This book gives student-teachers the chance to learn from the experiences of students who have just completed a course in preparing to teach.
They offer all manner of insights, from the amusing to the cautionary to the thought-provoking.
Course tutors provide additional commentary, identifying key themes and structuring chapters and the whole book to mirror the process of learning to teach. Each chapter takes a different facet of learning to teach, and issues covered include: observing experienced teachersinteraction with pupilsdiscussions with mentors and new colleaguesexploring the concept of `subject knowledge'what this means in practice. Later chapters consider the many frameworks in which student-teachers will find themselves working, the Qualifying to Teach Standards included, but also acknowledging tacit frameworks such as the `hidden' curriculum.
Students who are thinking of learning to teach, applying for a course or just starting one, will find voices here that give them a sense of how it feels to work through that process.
The book is a companion; its tone friendly, conversational, and relaxed.
Even at the most testing times in a course, you can turn to Preparing to Teach: Learning from Experience and find voices that say `yes, I've felt like that too'.