UKEdMag: Book Review – The Spider Strategy by @marcellamccar16

A UKEdChat Book Review

There are so many considerations with teaching, add in the constant pressure from changing guidelines, new curriculum structures and the constant threat of observation or inspection. It is always helpful to have a strategy in place that can support you in the daily toil of teaching that will give you poise and confidence when suddenly under scrutiny.

This is where Marcella McCarthy’s Spider Strategy comes into its own, as each part of the SPIDER (Surprise, Purpose, Investigate, Differentiate Evaluate, Record and Reflect) strategy is a key aspect of innovative good practice which is explored in detail, with tips and examples of proven classroom effectiveness.

The book is a digestible, nicely formulated guide for teachers at any time of their career and relevant for colleagues in different phases of education or curriculum departments. The key aspects of teaching are shared, with the strategies shared within the book being practical and easy to implement, helping with questioning, managing work effectively, guidance on using Bloom’s taxonomy for task-setting and much, much more.


This review originally appeared in the June 2015 Edition of UKEdMagazine. You can buy printed copies of the magazine by visiting our Market Place, or freely read online by clicking here.

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