Being a "good teacher" is a difficult goal to achieve, being largely dependent on a huge variety of skills outside of the main curriculum.
Teaching Skills For Dummies focuses on these `soft' skills of teaching, from maintaining discipline to creating engaging lesson plans and monitoring performance. This essential guide promises to help teachers gain the respect of their pupils, manage potential confrontations and ultimately get the best out of both their careers and their students.
Teaching Skills For Dummies includes information on:
Developing Your Teaching Style
Teaching a Class
Managing a Class
Dealing with Different Kinds of People
Succeeding Beyond the Classroom
"Don't let the title fool you; this is an essential guide and resource for any aspiring teacher. Sue Cowley uses her experience and insight to provide a comprehensive and informative resource, packed with excellent advice and brilliant suggestions for making both teaching and learning effective. A must for any teacher's bookshelf!"
- Peter Hadfield, Principal lecturer in Education, University of Bedfordshire
Sue Cowley is an experienced teacher and behaviour management expert and is the best-selling author of Getting the Buggers to Behave. Sue writes regular articles for a range of teacher publications and parenting magazines. She also provides training and consultancy for schools around the UK.
Introduction 1 Part I: Developing Your Teaching Style 9 Chapter 1: Building Your Teaching Skills 11 Chapter 2: Understanding Teaching Styles - and Developing One That Works for You 27 Chapter 3: Making the Most of Your Communication Skills 43 Part II: Teaching a Class 59 Chapter 4: Preparing and Teaching High-Quality Lessons 61 Chapter 5: Getting (and Keeping) a Class Engaged 81 Chapter 6: Getting the Most Out of Your Students 97 Part III: Managing a Class 121 Chapter 7: Structuring Your Teaching and Your Teaching Space 123 Chapter 8: Building Better Behaviour 149 Chapter 9: Creating a Positive Classroom Atmosphere 171 Chapter 10: Handling Challenging Situations 189 Part IV: Dealing with Different Kinds of People 209 Chapter 11: Getting to Know Your Students 211 Chapter 12: Working as Part of a Team 237 Chapter 13: Building Bonds with Parents 257 Part V: Succeeding Beyond the Classroom 277 Chapter 14: Climbing the Paper Mountain 279 Chapter 15: Getting Involved in Extra-Curricular Activities 293 Chapter 16: Evaluating and Furthering Your Teaching Skills 305 Part VI: The Part of Tens 315 Chapter 17: Ten Great Ways to Engage with a Group 317 Chapter 18: Ten Key Strategies for Handling Difficult Behaviour 325 Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Dealing with Stress 333 Chapter 20: Ten Best Book and Website Resources for Teachers and Trainers 339 Index 343