The Beginning Teachers' Companion Third Edition

Author: Paul Herbert & Gerard Alford, Publisher: ITC

The Beginning Teachers' Companion Third Edition is an essential publication for all new teachers in the profession. Its aim is to strengthen the beginning teacher’s often challenging journey as they move to graduate teacher and beyond.

The Beginning Teachers' Companion supports the beginning teacher through the initial years by offering:

  • Guidance with lesson and unit planning
  • A repertoire of evidence-based lesson ideas and knowledge of what will work in their classroom
  • Effective strategies for classroom management
  • Communication skills for the classroom, optimal classroom layouts, cooperative learning strategies and more.
  • Time-efficient ways of providing early, regular and meaningful feedback.

The publication is closely aligned to the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


This revised and updated edition reflects the deep desire of both Paul and Gerard to reinforce and further the learning that beginning teachers bring from their various teacher education courses highlighting in very practical ways the theory of constructivist teaching and learning. What Paul and Gerard call ‘Instructional Techniques’ represent a “best of” the art and science of teaching—or what we call pedagogy—the repertoires of the very best teachers.

While it is presented as a companion resource, it is firmly grounded in cutting-edge educational research and reflects the very best of teaching. I believe it should be an essential part of the beginning teacher’s journey and one that education students would greatly benefit from over the course of their study.”

Dr David Zyngier
Senior Lecturer in Curriculum & Pedagogy
Faculty of Education, Peninsula Campus
Monash University


  1. Establishing the Supportive and Productive Classroom
  2. Backward Mapping - Curriculum Planning for Educational Alignment
  3. Lesson Planning
  4. Lesson Beginning
  5. Lesson Middle
  6. Cooperative Learning - unleashing the power of small structured group activities
  7. Reading Comprehension in the Primary Years
  8. Student Feedback Strategies
  9. Lesson End
  10. AITSL
  11. Resources
More Information
Edition 3rd
Date of Publication August 2019
ISBN 9780994600134