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In the Zone

In the Zone

Helping children rise to the challenge of learning

AUTHOR : By Mike Lansdown

ISBN : 9781913063856

Edition No : 1

Publication : 13 Mar 2020

Extent : 160 pgs

ISBN : 9781913063863

Edition No : 1

Publication : 13 Mar 2020

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Edition No : 1

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ISBN : 9781913063887

Edition No : 1

Publication : 13 Mar 2020

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Description

At a time when test and examination results still dominate the educational landscape, there is a need to focus on, and support teachers with, the real meaning and purpose of learning. In the Zone concerns itself with important aspects of learning that are not always prominent in government policy and legislation. In particular it argues that challenge is an essential element of true learning, without which there can be no progress. It brings together supportive materials aimed at encouraging teachers to reflect on their present practice, take sensible risks with their teaching, and understand the importance of enjoyment and engagement for both teachers and pupils. Importantly, the book is fully up to date with the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and current thinking around positive pupil mental health.

Contents

Introduction

  1. What is learning?
  2. The zone and the importance of challenge
  3. Attitudes to learning
  4. Formative assessment
  5. Memory and the learning brain
  6. The terror of error
  7. The hook
  8. Creativity
  9. Flow in learning
  10. Questioning
  11. Challenge and positive mental health

Author

Mike Lansdown is a PGCE tutor and MA in education supervisor with the University of Buckingham’s education department, a position he has held since retiring from his second headship in 2015. Prior to completing 18 years as a headteacher, he worked in London teaching in both the primary and secondary sectors. Before this, he taught English as a foreign language (EFL) in London and in Sweden, but started life as a teacher of geography, geology and PE. He believes that engagement and enjoyment, mixed with creativity, inquisitiveness and a willingness to take risks, underpin great teaching and learning.

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