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Examines transitions within education - between year groups, key stages and schools - and how they can be managed and supported for the maximum benefit of the pupil. There is recognition that educational experiences can have a profound impact on both employability and future well-being. Beneath the political rhetoric is the need for a deepened understanding of how to develop lifelong learners, who can react positively to change and who can think critically, reflectively and independently. Supporting and managing transitions within the educational system lies at the heart of this and is therefore vitally important for all pupils. Drawing upon theory, the book provides examples of practical strategies supported by real life case studies from both working practitioners and key stakeholders including pupils and parents. These raise awareness of both challenges and good practice, while also providing key opportunities for different sectors to learn from one another.
One of the great changes occurring at leading research universities is a renewed dedication to the quality of undergraduate teaching. Syracuse University was one of the first major universities to develop a summer internship program to train its more than 325 new teaching assistants appointed each year. An outgrowth of that program, this book is invaluable to teaching assistants eager to improve their teaching skills. Contents include Practical Tips for Teaching at the University Level; The Discussion/Recitation Section; The Studio; The Laboratory; Using Writing as an Active Learning Tool; Using Videotape to Enhance Instruction; Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Classroom; Working with Students with Special Needs; and Balancing Roles as Teacher, Student, and Person.
Updated for 2005 This collection of key books will help you deal effectively with the challenges of being a special education teacher. The Special Education Induction Kit contains 5 valuable tools for working effectively with exceptional students: Working With Challenging Parents of Students With Special NeedsLearn how to understand the difficult parents perspective of a special needs child while arming yourself with methods to address their concerns and move beyond conflict to true collaboration Differentiating Instruction for Students With Learning Disabilities Best Teaching Practices for General and Special EducatorsInvaluable for teachers who wish to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities or other low-achieving students, this book provides ideas, examples, and tactics that illustrate the best practices to date. The Exceptional Teacher s HandbookThe First-Year Special Education Teacher's Guide to SuccessSecond EditionUpdated to address changes in NCLB and IDEA legislation, the second edition provides a step-by-step management approach complete with planning checklists and other ready-to-use forms. What Successful Teachers Do in Inclusive Classrooms60 Research-Based Teaching Strategies That Help Special Learners Succeed This guide focuses on maximizing student achievement by outlining a full range of research-based methods that can be interwoven to create the best instructional plan for special learners. How the Special Needs Brain Learns This book focuses on the most common challenges to learning for many students and emphasizes lifelong independent learning, increased retention, and cognitive flexibility for all. Save over $32 off the individually priced books. Get all 5 books for $124.95 The books are presented as a boxed kit. Free U.S. Shipping when you order online "
This open access book focuses on how the design and use of innovative learning environments can evolve as teaching practices and education policies change. It addresses how these new environments are used, how teachers are adapting their practices, the challenges that these changes pose, and the effective evaluation of these changes. The book reports on emerging research in learning environments, with a particular emphasis on how teachers are transitioning from traditional classrooms to innovative learning environments. It offers a significant evidence-based global assessment of current research in this field by designers, architects, educators and policy makers. It presents twenty-five cutting-edge projects from researchers in fifteen countries. Thanks to the book's comprehensive international perspective, which combines theory and practice in a single publication, readers will gain a wealth of new insights.
This book explores the impacts of the introduction of new teacher evaluation policies on teachers and head teachers in Japan, particularly that of producing and reinforcing mutual policing relations among teachers and the destabilisation of their identities. It is timely given the big surge of interest world-wide in measuring and developing teachers' quality to ensure better learning outcomes. As in many other countries, teachers in Japan have to account for their performance and competence in new ways. This book focuses on the nature and impact of these new accountabilities by drawing on data from a national survey and in-depth interviews with a sample of teachers and head teachers as it surveys: New teacher evaluation policies Theories of teacher evaluation and performativity Views on the new teacher evaluation policies The enactment of the new teacher evaluation policies The quantitative data is used to show how teachers experience and perceive the new teacher evaluation policies and practices, and the qualitative data is used to discuss the depth of analysis required to look at the nature of performativity. This book will be a valued addition to the research base upon which both policy makers and practitioners across the nations can draw for the improvement of teacher evaluation as a means of professional development and accountability.
