Help teachers talk about teaching & learning | Richard Wells | 3 Min Read

September 26, 2023

How one teaches often feels like a very personal thing. I believe this is primarily due to a lack of structured teacher training across the world. Teachers normally get a year or two of training at the very beginning of their career, mostly in basic classroom management, organisation, and survival. They are then thrown into a classroom with minimal support to work out the craft for themselves over the first few years. This leads to individual teachers crafting a very personal way of functioning and surviving the school day.

Some teachers develop a love for participating directly with students to negotiate learning, while some develop a comfort for having more direct control of the room with strict rules and guidelines to help get them through the day. The vast majority of teachers make these decisions based on gut feeling and personal preference rather than any reading or research into what has been proven as best practice.

Knowing that one’s approach is different to one’s colleagues is a norm and so leads…

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Richard Wells

Richard Wells is a world-recognized educator, author and blogger on future education trends. He has presented around the world and has been rated in the top 50 world influencers for educational technology use. He currently works in school leadership and is passionate about moving schools forward to better represent the needs of the 21st century. Richard is an EdTech influencer who founded EduWells, a top 10 education blog. He is the author of A Learner's Paradise, a book in which he explains how education can operate without classrooms, lessons, subjects, and tests. Richard proudly started his career with a degree in Fine Art from Manchester in England. He worked in IT before contracting to work in schools, digitalizing their workflows in the late 1990s. He became an educator in 2003.