Here is a list of books, articles and blog posts that I have read for my continuing professional development:
Robertson, J (2014) Dirty Teaching.
This is a book which I started reading before I began the MA(hons) course. It includes suggestions and helpful tips for teachers to take their class outdoors and make the most of the outdoor environment.
Blogs and Websites
David Didau – The Learning Spy. This is a blog which encourages teachers to question what we think we know about education. It also explores some relevant issues – such as this post: ‘What’s so great about making mistakes?’
Cult of Pedagogy. This website describes itself as an online magazine for teachers. I have found a few really interesting posts about various teaching strategies which I may attempt to implement within my teaching placements. An example of one such post is this one: ‘Chat Stations’.
Teacher Toolkit. A website with a brilliant blog as well as tonnes of resources. I really like this post: ‘Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce‘ which describes a method of questioning in the classroom with a focus on thinking time. It encourages all children to think of an answer to all questions, and also encourages children to agree/ disagree with a previous answer and hopefully to think about why!
Edutopia. A website with articles and resources. It is primarily American, however a lot of the information is relevant or transferable – for example this post: ‘Hoist the Sails: The Great Quest for a Play-Based Classroom’.
ABC Does. I came across Alistair Bryce Clegg on Twitter. A very knowledgeable individual whose blog is full of brilliant ideas and advice (EY focus). I found this post: ‘I hope that’s not a gun!‘ interesting and it challenged me to rethink my approach to this type of play.
Holland, P. (2003) We Don’t Play With Guns Here.
Clarke, S. (2014) Outstanding formative assessment : culture and practice.
Kohn, A. (1999) Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes.
Robinson, K. (2016) Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up