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 Importance of Practice

The Importance of Practice

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This chapter will explore the following questions:

  • Why do we still need to practise or even drill pupils at school?
  • How do you evolve from a beginner to an expert?
  • Why at the same time is practice alone not enough?

Help, I’m standing in front of a door!

Imagine that every time you find yourself standing in front of a door you need to ask yourself how a door works. Imagine that every time it takes you ten minutes to rediscover that you need to push that handle thing downwards and then another ten minutes to find out whether you need to push or pull the door before it opens. Let’s be honest: it would make life pretty difficult!

Or imagine that a ...

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