beginning teachers' companion Second Edition

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The beginning teachers’ companion Second Edition is an essential publication for all new teachers in the profession. Its aim is to strengthen the beginning teacher’s often challenging journey as they move to graduate teacher and beyond.

A teacher’s first year is challenging, with the first few years taking its toll on both teachers and students. The beginning teachers’ companion supports the beginning teacher through these initial years by offering:

  • Guidance with lesson and unit planning
  • A repertoire of evidence-based lesson ideas and knowledge of what will work in their classroom
  • Effective strategies for classroom management
  • Communication skills for the classroom, optimal classroom layouts, cooperative learning strategies and more.

With the beginning teachers’ companion lesson plans will be more effective and simpler to design as well as taking the pressure of the beginning teachers by scaffolding their lessons with a simple and effective 4 Step model. The publication is closely aligned to the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. 

“This revised and updated edition reflects the deep desire of both Paul and Gerard to reinforce and further the learning that beginning teachers bring from their various teacher education courses highlighting in very practical ways the theory of constructivist teaching and learning. What Paul and Gerard call ‘Instructional Techniques’ represent a “best of” the art and science of teaching—or what we call pedagogy—the repertoires of the very best teachers.

While it is presented as a companion resource, it is firmly grounded in cutting-edge educational research and reflects the very best of teaching. I believe it should be an essential part of the beginning teacher’s journey and one that education students would greatly benefit from over the course of their study.”

Dr David Zyngier

Senior Lecturer in Curriculum & Pedagogy

Faculty of Education, Peninsula Campus

Monash University


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