Based on the acclaimed series 'The Issue' in the Times Educational Supplement, this book brings together Steven Hastings' vast experience and offers a comprehensive overview of the challenges and concerns facing modern schools. Everything from tackling truancy to teaching children to write, from teenage suicide to pets in the classroom, this easy-to-digest guide cuts through the jargon to offer professional advice, expert opinion and practical ideas for better teaching.
Divided into three themed sections, the book proves a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the main issues affecting contemporary schools:
- the healthy classroom, including dealing with junk food and bereavement,
- the thinking classroom, from emotional intelligence to personalized learning
- the well-rounded classroom, covering everything from going green to pupil power.
Both informative and practical, the book provides a coherent synthesis of the current key topics in teaching, illustrates each topic with firsthand case studies, provides follow-up resources and shows how each topic inter-relates.
Whether you’re an NQT or an experienced classroom teacher, a governor or a school manager, this is the essential guide to life in schools today.
Table of Contents
Introduction. The Healthy Classroom 1. The Teaching Voice 2. Truancy 3. Nits 4. Bereavement 5. Junk Food 6. Homophobia 7. Self Harm 8. Teenage Suicide 9. When You're Sick 10. Teacher's Sabbaticals The Thinking Classroom 11. Using Questions 12. Handwriting 13. Emotional Intelligence 14. Thinking Skills 15. Personalized Learning 16. Teaching Children to Read 17. Promoting Creativity The Well-Rounded Classroom 18. Going Green 19. Using Volunteers 20. Artists in Residence 21. The Learning Environment 22. Schoool Links 23. Classroom Pets 24. Pupil Power. Resources