In Powerful Pedagogy, Ruth Powley, Love Learning Ideas blogger and experienced teacher and school leader, debunks teaching and learning myths and shows how the more we know about pedagogy, the more able we are to make informed and efficient choices about our practice, saving ourselves valuable time. Focusing on building sequences of learning rather than one-off lessons, it is an antidote to ‘quick fix’ books, empowering teachers as professionals in possession of ‘powerful’ pedagogical knowledge that can be used to improve teaching in a sustainable way.
Powerful Pedagogydraws extensively from a wide range of educational writers and research, offering an accessible synthesis of what really works in the classroom. Together with strategies to put theories and research into practice, each chapter contains a handy list of questions for the reflective practitioner. It explores reasons for the confusion over what constitutes effective pedagogy in recent years and presents practical research-based solutions, outlining successful and efficient:
Powerful Pedagogyallows teachers to understand how to make the best choices about what works in the classroom, improving the quality of teaching. It is an essential companion for trainee and experienced teachers in all sectors, and for school leaders and educational trainers.
Ruth Powley is Deputy Headteacher at Wilmslow High School, Cheshire, UK, and author of the immensely popular Love Learning Ideas blog @powley_r.
When the arts are taken seriously, schools become different - and better - places. Using research evidence to promote greater awareness of the capacity of the arts to promote educational change, this text captures four key themes that run through all of the chapters:
• Inspiration - sharing experiences and the way they happened, documenting inspiring pedagogy by understanding the reason it was done, the factors and the people involved in making it work.
• School change - the need for schools to better prepare young people for the lives they will live in the twenty-first century; to engage young people more effectively and so educate them better, and the recognition that in an unequal society schools can contribute to making things fairer.
• Creative arts - demonstrates, through international research, how the arts can facilitate whole school learning, meet core agendas, such as attainment, inclusion and promote lifelong learning.
• Transforming education - marshals the arguments and evidence for a form of education in, through and with the arts that moves beyond individual projects to become central to teaching, learning and school reform.
Tackling the hot topics of parent and pupil engagement, standards and accountability in a fresh way, Inspiring School Change offers those engaged in the research and practice of improving teaching and learning with insight into the educational value and possibilities of arts-based teaching and an arts-rich curriculum
The Really Useful Drama Bookoffers busy primary school teachers a collection of step-by-step drama sessions, inspired by high-quality picturebooks, that will engage children and promote enjoyable learning across the curriculum.
Lively and thoughtful, the interactive drama sessions are structured around a wide range of texts, including wordless picturebooks, postmodern picturebooks, short stories, well-known texts by recognisable authors and some you may not have come across before, all chosen for their power to foster curiosity. The step-by-step sessions can also be adapted to incorporate your own ideas and passions, allowing you to structure them for the topics you’re exploring with your class.
Each session is structured around two texts and offers a guide to the drama strategies used, teaching objectives, ideas for writing opportunities, problems, emotions and challenges to explore, and a clear guide to exploring each text. Ten key themes are explored:
Rhyme and rhythm
War and conflict
Possessions and obsessions
With a focus on the crucial role of imagination in the classroom, The Really Useful Drama Book helps reclaim a purposeful, passionate pedagogy and shows teachers how drama can place children right at the heart of a story, encouraging their desire to ask questions, solve problems and search out new information.
Written by an experienced teacher and teacher educator, the book balances evidence-informed principles and practical suggestions. It contains:
A detailed exploration of six core problems that all teachers face in planning lessons, assessing learning and responding to students.
Effective practical strategies to address each of these problems across a range of subjects.
Useful examples of each strategy in practice and accounts from teachers already using these approaches.
Checklists to apply each principle successfully and advice tailored to teachers with specific responsibilities.
This innovative book is a valuable resource for new and experienced teachers alike who wish to become more responsive teachers. It offers the evidence, practical strategies and supportive advice needed to make sustainable, worthwhile changes.
Maintaining a strong link with current policy and curricula, each chapter takes a detailed and nuanced approach to a different aspect of pupil support, whilst reflective questions, activities and suggestions for further reading encourage the reader to reflect, re-consider and delve deeper into key topics. Areas addressed include:
theories of child and adolescent development
managing student behaviour and building positive relationships
working with pupils with special educational needs
making use of assessment and evaluation
furthering professional skills and career progression.
An accessible yet comprehensive guide to a wide range of key issues, this book will provide Foundation Degree students, teaching assistants and practitioners working in a range of educational settings with essential support as they progress from study into practice.