Be inspired to enhance classroom learning with this textbook, by highly respected and experienced author Louise Burnham. -Build your learning support skills with guidance tailored to the extensive new CACHE qualification due to launch in January 2018 -Gain confidence in your role with practical advice and full explanations from best-selling author in STL , Louise Burnham -Translate theory into practice with Tips for Best Practice and Case Studies for challenging topics such as Behaviour Management -Strengthen your understanding of theory and practice, with comprehensive information linked clearly to assessment criteria -Find all the information you need with the colourful, clear design and appropriate language throughout the book -Make the most of your training with the Stretch and Challenge feature -Engage in debate on important STL topics with Classroom Discussion suggestions
Winner of the 2015 AERA Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Amid the chorus of demands for change in teacher education, Teacher Preparation as an Inspirational Practice focuses on an equally important but seldom discussed question: What should stay constant? This book provides a compelling answer-nurturing the capacities of prospective teachers to be responsive to their future students, while also being responsive to teacher candidates themselves. This book draws from the literature base on teaching's moral dimensions to establish a framework for responsiveness in teacher education, describes obstacles to its actualization, and suggests approaches for nurturing responsive capacities in teacher candidates. Teacher educators will find personal relevance and resonance in the familiar, daily language of practice used in this book. Voices of teacher candidates, preservice teacher educators, and school administrators animate the conversation about responsiveness through reflections about personal experiences, aspirations, and challenges. Philosophy and practice are situated within the context of tensions between standardization and teachers' commitments to remain true to the unique needs of students and teacher candidates.
With more than half of South Africa’s school population falling into the category of ‘vulnerable’, those who teach or intend to teach are likely to encounter vulnerable learners. Questions teachers and student teachers could ask themselves are: What implications are there for teachers attempting to give all learners in their classes a meaningful education? How do teachers manage with learners of very different abilities in the same class? How do non-specialist teachers teach learners with mental and physical challenges? This textbook will be an invaluable resource for the experienced and prospective teachers alike. It offers a range of tried and tested methods and tips by experts. Additionally, the information in the book is supported by modern theory that invites new insights and perception. This book includes case studies, extensive teacher tips, as well as audio summaries directly from the authors.
The clock is ticking and before you know, it will be September! Use our popular study guides Passing the Numeracy Skills Test and Passing the Literacy Skills Test to get those pesky skills tests done and dusted asap. This seventh edition includes more guidance to help you develop the Key Knowledge required to approach the test with confidence. Updated throughout to reflect contemporary contexts and with new questions. You'll be more confident These books are authored by experts who know the QTS skills tests inside out and used by thousands and thousands of aspiring teachers just like you. You'll know what's coming Hints, tips and handy Q&As help you fully understand the format and structure of the tests and know what to expect on the day of the test. You'll secure your place sooner With full practice tests and loads of practice questions these books will help you get a great score, pass the first time and secure your place on the course sooner rather than later. You can do this! Check out the companion guide Passing the Literacy Skills Test.
This innovative resource has been designed to provide nurse educators with a strong foundation to implement enhanced learning strategies that will create stimulating and effective learning opportunities. This content will make learning experiences fun and interesting for technology-savvy students. The book takes a closer look at the learning process, learning styles and the learning environment. It takes into account the competencies of educators and supports them in the various roles they play in accompanying their students.
Given the increasing speed of change and the information explosion around the world, this book draws attention to the practice of teaching for conceptual understanding, which has been heralded as an effective approach within many curriculum frameworks. This book is pivotal in documenting and analyzing efforts in creating concept-based curriculum and pedagogies for high ability learners. Contributors of this book discuss key concepts and trends in their curriculum development efforts for high ability learners, as well as the challenges and solutions in their work. Drawing from a wide group of educators - practitioners, curriculum writers, administrators and researchers - this book has assembled together a range of perspectives on the processes, outcomes and implications of using concept-based curriculum and pedagogies in a dynamic educational landscape. These informed perspectives highlighted by the contributors will prove insightful and inspirational to practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders alike.
This book examines the way in which the "practice turn" in education and pedagogy offers unique perspectives on the nature of educational work. Through a plurality of "practice theories" deeper understandings emerge about a range of education and concepts, providing useful tools for advancing and developing practice theory in education and pedagogy. The book discusses the related and dual perspectives of pedagogy as both a teaching and an upbringing practice. It also explores education in a range of contexts and sectors beyond school, including VET, tertiary and non-formal settings. Education is seen as serving a dual purpose - the development of individuals and the betterment of societies and community, and this conceptualisation of education underpins the book. It acknowledges that there are diverse understandings and perspectives of practice theory, pedagogy and education, each of which is contestable and ripe for further development, and this is examined throughout the book. This book was developed alongside an invited symposium held in June 2015 in Brisbane, Australia where the authors and interested others gathered to discuss practice theory perspectives on pedagogy and education. The title - Practice Theory Perspectives on Pedagogy and Education - captures the central overarching focus that underpins the book.
