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The Trainee Teacher's Handbook
A companion for initial teacher training



February 2018 | 248 pages | Learning Matters
This book helps trainees to build skills and focus on developing their professional practice through understanding, reflection and experimentation. Its practical structure and learning features help readers to recognise their own learning needs and set their own targets. The book takes the Teachers' Standards as a base and covers: 
  • planning
  • creating teaching resources
  • inclusive practice
  • assessment and progress
  • classroom management
  • pastoral care

Hear what teacher training applicant, Alex is saying about this book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1yZye9zDA

 
Introduction
 
Part 1 Learning to teach
 
Why do you want to teach?
 
Planning your journey through teacher training
 
Working with tutors and mentors
 
Reflecting on your practice
 
Using feedback for your own development
 
Potential barriers to teaching
 
The resilient teacher
 
Part 2 Your teaching practice
 
What do teachers do?
 
Planning great lessons
 
Creating teaching resources
 
The inclusive teacher
 
How do we learn? how should we teach?
 
Creating a positive classroom
 
Effective classroom management
 
Checking learners’ progress
 
Part 3 Continuing your learning
 
Pastoral care
 
Sharing your knowledge with others
 
Getting your first job
 
The start of your professional journey
 
A teacher’s life
 
Final thoughts

I loved the book! I am a trainee teacher in my final year and this book would have been very useful to support me throughout my training! It is so easy to read, inviting pages and packed full of essential information. Lots of food for thought and I'm sure this will come in very handy for my NQT year in September!

Devon Hinds
Trainee Teacher

Highly recommended – an accessible essential companion
As a lecturer in teacher education I can thoroughly recommend this book for anyone undertaking initial teacher training. The book is very accessible and Thompson and Wolstencroft provide clear explanations on theory, good practice and what it’s like to teach in the real world.
The practical approach and use of illustrations soften, demonstrate and demystify what are sometimes complex theories which some trainees find hard to get their heads around. I especially like the ‘in a nutshell’ feature.
The book is mapped to both the teaching standards for schools and the Education and Training Foundation Standards for the 14-19 and adult sector. This book will be going on my ‘essential read’ list for my students and it is highly recommended.
As the cover suggests this is truly a ‘companion for initial teacher training’ and if you buy it (in my humble opinion) you won’t be disappointed.
David Andrews
Loughborough College

Mr David Andrews
Education, Loughborough College
March 22, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Why do you want to teach?


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