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.



This book is for:

  • the student teacher starting their professional education on a traditional, university-focused, programme with a variety of in-school placements
  • those on courses that are predominately school-based with some academic, university-led units of study
  • the newly qualified teacher who is responding to an initial school placement
  • an end-of-first-year teacher who is assessing whether to, or when and how to, fit into a new career path.

It will also be of interest to and a valuable resource for:

  • those education professionals, in colleges and schools, who work closely with these teacher-learners, and early career teachers
  • more experienced teachers looking for ways to renew their approaches to teaching and learning and their place within the classroom.

Questions are addressed such as:

  • How can I find and use professional learning strategies that will enable ...
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