplifting, encouraging publication... very good value for money. It is the sort of publication we need in the profession and it is well worth being part of every head teacher or staff development tutor's collection of really useful books. I have to confess, even before I had finished reading it for review I was using Helping Teachers Develop with my trainee teachers' - Peter Stammers, in the Journal of In-service Education

`The book explores ways teachers at all levels can mentor others and improve their careers. [It] also contains guidance on ways to cope with having your lessons observed and how to make constructive comments as an observer' - Michael Shaw, Times Educational Supplement

`This is another excellent and accessible practice guide from someone who, unusually, understands both the classroom teacher from long years of practice and the theory. The chapter on "observation of teachers" should be read by every headteacher, deputy and teacher who engages in monitoring classroom practice. Note, a few inspectors would benefit too! It's one to read and then refer to on a regular basis if you work in schools or PGCE departments' - Tim Brighouse, Chief Adviser for London Schools

Helping teachers develop - whether they're trainees, newly or recently qualified, in their first three, ten or twenty years, and whether they're superb or struggling - is vital for the profession, for the millions of children who'll learn more as a result.

Schools have to take greater responsibility for staff's continuing professional development (CPD) but there is little real help for the people who develop teachers. The best teachers will be expected to mentor trainee and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and share good practice with all colleagues.

Drawing directly on real-life experience and the latest research, this book will help people in a mentoring, coaching, advisory or management role to:

o develop teachers, through understanding adult learning and the CPD cycle

o meet needs from the range of professional development activities

o carry out observations and give oral and written feedback in a range of situations

o help and monitor planning and other parts of the job

o help teachers develop their careers.

Using examples from current practice, Sara will take you though every stage of CPD, from what professional development is to how you can support and monitor staff in your own school. There are photocopiable materials for you to use.

The guidance in this book will be essential for mentors, induction tutors, CPD/staff development coordinators, people with advanced skills or excellent teacher status, and all those with a leadership and management role in schools or local authorities.

Sara Bubb is the UK's leading induction expert and has vast expertise in the CPD field. She runs many courses for different levels of school staff, assesses trainee and advanced skills teachers and is the new teacher expert for the Times Educational Supplement.

Sara has been seconded from the Institute of Education to the DfES as the consultant for the Chartered London Teacher initiative. She is the co-author, with Peter Earley, of Leading and Managing Continuing Professional Development and Managing Teacher Workload.

 
HELPING TEACHERS DEVELOP? WHY?
 
Why We Should Help Teachers Develop
 
It's Good For You Too
 
What Is An Effective Teacher?
 
Stages That Teachers Go Through
 
Structure of the Book
 
HOW TO DEVELOP PEOPLE
 
The Professional Development Cycle
 
How Adults Learn
 
Analyse Needs, Set Objectives and Draw Up an Action Plan
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
 
What Does Good Professional Development Look Like?
 
Coaching and Mentoring
 
Learning Conversations
 
Self Study and Teachers' TV
 
Observing Other Teachers
 
Visiting Other Schools
 
Courses and Conferences
 
Being Observed
 
OBSERVATION
 
Issues
 
Good Practice in Setting up An Observation
 
Proofreads
 
During The Observation
 
After The Lesson
 
Framework for a Post-Observation Discussion
 
Written Observation Feedback
 
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
 
Planning
 
Problems with Planning
 
Deploying Teaching Assistants
 
Individual Education Plans
 
Work Samples
 
Reports
 
HELPING TEACHERS DEVELOP THEIR CAREERS
 
Opportunities within School
 
Mainstream to Special
 
Applying For Advanced Skills Teacher Status
 
Getting a New Job
 
Pay
 
Appendix
 
Blank Formats

'Helping Teachers Develop is a positive, uplifting, encouraging publication... very good value for money. It is the sort of publication we need in the profession and it is well worth being part of every head teacher or staff development tutor’s collection of really useful books. I have to confess, even before I had finished reading it for review I was using Helping Teachers Develop with my trainee teachers' - Peter Stammers, in the Journal of In-service Education

`The book explores ways teachers at all levels can mentor others and improve their careers. [It] also contains guidance on ways to cope with having your lessons observed and how to make constructive comments as an observer' - Michael Shaw, Times Educational Supplement

`This is another excellent and accessible practice guide from someone who, unusually, understands both the classroom teacher from long years of practice and the theory. The chapter on "observation of teachers" should be read by every headteacher, deputy and teacher who engages in monitoring classroom practice. Note, a few inspectors would benefit too! It's one to read and then refer to on a regular basis if you work in schools or PGCE departments' - Tim Brighouse, Chief Adviser for London Schools

'Whilst this book will be very useful for those beginning their teaching careers, it ought to be regarded as essential for those responsible for mentoring, developing and, above all, nurturing them.' - Neil Burton, De Montfort University, UK


An easy to navigate text book which explores and addresses professional development within teaching and assessment for new and existing teachers.

Mrs MINE TANA
HESC Office, Barnet And Southgate College
November 7, 2018

Not focused at the correct level for my students

Mrs Hannah Miller
School of Pharmacy, Bradford University
September 20, 2012

This is a really helpful book for these students. Although they are international nurses learning about classroom teaching, and the book focuses on NQTs, there is a wealth of useful reading for them to help them reflect on how to improve their teaching skills.

Ms Susan Hopkins
School of Nursing and Primary Care Practice, Liverpool John Moores University
September 7, 2011

The contemporary topics and activities in the book help trainee teachers to improve their own teaching. I will definitely be recommending this to PGCE and CertEd students.

Mr Paul Waltham
Sport and Exercise, North Lindsey College
September 1, 2011

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