The Artful Educator(9781785831157)

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Description Is teaching an art, rather than a science? Instead of measuring education and reducing everything to data, what if we looked at it through the lens of the arts? Sue Cowley demonstrates how teachers can become artists, sculptors, actors, dancers, musicians, playwrights, poets, designers and directors, no matter which subject or age group they happen to be teaching.

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, Teaching staff, In school
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

'The Artful Educator' paints the air with ideas and weaves magic with words. They aren’t afraid of a little risk, or of planning and delivering lessons a little differently. Learn how to be more creative, experimental, playful and imaginative in the methods you use to manage your classroom, and in the myriad ways in which you help your students to learn.

A collection of suggestions designed to inspire you to take creative risks with your learners, this is a book for explorers and rebels. An ideal resource for trainees, NQTs and experienced teachers alike, The Artful Educator is for anyone looking for inventive, innovative approaches to teaching.

Evidence underpinning this approach

Discover what an ‘artful attitude’ to education looks like, with plenty of practical, real-life ideas for artful teaching and learning. Sue has collected inspiring examples of how colleagues in a range of settings, from early years to secondary and further education, are already using artful approaches in their classrooms.

"A great way to use songs, especially in English or literacy lessons, is to compare song
lyrics to a poem, to show how the two forms are practically the same thing. Because
songs are more familiar, they seem less intimidating. You can use popular songs to
The Artful Educator teach literary techniques, such as metaphor, simile and repetition, to show your students that poetry is nothing to be afraid of."

Source: The author, Isabella Wallace does a great job of explaining how to do this in her YouTube video: ‘How to analyse a poem you have never seen before’ (see

How users/participants can evaluate success

Find out how to engage with your artful side, reinvigorate your approach to teaching and inspire yourself and your children with the pure joy of learning. Getting artful can involve borrowing techniques from the arts to use in teaching, getting learners hands-on with creating artworks themselves and also engaging learners with great existing works of art, cultivating the cultural capital that comes from this in the process.

Follow-up activities and support

Sue Cowley is a writer, presenter and teacher trainer, and the author of more than 25 books on education, including How to Survive your First Year in Teaching. Her international bestseller, Getting the Buggers to Behave, is a fixture on university lists, and has been translated into ten different languages. After training as an early years teacher, Sue taught English and drama in secondary schools in the UK and overseas, and she also worked as a supply teacher. She now spends her time writing educational books and articles and is a columnist for Teach NurseryTeach Primary and Nursery World magazines. Sue works internationally as a teacher trainer, as well as volunteering in primary classrooms and helping to run her local preschool.

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Reviews provided include: MBR Bookwatch, Tim Taylor, Rachel Whitfield, Isabella Wallace, Duncan Partridge and Dr Pooky Knightsmith.

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