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The Sweet Spot: A guide to efficient and effective teaching

The Sweet Spot: A guide to efficient and effective teaching

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In The Sweet Spot, Michael Chiles explores the art of teacher explanation and modelling in teaching students what they need to know.

Delving into the research, Michael sets out the reasons why the art of telling and showing students underpin effective teaching and learning. Armed with research-based evidence, Michael looks at a range of efficient and effective strategies teachers can use in their own classrooms to expertly explain and model their subject.

In the final part of the book, Michael is joined by teachers across the broad range of subjects in the primary and secondary phases to share how they teach one difficult concept within their own subject.


"The Sweet Spot is an insightful and engaging read which should be found in CPD libraries in staffrooms everywhere. Underpinned by the latest research, Michael Chiles draws on his own wealth of expertise and experience, encouraging readers to ref lect on their practice in order to provide an optimum learning experience for children and young people. Chiles champions the importance of teacher subject knowledge and curriculum content whilst encouraging educators to consider the best use of their time, from classroom set up to providing expert explanation and modelling, a careful balance of pedagogical theory and practical advice is needed in order to maximise learning opportunities and outcomes for learners. This is the book many of us will wish we had read at the start of our careers. It is an honest, thought-provoking and highly relevant read which all readers will be able to relate to and take something away from."

Sarah Mullin, deputy headteacher, doctoral research student and author of What They Didn’t Teach Me on My PGCE and Chronicles from the Classroom


About the Author

Michael Chiles is an experienced teacher who has been teaching geography for over 10 years and is currently a Head of Department. He is also an experienced Principal Examiner. Michael writes blogs at GeogHod and tweets at @m_chiles.

He enjoys walking and exploring the British countryside with his Border Collie. His book, The CRAFT of Assessment, was published by John Catt in 2020, followed by The Feedback Pendulum in 2021.