A Pocket Guide for Student Teachers

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9780759345546: A Pocket Guide for Student Teachers

This guide tells you how to - Get to know the students quickly Motivate the students Create a rich learning environment Make the learning relevant to everyday life Start, focus and finish a lesson Prepare lessons Acquire questioning techniques Sequence the subject matter - atomising the knowledge chains Get into the alternative frameworks of the learners Transcend challenging 'me and them' confrontations Use Learning Strategies Transfer training across the school curriculum Understand problem solving techniques Interpret the external representations learners use Discover the Cognitive Style of the learner Reduce stress Be creative in bureaucratic backdrops Create the best learning curves Surmount anticipated, perceived, real, illusory and discovered learning barriers Address the needs of learners in greatest difficulty, caused by disability and trauma Speak to large groups Make teaching and learning an easier, more relaxed, enjoyable and efficient occupation. Draw on the authors' personal chalk-face teaching experience and observation of teachers in action with children and adults of all ages and disabilities in America and Europe. Mix tried and traditional best practice which has survived the test of time when delivered by successful teachers and learners like Socrates, Ghandi, Jesus and Einstein, with innovation from personal experience and the latest research. Revive your teaching as an Art as well as a Science, even when its content is controlled by others. Calm and involve children and adults who have been scarred by discouraging learning experiences.

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Gil Cleeton taught Science, Mathematics and Physical Education and was an Administrator in schools in England. He did Masters level research on evaluation of project work in schools and a Ph.D. on surmounting learning barriers. He was Research Fellow in the Department of Communication and Neuroscience at Keele University in England, designing electronic speech processors for cochlear implants, and rehabilitating implantees. He co-founded Adaptability Learning Centers for children and adults with disabilities, obtaining grants from the National Lottery. While working at Manchester Metropolitan University he obtained grants from the European Social Fund to teach Adaptive Technology to people with disabilities in disadvantaged communities. Currently he teaches Research Methods in Education and supervises student teachers at St. Bonaventure University, New York State. His interests are tennis playing and coaching, golf and chess.

Lorraine Cleeton taught Special Education in the New York City Public Schools and was a coordinator for ALBSU (Adult Literacy Basic Skills Unit) in England. She did a comparative Masters thesis on `Sex education of the mentally retarded in the United States as compared to Sweden┐ and a Ph.D. in `Learning Strategies and External Representations┐. Working at Keele and Manchester Metropolitan Universities in England, she developed courses in Special Education (Accelerated Learning in Special Education and Memory Strategies). She co-founded Adaptability Learning Centers in England and ran courses in Assistive Technology for children with disabilities and their parents. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in Special Education researching how working memory affects the problem solving ability of children with dyslexia at St. Bonaventure University, New York State.

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