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.
Introduction : Introduction
Learning to Teach is a Lot like Learning to Drive
When you sit in a car ready to drive for the very first time, it can be overwhelming if you have had no previous experience. Sure, you've been in cars before, but you may not have been solely responsible for manoeuvring the vehicle, or steering it in the right direction. What to do first? Check the mirrors? But which one first? Seatbelt on? Waggle the gearstick manically like you've seen people do but you're not sure why? And you haven't even started the engine yet.
When you actually begin to drive, you've got other things to consider and lots of things to think about at the same time. Don't give it too much gas. Get ...