Imagine eavesdropping on an imaginary exemplary lesson: the teacher and pupils are working together to solve problems; the ideas and opinions of all occupants of the room are heard and respected; the teacher is regarded as a guide and supporter of learning. The common pattern 'of teacher asking questions and pupils answering' frequently transforms into a more even spread in which pupils answer each other's questions and ask questions of the teacher. In this way a genuine discussion develops with the teacher playing a skilful supportive role. The pupils have confidence in their safety, their ability to learn and the expertise of the teacher. You can see how all this can be achieved as you work through this book, and you gain experience working with your own pupils.
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