The Trainee Teacher's Handbook
A companion for initial teacher training
- Carol Thompson - Bedfordshire University, UK
- Peter Wolstencroft - Liverpool John Moores University, UK
- creating teaching resources
- inclusive practice
- assessment and progress
- classroom management
- pastoral care
Hear what teacher training applicant, Alex is saying about this book:
I loved the book! I am a trainee teacher in my final year and this book would have been very useful to support me throughout my training! It is so easy to read, inviting pages and packed full of essential information. Lots of food for thought and I'm sure this will come in very handy for my NQT year in September!
The content is easily accessible for trainee teachers and coverage within each area is comprehensive and up to date. The reflection and activities are thought provoking and trainees will gain much from engaging with them.
This book is like a summary of textbooks and resources I have used to support my teaching and referred my student teachers to read. Now, in one place is a practical handbook that brings theory to life though an anecdotal approach.
Thompson & Wolstencroft have included an excellent chapter on the resilient teacher. It certainly resonates with me as my role is to support teachers to support students while making sure they care for themselves too. Resilience and how to promote it has become more important in recent years.This book will help the trainee teacher or even more experienced teachers to remain up to date with current with practice.
Tutors felt that there was not a specific gap in the reading lists.
Highly recommended – an accessible essential companion
As a lecturer in teacher education I can thoroughly recommend this book for anyone undertaking initial teacher training. The book is very accessible and Thompson and Wolstencroft provide clear explanations on theory, good practice and what it’s like to teach in the real world.
The practical approach and use of illustrations soften, demonstrate and demystify what are sometimes complex theories which some trainees find hard to get their heads around. I especially like the ‘in a nutshell’ feature.
The book is mapped to both the teaching standards for schools and the Education and Training Foundation Standards for the 14-19 and adult sector. This book will be going on my ‘essential read’ list for my students and it is highly recommended.
As the cover suggests this is truly a ‘companion for initial teacher training’ and if you buy it (in my humble opinion) you won’t be disappointed.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Why do you want to teach?