How to be an Outstanding Primary School Teacher – Book Review

Who doesn’t want to be the best version of themselves? Being the best version of you is not only beneficial for yourself but for those around you. Being one who wants to further develop in as many ways as possible, you can imagine how I immediately took to this book when I came across it in the staffroom library. Read on for my thoughts on it.

This is the 2nd edition of David Dunn’s best-selling book that has now been updated to reflect changes in teaching initiatives and educational policy, including valuable new content on using technology in the primary classroom. I hadn’t read his first one, so I was very intrigued to read this, in an attempt to gain some insight on becoming a better teacher.

This book features an abundance of easy-to-introduce activities and techniques that Dunn believes will accelerate satisfactory and good lessons into the outstanding category. I think what is important about becoming a better teacher, and why not reaching outstanding if that is the ultimate target, is trying things out and being able to maintain in your current practice things that work well. What I find though, is that teachers often have the best intentions in putting into practice activities and techniques that they come across or that are the new hype, but embedding them within your classroom teaching and in essence a part of you, is much harder than it sounds. This book has so many many things to pick and choose from, that made me feel slightly overwhelmed. It’s a book worth purchasing so you can try different things out. I think honing in on one thing at a time will help you make better use of this book.

It’s a worth a read for those primary school teachers who want to improve their teaching, not just for the inspectors but for every child they teach. The challenge now, is which activities to choose that will take your teaching and the children’s learning to the next level.

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