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Teaching would be easy if there were clear recipes you could follow every time. The Ingredients for Great Teaching explains why this is impossible and why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

Instead of recipes, this book examines the basic ingredients of teaching and learning so you can use them wisely in your own classroom in order to become a better and more effective teacher.

Taking an approach that is both evidence-based and practical, author Pedro de Bruyckere explores ten crucial aspects of teaching, the research behind them and why they work like they do, combined with everyday classroom examples describing both good and bad practice.

Key topics include:
  • Teacher subject knowledge
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • The importance of practice
  • Metacognition
  • Making students think

This is essential reading for teachers everywhere.

Chapter 1: Cooking, medicine and evidence
Chapter 2: Prior knowledge: how learning begins
Chapter 3: The subject matter knowledge of the teacher
Chapter 4: Make them think!
Chapter 5: Repeat, pause, repeat, linger, pause, repeat
Chapter 6: The importance of practice
Chapter 7: Metacognition: Teaching your pupils and students how to learn
Chapter 8: Evaluate and give feedback
Chapter 9: Use multimedia, but use it wisely
Chapter 10: Have a vision (and it doesn't matter which one)
Chapter 11: Like your pupils
Chapter 12: Underlying themes

Found this book too difficult to navigate.

HESC Office, Barnet And Southgate College
June 8, 2022

A really useful resource for trainee teachers.

Mrs Sally Humphries
Education, Rotherham College of Arts And Technology
November 19, 2019

This has helped with my teaching in the class

Mrs sheryal wernham
Vocational Education, Swindon College
October 8, 2018

Pedro uses recipes to deliver his ideas for great teaching which makes them instantly accessible and practical enough to use in your classroom the very same day. It is highly readable, very engaging and leaves the reader in no doubt which strategies should be considered and which should be avoided. I thoroughly recommend this book.

Mr Kevin McLaughlin
School of Teacher Development, Bishop Grosseteste University
April 12, 2018

Excellent text for students and tutors.

Mrs Tracey Dobbs
School of Care, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
April 17, 2018

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