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'A Quiet Education' serves as an unashamed cheerleader for all that is quiet, challenging the myth that collaboration and noise should be at the heart of what happens in schools.

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'A Quiet Education' serves as an unashamed cheerleader for all that is quiet, challenging the myth that collaboration and noise should be at the heart of what happens in schools. It examines how we can ensure more introverted students and teachers can thrive and achieve their potential. It also explores why it is essential that all teachers begin to embrace quieter values: in their classrooms and management of behaviour; in sustaining their own wellbeing; in their desire to reflect meaningfully and improve as a teacher.

The final section is an exploration of quieter skills: how we can strengthen our students' metacognitive ability; their ability to listen, pay attention and focus; the quality of independent work we do in the classroom alongside how we can motivate all our students.

About the author

Jamie Thom is an English teacher, host of the TES English teaching podcast and writes regularly for TES. He is the author of Slow Teaching and runs the teaching and learning website www.slowteaching.co.uk. 

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"A manifesto for tranquil teaching and teaching tranquility. Quiet Education is as soothing as it is informing.” Peps Mccrea, author of 'Memorable Teaching' and 'Motivated Teaching'

"This book helps to highlight the problematic nature of some educational trends (for example, group discussions as a default teaching strategy), and it makes a convincing case for the value of building in opportunities for calm, quiet moments throughout the day, for pupils and staff alike." Jonathan Firth author of 'Pyschology in the Classroom' and 'The Teachers Guide to Research'.

"As our school system struggles to attract and retain a diverse workforce, there are many lessons we can learn through the debates this book provokes. A fascinating read which champions the often-unheard voice of the quiet." Tom Rees, author of 'Wholesome Leadership'

"In Jamie Thom's thoughtful and considered book, he asks us to question the traditional expectations we hold of leaders, teachers and students in our schools and classrooms." Kulvarn Atwal, author of 'The Thinking School'.

"In our noisy, busy, distraction-filled modern lives, the need for quiet has never been more important. This excellent book shows schools how to embrace quiet for the benefit of teachers, students and society at large. A must read!" Adrian Bethune, author of 'Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom'.

"Jamie’s book is a fascinating and vital reminder that things don’t have to be so physically and mentally exhausting. For me, Jamie has an unrivalled ability to make the implicit explicit. An invaluable and enriching read" Andy Sammons, author of 'Compassionate Teaching'.

“I loved reading A Quiet Education. It's a refreshing line of thinking about the thoughts, feelings and experiences of students and teachers in classrooms that are often all too frenetic and loud; where introverted, quieter people are not fully able to be themselves, with the space and time to think, to empathise, to be creative. Supported by a series of excellent Quiet Reflections from a range of contributors and the neatly captured Introspections that conclude each chapter, Jamie has embarked on a wide-ranging exploration of the Quiet philosophy in multiple aspects of school life. I haven't read a book that's made me think so hard my own practice for a long time. His reflective style is backed with a wide range of very practical, deliverable strategies that certainly demand careful consideration - or introspection! More than anything I'm sure that a lot of teachers will find the whole spirit of the book inspiring; it's a superb manifesto for a different kind of education.” — Tom Sherrington, author of The Learning Rainforest and Rosenshine’s Principles in Action

“A Quiet Education outlines ways in which we can be more nuanced in our thinking about the quiet members of our community, whether children or adults. Full of sensitivity, insight and common sense, it is a call for a kinder way to go about our business. A Quiet Education is full of insights and ideas that are likely to benefit everyone in our settings.” — Mary Myatt, author of High Challenge, Low Threat and The Curriculum


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Author Jamie Thom
ISBN 9781912906758
No of pages 224
Format Paperback
Publication Date 21 Feb 2020

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