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`A valuable collection of columns that promotes an enlightened, progressive way of practising and thinking about education. It shows that teachers who operate at the sharp end of school life have reasons to be optimistic too' - Will Woodward, Editor, Education Guardian
Sonia Blandford's weekly Masterclass columns proved a hit with readers when they appeared in The Guardian. Now, for the first time, readers can enjoy a selection of Sonia's columns in one book.
Each chapter focuses on a current issue being faced by practitioners and school leaders, and draws on real-life events and case studies to provide practical solutions.
The book includes:
" advice on creation and implementation of policies
" practical guidance on behaviour management
" consideration of workforce reform and its impact on practice
" discussion points at the end of each chapter
This book is an excellent starting point for NQTs, Teachers and Teacher Trainers looking for an informative and entertaining route into discussing some of the more pressing problems in education today.
Professor Sonia Blandford is Dean of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University College, among the largest providers of initial teacher training and professional development in the United Kingdom. Following a successful career as a teacher in primary and secondary schools, Sonia has worked in Higher Education for eight years. Sonia has acted as an education consultant to Ministries of Education in Eastern Europe, South America and South Africa. Sonia has also worked as an advisor to LEAs, schools and leads the Teach First initiative. As an author of a range of education management texts, Sonia has a reputation for her straightforward approach to difficult issues. Sonia writes in an accessible style, communicating ideas in a pragmatic manner as illustrated in Master Class and columns written for the Guardian.
MASTERCLASSIntroductionImportance of Looking After the Individual in a Community of LearnersWhat Makes a Good Learning Environment?SummaryISSUES IN EDUCATIONIntroductionA Palatable Alternative to Selling Crisps in School Tuck ShopsInclusion Is About Identifying and Removing InjusticesTime to Give SENCOs the Support They DeserveSchools Are a Microcosm of their Local CommunityGood Practice Is What Makes Teaching a Job worth HavingImportance of PlanningNoise Control - A Level of DistractionSummary LEADERSHIPIntroductionTime for Individual Needs to Take PriorityAll Teachers Can Be Managers and LeadersA Team Doesn't Pull Together without Effective LeadershipNo Teacher is an Island - they Need to CollaborateMeetings Are not a Waste of Teachers' TimeTeachers Should Seize the Chance to Become Budget HoldersSummaryCLASSROOM PRACTICEIntroductionPupils Thrive in Structured, Creative MessLearning Should Be Staged Like Scaffolding with the Next Level Visible Threats Quash Bad Behaviour but Positive Reinforcement Has Lasting EffectSuccessful Teachers Focus On Learning Not Behaviour ManagementThe Referee in the Classroom - Expectations and RulesRewards and Praise Work Much Better than Threats and PunishmentCommunication in Schools Should Be in a Quiet Way and Shouting Is OutlawedChildren Who Have Not Learnt How to Behave Need Expert HelpGood Teachers Focus on What Each Pupil Can DoAssessment Should Be a Means to Improve TeachingThe Art of Report WritingThe Public Examination System Is a Bit Like a LiftA Stressed Teacher Will Be Less Effective than a Relaxed OneSummaryARTSIntroductionA Different Tune Teachers Can Still Make Performers of their StudentsA Few Tips on How to Face the Music of the School PerformanceCreative Ideas Can Be Found In the Oddest PlacesSummaryPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTIntroductionTrainee Teachers Need Qualified and Devoted MentorsHow to Give Newly Qualified Teachers a Good StartMuch More Thought Should Be Given To Planning Staff Training DaysMake Provision for Continuing Professional Development - a Space To GrowEveryone Should Consider Further Study for ThemselvesSummaryFUTURESIntroductionDifferences in Educational Provision in Schools and FE CollegesRecruit People to the ProfessionIncreased Use of Computers Has Had a Limited Impact On LearningIs Remodelling the National Curriculum the Way Forward?Remodelling the Workforce - How to Make Best Use of Extra StaffA New Curriculum Geared to Individual NeedsSummary
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