Preparing to Teach in Secondary Schools: A Student Teacher's Guide to Professional Issues in Secondary Education

Preparing to Teach in Secondary Schools: A Student Teacher's Guide to Professional Issues in Secondary Education

Preparing to Teach in Secondary Schools: A Student Teacher's Guide to Professional Issues in Secondary Education

Preparing to Teach in Secondary Schools: A Student Teacher's Guide to Professional Issues in Secondary Education

Synopsis

"A 'must read' not only for trainees but for all those concerned about the development of teaching as a profession." Journal of Inservice Education"The contributors to this volume - all experienced and highly regarded educators in their own right - have produced a wide-ranging, up-to-date and research-based introduction to the whole gamut of professional topics and issues with which beginning teachers need to be familiar if they are to develop into accomplished practitioners. This is a 'must read' for all who are serious about learning to teach in secondary schools and aspire to become informed professionals equipped to make a difference through enhancing the life chances of young people." - Professor Michael S. Totterdell, Director, Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

"An excellent introduction to all of the core professional issues that trainee teachers need to address during their training... a first port of call for all student teachers keen to understand the challenges involved in becoming a professional teacher in today's schools."Professor John Furlong, Director, Department of Educational Studies, Oxford UniversityPreparing to Teach in Secondary Schools is key reading for all trainee secondary school teachers. It covers the range of core professional skills that student teachers need to acquire irrespective of their subject specialism or their training route. It also considers recent developments in teaching, exploring the opportunities and challenges they present for those about to enter the profession. Topics covered include:Relationships with paraprofessionals and other adults in the classroomNew opportunities created by technological advancesNew thinking on teachers' professionalism and teacher leadershipData-rich approaches to managing school and pupil performanceAssessment for learningGovernment reforms and initiatives. Preparing to Teach in Secondary Schools is also suitable for use by newly qualified teachers to support their early professional development. The book encourages readers to engage with ideas presented in the book, and offers students:An interactive approach - Chapters start with a set of objectives and contain a mix of tasks and activities, case studies and scenarios to which readers are invited to respond. Practical examples and illustrations make abstract or unfamiliar ideas easier to grasp. Self-contained tasks - Most tasks can be completed there and then. For instance, if a task requires readers to analyse pupil performance data, a suitable example is provided. Contributors: Ian Abbott, Chris Bills, Liz Bills, Val Brooks, Jo Crozier, Paul Elliott, Judith Everington, Mick Hammond, Alma Harris, Dimitra Hartas, Sandra Howard, Prue Huddleston, Chris Husbands, Alison Kitson, Peter Lang, Daniel Muijs, Susan Orlik, Kate Shilvock, Emma Westcott

Excerpt

This book has been written for those who are preparing to teach in secondary schools. It is intended to complement your subject studies by covering a range of core professional topics with which all teachers need to be familiar irrespective of their subject specialism. the teaching profession is at a point of considerable transformation: shifting relationships with para-professionals and other adults in the classroom; new opportunities created by technological advances; fresh approaches to teaching in the light of brain-based research; new thinking on teachers' professionalism and teacher leadership; data-rich approaches to managing school and pupil performance and ground-breaking research into the potential of formative assessment to enhance teaching and learning. the origins of some of these developments are to be found in academic research. the impetus for others is policy initiative at government level part of an ongoing drive to raise standards of education nationally. Taken together, these developments have greatly expanded the core curriculum for initial teacher training (ITT). Their implications for those about to enter the profession – the opportunities and challenges they present – are an important feature of this book.

The book is divided into four sections:

Section 1: Becoming a Teacher

Section 2: Core Professional Competences

Section 3: Secondary Schools and the Curriculum

Section 4: Making Schooling Work for All: Aspects of the Inclusion Agenda.

Those new to teaching may be most familiar with teaching as a classroom activity. the three chapters in Section 1 seek to broaden your perspective, placing teaching in its wider professional context and drawing attention to issues and challenges that student teachers will face. Chapter 1 addresses your most immediate challenge – that of learning to teach! It draws on research into teachers' early professional development to elucidate this process. Chapter 2 widens the context by exploring the legal and professional framework for teaching, and professional values and practice. Chapter 3 looks beyond your period of initial training, to highlight the range of . . .

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