Tackling Teacher Workload

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So, what are people saying about my new book, Mark. Plan. Teach. and should your purchase a copy?

Over the coming weeks, I will be sharing a range of voices who have reviewed my new book, Mark. Plan. Teach. You may want to win a free signed copy? Simple share this before 7th September 2017.

Every idea in Mark. Plan. Teach. can be implemented by all primary and secondary teachers at any stage of their career. The ideas have been tried and tested and are supported by evidence that explains why they work, including current educational research and psychological insights from Dr Tim O’Brien, leading psychologist and Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education. Mark. Plan. Teach. will enable all teachers to maximise the impact of their teaching and, in doing so, save time, reduce workload and take back control of the classroom.

Foreword

Firstly, I am delighted that Professor Dame Alison Peacock has written the foreword to this book. Here is an extract:

… Ross Morrison McGill draws upon his extensive experience working in secondary schools to provide punchy practical advice. This is very helpful and ensures that the reader is grabbed by immediate, simple and powerful ideas. In my role as CEO of the new Chartered College of Teaching, I am particularly pleased to provide the foreword for this book because this text embodies a much-needed future dialogue between the gritty reality of classrooms and theoretical research.

In each section, Ross ensures that he highlights the available evidence that underpins his recommended stance or approach … This combination of practicality, reference to research evidence and rigorous academic commentary forms a useful model for our profession … Importantly, Ross states several times that ‘context is king’. This is at the heart of professionalism. It is never enough to take an idea or strategy in isolation and implement it without adaptation to the needs of the students.

Reviews

‘Teachers go beyond the call of duty for our children. However, this book enables them to do even more in less time, which can support teachers in making a greater impact in the classroom. This is a must-read for all those who really want to tackle teacher workload to adopt classroom strategies that are easy to use, as well as grounded in research.’

Suella Fernandes, MP for Fareham and Chair of Governors, Michaela Community School

‘This book is a must-read guide for teachers that describes perfectly what expert practitioners do so well: mark, plan, teach and in that order. Ross McGill summarises all that teachers need to know: teachers gather information about their pupils and what needs to be learnt which then informs their planning, what and how they teach and finally how to assess it. I, for one, will be recommending it to all my trainees.’

Nicola McEwan, Director of Teacher Training, University of Buckingham

‘Mark. Plan. Teach. is a book packed with evidence-informed practical ideas for the classroom that reduce rather than increase teacher workload. The thought-provoking contributions from Dr Tim O’Brien add challenging and exploratory psychological insights as well as theoretical underpinning for many of Ross McGill’s ideas.’

Dr Dennis Guiney, Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Tempted?

If you are thinking of buying a copy, remember delivery is faster from the publishers itself.

Reviews on the back cover are offered by Doug Lemov, Director of Uncommon Schools and author of Teach Like a Champion, and Ben Solly, principal of Uppingham Community College.

@TeacherToolkit

In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is slowly building an online community of teachers ... In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

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