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The Ingredients for Great Teaching



March 2018 | SAGE Publications Ltd

Teaching would be easy if there were clear recipes you could follow every time. The Ingredients for Great Teaching explains why this is impossible and why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

 

Instead of recipes, this book examines the basic ingredients of teaching and learning so you can use them wisely in your own classroom in order to become a better and more effective teacher.

 

Taking an approach that is both evidence-based and practical, author Pedro de Bruyckere explores ten crucial aspects of teaching, the research behind them and why they work like they do, combined with everyday classroom examples describing both good and bad practice.

 

Key topics include:

  • Teacher subject knowledge
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • The importance of practice
  • Metacognition
  • Making students think

This is essential reading for teachers everywhere.

 
Chapter 1: Cooking, medicine and evidence
 
Chapter 2: Prior knowledge: how learning begins
 
Chapter 3: The subject matter knowledge of the teacher
 
Chapter 4: Make them think!
 
Chapter 5: Repeat, pause, repeat, linger, pause, repeat
 
Chapter 6: The importance of practice
 
Chapter 7: Metacognition: Teaching your pupils and students how to learn
 
Chapter 8: Evaluate and give feedback
 
Chapter 9: Use multimedia, but use it wisely
 
Chapter 10: Have a vision (and it doesn't matter which one)
 
Chapter 11: Like your pupils
 
Chapter 12: Underlying themes

If you’re seeking to improve your knowledge of education research but unsure where to start, you won’t find a better gateway book than this. Its insights are scholarly enough to inspire future study, yet practical enough to be applied in first period tomorrow.

Eric Kalenze
author of 'Education is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems'

Pedro de Bruyckere helped to reveal the lack of evidence behind many intuitively appealing ideas within teaching in his previous book. In Ingredients for Great Teaching he takes the next logical step – pointing teachers towards the more reliable evidence about teaching and learning they can use in the classroom. This excellent and accessible book represents an important contribution to one of the major foundations of professionalism in teaching; expertly describing the evidence-informed, scientific insights that teachers can use to make deliberate choices for the benefit of their pupils and students.

Nick Rose
educational researcher and author

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