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The Learning Rainforest.

I am delighted to announce that I have finished writing my book.  The manuscript is with John Catt publishers and it should be ready to buy from October 13th.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Oliver Caviglioli who has produced various illustrations and chapter summaries.  He also designed the front cover.

The book is my attempt to capture everything I’ve learned about teaching over the last 30 years. Several of the ideas have previously featured on teacherhead.com but most of it is new.  The Learning Rainforest metaphor is a vehicle for getting the ideas into shape. The three-part structure provides a framework for thinking about great teaching:

  • Establishing the conditions.
  • Building the knowledge structure
  • Exploring the possibilities.

Part 1 of the book runs through the various elements of my professional journey that have shaped my thinking leading to the metaphor.

Part 2 consists of three chapters that each contain 20 practical ideas or strategies for teaching in Learning Rainforest style in practice.

Part 1: The Learning Rainforest Metaphor

  •  Chapter 1: My Rainforest Experience
  •  Chapter 2: The Progressive-Traditional Debate and the Trivium
  •  Chapter 3: The Curriculum Debate
  •  Chapter 4: What does the research say?
  •  Chapter 5: How does assessment work?
  •  Chapter 6: Managing the Learning Rainforest
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Some of the chapter summaries. 

Part 2: The Learning Rainforest In Practice.

  •  Chapter 7: Establishing the Conditions C1- C20
  •  Chapter 8: Building the Knowledge Structure K1-K20
  •  Chapter 9: Exploring the Possibilities P1-P20
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60 ideas for great teaching. 

The design of the book makes it easy to read separate chapters on the particular themes and to dip into the 60 strategies.  You could also read it cover to cover.  Hopefully it works both ways.

My whole website is about to be fully upgraded.  When that happens there will be place where you can discuss the book and leave comments.

It’s been an exciting process pulling all my thoughts together, re-reading all the books and articles that are referenced. I can’t wait to get the book out there.

Huge thanks to everyone who is supporting behind the scenes…it’s big team effort. We are nearly there..



3 thoughts on “The Learning Rainforest.

  1. Good news for you. Looking forward to it!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Stephen Schwab | September 6, 2017, 11:38 am
  2. Congratulations! As an equally recent recipient of an ISBN number I know the excitement that accompanies this moment, good luck with the book!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by edducan | September 6, 2017, 12:03 pm
  3. Looks interesting. Looking forward to reading it.

    Chamberlayne College

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Nick | September 24, 2017, 8:11 am

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