Teaching English: Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher

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Carol Evans, Alyson Midgley, Phil Rigby, Lynne Warham & Peter Woolnough

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  • Reflective Teaching and Learning: A guide to professional issues for beginning secondary teachers

    Edited by Sue Dymoke and Jennifer Harrison

    Reflective practice is at the heart of effective teaching. This core text is an introduction for beginning secondary teachers on developing the art of critical reflective teaching throughout their professional work. Designed as a flexible resource, the book combines theoretical background with practical reflective activities.

    Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher Series

    These subject-specific core texts are for beginning secondary teachers following PGCE, GTP or undergraduate routes into teaching. Each book provides a comprehensive guide to beginning subject teachers, offering practical guidance to support students through their training and beyond. Most importantly, the books are designed to help students develop a more reflective and critical approach to their own practice. Key features of the series are:

    • observed lessons, providing both worked examples of good practice and commentaries by the teachers themselves and other observers
    • an introduction to national subject frameworks including a critical examination of the role and status of each subject
    • support for beginning teachers on all aspects of subject teaching, including planning, assessment, classroom management, differentiation and teaching strategies
    • a trainee-focused approach to critical and analytical reflection on practice
    • a research-based section demonstrating M-level work
    • a comprehensive companion website linking all subjects, featuring video clips of sample lessons, a range of support material and weblinks.

    Teaching Mathematics

    Paul Chambers

    Teaching History

    Ian Phillips

    Forthcoming:

    Teaching Science

    Tony Liversidge, Matt Cochrane, Bernie Kerfoot and Judith Thomas

    Teaching ICT

    Carl Simmons and Claire Hawkins

    Teaching English

    Carol Evans, Alyson Midgley, Phil Rigby, Lynne Warham and Peter Woolnough

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    Acknowledgements

    Chapter 2:

    Sarah Cody, Laura Shipsides, Jemma Sugden, Kate Thornton, Jonathan Thorpe and Matthew Whittle: PGCE Secondary English trainee teachers at Edge Hill, 2006-7.

    Chapter 3:

    Sutton High Sports College, St Helens, Monika Maloszyc (Acting Head of English, SHSC), Ian Jackson (ITT Trainee), Isobel Browett

    Chapter 4:

    Emily Parr and Katie Unsworth: PGCE Secondary English trainee teachers at Edge Hill University, 2007-8.

    Stephanie Davies: PGCE Secondary English trainee teacher at Edge Hill, 2006-7.

    Joe Felce: Ex-Deputy Head of Birkdale High School, Southport.

    Chapter 7:

    QCA, Jo Wallace, WJEC, AQA

    Chapter 8:

    Jean Raybould: PSHE Co-ordinator and English teacher, and other members of the English department, Range High School, Formby.

    Dr Bethan Evans: lecturer in Human Geography, Manchester Institute of Social and Spatial Transformations, Manchester Metropolitan University, and colleagues at Loughborough University.

    Sarah Cody: PGCE Secondary English trainee teacher at Edge Hill, 2006-7.

    The Head Teacher, Professional Mentor, English department teachers, Learning Support Assistant and year 7 pupils of Rivington and Blackrod High School, Horwich.

    Angela Mayer: Assistant Head of Lower School, Year 7 PSHE Co-ordinator and Food technology teacher, Parklands Specialist Language College, Chorley.

    Anthony Rider: PE/PSHE teacher, Holy Cross Catholic High School, Sports and Science College, Chorley.

    PGCE Secondary English trainee teachers at Edge Hill University, 2002-2004, who took part in PSHE research.

    Chapter 9:

    Rachel Swann, Lisa Charnock, Sylvia Williamson and Paul Duvall: Former Edge Hill staff instrumental in devising and designing ICT activities for the VLE.

    Chris Warren: Teachit and NATE.

    How to Use this Book

    This book is designed to help you to make a success of your training course. It shows you how to plan lessons, how to make good use of resources and how to assess pupils’ progress effectively However, its main aim is to help you learn how to improve your classroom performance. In order to improve, you need to have skills of analysis and self-evaluation, and you need to know what you are trying to achieve and why. You also need examples of how experienced teachers deliver successful lessons, and how even the best teachers continually strive to become even better.

    As practising teachers, we wanted this book to have a practical focus and to be user- friendly. We want not only to demystify English teaching but also to demonstrate how special this subject is. This book will help you to feel more comfortable about what is expected from you in teaching practice, through demonstrating good practice in English teaching, but also through putting that good practice into a whole-school and a national context. You will for example, find suggestions about how English teachers can contribute to the national Every Child Matters agenda.

    When we started to write this book, we were very conscious of two key issues: first, there were five different teachers writing the book and you, as a reader, would note the difference in voices and, perhaps, emphasis We see the different voices as an added strength to the book, because you will experience different perspectives and be able to make your own judgements. Secondly, English as a subject does not have designated boundaries, and information intentionally overlaps from one chapter to another. We feel that the overlap reflects the fluidity of English as a subject, which in turn will enable you to see how the subject's multiple elements link together.

    A key feature of this book is the accompanying website. The icon shown in the margin will appear throughout the text where additional material is available on the website http://www.sagepub.co.uk/secondary. The website contains links to all of the websites featured in the various chapters, together with additional links to sites that provide useful support to trainee teachers of English. The book makes extensive reference to filmed English lessons and video files of these lessons appears on the companion website. As you read the book, you will be able to view how a trainee teacher puts into practice key aspects of planning, teaching and assessment. The video clips are available in Windows media video file format (.wmv), and give the best quality visuals if viewed with Windows Media Player. (Players that support this file type are: Windows Media Player 7, Windows Media Player for Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9 Series, Windows Media Player 10 and Windows Media Player 11.) The clips are also available as Flash files (.flv), which may play more quickly on your computer. You will need Flash Player to view these, and this programme can be downloaded for free from http://www.adobe.com/products/flash.player/ The clips also link to transcriptions of trainee teachers’ views.

    This book also provides a key link to the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (September 2007). Table H.1 gives a summary of how this book and the accompanying website cover these professional standards.

    Table H.1 Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status Professional attributes. Those recommended for the award of QTS should:

    Authors' Note

    This book had gone to print when the decision was made to abolish Key Stage 3 SATs. The authors hope the information contained in the book about these tests may be of use to readers as a point of comparison, when the government announces detail about any new KS3 assessment regime.

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