Engagement Tes Articles

On teacher training and gimmicks


Last month I wrote an article for Tes on my experience of training to be a teacher in 2006/7.

I trained to be teacher in 2006-07. Like any trainee, I desperately wanted to learn how to be a great teacher: I wanted to know what worked.
However, beyond some theory (Vgotsky, Piaget, Skinner), my abiding memory of that year is a series of university days dedicated to demonstrating activities we could use in our own classrooms to engage students. Fun was an end in itself.
The message was clear: outstanding lessons were showy, whizzy, fun; inadequate lesson were still, passive, boring. We were encouraged to be the guide on the side, to allow students to discover for themselves and to ensure they were enjoying their learning. I came out of that year a fully trained facilitator.

You can read the rest here.

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