Developing teachers

One of my main interests is teacher education and continuing professional development, particularly the role played by teacher knowledge within that. I am interested in teacher subject knowledge, and in particular the way in which a teacher uses their academic discipline. I have written a wide variety of posts on this topic addressing the knowledge-base of expert teachers (including mentors) as well as the kinds of knowledge that new entrants to the profession might be expected to learn.

Teach Now! History: a review

28 July 2014 // 10 Comments

It is always exciting when a new book comes out on history teaching, and I was therefore keen to get my hands on a copy of Mike Gershon’s new book Teach Now! History, part [...]

Subject knowledge and ITT

25 July 2014 // 15 Comments

The relationship between subject knowledge and initial teacher training is currently up for consideration once again. In the spirit of sharing, Christine Counsell – who [...]

What if?

26 September 2013 // 5 Comments

What if, in teacher training, we had the same amount of time and funding available as for the training of new doctors? Okay, I know that comparisons between medicine and [...]

Twenty ways to improve CPD

13 July 2013 // 0 Comments

Two years ago I arrived back from my Easter break to find that our training day would be led by an external consultant who would be training us on ‘critical thinking, [...]