Teaching would be easy if there were clear recipes you could follow every time. The Ingredients for Great Teaching explains why this is impossible and why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Instead of recipes, this book examines the basic ingredients of teaching and learning so you can use them wisely in your own classroom in order to become a better and more effective teacher. Taking an approach that is both evidence-based and practical, author Pedro de Bruyckere explores ten crucial aspects of teaching, the research behind them and why they work like they do, combined with everyday classroom examples describing both good and bad practice. Key topics include: • Teacher subject knowledge • Evaluation and feedback • The importance of practice • Metacognition • Making students think This is essential reading for teachers everywhere.

Use Multimedia, But Use it Wisely

Use Multimedia, But Use it Wisely

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This chapter will explore the following questions:

  • When do you learn more using multimedia and when do you learn less?
  • Which didactic principles apply to the use of multimedia?
  • How can you learn better using images?

Do I need to draw you a picture?

Imagine that you meet an older couple who ask you for directions. You start to explain, but while you are going through the steps one by one, you notice that the couple are looking at you willingly but uncomprehendingly. Then you can hear yourself say: ‘Do I need to draw you a picture?’ To which the answer is probably: ‘Yes’.

This simple sentence conceals one of the oldest didactic principles known to education: the presentation ...

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