18 months ago I had the most wonderful FaceTime call with @mrspteach, one of the co-authors of the brilliant Making Every Primary Lesson Count. For those unfamiliar with the series, there is already a book aimed at secondary school, and this one was written by Jo and Mel for the primary phase.
Jo and I went to university together, although in such a large group of trainees we rarely crossed paths. Yet, I was delighted to hear from her! I love a good teacher chat, and I was honoured to have my thoughts included.
This easily understood teaching guide promotes 6 simple foundations on which to build your classroom to make the best progress possible with your class. It avoids jargon yet is still packed with the research that makes the suggestions relevant for today's teaching climate. It's realistic and practical.
The 6 principles are Challenge, Explanation, Modelling, Practice, Feedback and Questioning, and each chapter gives a range of strategies for how to promote each principle. Relatable scenarios and real-life examples perfectly illustrate each suggestion, which makes this book ideal for every stage of a class teacher's career.
Often, university booklists are filled with stuffy texts written by dinosaurs who use larger words than necessary just to feel important. This book is written by teachers, for teachers. I'd highly recommend it (and not just because I'm in it!).