#087 Tom Sherrington: Rosenshine’s Principles in Action

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On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast I spoke to Tom Sherrington.

Tom is an experienced former Headteacher and teacher who now works as an educational consultant. He has worked in, and led comprehensives, grammar schools and international schools for 30 years, giving him an incredibly wide-range of experiences to draw upon. He is a popular speaker at events such as researchEd, is the creator of the very popular and thought-provoking blog, teacherhead.com, and is the author of one of my favourite education books of recent years, The Learning Rainforest: Great teaching in real classrooms. Regular listeners will know that this is Tom’s second appearance on the show – and if you haven’t already, I’d recommend you check out the first one where we cover the key ideas from The Learning Rainforest.

But Tom is back with a new book, and one that is making waves around the country. Indeed, some schools are buying copies for every single member of their staff. The book is Rosneshine’s Principles in Action, which takes Barak Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction and showcases what they might look like in the classroom.

Bt we didn’t just stick to discussing the ideas from the book, because when you get chance to speak to someone like Tom, the opportunity to delve into other fascinating areas of education proves irresistible.

So, in a wide ranging conversation, Tom and I discussed the following things, and plenty more besides:

  • What has Tom learned since we last spoke?
  • What has he changed his mind about?
  • What are some of the key features of successful schools that Tom has worked with over the last year?
  • Then we dive into all things Rosenshine:
  • What is Tom’s favourite principle?
  • Which one is the easiest to put into practice right away?
  • Which feels most counter-intuitive?
  • Is there a danger that these principles could be misused in schools?
  • And finally: will we look back one day on these principles in the same way we now look back at learning styles?

I loved this conversation. I always get loads from my conversations with Tom, and I am so pleased I had the opportunity to go deep into this fascinating area of teaching.

On Twitter, Tom is @teacherhead
Tom blogs at teacherhead.com,
Tom’s books are The Learning Rainforest and Rosenshine’s Principles in Action

My usual plugs:

Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
Craig Barton

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