I haven't started my PGCE yet, but I'd recommend this to anyone to either prepare for training, or for use during training. It's written with trainees in mind some recommends tasks for you to do in the classroom (as reflection etc) which I obviously didn't do but it's still helpful. It's such a huge book it's taken me ages to read it all. It has 9 sections but a total of 41 chapters (about 15 pages long each) so you know how many days it will take you to read now if you break it down to one chapter per day!
This book covers a wide variety of pedagogical issues such as: what primary teaching is about, what it is to be professional, being a reflective teacher and continually developing your practice, how children learn, the importance of play, inclusivity, planning and organisation, managing behaviour, outdoor learning, the Cambridge Primary Review, assessment for learning, assessment of learning, differentiation, SEN, BME, cultural and linguistic diversity, gender differences, creativity, collaborating with pupils, parents, and TAs, applying for jobs. It also includes chapters on mastery in primary mathematics, "thinking skills", reading (phonics and comprehension), grammar and punctuation.
Each chapter is very insightful yet is only an introduction to all the issues raised. For more in depth knowledge and understanding there are excellent references and book / website links for further reading which is also a great resource.
- Digital: 576 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 4th New edition edition (14 March 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 131545372X
- ISBN-13: 978-1315453729
- Customer Reviews: 30 customer ratings