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Just Teach! in FE

Just Teach! in FE
A people-centered approach

June 2019 | 144 pages | Learning Matters
Just Teach! in FE is a straightforward, helpful, engaging and reliable read for all beginning teachers. It focuses on the needs of the teacher and the learner and outlines this people-centered approach. This focus on the principles of good teaching, and the theory behind them, frees the reader from ever-changing structures and provides truly practical strategies to use from their first lesson.

The text supports beginning teachers to Be organised; Be resourceful; Be resilient and to Just keep teaching. It is an engaging exploration of real teaching in FE and of the pressures and challenges that FE teachers face.  

Part 1 Introducing people centred teaching and learning
Introducing people-centred teaching for connected professionals
What did learning theories ever do for me?
Part 2 Just teach
Just teach 1 – Building and keeping trust
Just teach 2 – Be organised
Just teach Part 3 – Be connected
Just teach Part 4 – Come together and stand together
Part 3 Just keep teaching
Just keep teaching – teaching and learning careers

It is so refreshing to read a book which champions the professional judgement of teachers and advocates the core values of education.  Understanding the people – students and colleagues – must always be fundamental to successful teaching.  Teachers, at whatever level, must have eyes, ears and minds that are open and they must not be constrained by the delivery of a prescribed curriculum, or solely focused on achieving targets designed by faceless civil servants remote from the students and teachers who matter.  Your book offers hope and inspiration, so desperately needed in our schools and colleges.

Brian McDowell

This book is excellent for learning theories behind the practice of teaching. However, if you are new to FE teaching you would benefit from a toolkit of resources rather than the theories. Brilliant book for supporting new FE teachers through teacher training.

Miss Emma Humphreys
Education, Bournemouth And Poole College (Poole)
February 11, 2020

Useful for trainee teachers exploring professionalism.

Mrs Sally Humphries
Education, Rotherham College of Arts And Technology
November 19, 2019

This is a new book from Jim Crawley, who manages to write in a very straight forward way. I recommend this book to teacher trainees and established teachers alike for its practical approach and sensible attitude to the changing face of FE. However for me the part of the book most relevant to my role as Teacher Trainer and champion of personal tutors is his chapter on resilience and recovery. This applies to teachers and their students. Teachers are dealing with students who are unable to to bounce back after things go wrong or they fail an exam or break up with a boyfriend, don't get the course they want. These students often are not resilient, they become 'immobilised by failure'.Teachers too can become pressurised by paperwork,people and personal issues( Crawley’s three P’s from In at the deep end (2010).
This book is refreshing !It is good to tell teachers 'JUST TEACH'

Mrs ann solomon
care professions, Barnfield College, Luton
February 28, 2019

This is a really engaging and accessible introduction to FE teaching, which covers issues relevant to education in general as well as specific to an FE setting - a worthwhile read for those considering a teaching career in the FE sector.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 11, 2019

An accessible and nicely organised text that will enable Further Education professionals to think about their practice.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
October 1, 2018

I would recommend that anyone entering (or considering entering) into teaching in FE Education start with this book. Jim Crawley is a (the) leading figure in Post Compulsory in Britain, and his insights and advice will benefit all those entering this sector.

Mr Sam Emmett
Early Childhood Education, Glyndwr University
August 22, 2018

This is a really good book for aspiring and new teachers, written in a logical way. The author has drawn on his experiences and used them to help inform the content. He enables the reader to explore what it’s like to work in FE: the good and the bad bits.

I liked the activities which the reader can carry out, along with the cross referencing to the National Standards.

I hope Jim will consider writing a ‘Just Assess in FE’ book as a follow up.

Ms Ann Gravells
Assessment Ne, Cambridge University
April 17, 2018

Jim Crawley remains a excellent source of well written but accessible text for all of our teacher trainees. Both those who enter into FE teaching from a vocational background who need to develop confidence and skill in a more formal academic approach to reviewing their practice and the more experienced academically orientated teacher trainees. All of our students who have already accessed this text can't recommend it highly enough.

Mrs Michele Fuller
Department of Education, Colchester Institute
July 3, 2019

This is a very clearly written introduction to pedagogy and all things FE for trainee teachers.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of FE And HE
March 23, 2018

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