Geoff Petty - a book review

Teaching Today

Published by Nelson Thornes, 2004 ISBN 07487 8525 6 562 pages. Price approx £19.50 (Paperback)

If you have been fortunate enough to meet Geoff Petty you will know why I am recommending his book. Geoff is a former FE lecturer who now works as a teacher trainer and his book is a "how to teach" manual like no other. Geoff has refined his ideas on teaching in the light of his experiences in the classroom and his book has something to offer everyone who works in education. The book is split into five sections, including one on the needs of the learner and another that is a toolkit for teachers. The chapters in each section are bite sized, written in jargon free English and suitable for dipping into on train journeys or when a short period of free time presents itself. Chapters usually contain tables, lists, summaries and sketches that make the text both easy to read and memorable. There are copious references to underpinning research and to further reading for those who wish to investigate a topic in more depth.


I commend the book to you as a cheap and accessible form of CPD and a jolly good read, whether you are new to teaching or an experienced professional looking for some new ideas. Joan Ashley