Five sections cover education policy, professional skills, theory, practice and reflection. The authors provide teaching ideas that work, and that will help trainee teachers to improve their grades and lesson observation profiles. There is a clear explanation of the theoretical underpinning that must be grasped in order to pass written assignments, and Masters level debates are addressed throughout the book, with a dedicated chapter exploring academic themes and issues.

Planning and Preparation

Planning and preparation


By the end of this chapter the reader will be able to:

  • understand the importance of lesson planning for effective teaching and learning;
  • understand the features of a good lesson plan;
  • understand the significance of sequencing and planning for pace and variety for good classroom practice;
  • understand the importance of the scheme of work for long-term coordination and planning;
  • recognise the importance of effective preparation for effective learning.

Curriculum Planning

The best lessons are performances that are meticulously planned, scripted and resourced. They are enthusiastic and carried out with conviction. Underpinning all these performances – like any good play or piece of theatre – is time spent planning and preparing. This is the hidden work of all good teachers; ‘hidden’ in the ...

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