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Suggested reading for a well-rounded reflective Primary teacher

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Boosid, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Hi folks,

    I have applied to start my Primary PGCE
    starting in 2012. I am currently awaiting an interview date and though
    I'd like to put what is currently a tooth-pullingly painful wait to good
    use and immerse myself in some literature to really gear me up for my

    Can anyone please suggest some books that you
    think will get me into the right frame of mind for any tricky interviews
    questions? Having not been through the process before I'm not sure what
    to expect but I would like perhaps some suggestions geared towards the
    psychology of how children learn, general child development, life in the
    classroom, perhaps a biography of a brilliant teacher or some
    suggestions of current and classic books that children will be looking
    at at KS1/KS2 literature

    All suggestions gratefully recieved!
  2. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Teachers-Handbook-Continuum-Education-Handbooks/dp/0826418384/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319709335&sr=8-1 this is a good one. Also look out for the TES insiders guide for new teachers. If you want to know a bit more about the psychology of learning, a good place to start is Children's Minds by Margaret Donaldson. An old book, but a classic. Also, familiarise yourself with some children's literature by going to your local library. If you just ask what books are popular I'm sure they can suggest a few.
    Most importantly, make sure you keep up to date with what's going on in education by reading the education section of the bbc news website, and the tes magazine. Finally, during your PGCE you will need to pass Literacy, Maths and ICT skills tests, so you could start brushing up on your skills early :)
    Good luck!

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