This is an essential text for all primary trainees, covering the fundamental issues for learning and teaching in primary schools today. It motivates and challenges trainees at the same time as guiding them through the Standards for the Award of QTS. Chapters explore the major themes in teacher education, such as behaviour, communication and creativity, encouraging reflection on key questions and professional dilemmas. In addition, two key chapters provide specific advice to help trainees interpret and fully understand the standards, with strategies for successfully implementing them and demonstrating how each of the standards can be met.
Dr Hayes spent 17 years in a variety of primary schools, including two deputy headships and a headship. Denis is widely published and has written numerous books, all with relevance to primary teaching. He believes that the vast majority of primary teachers are motivated by altruism and the opportunity to positively influence young minds, such that teaching is as much a `calling' as a career. Denis has a research interest in motivation for teaching and trainee teacher experiences on school placement.
Teachers and teaching today Characteristics of effective teachers Planning, organising and managing Effective questioning Control, behaviour and discipline Effective communication Creativity and imagination Exploring the Standards: Lexicon Meeting the Standards The eternal teacher