ISBN 9780415516549,Developing Advanced Primary Teaching Skills

Developing Advanced Primary Teaching Skills



Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9780415516549

ISBN-10 0415516544


Number of Pages 232 Pages
Language (English)


From the author of the hugely respected Foundations of Primary Teaching, this advanced textbook explores the essential elements of teaching and learning and the process of becoming a caring and competent teacher. It introduces a wide range of education issues, challenges and requirements with the intention of promoting advanced classroom practice, both for individuals and within teams. The book offers insights, ideas, hints and thought-provoking education topics for individual reflection and team discussion.

With a focus on understanding the teaching and learning processes and the factors that impact upon providing a high quality education for every pupil, this book discusses in detail key learning skills, dilemmas and challenges for primary teachers and themes in continuing professional development. It covers issues in teaching and learning including:

The nature/nurture debate
Emotional and moral development
Raising boys' achievement levels
Gender and teachers
Accelerated learning
Reflective practice.
Including action points, hints and challenges, this book will be of interest to trainee teachers, postgraduates, experienced qualified teachers, deputy head teachers and head teachers who wish to be more consistently effective and make a positive impact on the lives of children in their primary classroom.

Table of Contents
Introduction Prelude Change in Education Excellence in teaching Effective communication Meaningful connection with pupils Closely monitoring pupil progress Skilful pedagogy

SECTION ONE. Key Learning Skills...

1.Understanding key concepts
2. Learning across subject boundaries
3. Developing social skills
4. Working collaboratively
5. Criteria for sorting and classifying
6. Planning and sequencing
7. Recognising cause and effect
8. Adapting to different circumstances
9. Speaking confidently
10. Being imaginative and creative
11. Making valid judgements
12. Developing an enquiring mind

SECTION TWO. Teaching and Learning Issues...

Part A. Child Development and Education

1. The nature-nurture debate
2. The impact of pre-school education
3. Motivation and pupil background
4. Developing parental involvement
5. Adults as effective role models
6. Emotional development
7. Emotional intelligence, children and learning
8. Children's happiness
9. Children's moral development
10. Alternative forms of education

Part B. Pupil learning

1. Learning and concept mapping
2. Cognition and Bloom's Taxonomy
3. Motivation and Maslow's Hierarchy
4. Pupil learning styles
5. Learning through auditory means
6. Questions and higher level thinking
7. Pupil ability and capability
8. Gifted and talented pupils and accelerated learning
9. Memory and learning difficulties
10. Television as a learning tool

Part C. Classroom practice

21. Ability grouping
22. Alternative education and Steiner-Waldorf
23. Maintaining discipline
24. The use of rewards and incentives
25. Pupil time on task
26. Boys and girls in school
27. Raising boys' achievement
28. Use of formative assessment
29. The value of speaking and listening
30. Learning to read Part D. The teacher
31. Teachers as educational agents
32. Gender, teachers and teaching
33. The consequences of labelling children
34. Implementation of the ECM agenda
35. Attitudes towards computers
36. Reflective and self-reflexive practice
37. Shaping professional development
38. Persevering as a teacher
39. Being observed teaching
40. Coping with setbacks as a teacher

SECTION THREE. Professional Themes Education purpose and policy

1. The purpose of education
2. Education policy decisions Children Understanding children
4. Pupil attendance in school
5. Developing a child's sense of belonging
6. Developing positive attitudes in children
7. Adult responses to children
8. Pupils' moral perspectives during primary school
9. Labelling children with special educational needs Child development
10. Child development and learning
11. Forms of intelligence
12. Forms of knowledge
13. Combining knowledge, skills and understanding
14. Working atmosphere and learning climate
15. The impact of an objectives-driven agenda
16. Personalised and individualised learning
17. Competitiveness between pupils
18. Benefits and disadvantages of homework
19. Parental involvement in learning Teachers and teaching
20. Attributes of good teachers
21. Teachers' beliefs about teaching and learning
22. Observing children at work
23. Questions asked by teachers
24. New teachers' rite of passage
25. Accountability and autonomy in teaching
26. Differentiating for learning
27. Effective public speaking
28. Fostering creativity in teaching and learning
29. Reflective practice and teaching
30. Teaching methods and cooperative learning
31. Teachers' duty of care
32. Professional learning communities
33. Achieving peace of mind as a teacher Discipline and behaviour
34. Pupil compliance
35. Dealing with indiscipline
36. Coping with restless pupils
37. Managing disruptive behaviour Curriculum Practice
38. Negotiated meaning for effective learning
39. Effective learning environments
40. Targets for learning
41. Encouraging children to write
42. The educational value of play and drama
43. Organising large space lessons
44. Transition from primary to secondary school

SECTION FOUR. Challenges for Teachers...

1: Maintaining a calm working environment
2: Protecting your own wellbeing
3: Fitting it all in
4: Starting with a new class
5: Achieving a balanced teaching approach
6: Teaching mixed-ability, multi-age classes POSTSCRIPT. Letter to a newly qualified teacher