Helen Martin, Executive Director, Gateway Alliance
Independent Thinking on Primary Teaching is undoubtably essential reading for all early career teachers, but is equally useful for more experienced teachers who wish to reflect on their habits and discover new ways of working smarter, not harder.
The book is a really accessible read which is jam-packed with tips, advice and practical ideas in terms of establishing effective systems and routines, building strong relationships and focusing on what really matters in the classroom (and outside). Always keeping the child at the centre, Mark encourages readers to reflect and question why we do things the way we do – and reveals alternatives and suggests small changes to help us see that ‘there is always another way’.
Each chapter focuses on a key area of primary practice and offers clear, structured and practical advice to support teachers to reflect and make considered changes in order to not only have a greater impact on outcomes for children, but also on their own workload and well-being. Mark’s warmth and humour runs throughout the book, and the strategies and ideas suggested come from a real understanding of the pressures and rewards of teaching in the primary classroom.
I would highly recommend this book to primary teachers everywhere.