Behavioural Management- free extract

Sunny mornings are the best. They put everyone in a happy mood, suddenly everything is so much more positive.

And to add to such a lovely morning I have a free extract from ‘Supporting Primary Teaching and Learning‘. Fiona Hall yesterday wrote an entry on our blog about how vital a text this is to an aspiring teachers and today we thought “why not show you a snippet of what she’s talking about!?”.

So please enjoy this extract from Chapter 3 on Behaviour Management.

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Individual Needs

Children’s behaviour will be impacted upon by their individual needs. A significant writer in this area is Maslow (1908 – 1970) who suggested that we have a range of needs that exist in a hierarchy starting with the most basic of needs, linked to our survival, at the bottom. Maslow indicated that the needs of one level needed to be met before it was possible to move to the next level. This is shown in figure 3.1.

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Activity

Consider how each levels of Maslow’s hierarchy can be applied to your setting.

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How To Support Learning

Good morning all,

Fiona Hall, author of our book ‘Supporting Primary Teaching and Learning‘ has prepared this entry to aid both teaching assistants and student teachers. This book is ideal for those of you looking to gain an invaluable insight into what pursuing a career in education really entails and how best to support learning.

Have a read and let me know your thoughts if you’ve got your own copy at home!

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Supporting Primary Teaching and Learning is an invaluable guide for school Teaching Assistants or as an ideal starting point for undergraduates interested in a career in education. Aimed at the primary sector, this book gives you the low-down on the essentials you need to gain and develop a career in education with the focus on supporting children’s learning. As well as guiding teaching assistants, it provides valuable insight for those aspiring to become teachers.

The book has been written by expert educators Fiona Hall, Duncan Hindmarch, Doug Hoy and Lynn Machin. Fiona, who worked in primary education and teacher training for many years advises, “This book offers some great advice to Teaching Assistants starting on their Higher Education journey and gives supporting literature for their practice in schools”.  Duncan, who heads up the Foundation degree in Education at Staffordshire University explains: We wanted to create a book that would be really useful for Teaching Assistants or students planning careers in the primary education sector. The chapters have been developed to include relevant contemporary subjects.” The book has been organised into key topics which provide you with the information needed to help you be a successful teaching Assistant. Lynn adds, As well as taking a theoretical standpoint, it also has useful practical advice too.”

Lead author Fiona explains: “We’ve kept it relatively short and focuses on some of the priorities with recommendations for further reading when appropriate.”

So, we think this book will be an ideal starting point for Teaching Assistants employed in the sector as well as appealing to undergraduate education students.

If you have any questions you can reach me at hannah@criticalpublishing.com – as always we’d love to hear from you.

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Are you excited for the London Book Fair?

Ladies and Gentlemen- it has arrived!

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The London Book Fair– the biggest, the baddest and the most anticipated book fair of the year!

Julia Morris, co-director of Critical Publishing, would like to share what she is most looking forward to at the book fair this year.

Not long now! Just one sleep until the London Book Fair starts. It’s an exciting prospect.

The scale of it all certainly has the capacity to daunt. Critical Publishing, with a staff of 3, is clearly a tiny fish – if not a speck of plankton – in a very big sea. But equally it’s the number and quality of exhibitors that really makes you feel part of what is a thriving, innovative and creative industry.

It really is a chance to drink in everything around you, from some of the hugely impressive stands of the big publishers to the more modest tables (scattered with equally impressive products) of smaller companies. It’s a great place to get ideas, see what your competitors are doing and get your head round some of the latest tech.

There is a glamorous side to the event, with the chance that you might just brush shoulders with a great author or an up-and-coming celebrity who has just released their autobiography. But for me the event is characterised by the more down to earth necessity of meetings, catch-ups and networking. Back to back appointments see me rushing from one end of the great hall to the other, desperately searching for that elusive stand number and the even more elusive place to sit down.  I look anything but glamorous by the end of the first day!

However at that point there is always the IPG party to revive the spirits and a refreshing glass of wine to enjoy with friends and colleagues.

If you’re at the book fair then come and say hi to us.

Any other questions please direct to hannah@criticalpublishing.com – as always we’d love to hear from you.

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Think you can teach?

Hello world and happy belated Easter!

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and we have a treat for those of you returning to work this week!

Our new book, ‘A Concise Guide to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training‘ is out TODAY and with 15% off on our website!

Enjoy this entry from one of the authors Lynn Machin.

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Think you can teach?  Great to hear it!

The Concise Guide to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training is the ideal starting point if you’re considering getting into teaching or are just beginning to teach.  Aimed at the Further Education sector, this book will give you the low-down on the essentials you need as you begin your new and exciting career.

The Guide has been written by expert teacher educators Dr Lynn Machin, Duncan Hindmarch, Sandra Murray, Tina Richardson and Fiona Hall, from the Ofsted grade one rated School of Education at Staffordshire University.  Having already written several successful education books, including the Complete Guide to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, and the Complete Guide to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, the team wanted to create a work which focused on the basics.  Duncan, who worked for 10 years in an FE college as a languages lecturer and Teacher Trainer explains: “We all have a background of teaching in FE colleges, and thought it would be great to pool together our expertise to help newcomers to the sector.”  Fiona adds: “We remember how difficult it was starting a new job in an FE college so we hope this book will be an ideal companion to help you make a good impression – with both your employer and your learners.”

The book has been organised into key topics which provide you with the information needed for your AET qualification.  Crucially though, it also gives you the practical tips and advice you need to get started: “We’ve covered the basics” summarises Sandra; “approaches to teaching, plan learning, assess and what many of us fear at first – managing behaviour.”

Lead author Lynn explains: “We’ve kept it short and simple – at under 100 pages, the book simply focuses on the priorities of what you need to know.  However, we also guide you towards further practical study for when you gain more experience.”  With this in mind, literacy teacher trainer Tina adds: “We have provided specific study skills guidance to help you with the academic requirements of the AET.”

So, we think this book will be an ideal starting point for both your AET studies and the start of your professional journey as a teacher.  So, as we asked at the beginning: “Think you can teach?”  With our book, we hope to help you answer a resounding: “YES!”

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing: hannah@criticalpublishing.com

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The Last Science Extract

The end of National Science week is finally here and therefore so is the last extract from our new book ‘Key Concepts in Primary Science‘.

Here is a outline of each chapter for you to enjoy- and don’t miss out on the 15% off deal on our website!

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For a sample of our new book click here or visit our website.

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Free Science Extract 3: Introducing the Concept Map

It’s nearly the end of the week so sadly this means it is also nearly the end of National Science Week.

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For those of you that are unaware, this week we’ve been showcasing extracts from our new science book ‘Key Concepts in Primary Science‘.

In this extract we’d like to introduce you to the concept map. Every chapter or “key concept” is introduced first by highlighting the standards laid out in the national curriculum (see yesterday’s blog post here) THEN with a concept map.

Enjoy this concept map of ‘Materials and their properties’.

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For a sample of our new book click here or visit our website.

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What do you need to know to be able to teach this topic?

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So it’s National Science Week and we have the third free extract of our newly published book ‘Key Concepts in Primary Science‘- I know what you’re thinking, what a fitting publication date!

Each chapter, or “key concept”, is introduced with reference to the national curriculum meaning that from the beginning, teachers know exactly how much they need to understand in order to effectively teach that topic.

Read this introductory passage on Chapter 8: Light

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For a sample of our new book click here or visit our website.

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