Providing a framework for understanding the individual needs of pupils, this book describes how you can tailor your teaching methods to maximise learning. You will learn how to take account of your pupils' knowledge, skills and attitudes when selecting and applying principles of instruction, in order to make learning in your classroom as successful as possible. Packed with informative case studies and classroom examples, this book explores how learning is conceptualised, direct instruction, interactive teaching, teaching as scaffolding, and how to overcome obstacles to learning. This is a must-read for all practitioners and students of primary education who wish to understand how to best apply theories of instruction, and provide effective, dynamic teaching.

Learning for Teaching

Learning for teaching

In the government's document, Excellence and Enjoyment: A Strategy for Primary Schools (DfES 2003) Chapter 4 begins with the comment ‘every teacher knows that truly effective learning and teaching focuses on individual children, their strengths and the approaches which engage, motivate and inspire them.’ And the authors of the document then go on to say that the new primary strategy will actually support greater tailoring of teaching to individuals. This view was further developed in the then Education Minister David Miliband's speech to the 2004 North of England Conference where he used the term personalised learning. According to the minister, this had to do with ‘shaping teaching around the way that different youngsters learn’ so that it nurtures ‘the unique ...

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