BiographyDavid Fawcett is a teacher first and foremost. With over 10 years experience in the classroom, he has taken on many roles including that of a Learning Innovator and Head of Department. In each of his roles, David has been passionate about developing teachers. With his interest in educational research, he has run numerous staff training sessions, overseen whole school INSET, and mentored teachers of various years experience. David has run professional development courses across the UK and Europe, and worked more closely with individual schools to develop the quality of teaching. He speaks at numerous conferences about how we can all be that little bit better, and runs the largest free teachers conference in south of England (Teaching and Learning Takeover). David's philosophy is about improving teaching one percent at a time, so we deliver the best lessons possible to our students.
He blogs (rarely) at: http://reflectionsofmyteaching.blogspot.com/
He tweets at @davidfawcett27
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Education and professional development.
David is interested in all things sport. He enjoys reading around teaching and learning and working out what works in the classroom.
By: David Fawcett
It was brilliant to be interview by Darren Leslie for the Becoming Educated Podcast, discussing my book and all things education. In this 55 minute interview, we discuss the inspiration behind the book, what I learnt about teaching whilst writing the book, as well as a whistle stop tour around the chapters in the book. Reviews so far have included:
"Really enjoyed this by @dnleslie this evening driving home. Fantastic discourse with @davidfawcett27 around professional development. David's humility is inspirational"
By: David Fawcett
In February, Schools Week reviewed my book 'Relearning to Teach' and gave it a glowing review. The headline quote "I wasn't convinced it would provide anything that hasn't been said before. I was wrong" was an enormous compliment. Other extracts include:
"I was immediately struck by the honesty and integrity in which the book is written. By chapter 2, any scepticism I had previously held melted away and Fawcett had won me over"
"The author begins many of his chapters by explaining where he has made mistakes in his teaching and how he has been "seductively wooed by a plethora of ideas that have no benefit". This, coupled with his easily accessible style and the use of rhetorical questions as sub-headings, made me feel invited into a conversation with Fawcett to reflect together upon and mull over our respective teaching experiences. In essence, this is what good CPD should be all about".
"Throughout the book, Fawcett tackles myths head on and offers a very balanced and pragmatic view of teaching today. A number of recent conversations have convinced me that there is a general feeling that teacher voice and feedback on the efficacy of certain approaches is all too readily dismissed as anecdote. So it is particularly refreshing that, amongst the references to research (of which there are many), Relearning to teach is intersperesed with views from current practising teachers sharing their thoughts and experiences from the coalface. This authenticity is sorely missing from much that the Edubook genre has to offer"