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Teaching for Realists is a funny and honest guide to surviving and thriving as a newly qualified teacher, despite the challenges of the education system.
Making the education system work for you and your pupils
The success of this book lies in the title. It is both readable and relatable.
It is a book suitable for all teachers in all sectors and in all stages of their career. For the NQT it offers advice and guidance in a very practical approach and for the more experienced teacher, who may well have had similar thoughts or used some of Akbars suggestions and ideas in their own approach, it offers recognition and is an assuring affirmation.
It is really refreshing to be offered realistic solutions. So many teachers’ manuals are packed with idealistic ideas, that sadly do not work in the real world.
Some of his ideas are simple and might seem obvious, but as with most things, one often misses the obvious. For example…
• ’don’t assume, teach from scratch’.
• Remember the importance of ‘grit’ for a child. Give them the chance to achieve independently, before wading in.
• There are certain rules not to break, such as the school’s rules on planning, grading and recording.
• In a time of inspection… ‘get your shit ready. It is only two days; they’ll be gone soon!’
It was lovely too that the author, being a teacher himself, demonstrated a real understanding and acknowledgement of worth. I liked his reference to ‘teachers and civilians’. He also talked about how teachers are ’remembered’ many years later by their pupils and it is the teachers own inspiration and passion that are the cause of this.
This book is like a paperback comfort blanket, offering advice, reaffirming belief and understanding, in what is both a rewarding but often stressful profession.
We all know the education system has its flaws, but they shouldn't stand in the way of providing the very best learning experiences for your pupils. This book presents a ground-up approach to help you manage the obstacles you might encounter and implement day-to-day methods to maintain your love for the profession, teach effective lessons and ensure pupil progress.
Omar Akbar, author of The (Un)official Teacher's Manual, offers a wealth of hard-won practical advice for avoiding frustration and developing teaching techniques that have a real impact in the classroom. Full of hilarious anecdotes and exploring hot topics such as pupil apathy, enriching the curriculum, Ofsted, data and behaviour, this book is a refreshing and uplifting take on what NQTs can do to have a happy, healthy and successful career in education - starting now.
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Why teaching is the best job in the world 3. How to make the curriculum work 4. How to overcome pupil apathy 5. How to make paper work 6. How to manage all things data 7. How to survive against the Ofsted odds 8. How to manage behaviour policies 9. How to use rewards effectively 10. How to build positive relationships with your pupils 11. How to get the support you need 12. How to be a happy teacher
Omar Akbar has done it again! Having had the pleasure of speaking to Omar on Naylor's Natter, I can confirm that his funny, direct style comes straight from his passion for teaching in his classroom. This book is perfectly timed as we see a resurgence in recruitment to what Omar describes as 'the best job in the world'. 'Teaching for Realists' will make your life easier. The book condenses lived experience into actions which, alongside continuing professional development, will make a big difference to your practice and your learners' progress. Omar has his finger on the pulse of educational developments. His pragmatic, self-effacing advice makes it enjoyable to imbibe his years of lived experience. Recommended for realists everywhere. -- Phil Naylor, host of Naylor's Natter Podcast and deputy headteacher
It's not often an edu-book makes me smile and even less often does one make me laugh. Omar's take on all things education is a reminder that we can take our business seriously without being serious all the time. From jammed photocopiers to rabbit hutches and frozen warts, there's much in here to reassure any colleague that we're all in in together and we all have one of those days regardless of how long we've been teaching. -- Emma Turner, Discovery Trust research and CPD lead and author
Another fantastically written book by Omar in his usual direct, funny and unique writing style. It encapsulates the teaching profession perfectly, providing brilliant and realistic advice for teachers of all educational experience. A must read for any teacher and one we can't recommend highly enough. Truthful, funny and realistic - it's a book that captures teaching in the best possible way! -- Matt and Sam, student teachers and hosts of Teachers of Tomorrow Podcast
|Publication date:||8th July 2021|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Education an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2|
Omar Akbar is a science teacher at a secondary school in Birmingham and author of the bestselling NQT guide The (Un)official Teacher's Manual and Bad School Leadership.More About Omar Akbar