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.

Make Them Think!

Make Them Think!

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This chapter will explore the following questions:

  • What is the link between thinking and learning?
  • How can you make everyone in the class think?
  • When is thinking less good for learning?

On 22 March 2015, the psychologist Richard Wiseman wrote the following on Twitter:

I keep seeing articles on enhancing student learning with tech etc. In my experience you just need to focus on 3 words – work really hard.1

The man has a point. A very good point, in fact. A point I would rather have made myself. After all, this is what we all want. A pill to learn a language. Learning in our sleep by listening to recordings. Each new ‘trick’ is enough to raise people’s hopes and often enough to make ...

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