100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers by Ross Morrison McGill

There will not be many teachers who use Twitter regularly who are not aware of this book. Ross Morrison McGill is the most followed teacher on Twitter (@TeacherToolkit) and was certainly not shy about promoting his first book to his followers! I bought into the hype and quickly purchased my very own copy, hoping for the holy grail of teaching books; something inspirational but easily translated into my classroom with minimal resourcing.

In many respects, that was exactly what I got. The book is divided into the following 13 sections: Starts of lessons, Planning, Assessment, Teaching, Behaviour, Homework, Questioning, Observations, Progress, Risk taking, Ends of lessons, Failsafe strategies, Abstract ideas.

As such, it almost certainly has something for everyone. Indeed, one of the major strengths of the book for me is that each section enables you to dip in and out of the book with ease and contains a number of quick and simple ideas that can be easily incorporated into your teaching. Although lots of the ideas were familiar and things that I already do in the classroom, there were lots of tips that acted as reminders of things that I had previously thought about but not acted on and enough new ideas to get me thinking.

As an experienced teacher, you may find that this book reinforces and reminds you of your own outstanding classroom practice, rather than providing you with masses of new ideas. It did encourage me to reflect on my practice and many of the ideas made me reconsider how I do things in my classroom. However, if you are a less experienced teacher, trainee or NQT, or just feeling a little stuck in a rut, this could be a very useful tool to adding some additional sparkle to your lessons and is definitely worth a look.

 

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Karen Roskilly

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