“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.