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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  501 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Bridging research and classroom practice, Barack Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction are widely recognised for their clarity and simplicity and their potential to support teachers seeking to engage with cognitive science and the wider world of education research. In this concise new guide, Rosenshine fan Tom Sherrington amplifies and augments the principles and further ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published May 6th 2019 by JOHN CATT EDUCATIONAL LTD
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May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
In some 50 odd pages, Tom Sherrington presents his view of the efficacy of Rosenshine's principles with practical examples across a range of subjects. If you have yet to read Rosenshine's principles, they are helpfully reproduced in full on the back and Sherrington's ideas will strengthen your understanding.

The book is therefore a mini handbook for great teaching. It is as accessible as you can get and even the most time pressed of educators will find time to absorb this. Every teacher can get b
Jack Greenwood
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tradtitional teaching is the Holy Grail.

For these principles, simplicity reigns. They cut through all the sesquipedalian terms you find in much of pedagogical literature. Concise, clear and undisputable.

I think the reason Rosenshine is so popular right now is because the methods are so intuitive & relatable to teachers. Either you are a teacher who recognises the traits in your own teaching, or you recognise that they would be a useful addition to your pratice. I can't think of any other catego
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Informative, very clear and less new than a reminder and a rubber stamp to call out less successful strategies for being in the lesson and to up the ante in terms of student performance and motivation. It’s all about the intrinsic love of learning not making it fun.
Hard Fluff
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am doing my PGCE this year and I found this really useful. I feel it is a tool that's going to help to reflect on my lessons and it can help when I'm going to plan lessons! I am sure this reading is going to improve my teaching! ...more
Richard Spear
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Helpful summary of Rosenshine. Concise, clear and effective with good examples from across a range of subjects. Worth the read!
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Rosenshine's principles article is freely available on the internet. The principles themselves are gold dust.

Sherrington only wrote 30 pages of new material mostly like a blog. Lots of empty pages between each chapter, large font, bigger line spacing.

It's not worth £8.99, I feel robbed.

Two stars is a bit much to be honest.
Philippa Wraithmell

Allowed me to reflect upon my teaching and remember what I need to focus on and enhance
100% worth a read for any educator
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would give this 4.5 stars if I could.

Sherrington helpfully categorises Rosenshine's 10 principles into 4 groups, which makes it a whole lot easier to take in than the 2012 article.

Sherrington's conclusion that we should be asking ourselves not if we do this but how well is spot on - the principles are essentially the basics of teaching but both Rosenshine and Sherrington seek to extend the efficacy with which we do that. Sherrington's suggestion that one only tackles one the four 'strands' or
Seán Mchugh
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
So good to see a book written for teachers that’s realistic about how much they’re prepared or even able to read in the precious time they have available. This is one of those books that should be read by anyone who thinks they should be working in the teaching profession, my only gripe is typical of authors of this ilk, in terms of their lack of criticism of the assumption that the best way to determine an effective teacher is by their ability to get their students high scores on tests.

The pri
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
These hybrid style books attempting to bring Educational research and classroom practice together in a single volume should be far more common and certainly in such a concise and clear format.

You can read this 'pamphlet' and obtain some excellent and actionable behaviours and strategies for your own classroom which are supported by solid research base in an hour or two. This is likely going to be more effective time spent than that 2 day conference you will attend.

Importantly though, because o
Isobel Ramsden
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Barack Rosenshine was a history teacher and academic whose research focused on learning instruction, teacher performance and student achievement. In 2010 he published a pamphlet entitled 'Principles of Instruction', which summarised his research into effective teaching and learning. Sherrington synthesises Rosenshine's ten principles into four strands: sequencing concepts and modelling, questioning, reviewing material and stages of practice. He explains Rosenshine's principles clearly with lots ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
The Principles of Instruction

1. Daily review
2. Present new material using small steps
3. Ask questions
4. Provide models
5. Guide student practice
6. Check for student understanding
7. Obtain a high success rate
8. Provide scaffolds for difficult tasks
9. Independent practice
10. Weekly and monthly review

Four strands
Sequencing concepts and modelling [2, 4, 8]
Questioning [3, 6]
Reviewing material [1, 10]
Stages of practice [5, 7, 9]

Simple, structured, effective approach to pedagogy - building on learning
Peter Carpenter
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 28 of 70 of 2019: yet another accessible book about Barak Rosenshine’s principles of instruction. Sherrington takes the 16 principles and distills them into four categories or strands. Mired in mind-brain practices, these strands will surely help any educator elevate their practices and promote high levels of student achievement. A quick, yet meaningful read for any educational leader!
Anton Rixon
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book that I wish I had read in my training or NQT year. Full of ideas about teaching, questioning, engaging students etc. Again it makes you think how you can improve your own teaching in your classroom, gives examples of how the Rosenhine principles are put into action in various subjects and at various age groups.
Niall Murphy
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An easy read which is very clear and simple in its message. A lot of stuff is already what most teachers are doing within teaching but this book gives you a variety of examples that you could use in practice to become a “better” practitioner. I like the use of pictures and diagrams too, as it helps me to remember specific ideas and theories. Would recommend to all teachers out there
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Nice and short and sensible. But Rosenshine's principles already exist tho. On the internet. Half of this book is just that reprinted. I mean its good but did it have to be a book? Well I suppose it didn't hurt that I got this for free from my SCITT 😂

This one is just me tho but damn this is drier than a stale cracker. I almost didn't read this cos of it
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Plenty to ponder as a result and plenty to incorporate into my teaching. Great worked examples too.
I just wish there’d been a greater focus on application to essay-based subjects as opposed to Mathematics the majority of the time.
Aidan McDonagh
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic concise and succinct summary of the already fabulous principles from Barak Rosenshine's work. These aren't new and flashy ideas, but rather tried and tested methods that, used effectively and consistently, lead to great teaching and learning. ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! A must-read for all teachers in all stages of their career!
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant connection of theory and practice. Every teacher should have a copy.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short and snappy. The hour spent in an inset hearing about this would be better served by reading it in about the same time.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Good but I had read it all elsewhere. It’s a very thin book too!
Lavena Kuku
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Insightful and practical. Easy to read with sound evidential foundations. Very useful to have the original paper at the back of this book.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good but a bit pedantic - it seems to forget we should be encouraging joy in learning.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read in one sitting. Short, very helpful on aspects of teaching and how to apply in the classroom. The paper it’s based on is also included which was helpful to reference.
Aimis Smith
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good review of teaching practice

Great refresher of all the things I know I should be doing but forgot since my PGCE. Good covid catchup.
Reema Ali
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unsurprisinly, this book was clear, relevant to the classroom and simple. 10/10 would recommend.
Emily Carter-Dunn
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Some good worked examples, but not a fan of the book split in 2. I feel the second half wasn't needed and was just used to 'fluff' up the pages. ...more
Ms C Pride
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simple, accessible and meaningful - this would be the book I would buy any new teacher.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
There are always marks available for the obvious.
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