I’m Dean of Learning Design at Ambition Institute. That means I get to work with smart folks on the design of tools and experiences to help educators (teachers and school leaders) to keep getting better.
I also enjoy writing ultraconcise guides for educators (scroll down for more). Dylan Wiliam had these kind words to say about my writing:
Memorable Teaching: Leveraging memory to build deep and durable learning in the classroom
This book is for any educator who’s interested in understanding how learning works, and how to optimise their teaching to make it happen.
From the author of Lean Lesson Planning, this latest instalment in the High Impact Teaching series pulls together the best available evidence from cognitive science and educational research, and stitches them together into a concise and coherent set of actionable principles that can be used to improve your impact in the classroom.
It’s an evidence-informed teacher’s guide to building enduring understanding, and sits alongside books such as Make It Stick, Why Don’t Students Like School? and What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Psychology.
“If you have a spare half-hour or so, you could read Memorable Teaching from cover to cover. I doubt you’ll find an education book with more useful insights per minute of reading time.”
Motivated Teaching: Harnessing the science of motivation to boost attention and effort in the classroom
This book is for teachers and school leaders interested in understanding how what motivation for learning is, how it work, and how to influence it.
It pulls together the best available evidence and thinking — from behavioural economics, evolutionary psychology and human experience design — into a coherent set of actionable principles that can be used to drive improvement in the classroom. It’s about getting the most from, and giving the most to your pupils. Bonus resources (diagrams and links to further reading).
Lean Lesson Planning: A practical approach to doing less and achieving more in the classroom
This book is for any teacher who’s interested in improving their lesson planning and practice. It outlines a set of mindsets and habits you can use to help you identify the most impactful parts of your teaching, and put them centre stage. It’s about doing less to achieve more.
But it’s also about being happier and more confident in the classroom. Building stronger routines around the essentials will give you more time and space to appreciate and think creatively about your work.
“How to improve your teaching by planning better. Things that make teachers’ lives simpler like this are few and far between.”
Expert Teaching: What great teaching is, and how to build it
**Available for pre-order soon**
Coming Summer 2022, this book is for teachers, school leaders and teacher educators interested in understanding what exactly teaching is, how it works, and how to help people get better at it.
Expert teaching will lay out what teachers need to know, how that knowledge needs to be organised and a systematic approach that can be used to help them improve. Bonus resources (links to relevant reading).
I live in Brighton with a couple of lovely kids and an incredible wife (author of the ace Making Every Maths Lesson Count). Find out more about me, and feel free to get in touch – like most folks, I’m pretty flat out, but I’ll help however I can.
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