Book: How to be an Outstanding Primary School Teacher by @HeadTeachDunn

How to be an Outstanding Primary School Teacher 2nd edition by David Dunn - Published by Bloomsbury

How to be an Outstanding Primary School Teacher 2nd edition

Β£13.60*
9.2

Content

9.0/10

Accessible

9.5/10

Authority

9.0/10

Pedagogical

9.5/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • A huge selection of tried-and-tested pedagogical ideas which can be used immediately.
  • The text is chunked into small sections which can be quickly read and digested, enabling teachers to quickly take the advice on board.
  • The book focuses on a philosophy based on changing practice to make outstanding teaching the norm
  • Advocates that #UKEdChat is a great place to start for ideas, inspiration and CPD.
  • A great book for all primary teachers at all stages in their careers for added inspiration.

With so many expectations, requirements and scrutiny of primary school teachers, it is easy to become formulaic in your practice. This is a shame, as the initial enthusiasm for the job gets waned, and giving young students the opportunity to shine becomes less focused on whole-child development. However, to become an outstanding teacher demands consistency, focus and dedication. Outstanding teachers are always on the lookout for new ideas, but sometimes the tried-and-tested classroom activities and techniques can offer a strong system to help your pupils shine, despite curriculum restraints imposed.

In the Second Edition of “How to be an Outstanding Primary School Teacher”, primary headteacher David Dunn offers a selection of classroom activities, ideas and inspiration to help teachers become consistently outstanding in their practice. Focused on a philosophy based on changing practice to make outstanding teaching the norm, thinking about every aspect of a lesson and how that can be improved to a high standard. David introduces every possible element of a lesson, from planning, starters and plenaries, but also considers complex countenances within each session including assessment, differentiation and technology.

Throughout, the text is chunked into small sections which can be quickly read and digested, enabling teachers to quickly take the advice on board, implement and gently improve practice aiming at becoming constantly outstanding. For example, in the classroom management section, David offers a range of ideas and strategies that can be easily used without the need for much planning, including spelling out instructions to the class; allowing time for pupils to reflect; varying the volume of your voice, or; carefully developing relationships with the students in your class.

The chapter on the use of technology in the classroom is an addition to the first edition, exploring e-safety, but also includes websites and tips to use tech to support English, Maths, and other curriculum areas. However, the highlight of this chapter sits on page 96 where the wisdom of David’s words shine through, advocating the power of Twitter to support professional development and classroom learning, including a notable couple of sentences advocating the power of #UKEdChat – Nice words David πŸ™‚

This is a great book for student teachers,Β teachers in the first few years of their practice, or for more experienced primary colleagues who want ideas to help refresh their classroom ideas and activities to help become more proficient and consistently outstanding.

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Col Hill - Founder and editor of ukedchat. Also a bit of a tech geek! Project management, design thinking, and metacognition.

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