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From Camouflage to Classroom: What my Army career taught me about teaching

From Camouflage to Classroom: What my Army career taught me about teaching

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From Camouflage to Classroom is about everything George Vlachonikolis learned with the Army in Afghanistan and has brought to his classroom teaching today. George aims to explore the role of the classroom teacher from an original perspective: one based on military principles and practice.

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On George Vlachonikolis’ 25th birthday, he was holding an SA80 assault rifle. Inside his webbing pouches were 150 rounds of ammunition, two HE grenades, two smoke grenades, a small survival kit, 20 Marlboro Lights, and a medikit that included two sticks of morphine and two tourniquets. Strapped to the left-hand side of his Osprey body armour, within easy reach, was his bayonet. George was in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

On George’s 37th birthday, he was wearing a striped cotton twill shirt and well-ironed beige chinos. A thin fabric lanyard carried his ID badge proudly. In front of him was a class of secondary school students, who were settling down and getting ready for their next lesson. George was in a school in the UK.

From Camouflage to Classroom is about everything George learned with the British Army in Afghanistan and has brought to his classroom teaching today. By reflecting on the most intense and thought-provoking experiences of his life, George aims to explore the role of the classroom teacher from an original perspective: one based on military principles and practice.

This book takes a direct, human and very honest look at the challenges faced by classroom teachers today and offers some military-inspired solutions. A share of the royalties from this book will go to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved British Forces children. www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

About the Author

George Vlachonikolis is a teacher at a school in Oxford. At 23, he joined the British Army and served in two operational tours of Afghanistan. After a six-and-a-half-year military career, George shifted gears into a new challenge: becoming a schoolteacher. Now, as an experienced veteran of both combat and classroom, he is keen to explore the overlaps between the two fields.

George currently teaches economics at A-level and IB, and is the PGCE lead for economics at a well-known university. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two daughters.

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Author George Vlachonikolis
ISBN 9781913622763
No of pages 164
Format Paperback
Publication Date 8 Oct 2021

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