Thank you

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“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton

This post is a small but tenderly felt thank you to the many people who have contributed to my book. The acknowledgement page simply wouldn’t be able to fit the many people who contributed, both implicitly, through their influence on my thinking and on my practice, and more explicitly in the form of the great teacher case studies that are in my book.

Having learnt so much from people in my school, as well as the virtual staffroom of blogging and Twitter, I was determined to harness their collective skill and wisdom. To do this I included lots of case studies – bringing the hive-brain of collective experience to bolster my book!

First, there is the two people who directly supported me through the challenge of drafting and writing my first book. Their support and guidance helped me immeasurably.

Geoff Barton (@RealGeoffBarton) – book editor extraordinaire. As a budding writer it was invaluable to have Geoff giving his sage insights. His understanding of writing is second to none.

Tom Sherrington (@headguruteacher) – Tom and I were both stepping into fresh waters in terms of book writing and his support was a boon. It has been a sheer privilege to share the special experience with such a talented man.

Also, a big thanks go to Annamarie Kino, Pardy Dhillon and the whole team at Routledge whose support was fantastic.

I would like to thank everyone at Huntington School, both those who wrote case studies directly, as well as those many teachers who helped me become a confident teacher who had ideas enough to cobble together a book. Their many insights and ideas live on every page and I am very grateful.

Each chapter of the book contains the insights of a pantheon of brilliant teachers in miniature case studies on assessment, observations, planning and more. They are the backbone of the book and I am immensely proud to have them included. Thanks to all of the following:

John Tomsett (@johntomsett) – On dealing with observations.

Karl Elwell (@KRE_ativity) – On being under pressure.

Nicole Fletcher (@nicolefletcher0) – On dealing with observations.

Jane Collins – On assessment.

Heather Maycock – On NQT pressure.

Gordon Baillie (@AfLPie) – On explanations and illuminating empathy

Joe Kirby (@joe__kirby) – On using symbols for marking

Stephen Tierney (@LeadingLearner) – On job interviews

David Didau (@LearningSpy) – On the art of lesson planning

Katie Ashford (@TessaLMatthews) – On the first term in post

Helen Day (@HelenrachelD) – On job interviews

Rachel Galletly – On differentiation for SEN and EAL

Adam Lewis (@englishalewis) – On applying for jobs

Chris Curtis (@Xris32) – On elastic explanations

Daisy Christodoulou (@daisychristo) – On teaching grammar

Christopher Waugh (@Edutronic_Net) – On using technology for learning

Catherine Shawyer – On applying for jobs

Jennifer Ludgate (@MissJLudd) – On the first term in post

If you don’t follow any of these lovely people on Twitter then you should.

If you are interested in buying the book then you can find the link on Amazon – see here. It is now available on Kindle too.

If you want an early deal go to the Routledge you can get a 20% discount with the following code IRK69 – see here.

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