1st Edition

Powerful Pedagogy
Teach Better Quicker

ISBN 9780415786898
Published March 13, 2018 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $32.95

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Book Description

How can we teach better quicker?

In Powerful Pedagogy, Ruth Powley, Love Learning Ideas blogger and experienced teacher and school leader, debunks teaching and learning myths and shows how the more we know about pedagogy, the more able we are to make informed and efficient choices about our practice, saving ourselves valuable time. Focusing on building sequences of learning rather than one-off lessons, it is an antidote to ‘quick fix’ books, empowering teachers as professionals in possession of ‘powerful’ pedagogical knowledge that can be used to improve teaching in a sustainable way.

Powerful Pedagogy draws extensively from a wide range of educational writers and research, offering an accessible synthesis of what really works in the classroom. Together with strategies to put theories and research into practice, each chapter contains a handy list of questions for the reflective practitioner. It explores reasons for the confusion over what constitutes effective pedagogy in recent years and presents practical research-based solutions, outlining successful and efficient:

  • Modelling of excellence
  • Explaining for understanding
  • Practising to fluency
  • Questioning as assessment
  • Testing to permanency
  • Marking for improvement
  • Effective planning of lessons and curriculum sequences.

Powerful Pedagogy allows teachers to understand how to make the best choices about what works in the classroom, improving the quality of teaching. It is an essential companion for trainee and experienced teachers in all sectors, and for school leaders and educational trainers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why don't we know what effective teaching looks like? Chapter 1: What is powerful pedagogy?  Chapter 2: Four principles of effective learning  Chapter 3: Six principles of effective instruction  Planning for effective instruction Part 1: Planning effective lessons  Chapter 4: Modelling of excellence  Chapter 5: Explaining for understanding  Chapter 6: Practising to fluency  Chapter 7: Questioning as assessment  Chapter 8: Testing to permanency  Chapter 9: Marking for improvement  Planning for effective instruction Part 2: Designing effective curriculum sequences

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Ruth Powley is Deputy Headteacher at Wilmslow High School, Cheshire, UK, and author of the immensely popular Love Learning Ideas blog @powley_r.