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.

The Subject Matter Knowledge of the Teacher

The Subject Matter Knowledge of the Teacher

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This chapter will explore the following questions:

  • Why is the subject matter knowledge of the teacher important?
  • Why doesn’t more subject matter knowledge automatically lead to better teachers?
  • What is the ‘curse of knowledge’ and how can you bypass it?

In the previous chapter we saw just how important prior knowledge can be for influencing the learning ability of pupils and students. But what about the subject matter knowledge of the teachers? Because you are trying to teach things to your pupils and students, it stands to reason that you should first know what you are talking about. This might sound like stating the obvious, but the situation is not always as straightforward as it ...

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