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Optimal Learning: A Practical Guide For Teachers


Optimal Learning : A Practical Guide For Teachers encourages young learners to collaborate, reflect, ask questions, make links and think creatively.

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Optimal Learning : A Practical Guide For Teachers encourages young learners to collaborate, reflect, ask questions, make links and think creatively.

The authors, Lee Pace and David Anderson are experienced primary practitioners who strive to make learning fun, accessible and permanent. In addition to their full-time teaching careers they also deliver local authority training in Staffordshire.

Lee graduated in law before training as a teacher and is now Deputy Headteacher at James Bateman Junior High School in Staffordshire. Dave must have one of the most varied CV’s of any Primary school teacher; trainee butcher, coal miner, a cistern lid painter and flush tester at Armitage Shanks, telephone salesperson; youth worker, welder’s mate, care/teaching aide, and barman before going back to college to train as a teacher. Dave now teaches at St Christopher’s RC Primary school in Wolverhampton – his “dream job”.

Together, Lee and Dave have developed a wealth of practical strategies to promote, nurture and enhance the learning opportunities of the youngsters in their care.

Follow Lee and Dave on Twitter: @thought_weavers

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 30 x 21 x 1 cm

5 reviews for Optimal Learning: A Practical Guide For Teachers

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    A fantastic source for any current practitioners or Teachers in Training! I recently referenced ‘Optimal Learning’ in my dissertation, entitled; ‘an exploration into using fun and entertainment in the classroom as a motivational tool’. The book not only stimulated my investigation, but created intrigue and opened avenues into making learning what it essentially should be; a fun experience. Often with educational writings, the author can over complicate the point they are trying to make which can be very tiresome for the reader. However, Pace and Anderson have a genius ability to make the difficult theories discussed both entertaining and easy to understand. The alternative methods they propose are definitely something I intend to experiment with when qualified. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with the intention of working with young people!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am currently studying Early Childhood Studies at Plymouth University, hoping to then go on and complete my PGCE in teacher training, however I do still have placements in schools with key stage 1, along with pre-schools and nurseries. I have found ‘Optimal Learning, A practical guide for teachers’ so insightful! It has allowed me to learn how to make planning lessons seem fun and entertaining while also ensuring we meet the standards set. I specifically like chapter two and the idea of physical movement within the classroom to encourage children to pay attention, working with younger children I face the problem of attention spans not lasting as long as we would like in order to complete work, so including movement into the lessons is an ideal technique to keep children engaged throughout the day.
    Teaching along with learning is an experience which should be enjoyed and I believe David and Lee have produced a book which encompasses this in its entirety!
    I would recommend completely! Such an enjoyable read!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    As a trainee teacher, I would certainly recommend this book to others as it is both enlightening and inspiring. The book aims to promote teaching strategies where the teacher is ‘the guide on the side’ who is there to direct children’s learning rather than the ‘sage on the stage’. The content is so simple to read yet incredibly clever, unique and engaging. There are lots of fantastic and creative ideas that I have used in my teaching placements and discussed in assignments. Optimal Learning aims to support children’s learning by encouraging children to ‘collaborate, reflect, ask questions, make links to real life and think creatively’; the solution to a great lesson and something I therefore aim to achieve in my planning and teaching.

    I very much enjoyed reading the section relating to differentiation and ability grouping. I really like the analogy relating to children boarding a plane; ‘are pupils boarding an aeroplane when they are entering the classroom or are they confidently climbing in to the cockpit?’ Do pupils have a choice over their ability or is that for the teacher to decide? And how does this affect the mindset of children?

    Overall, this is a great and interesting read that I would highly recommend to others working in education.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I am currently doing a BA Honours degree in early years education and bought this book to help with my dissertation! I have found it interesting and informative and the passion these guys have shines through on every page. It is ‘wordy’ enough to be credible and intelligent but not so much that you cannot understand it! Whether you are a teacher or a parent this book gives you an insight into how to understand children better, something we can all benefit from! I look forward to then next book?!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    ‘Optimal Learning’ has been a valuable source for me, not only whilst studying for my BA Honours in Education, but also in my current role as a teaching assistant. I’ve quoted the authors in several assignments, as I found the content to be relevant, informative, practical and creative. Additionally, the book has given me lots of advice and strategies for encouraging intrinsic motivation as a teaching assistant, which has proven invaluable when creating intervention activities for a group of children with SEND. I’ve already used lots of the tools suggested and they’ve certainly proven to be a creative classroom resource.

    It’s clear from the knowledge and insight detailed within the book that Pace and Anderson are masters of pedagogy. I’m so pleased that they’re sharing some of their insight with myself and other classroom practioners. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to improve the learning experiences for children within their classroom.

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