Summer Preparation Work

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Whilst you are contemplating the course over the summer you might want to start with some reading to think about some of the issues that will impact on the course. See these pages for some recommended books.

We do recognise that some of you will still be working across the summer and/or will have caring responsibilities so if you are not able to do any of the things below it will not significantly disadvantage you.

It is also important that you get some rest over the summer as next year will be very, very hard work (we have warned you!). These are mostly focused on pedagogy and general ideas about teaching and learning - your school will suggest more classroom focused materials.

Some things to read
The two papers below offers some thoughts on teaching and learning from both the perspective of the 'science' of learning (though that term is contestable) and also on a number of ideas from research. Both of these list their sources well so if you want to start reading the source materials you can.
Cognitive Science: A review of the Evidence: EEF (2021): This is a balanced evaluation of the claims being made from Cognitive Science esp. cognitive psychology both from the 'pure' science and from, more importantly, the ecological validity - i.e. how this apporoaches actually work in the classroom. "There are still many questions to be answered on how principles from cognitive science can be applied in order to make the biggest positive difference for all young people. We need to know more about the effectiveness of approaches when used in different subjects, phases and their impact on disadvantaged pupils"
The science of learning: Deans for Impact (2015): This is a synopsis of learning from cognitive science over a range of key questions that is a resource for teachers and teacher educators. The questions are: How do students understand new ideas? How do students learn and retain new info? How do students solve problems? How do students transfer learning to new sits? What motivates students to learn? What are common misconceptions?
What makes great pedagogy? Nine Claims from research: Chris Husbands (2012). This paper looks for research evidence to support nine strong claims about the characteristics of nine highly successful pedagogies. The effective pedagogies give: consideration to pupil voice; depend on the behaviour, knowledge and beliefs of teachers; involve clear thinking about longer term outcomes; build on learning and experience; involve scaffolding learning; involve a range of techniques; develop higher order thinking and meta-cognition; embed assessment for learning; are inclusive of all learners.
A key part of the course is reflective practice so the following would be useful to read
If you are asked the username: hullscitts password: Pedagogy2022
Gibbs Reflective Cycle explained

If you have bought the course book (see below) then I would recommend you have a look at chapters:

  • Part One: Chapter 2: Learning - How can we understand learner development?
  • Part One: Chapter 3: Reflection - How can we develop the quality of our teaching?
Reflective Teaching in Schools: Andrew Pollard (4th Edition, 2018). Building on best-selling texts over three decades, this thoroughly revised new edition is essential reading for both primary and secondary school teachers in training and in practice, supporting both initial school-based training and extended career-long professionalism. Considering a wide range of professionally relevant topics, Reflective Teaching in Schools presents key issues and research insights, suggests 'Reflective Activities for classroom work and offers guidance on selected 'Key Readings.
Some things to do ...

Reflect on the following questions:

  • Watch the video above to give you an example of using a reflective cycle,
  • What is the purpose of education (overall and in your phase)?
  • What should be taught in schools? Who should decide?
  • Should there be tests in schools (Phonics Screening Check, Times Table Check, SATs, GCSEs, A levels)
  • What current issues in education are you aware of?
  • What kind of teacher will you be? (Add three responses at this link) and see the results below.

As well as the above it is worth starting to explore some literature on teaching in your own subject areas (secondary) or Maths/English (Primary). Start to have a hunt on line for materials and build up a library of resource.

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and don't forget ... find some time to chill and relax this summer.
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