Tuesday period 7 -The importance of being earnest about Subject Knowledge.

Mr John Dexter blogs about school

This week I had the privilege of speaking to the PGCE mentors at Nottingham University about subject knowledge. We were trying to think about the importance of subject knowledge when training teachers compared to all the other pedagogical an

d classroom management that goes on in helpingshiny new teacher trainees as they learn the craft of the classroom. The stuff that inevitably has to go on – behaviour management, question technique etc made me think about the importance of subject knowledge in learning to be a teacherimage. You need a big erudite quote talking to a load of PGCE mentors at a prestigious Universityso I went for a Cloughie quote. “Players lose you games not tactics. There is so much crap talked about tactics by people whobarely know how to win at Dominoes.” This made me think because Clough’spoint really is that there are all sorts of people with…

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