The elephant in the room: Why the subject specific training of beginning teachers matters

Photo by cottonbro studio on Pexels.com A number of years ago, I watched a lesson where the beginning teacher had been schooled in a set of systematised generic teaching strategies. They had diligently practised and tried to implement these strategies in their lessons, but they were struggling. They were also frustrated. They felt like no … Continue reading The elephant in the room: Why the subject specific training of beginning teachers matters

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Unintentional Teachers: Looking beyond vocation to attract people into the teaching profession

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I didn’t intend to become a teacher.  I knew I wanted a career which was, to my youthful judgement, ‘socially responsible’.  I knew I liked people, although I wasn’t 100% sure about young children.  For personal reasons I needed to stay living in my university town.  I also knew I … Continue reading Unintentional Teachers: Looking beyond vocation to attract people into the teaching profession