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.
Chapter 12: Underlying Themes
This chapter will revisit key themes from across the book.
When writing this book, I soon began to realize that a number of themes kept recurring, sometimes more obviously, sometimes under the surface. It may be useful to end the book by highlighting and clarifying all these underlying themes. They are not specific tools as such, but are more a series of insights that play a key role in the use of the different tools. By making these underlying themes explicit, I hope not only to add an additional weapon to your educational armoury, but also to give you the benefits of repetition, which we saw in Chapter 5.
Students often don’t know what is best for them…
Yes, of course, you must listen ...