Sep 6, 2021
Headmaster Adam Greenwood is delighted to announce the publication of his first book Teaching: A Field Manual. Aimed at educators this book offers a series of advice and guidance using military theory and practice applied to the classroom.
The book is available on Amazon with all proceeds going to support Afghan. refugees resettling in the UK.
Here's a snippet from the preface.
There is no silver bullet to being a successful teacher. If that is what you are looking for you have come to the wrong place. Forget the hacks, the short cuts and the theory that you think will save you, none of it works. What this book does offer is practical solutions to becoming a highly productive and ultimately more successful teacher. How do you measure success in the classroom? Simple - the students are happy and results are good. No matter how much teachers deny it, we are in a results driven business and if the progress, SATs, GCSE and A Level results are poor the buck stops with you. I accept that there will always be that year group or the class from hell, but if you are producing good results year on year you are a success. Many of the methods discussed in this book may seem unrealistic at first glance and somewhat over exaggerated to the casual reader. However, trust me, these are the methods that I employ every single day in my job as a teacher. Although I had the privilege of developing much of what I know at the Royal Miltary Academy Sandhurst and through a short military career, all of the principles I suggest are simple and can be learnt and applied in your own career as a teacher. Teaching and the military are not fit for the short-term planner, they are careers for long term thinkers, planners and leaders. I am often asked about my role as an Army officer and too often a hear people react with "that's a big change of career" or "teaching and the Army must be very different". Well the simple fact is, they really are not, they are actually very similar with two key factors
1 - Leadership
2 - Discipline
In the Army we have field manuals to help us in every aspect of our profession, we carry it with us and we use it often. If you need to know how to establish a LZ (landing zone), clear a VP (vulnerable point) or conduct orders for an advance to contact, use your field manual. This book offers the same for teachers with the risk of death removed!