• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Being a successful teacher means constantly examining your own development to identify blind spots and ensure you engage on a meaningful level with teaching and learning. This book discusses theoretical and conceptual ideas, linked to direct strategies for the classroom, that guide students towards becoming proactive and effective learners, giving them the confidence to take charge of their professional future in teaching. Built around a series of ‘contributing ideas’, this book includes a conceptual framework for critically analysing and thinking about the teaching and learning environment. Examples throughout explore how to make the most of professional learning opportunities so students can take personal control of their learning, through self-regulation and self-monitoring. Strategies for making practical use of these ideas for classroom planning and preparation for learning are also included.

The Planning Process
The Planning Process

Having read this chapter, you will have an understanding of:

  • the key curriculum design concept of the spiral curriculum
  • how curriculum design features can be replicated in your planning responses
  • planning formats for, and a responsiveness to, differing needs and abilities of specific learners
  • developing cognitive planning skills that will enable you to de-construct existing curriculum programmes and create replica teaching plans for your students
  • the significance of listening skills in productive teaching strategies and classroom discourse
  • the close connections between statements of learning objectives and supportive questioning patterns.
Introduction

The purpose of preparation and planning is to provide a range of interesting and challenging learning experiences which will enable your learners to make connections between what they are being taught, what they already know and the ...

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