I live in an educational jurisdiction that has lost its way; there is a collective amnesia regarding effective explicit instruction. Tom Sherrington’s small book is a pleasant corrective. Building upon Barak Rosenshine’s 10 principles of good instruction, Sherrington explains and expands on these principles, provides practical classroom examples, and elegantly bridges the gap between theory and practice. I recommend the book for new teachers or old geezers like myself who want to refine their pedagogy. It’s a bit pricey for the size, so see if you can snag someone else’s copy or get your department head to cover the cost.
Quotation of the Month
Hannah Arendt: “A mixture of gullibility and cynicism is prevalent in all ranks of totalitarian movements, and the higher the rank the more cynicism weighs down gullibility. The essential conviction shared by all ranks, from fellow-traveler to leader, is that politics is a game of cheating.”
- Humankind: A Hopeful History (by Rutger Bregman)
- Rosenshine’s Principles in Action
- Using Blogger for Online Learning
- A few thoughts on returning to school in the age of Covid-19
- Decontenting & the Honour Roll
- Looming on the horizon: English Studies 12
- A Few Thoughts on BC’s Electoral Reform Ballot
- Curriculum must be a teacher’s ally, not a teacher’s foe.
- On the latest report card “innovation”
- Reflections on BC’s proposed English 10-12 curriculum