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Sonia Blandford's Masterclass

First Edition


September 2005 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`A valuable collection of columns that promotes an enlightened, progressive way of practising and thinking about education. It shows that teachers who operate at the sharp end of school life have reasons to be optimistic too' - Will Woodward, Editor, Education Guardian

Sonia Blandford's weekly Masterclass columns proved a hit with readers when they appeared in The Guardian. Now, for the first time, readers can enjoy a selection of Sonia's columns in one book.

Each chapter focuses on a current issue being faced by practitioners and school leaders, and draws on real-life events and case studies to provide practical solutions.

The book includes:

" advice on creation and implementation of policies

" practical guidance on behaviour management

" consideration of workforce reform and its impact on practice

" discussion points at the end of each chapter

This book is an excellent starting point for NQTs, Teachers and Teacher Trainers looking for an informative and entertaining route into discussing some of the more pressing problems in education today.

 
MASTERCLASS
 
Introduction
 
Importance of Looking After the Individual in a Community of Learners
 
What Makes a Good Learning Environment?
 
Summary
 
ISSUES IN EDUCATION
 
Introduction
 
A Palatable Alternative to Selling Crisps in School Tuck Shops
 
Inclusion Is About Identifying and Removing Injustices
 
Time to Give SENCOs the Support They Deserve
 
Schools Are a Microcosm of their Local Community
 
Good Practice Is What Makes Teaching a Job worth Having
 
Importance of Planning
 
Noise Control - A Level of Distraction
 
Summary
 
LEADERSHIP
 
Introduction
 
Time for Individual Needs to Take Priority
 
All Teachers Can Be Managers and Leaders
 
A Team Doesn't Pull Together without Effective Leadership
 
No Teacher is an Island - they Need to Collaborate
 
Meetings Are not a Waste of Teachers' Time
 
Teachers Should Seize the Chance to Become Budget Holders
 
Summary
 
CLASSROOM PRACTICE
 
Introduction
 
Pupils Thrive in Structured, Creative Mess
 
Learning Should Be Staged Like Scaffolding with the Next Level
 
Visible Threats Quash Bad Behaviour but Positive Reinforcement Has Lasting Effect
 
Successful Teachers Focus On Learning Not Behaviour Management
 
The Referee in the Classroom - Expectations and Rules
 
Rewards and Praise Work Much Better than Threats and Punishment
 
Communication in Schools Should Be in a Quiet Way and Shouting Is Outlawed
 
Children Who Have Not Learnt How to Behave Need Expert Help
 
Good Teachers Focus on What Each Pupil Can Do
 
Assessment Should Be a Means to Improve Teaching
 
The Art of Report Writing
 
The Public Examination System Is a Bit Like a Lift
 
A Stressed Teacher Will Be Less Effective than a Relaxed One
 
Summary
 
ARTS
 
Introduction
 
A Different Tune
 
Teachers Can Still Make Performers of their Students
 
A Few Tips on How to Face the Music of the School Performance
 
Creative Ideas Can Be Found In the Oddest Places
 
Summary
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
Introduction
 
Trainee Teachers Need Qualified and Devoted Mentors
 
How to Give Newly Qualified Teachers a Good Start
 
Much More Thought Should Be Given To Planning Staff Training Days
 
Make Provision for Continuing Professional Development - a Space To Grow
 
Everyone Should Consider Further Study for Themselves
 
Summary
 
FUTURES
 
Introduction
 
Differences in Educational Provision in Schools and FE Colleges
 
Recruit People to the Profession
 
Increased Use of Computers Has Had a Limited Impact On Learning
 
Is Remodelling the National Curriculum the Way Forward?
 
Remodelling the Workforce - How to Make Best Use of Extra Staff
 
A New Curriculum Geared to Individual Needs
 
Summary

`A valuable collection of columns that promotes an enlightened, progressive way of practising and thinking about education. It shows that teachers who operate at the sharp end of school life have reasons to be optimistic too' - Will Woodward, Editor, Education Guardian

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