"Teaching Character in the Primary Classroom provides an excellent and very accessible overview of the emerging field of character education. It covers, in detail, the theory of character education as well as advice and guidance about how this should be applied in practice in primary schools." Professor James Arthur, University of Birmingham Character matters. As more and more schools are choosing to teach Character Education, trainee and beginning teachers need to know more. What is Character Education? Can it really be 'taught'? How does children's learning benefit from discussions around character in the classroom? How do I teach it? What does good teaching of Character Education look like in the classroom? Teaching Character Education in Primary schools tackles these questions, and many more. This is a practical guide to why and how we can teach character in primary schools. It begins by exploring why character matters and considers what 'character' is and (importantly) what it is not. It goes on to discuss the place for teaching character in primary education and includes practical guidance on how it can be taught. The text also looks at character beyond the classroom, how parents and the wider community can be included in the teaching of character and how outdoor learning and education can contribute. This book is written for all those who are new to teaching character.
Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools addresses the contemporary issues of quantification and measurement in educational settings. The authors draw on the research of the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham in order to investigate the concern that the conventional wisdom, sound judgement and professional discretion of teachers is being diminished and control mistakenly given over to administrators, policymakers and inspectors which in turn is negatively effecting pupils’ character development. The books calls for subject competence to be complemented by practical wisdom and good character in teaching staff. It posits that the constituent virtues of good character can be learned and taught, that education is an intrinsically moral enterprise and that character education should be intentional, organised and reflective. The book draws on the Jubilee Centre’s expertise in support of its claims and successfully integrates the fields of educational studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy and theology in its examination of contemporary educational practices and their wider effect on society as a whole. It offers sample lessons as well as a framework for character education in schools. The book encourages the view that character education is about helping students grasp what is ethically important and how to act for the right reasons so that they can become more autonomous and reflective individuals within the framework of a democratic society. Particularly interested readers will be educational leaders, teachers, those undertaking research in the field of education as well as policy analysts with a keen interest in developing the character and good sense of learners today.
Ethics and the Good Teacher brings together reviews of existing literature and analysis of empirical data from three research projects conducted by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues – The Good Teacher, Schools of Virtue and Teacher Education – to explore the ethical dimensions of the teaching profession. The book is premised on the idea that what constitutes a "good" teacher involves more than technical skills and subject knowledge. Understood as a professional activity, teaching involves an important ethical dimension, a fact that has come under increased scrutiny – and some would argue increased threat – over recent years as education and schooling have become shaped by market logic and accountability. Addressing the influence of personal and professional character on teachers and teaching, and containing clear implications for policy, practice and research, this book will be of great interest to teachers and other professionals working in education settings, as well as those working in educational policy. It will also appeal to academics, undergraduate students and postgraduate students researching the teaching profession and ethics/morality in education more generally.
This new title applies inspiring ideas and teaching approaches to the different subject areas taught in primary schools. Using a practical, subject-based approach, it promotes creativity, innovativeness and enthusiasm as integral to effective teaching and enhanced standards. Each chapter introduces a subject, its key issues, vital knowledge and pedagogical implications. In addition, case studies, action points, key quotes and thought-provoking suggestions for practice encourage readers to engage with the text. Offering refreshing, innovative perspectives in an accessible format, this book will help trainees and teachers to develop skills, boost their confidence and, crucially, increase their own and their pupils' enjoyment.
Writing is not a subject; it is part of reading, of speaking, and of listening. Being a writer means being a reader, articulating stories and characters, listening to tales and learning from other writers. Through teaching exciting and engaging lessons you can help children to discover stories, create worlds, record events, mould characters and inspire each other as writers. Inspiring Writing in Primary Schools helps you to teach writing and to know what a good writing lesson looks and feels like. It gives you all the background theory you need to encourage purposeful writing across the curriculum. It includes exemplar lessons and offers them alongside a detailed exploration of what makes them good, and the theory behind them. As a teacher or trainee teacher, you can respond more imaginatively to the way you approach and teach writing. This text will help you to seize the opportunity of the new curriculum and inspire fabulous writing in your classroom. "Packed with accessible advice, engaging examples of research-informed practice and new ideas for ways to involve and support young writers, it offers primary teachers a breath of fresh air. Emerging from the memorable work of BookTrust’s Everybody Writes initiative (which was co-led by Liz Chamberlain) and drawing on her own doctoral research (which involved exploring three young writers’ practices at home and at school), the resultant mix of practice and theory - theory and practice is very energising. The authors take a real world view of writing and recognise and respect each child as a writer and each teacher as a professional - a potentially creative pedagogue." - Teresa Cremin
Modeled, Shared, and Guided Reading Activities Come to Life. This valuable resource is designed to give K-3 children at the emergent and early reading levels purposeful yet playful activities that relate to the modeled, shared, and guided reading books used in the classroom. Activities featured are organized into six centers that form a critical part of a balanced literacy approach: Letter Play Center Word Play Center Sentence Play Center Oral Language Center Writing Center Reading Center
How does school leadership differ in different sized primary schools? This book responds to the urgent need to explore how different contexts influence the nature and character of primary school leadership and shows how headteachers in different sized schools shape their leadership accordingly. Geoff Southworth draws on a trilogy of related research projects, which investigated leadership in small, medium and large sized primary schools, and sets out the main features of leadership in each category. He presents an evidence-informed portrait of leadership is presented, drawing on the views and experiences of heads, deputies, teachers and governors. As well as focussing on school size the book considers the following related issues: * Learning centred leadership - influencing what happens in classrooms * Structures and systems in schools - how leaders use them * Developing leaders and leadership - the importance of building leadership capacity This informative book sets out in a straightforward way what leaders in different sized schools need to attend to and provides many examples of how leaders can do this. Primary School Leadership in Context will be particularly valuable to headteachers, deputies and subject leaders in primary schools, those who aspire to these positions, and those who are moving schools in search of promotion. Academics and students of school leadership will also find the book useful.
"Critical Issues in Educational Leadership" is a unique and original collection of essay-like chapters that present a straightforward, objective analysis of different perspectives on the major issues facing educational leadership professionals. This comprehensive text provides multifaceted and balanced analysis of the major conceptual, practical, and potential issues facing all individuals interested in educational leadership. Each chapter presents perspectives derived from years of research and practical experience that address problems of effective educational leadership realistically. Students are challenged to view educational leadership as a mix of theory, process, and contemporary practice that requires continuing systematic analysis and review. Special Features: Comprehensive, critical issues presented in multidimensional, original essays developed by the authors allow students and faculty to engage in a meaningful way. Many problems, concerns, and dilemmas are illustrated in a thought-provoking fashion to stimulate debate and discussion and provide direction for continuing dialogue that will foster professional development. Important topics are presented throughout the book, such as no child left behind, ISSLC standards, data driven decision-making, full service schools, and "shattering the glass ceiling" that represents the range of crucial concerns that school leaders face today. Concrete examples that show how theory translates into practice are included in all chapters. Additional resources for instructors using this text are available in the Educational Leadership area at www.ablongman.com. The resources on the site enhance and extend the richness of "Critical Issues inEducational Leadership" with attractive and effective PowerPoint presentations and a meaningful test bank of questions that are differentiated by levels of mastery. Access to the site is available to adopters who request an access code from their local representative. Package this text with MyLabSchool--a powerful set of online tools that bring the classroom to life! Visit www.mylabschool.com for more information!