Making Every Primary Lesson Count is a highly accessible, practical book for primary teachers which makes constant reference to relevant, current and powerful research evidence.
Its framework provides an essential underpinning of what matters most: challenge, explanation, modelling, deliberate practice, questioning and feedback. The authors have taken all that we currently know about children's learning and woven it into highly practical strategies. Each chapter begins with two real-life scenarios which are then fully analysed and developed. We are not only shown how key research informs us of how we need to teach, but are also given a range of well-sourced practical strategies and ideas.
Several threads run through the writing: the ethos of a growth mindset and the importance of struggle; the framework of formative assessment; high expectations for all with no false ceilings; and the need for clarity, practice and modelling. These ideas, if followed, will go a long way towards helping teachers, as the authors say, “guide children towards independence”.