The Artful Educator

Creative, imaginative and innovative approaches to teaching

By: Sue Cowley


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Size: 222 x 182mm

Pages : 216

ISBN: 9781785831157

Format: Paperback

Published: April 2017

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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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

Contents include:

Part One: Artful Attitudes

Chapter 1. The Artful Philosophy

Chapter 2. Artful Attitudes to Learning

Chapter 3. Artful Attitudes to Creativity

Chapter 4. Planning to be Artful

Part Two: The Artful Educator

Chapter 5. The Actor

Chapter 6. The Playwright

Chapter 7. The Film Director

Chapter 8. The Set Designer

Chapter 9. The Prop Designer

Chapter 10. The Costume Designer

Chapter 11. The Storyteller

Chapter 12. The Author

Chapter 13. The Artist

Chapter 14. The Sculptor

Chapter 15. The Musician and the Singer

Chapter 16. The Dancer

Chapter 17. The Chef

Ten Tiny Steps

Click here to view Sue Cowley’s 100 Tips for Artful Educators.


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Sue Cowley

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 Nursery, Teach 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.

Click here to listen in on Sue's podcast with Pivotal Education 'How to fix education'.

Click here to read Sue's article in TeachTalks magazine 'Learning: Beyond the Walls' (p.20).

Click here to read Sue's article in TES 'What evidence does Amanda Speilman have to suggest nurseries don't teach nursery rhymes'.

Click here to read Sue Cowley’s blog.


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