B.L.I.P. Book Review

By Jenny Geertson 

Teachers’ Worlds and Work – Understanding Complexity, Building Quality by Christopher Day disassembles all the different elements of being a teacher today. Pulling together research, he starts by considering internal matters. The complexity of teaching is known on the surface, but here the idea of the impact of personal and professional growth being highly-linked is explored. The challenges we face are real and plentiful but resources like these are useful to open up ideas, dimensions and guide us to make up our own minds about this winding road of Professional Learning and Development.

The chapter about teachers (understandably) having more motivation and commitment when in a supportive, reflective and inclusive culture is key to developing the school to have the best teachers possible. Considering their personal and professional ambitions and situations, giving them autonomy over their own steps will boost development. It advises a multifaceted approach to develop teaching and learning in a school, but keeping the teachers experimenting, developing, observing and reacting to expand their impact and learn from each other is most essential. Christopher also explains that no matter what ‘stage’ you are at in teaching (novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient or expert) it’s hard to predict who will develop the most, as this relates to many factors, not time! We have many teachers falling into the ‘professional plateau’ for many reasons, some beyond their control (policies, principles, practice), whilst others strive for the next step, hunger for learning and become expert practitioners.

I recommend it.

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