Paints a vivid picture of life in a primary school classroom and shares top tips on how to enrich young pupils’ learning at no extra cost to teachers’ time or the school budget.
Foreword by Ian Gilbert.
Primary school teachers are working harder than ever, and seemingly have less and less time to work with, but Mark Creasy believes it doesn’t need to be like this. With rare experience in both primary and secondary phases and at leadership as well as classroom levels, Mark is ideally placed to comment on what works and what doesn’t – and in this book he urges teachers to recognise that there is another way.
In Independent Thinking on Primary Teaching, Mark encourages teachers to stop and consider the things they do daily in the classroom and presents a series of prompts, nudges and suggestions to help them achieve the same (or even better) results by working smarter, not harder. In so doing he shares a wealth of practical and easily transferable tips for immediate use in the classroom, all designed to streamline teachers’ schedules and lighten their workload while enlivening pupils’ learning.
These are in no way doctrines, or silver bullets for success, and nothing that Mark advocates requires investment of either time or money; rather, these ‘working smarter’ tips are geared to win teachers their evenings and weekends back, something that many more teachers need than is healthy for the profession.