My Reading List

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.





Journal Articles


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.




To Read:

Holland, P. (2003) We Don’t Play With Guns Here.

Clarke, S. (2014) Outstanding formative assessment : culture and practice.

Kohn, A. (1999) Punished by RewardsThe Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes.

Robinson, K. (2016) Creative Schools: Revolutionizin​g Education from the Ground Up



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