Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers: The Michaela Way (Paperback)

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This book is at once a battle cry and a manual for teachers who feel disrespected, disenfranchised, and displeased with the profession. The Michaela Community School in Wembley, London, UK is making waves across the globe for its commitment to disciplined, coordinated teaching. With a renewed focus on explicit knowledge, self-quizzing, and the regimentation of discipline, Michaela teachers reflect on what's worked for them as they've set out to start a revolutionary school. Not only does the school hold fast to the belief that "teachers should be able to teach and students should be able to learn," but it also emphasizes that reading happens in all subjects, from math, to art, to French. This book, with its interleaving chapters on discipline, reading comprehension, focus on explicit knowlege instruction, kindness, and competition, renewed my vigor for the profession. 

— Shelly Walston


At Michaela, teachers think differently, overturning many of the ideas that have become orthodoxy in English schools. In this book, over 20 Michaela teachers explore controversial ideas that improve the lives of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Michaela is blazing a trail in education, defying many of the received notions about what works best in schools.

Michaela teachers, from founders to classroom teachers to senior leaders, lead readers through different aspects of what makes Michaela unique. The school gets hundreds of visitors a year. So many ask: what's the secret? But the reality is that it isn't only one thing that makes Michaela work.

This book raises challenging questions for teachers and school leaders about how they see education. How can we help new Year 7 pupils get their bearings in secondary school quickly? How do we teach pupils to remember rather than forget what they've learned? How do didactic teaching, drill and memorisation boost motivation and academic achievement? How do we get pupils to be considerate, kind and caring to each other? How do we make lunchtime a calm, happy time every day? How do we ensure new teachers are just as respected as veteran teachers? How can we ensure the weakest readers do the most reading rather than the least? How can we make sure all teachers love teaching in our schools, and want to stay in teaching? How can we prevent teachers from overworking and burning out? What do we do about parents that push back against the school's rules? These questions cut to the core of how we educate and how we see the world.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781909717961
ISBN-10: 1909717967
Publisher: John Catt Educational
Publication Date: November 25th, 2016
Pages: 312
Language: English