Rosenshine’s Principles in Action by Tom Sherrington
John Catt Educational Ltd. 2019
- Published: 4 Feb 2019
- ISBN: 9781912906208
In just 50 pages, Tom Sherrington takes the already great paper by Barak Rosenshine and turns it into one of the best educational books I have read. It should be required reading for anyone training to teach and should be desired reading for every other teacher.
Why? Simplicity and common sense.
Tom Sherrington is an educational consultant, ex Physics teacher and head teacher, blogger and author. He regularly speaks at educational conferences and works with schools; supporting them to improve teacher development, assessment and curriculum design.
I was first introduced to Tom when he visited my school on one such consultancy visit. I can attest to the fact that not only is he very knowledgeable and full of great advice, he is also a lovely chap. He is very active on Twitter (@teacherhead), you can also find him at his website (teacherhead.com)
“Rosenshine’s Principles in Action”, like a leafcutter ant, carries a mass much greater than it’s own.
In total, the 84 pages, include Sherrington’s detailed but easy to digest, analysis of Rosenshine’s paper and Rosenshine’s complete, original paper (Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction). The illustrations (Oliver Caviglioli) are both easy on the eye and really put things into context.
It is not a weighty tome but it doesn’t need to be, it is the perfect length for its purpose; to deliver actionable, common sense ideas that should be the bedrock of every teacher’s classroom practice.
Having previously read Rosenshine’s paper for my own development a couple of years ago, and having read Tom’s blog articles, I was chomping at the bit to read this book. I didn’t disappoint.
Sherrington breaks down Rosenshine’s paper into 4 logical strands and shrewdly demonstrates how they can be implemented in any classroom.
It is easy to read and you can whizz through it in no time, however, you’ll probably want a notepad next to you as you will be buzzing with new ideas by the time you have got to its conclusion.
You will definitely read it more than once!
It is the kind of book that you will probably keep in your teacher bag and refer to regularly. It will end up with notes written in its margins, highlighted sections and dog eared pages from regular use. You will guard “your” copy with your sternest of teacher voices and recommend it to every teacher you know.
I have been searching for an area where Sherrington falls short (mainly so I don’t come across like a massive fanboy) but I can’t find anything. It can’t just be me who feels like this, the first print run of the book is nearly sold out (less than a week after launch) and it is riding high in the Amazon charts.
In conclusion, if you are a trainee teacher, newly qualified teacher or a veteran teacher of 20+ years, you should have this book. If you are a school leader, you should buy a load and make all your teachers read it!
If you are interested in reading more about Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction, I have written about it on my website, check it out!
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