How to make your classroom sparkle!
05 Oct 2011
What is the essence of lively and effective teaching? What makes a 'sparkling classroom'? That is the question that former head teacher and HMI, Roy Blatchford, attempts to answer in the latest pamphlet in the Counterblasts series of pamphlets from the education charity and 'do-tank', the National Education Trust.
Roy's pamphlet is not a polemic on how to improve teaching but an attempt to define what makes a classroom a vibrant learning environment. It's not a vast, impersonal how-to-teach manual but a 16-page collection of reflections, quotations, questions and suggestions. To order copies: www.amseducational.co.uk/index.php
Meanwhile the National Education Trust (of which I must declare an interest as a volunteer trustee) is running a new series of one-day courses in which Roy, who is also on the government's Teachers' Standards Review, will help teachers to create their own 'sparkling classrooms'. The courses will be running in: Bristol (22nd November), Cleveland (24th November), Wallasey (6th December), and London (8th December). More information at: www.nationaleducationtrust.net/SchoolEYICourses_Schools_SparklingClassrooms.php
The courses are initially for primary schools but are also available for secondary schools on request to the NET offices (see website for contact details: www.nationaleducationtrust.net/ContactUs_000.php).
The NET is a non-profit educational charity that provides advice, guidance and resources to schools.