Stephen Drew, Senior Vice-Principal, Passmores Academy, UK, featured school on Channel 4’s
‘Tom Bennett is the voice of the modern teacher. Everyone involved in education
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wants to be the best they can be, to do all that we can for our young people, and
Tom gets ‘us’ as a profession . . . You will be a better teacher if you read this book!’
‘This is a book all teachers need to read, whether they be in training, newly
qualified or experienced. It contains a wealth of golden nuggets for being an
effective and efficient teacher, as well as providing an understanding of the
current context of classroom life. Quite simply, this is one of the best and most
useful books I have read about what we do, and need to do as teachers.’
John d’Abbro, OBE, Head of the New Rush Hall Group, UK and Headteacher on Channel 4’s
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And who am I to argue with telly's super-teachers? I'm honoured that Mr Drew, doyenne of implacable intra-school justice, and Bad-boy D'Abbs, have even read it, let alone been kind enough to endorse it.
No cheap shots at educational Aunt Sallies this week; instead a shameless plug for my new book out this week: Teacher- Mastering the Art and Craft of Teaching, which launches on Thursday the 7th June 2012.
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In my 'umble, it's my best one so far. The first, Behaviour Guru, was a straightforward selection of best tips in classroom whispering; the second, Not Quite a Teacher, was my interpretation of the NQT How-To guide. And now, this, the far-from-difficult third album. I like it because it's closest in style and heart to my blog work, and a better representation of what I really think about education and the teaching profession.
Are you tired of the deluge of commandments that rain down on you like someone dropped two stone tablets on your toes?
Because as a profession, we've had a bit of a hammering lately. No day passes without some educational hard-on passing more and more prescriptive definitions of what we should be doing in the classroom. Sometimes I feel we've been boxed into the corner of a painted room. We're beginning to lose touch with what it means to be a teacher, and not some slavish delivery mechanism for the latest fashionable box-ticking measure. NO MORE. Throw your Ofsted planning guide into the bin and chillax with this. When we think about what we should be doing in the classroom, our first thought should be 'does this further their educational well-being?' NOT 'What would Ofsted think?' The approval of an external examiner should be an extrinsic concern to our profession. And ironically, if you focus on being a good teacher for its own sake, you'll find that the other quantitative measures of success are obtained incidentally.
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This book is my exploration of what it means to really be a teacher, and how we can improve as teachers. What it isn't is prescriptive; it doesn't attempt to tell you what the Platonically ideal teacher is. What is does, is tell you what kind of character traits will make you a better teacher. Rather than tell you what to do, it tells you what teachers should be. It focuses on you, not just on rules to follow. That;s the heart of being a real expert, I think. Teaching requires you to think on your feet and make instant, complex decisions. No guidebook can prepare you fo that. So I've created a series of exercises and tasks that you can do in order to push and challenge you as a teacher.
I wanted to write something that I thought really went to the heart of being a teacher, and not just tell you how I do it. I want teachers to realise that there's no one perfect method to teach, and that anyone who tells you otherwise is mistaking their way for the only way. Discover YOUR way.
I'm very proud of it, and I hope you enjoy it.
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‘This is a deeply thoughtful guide to becoming a better teacher. Bennett’s book
is full of practical wisdom rooted in sound philosophy and long experience.
His use of virtue ethics is a masterstroke, cutting a swathe through the tickbox
and checklist culture so as to reveal the very essence of good teaching:
good character. The ideas and strategies Bennett provides are perfectly
pitched for the busy professional, whatever stage of their career they are in.
All in all, this is a book which gives the reader practical and effective solutions
to the question which everyone in the profession asks themselves: how can I
get better? The answers, ladies and gentlemen, are within.’
Mike Gershon, sociology teacher, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, UK