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4th Edition

Organising Learning in the Primary School Classroom

ISBN 9780415465199
Published September 12, 2008 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Since the publication of the first edition, Organising Learning in the Primary School Classroom has been recognised as an indispensable guide for primary school teachers in their quest for more effective practice in the classroom. It gives help on everyday problems of classroom organisation: how to group children, how to set out a classroom physically, how to make the most efficient use of time and resources.

Now in its 4th edition, the book retains these strengths but has been brought right up to date with the many changes that are taking place nationally and globally. The book begins with a survey of these recent changes and goes on to consider their implications for teachers if today's schools are to prepare children for what is, to some extent, an unknown future. In addition to chapters on classroom organisation, the book includes chapters on:

  • child development
  • creativity
  • PSHE and citizenship
  • teaching language and literacy, ICT, mathematics and science
  • the foundation subjects
  • working with parents
  • working effectively with Teaching Assistants
  • evaluating and assessing learning
  • teaching children with special educational needs or exceptional ability.

Throughout, the aim is to get teachers and student teachers to analyse their own classrooms and to produce solutions that will work for them. This book will be invaluable not only to newly qualified teachers, but also to experienced practitioners wishing to review their work.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Preparing for a New Class  3. The Children  4. Developing the Role of Assistants  5. Teaching Style  6. Children Learning  7. Effective Teaching for Effective Learning  8. Teaching Skills and Learning Strategies  9. Planning for Learning  10. The Curriculum  11. The Primary Framework - Language and Literacy  12. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  13. Mathematics and Science  14. The Foundation Subjects  15. Creativity  16. Personal and Social Education and Citizenship  17. Classroom Management  18. The Use of Time and Space  19. Providing for Individual Needs  20. Working with Parents  21. Evaluation and Assessment  22. Conclusion

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Joan Dean has been involved with many aspects of education, having taught in primary and secondary schools and a college of education. She has held two primary school headships and was for eleven years Senior Primary Advisor for Berkshire and for seventeen years Chief Inspector for Surrey. She was a school governor from 1994 to 2000. She is the author of nearly forty books on education. In 1980 she was awarded an OBE for her services to education.


Praise for previous editions:

'This is an excellent book for teachers and essential reading for anyone who works in primary classrooms.' - Perspective

'[Joan Dean's] considerable ability to absorb ideas, analyse and organise the information lead to a clear exposition. Add to that her preference for plain language and it is no surprise, though it is a pleasure, that the book is so readable.' - Education Today