There is no single best approach in teaching. This new text challenges the idea that there is a ‘best way' to teach. Instead, the authors explain, a more pragmatic approach is required. Teachers need a range of skills and strategies to select from, work with and adapt. Every school, cohort, class and child is different. Beyond that, strategies that worked well with a class last week, may prove ineffective the next.

Teaching and Modelling

Teaching and modelling

Teachers' Standards 2 and 4

This chapter discusses different approaches to teaching and modelling concepts in the classroom and aims to provide you with a range of different strategies to present different ideas to students. The chapter will cover the following Teachers' Standards.

  • Be aware of pupils' capabilities and their prior knowledge, and plan teaching to build on these (TS2).
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how pupils learn and how this impacts on teaching (TS2).
  • Reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching (TS4).


Over the years I have spent in the company of teachers, I have heard teaching compared to many different things, such as the following.

Teaching is like lighting a flame.

Teaching is like training an animal.

Teaching is like ...

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