This book takes a fresh look at 'professional experience' in initial teacher education in Australia. Using collaborative narrative methodologies, the authors critically explore the ways in which one faculty of education engages with schools, industry, the teaching profession and government policy to deliver an innovative professional experience program. It includes chapters offering new perspectives on more traditional practicums in schools, as well as those reporting on exciting partnership initiatives where pre-service teachers, teacher educators and practitioners work together to teach and learn in new and mutually beneficial ways. There is a particular focus on the professional learning of all stakeholders from across the professional experience program. The book allows readers to gain a new understanding of the experiences and learning opportunities available to all stakeholders when a professional experience program makes a priority of boundary work, relational work and identity work. With the critical and creative power of narrative to convey what other research methodologies cannot, it shows how one institution has developed a variety of innovative approaches and structures in response to on-going debates on quality in teacher education, the role of educational partnerships in teacher preparation and the personal and professional insights gained from such opportunities.
In this book we respond to a higher education environment that is on the verge of profound changes by imagining an evolving and agile problem-based learning ecology for learning. The goal of doing so is to humanise university education by pursuing innovative approaches to student learning, teaching, curricula, assessment, and professional learning, and to employ interdisciplinary methods that go far beyond institutional walls and include student development and support, curriculum sustainability, research and the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as administration and leadership. An agile problem-based learning (PBL) ecology for learning deliberately blurs the boundaries between disciplines, between students and teachers, between students and employers, between employers and teachers, between academics and professional staff, between formal and informal learning, and between teaching and research. It is based on the recognition that all of these elements are interconnected and constantly evolving, rather than being discrete and static. Throughout this book, our central argument is that there is no single person who is responsible for educating students. Rather, it is everyone's responsibility - teachers, students, employers, administrators, and wider social networks, inside and outside of the university. Agile PBL is about making connections, rather than erecting barriers. In summary, this book is not about maintaining comfort zones, but rather about becoming comfortable with discomfort. The actual implementation is beyond the scope of this book and we envisage that changing perceptions towards this vision will itself be a mammoth task. However, we believe that the alternative of leaving things as they are would ultimately prove untenable, and more distressingly, would leave a generation of students afraid to think, feel, and act for themselves, let alone being able to face the challenges of the 21st century.
The 'Get to Know Me' resources aim to support children, with those around them, who may have additional/special educational needs. They are designed to empower the professionals and adults who support those with identified needs. Developed by child psychologist Dr Louise Lightfoot, the series includes activities specific to anxiety, depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In supporting the social and emotional health of students, it equips them with the ability to thrive, personally and academically. This book has been created for key adults (teachers, therapists and parents) as a complement to the picture book and draw along versions of Silver Matilda - a traditional narrative story exploring thoughts, feelings and sensations experienced by many children with depression. The activities in this book offer practical tools and strategies to support the child and those around them in addition to the information specific to the condition to improve understanding of a child's needs to promote empathy and acceptance. Picture book and draw along versions of Silver Matilda are available separately, and as part of the Get to Know Me: Depression set.
Every day, teachers and other school staff have to deal with children who present challenging behaviour during their learning process at school. This book combines the fundamental principles of attachment theory with teacher-based examples, and practical 'how-to' interventions.
This collection presents research-based interventions using existing knowledge to produce new pedagogies to teach evolution to learners more successfully, whether in schools or elsewhere. 'Success' here is measured as cognitive gains, as acceptance of evolution or an increased desire to continue to learn about it. Aside from introductory and concluding chapters by the editors, each chapter consists of a research-based intervention intended to enable evolution to be taught successfully; all these interventions have been researched and evaluated by the chapters' authors and the findings are presented along with discussions of the implications. The result is an important compendium of studies from around the word conducted both inside and outside of school. The volume is unique and provides an essential reference point and platform for future work for the foreseeable future.
The ITT Core Content framework sets out the required learning for teacher training. This book explores what the Core Content framework is and what essential knowledge and skills trainee primary school teachers need to succeed on their course. Each chapter includes key research, key policy and primary classroom examples to help you link ideas to practice. Handy checklists mean trainees can track their learning progress and feel confident that they have: Learnt that........ Learnt how to........ Covering all of the essential and statutory elements of teacher training, this concise book guides trainees though their teaching journey.
