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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 15

Becoming a reflective teacher

Mel Ainscow

In this chapter Mel Ainscow reflects on the ideas he has had, at various stages in his career, about how to tackle difficulties in learning in schools. He discusses the perspectives he acquired as a head of a special school for pupils categorised as having moderate learning difficulties, as a local authority adviser on special needs and in his present job involved in the in-service training of teachers.

1 INTRODUCTION

Somebody said to me not so long ago, ‘There are three kinds of people – people who make things happen; people who watch things happen; and people who wonder what the hell did happen!’ If I look over the last few years of my career in education I sense that I have at various ...

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