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How to Develop the Habits of Outstanding Teaching
A practical guide for secondary teachers

ISBN 9781138950474
Published April 6, 2016 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

There can arguably be no greater influence on a person’s life than their education, and it is the classroom practice of teachers that helps to shape young lives. How to Develop the Habits of Outstanding Teaching aims to help teachers improve their teaching habits and practice so that every student can be supported, challenged and inspired to achieve their ambitions and goals.

Providing a step-by-step guide to the key components for creating outstanding lessons, the book includes a wealth of strategies and techniques that are easy to implement and will have an immediate impact on your teaching and students. With a wide range of examples and case studies taken from different subjects, the book covers all aspects of teaching including:

  • how to create independence, resilience and creativity;
  • tried and test techniques for differentiation and questioning;
  • habits and hacks to manage your time effectively;
  • ideas on how you can coach yourself to ‘outstanding’;
  • Memory techniques for students;
  • literacy in lessons;
  • marking and homework.

Ideal for newly qualified teachers, as well as more experienced teachers who are looking for some fresh ideas for their lessons, this highly practical resource will instil the habits that will enable you to perform at an outstanding level consistently in the classroom.

Table of Contents

1. How to develop the habits of outstanding teaching  2. Lesson planning  3. Starters  4. Success criteria  5. Practice makes progress  6. Differentiation  7. Questioning  8. Modelling  9. Moving away from modelling   10. Literacy for Learning  11. Classroom management  12. Marking for progress  13. How to get students to remember what you teach them  14. How to create a culture of creativity and curiosity  15. Homework  16. Plenaries  17. Time management

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Mark Harris is a practising secondary school teacher; he is a Specialist Leader in Education in the Birmingham region. He designs and delivers professional development for schools in this area and is also a guest lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK.


"Harris from experience is able to pack a whole lot of tricks, routines, templates, self-assessments, lesson plans, flowcharts, summary tables and much more into a mere 150 pages [...] Most teachers would find themselves captivated and excited as they find practical tips they can’t wait to employ in their classrooms [...] I believe that the ‘reader’ will quickly become a ‘user’ if they have a desire to lift their teaching performance. Whether the ‘user’ is a new graduate, or an experienced teacher choosing not to become stale, this book needs to be in their ‘toolbox’." - Peter Kilgour, TEACH Journal of Christian Education