Teaching to Change the World is an up-to-the-moment, engaging, social justice-oriented introduction to education and teaching, and the challenges and opportunities they present. Both foundational and practical, the chapters are organized around conventional topics but in a way that consistently integrates a coherent story that explains why schools are as they are. Taking the position that a hopeful, democratic future depends on ensuring that all students learn, the text pays particular attention to inequalities associated with race, social class, language, gender, and other social categories and explores teachers' role in addressing them. This thoroughly revised fifth edition remains a vital introduction to the profession for a new generation of teachers who seek to become purposeful, knowledgeable practitioners in our ever-changing educational landscape-for those teachers who see the potential for education to change the world. Features and Updates of the New Edition: * Fully updated Chapter 1, "The U.S. Schooling Dilemma," reflects our current state of education after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. * First-person observations from teachers, including first-year teachers, continue to offer vivid, authentic pictures of what teaching to change the world means and involves. * Additional coverage of the ongoing effects of Common Core highlights the heated public discourse around teaching and teachers, and charter schools. * Attention to diversity and inclusion is treated as integral to all chapters, woven throughout rather than tacked on as separate units. * "Digging Deeper" resources on the new companion website include concrete resources that current and future teachers can use in their classrooms. * "Tools for Critique" provides instructors and students questions, prompts, and activities aimed at encouraging classroom discussion and particularly engaging those students least familiar with the central tenets of social justice education.
This book is an invaluable aid for all those involved in coaching, educating and training. It uses stories of learning relationships taken from film, TV and literature as a tool for reflecting on, understanding and evolving current mentoring and coaching practice. Storytelling and metaphor are increasingly important in research into leadership and learning. Here they are used as a powerful aid to learning and change by challenging ideas about mentoring in an innovative and entertaining way. The practical, moral and behavioural complexities of the mentoring relationship are explored through stories from Western popular culture, provoking difficult questions, promoting critical reflection and providing new insights through this fresh and enjoyable approach.
Disability Studies in Education (DSE) provides a useful and compelling framework for re-envisioning the possibility of education for all students. However, the philosophies of Disability Studies (DS) can be seen as contradictory to many mainstream values and practices in K-12 education. In an ever-shifting educational landscape, where students with disabilities continue to face marginalization and oppression, teachers and teacher educators are seeking ways to address these educational inequities. They desire realistic and specific ways to work toward social justice, from within the confines of current education systems. Enacting Change from Within aims to provide a framework through which to analyze and address policy and practice in education, offering practical yet visionary ways to frame social justice work in schools that consider the day-to-day responsibilities of teachers. This book is intended to encourage an important dialogue on how to do the work of education from a DS perspective while complying with the often incongruous and deeply entrenched policy and practice requirements in our schools. This book is ideal for current and future teachers seeking to create more just, equitable and inclusive schools.
Being an educator involves continual reflection on practice to improve student learning and engagement. Learning to Research and Researching to Learn is an essential introduction to developing research skills and conducting practitioner research in the field of education. Learning to Research and Researching to Learn covers all aspects of educational research, from how to conduct and engage with research, to how to collect, organise and analyse data. Using real-world examples and practitioner findings, the text encourages student and practitioner engagement through discussion questions and case studies relevant to educators in early childhood, primary and secondary contexts. Written by authors with extensive experience as both teachers and researchers, Learning to Research and Researching to Learn is an invaluable resource for educators in all stages of their professional careers.
This ground-breaking book proves that Project Based Learning (PBL) does work in early childhood classrooms. Most common understandings of PBL in Pre-K through 2nd grade are rife with assumptions, misconceptions, and perceived barriers that have prevented its widespread implementation. Implementing Project Based Learning in Early Childhood breaks down these barriers, offering teachers and leaders at various stages of PBL implementation the tools, resources, instructional strategies, and suggestions needed to dispel the myths and discover the truth. Full of practical approaches and strategies, chapters encourage you to consider your current practices from new perspectives while "Reflect and Connect" sections provide opportunities to think through your questions, make connections to your current practices, and plan your next steps. Educators will gain a deep understanding of PBL in early childhood and build their confidence to engage all students in high quality Project Based Learning from the beginning of the school year to the end.
Teacher Motivation: Theory and Practice provides a much needed introduction to the current status and future directions of theory and research on teacher motivation. Although there is a robust literature covering the theory and research on student motivation, until recently there has been comparatively little attention paid to teachers. This volume draws together a decade of work from psychological theorists and researchers interested in what motivates people to choose teaching as a career, what motivates them as they work with students in classrooms, the impact of intrinsic and extrinsic forces on career experiences, and how their motivational profiles vary at different stages of their career. With chapters from leading experts on the topic, this volume provides a critical resource not only for educational psychologists, but also for those working in related fields such as educational leadership, teacher development, policy makers and school psychology.
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