In at the Deep End: A Survival Guide for Teachers in Post-Compulsory Education
By Jim Crawley
Routledge – 2011 – 212 pages
Routledge – 2011 – 212 pages
Teachers working in Post Compulsory Education are recognised as being subject to a particularly acute set of pressures and challenges. These can include highly diverse and sometimes challenging student groups, trying to manage a complex curriculum which changes regularly and rapidly, and having to respond to the intense demands of inspection, quality assurance regimes and major government policies.
Now in its second edition, the highly regarded In at the Deep End: A Survival Guide for Teachers in Post-Compulsory Education will help you to manage the varied demands of teaching in PCE more effectively by offering friendly, professional advice and a range of teaching and learning activities which will help you become an effective, confident, committed and reflective teacher.
With a range of strategies, activities and spaces to reflect, this positive and practical ‘survival guide’ provides advice on:
• Meeting initial challenges, working positively with your students and handling challenging behaviour
• Accessing support, working with your local colleagues and a greater community of practice
• Using straightforward techniques to help you manage pressure and conflict
• Supporting skills for life, key skills and essential skills
• Making positive use of Information and Communications Technology to support learning
• Teaching your specialist subject
• Managing inspections, developing as a leader and becoming a ‘Reflective Practitioner’.
Lively and engaging, and built from the experience of many teachers across the last 30 years, this book will help all teachers overcome everyday problems and pressures to keep their ‘heads above water’, and become efficient, skilled professionals in the Post Compulsory Education workforce.
"The style of writing is fluent and easy-to read. The well structured index at front allows the reader to read it from cover to cover or to dip-in and out, as part of the on-going journey. An extremely useful publication for all stakeholders involved in the dynamic world of PCE; regardless of whether they are new-comers or experienced teachers." - Escalate, 18 January 2011
Part One: Welcome To Post Compulsory Education (PCE) Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 What Is Post Compulsory Education? Chapter 3 Teaching And Learning Starting Points Part Two: Don’t Panic Chapter 4 Meeting The Initial Challenges Chapter 5 Access For All – Working With Skills For Life Chapter 6 The 14-19 Curriculum Chapter 7 Information Literacy, Or ‘If You Can’t Find It, How Do You Expect Your Students To?’ Chapter 8 Positive Strategies For Managing Change Chapter 9 Mentoring Matters Part Three: Surviving In The Classroom Chapter 10 Developing Your Specialist Subject Chapter 11 Working With A Diverse Student Body Chapter 12 Managing Challenging Behaviour Chapter 13 Putting The ‘Learning’ Into ‘E-Learning’ Part Four: Surviving Outside The Classroom Chapter 14 Working With Colleagues Chapter 15 Working Under Pressure And Managing Conflict Chapter 16 Are You Teaching In A Learning Organisation? Part Five - Moving Out Of The Deep End Chapter 17 Reality Check .. How’s It Going? Chapter 18 Dealing With Bureaucracy And Inspection Chapter 19 Managing Your Managers Part Six: Moving Towards Mastery Chapter 20 If Only Chapter 21 Developing Leadership Skills Chapter 22 Becoming A Reflective Professional Chapter 23 You Can Get Involved In Research And Professional Development Chapter 24 Future Gazing – What And Where Next?
Jim Crawley is Programme Leader of Lifelong Learning at Bath Spa University.