Making every English lesson count

Reflecting English

MEELC

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Two years ago my colleague Shaun Allison and I were fortunate enough to have the opportunity towrite a book on teaching practice. This became Making every lesson count, a handbook for teachers based on six interlinkingpedagogical principles: challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning. It was our pet project and we had great fun writing it. Since then, we have been thrilled and humbled by the positive response to the book we have received from teachers across the country. In truth, we did not expect this.

Over the past year or so, Shaun and I have been considering one of the weaknesses of the original book: the fact that most of the advice is generic rather than subject-specific. Given the crucial role that pedagogical content knowledge has in the development of teacher expertise, we decided to launch a series of books thatexamine how the six principles workindifferent…

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