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.

Cooking, Medicine and Evidence

Cooking, Medicine and Evidence

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This chapter will explore the following questions:

  • Why is it impossible to have clear recipes in education?
  • What do average effect sizes in educational research hide?
  • What is the difference between evidence-based and evidence-informed education?

The moral of the burnt steak…

What is the secret of a masterchef? Of course, he or she probably has access to the very best ingredients, but even a simple egg fried by a star-rated chef is better than what an average family gets on their breakfast plates each morning. On the other hand, using the best ingredients is not, by itself, a guarantee of success. Here I am speaking from bitter personal experience, since I once rendered a delicious (and very expensive) piece of Wagyu steak ...

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