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.

The Social and Emotional Aspects of Teaching and other Matters

The social and emotional aspects of teaching and other matters

It has long been recognised that most human activity, including both teaching and learning is not simply a cognitive process but is influenced by other factors, notably the way that individuals feel about themselves. This in turn is strongly influenced by the social environment in which the activity takes places. Andy Hargreaves (2001), for example, argues that emotion and cognition, feeling and thinking, combine together in all social practices in complex ways. In particular, during the past two decades, these aspects of teaching have been driven by the development of research into the concept of emotional intelligence (Day 1998; Goleman 1998). As Hargreaves points out, however, ...

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