Book Notes – Essential Teaching Skills – Chris Ryriacou

Kyriacou, Chris. Essential Teaching Skills. 3rd ed. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes, 2007. Print. 

These notes focus on teaching skills and lesson planning with the aim of helping me in the class to get better at teaching the P7s and planning their lessons. Also to help with the P2s and assisting them in the classroom when I am asked to show certain groups how to do things and to how to deal with each child’s needs when it comes to learning.

Chapter 1 – Developing your teaching skills

Page 1

“The essence of being an effective teacher lies in knowing what to do to foster pupils’ learning and being bale to do it.”

“Successful teaching skills this crucially involve knowledge, decision making and action”

  • Developing and extending knowledge about decisions for certain situations is important

Page 2

Observing experienced teachers can help give you ideas for your own way of teaching.

You can find out what works and what doesn’t work. You can question why that teacher did a lesson in certain way rather than a way you thought was better.

Page 3 

This page talks about how experienced teachers know what to do better because of the years of practice and trial and error they’ve had each year.

Page 4 

Defining essential teaching skills – discrete and coherent activities by teachers which foster pupil learning. Three important elements of skills:

Knowledge – teachers knowledge about subject, pupils, curriculum, teaching methods, influence on teaching and learning of other factors and knowledge of own teaching skills

Decision making – the thinking and decision making that happens during and after a lesson. How to achieve the best outcomes intended

Action – Obvious behaviour undertaken by teachers to cater to pupils learning

Page 5 – Identifying essential teaching skills 

Major problem of trying to identify specific list of skills is that they vary from board to general skills.

Planning of lessons, right amount of time to take for pupils to answer questions

Useful to focus on fairly broad and general skills which are meaningful to teachers and relate to how theyre thinking about their teaching.

Hay McBer (2000) identified list of teaching skills

  • high expectations
  • planning
  • methods and strategies
  • pupil management/discipline
  • time and resource management
  • assessment
  • homework

page 6

teachers who are effective tend to have these skills

  • establish an orderly and attractive learning environment
  • concentrate on teaching and learning by maximising the learning time and maintaining the academic emphasis
  • purposely teach through the use of well-organised and well-structured lessons coupled with clarity of purpose
  • convey high expectations and provide intellectual challenge
  • monitor progress and provide quick corrective feedback
  • establish clear and fair discipline


Page 11 – Essential List of teaching skills 

  • planning and preparation – skills involved in selecting the educational aims and learning outcomes for the lesson and how to best achieve these
  • Lesson presentation – successfully engaging pupils
  • Lesson management – managing and organising activities during lessons to keep the pupils attention and involvement
  • Classroom Climate – maintaining positives attitudes and motivation
  • Discipline – maintaining good order and dealing with misbehaviour
  • Assessing Pupils Progress- covering formative (aid pupils further development) and summative (providing record of attainment) purposes of assessment
  • Reflection and Evaluation – evaluating own current teaching practice to improve future teaching

Page 16 

Motivation towards wanting to improve your teaching is important in developing your skills




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