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Primary Teaching

Primary Teaching
Learning and teaching in primary schools today

First Edition
Edited by:

November 2018 | 712 pages | Learning Matters

When learning to teach, practical experience in the classroom is as essential as learning from others and being able to reflect on your own learning and performance. Equally important is the ability to critically evaluate learning and teaching. This new, extensive, core text from Learning Matters tackles questions like:

  • What drives schools and what challenges them? 
  • What can we learn from other countries? 
  • Does curriculum really matter? 
  • How do teachers manage behaviour? 
  • How do I prove that my children are learning? 
  • What does mastery really look like? 

Discussing these and many more, it comprehensively covers professional studies modules and goes beyond to support trainees on placements and in their learning on the course.

Learning features throughout have been designed to help students develop their understanding, broaden their perspectives, think more critically and apply theory to practice. These include:

Case Studies to apply learning to real-life school contexts.

Key Readings to encourage wider reading, broaden perspectives and offer practical ideas for the classroom.

Key Theory features introduce and summarise big ideas, theories and research.

Critical Questions direct reflection, help students engage with what their reading and encourage critical responses.  

Classroom Links highlight good practice, provide practical ideas and show how to implement these in the classroom.

Assignment features offer helpful points to consider and practical advice for writing assignments on chapter topics, which act as great starting points.

Part 1: Understanding
Chapter 1: What is teaching?
Chapter 2: What is teacher training?
Chapter 3: What are the realities of being a teacher in the UK today?
Chapter 4: Who are our 21st century children?
Chapter 5: What matters in the early years?
Chaper 6: How does children's development impact their learning?
Chapter 7: How do children learn?
Chapter 8: Some global teaching strategies - how can we evaluate them?
Chapter 9: Does the curriculum really matter?
Chapter 10: How do we teach in the UK today? And how do we want to?
Chapter 11: What are we good at anyway? An international comparison
Part 2: Essential prinicples for teaching
Chapter 13: Profesionalism
Chapter 14: Planning
Chapter 15: Behaviour
Chapter 16: Talk and communication
Chapter 17: Assessment
Chapter 18: SEN
Part 3: Developing skills
Chapter 20: Teaching placements
Chapter 21: Your teaching environment inc, classroom managment
Chpter 22: Questioning, pace and delivery
Chapter 23: Enquiry learning
Chapter 24: Building relationships with children and parents
Chapter 25: Beyond the classroom
Chapter 26: Differentiation
Chapter 27: Inclusion
Chapter 28: Impact and progress
Chapter 29: Accountability and data
Part 4: Teaching now
Chapter 30: Teacher workload
Chapter 31: Technology and learning
Chapter 32: Literacy, books and reading
Chapter 33: STEM
Chapter 34: Mastery - breadth and depth
Chapter 35: A broad and balanced curriculum?
Chapter 36: Growth mindsets
Part 5: Building a career
Chapter 37: CPD
Chapter 39: Sharing good practice
Chapter 40: Research
Teacher's standards - in full
Equivalents for Wales, Scotland and NI
Advice on writing your ITT assignments

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