I'm sure some of you have seen my excited posts over the past few days announcing that the Tiny Voices Talk book is finally here - yes, it is out! I couldn't be happier. Others of you may have been living under a rock and not been aware that there was a Tiny Voices Talk book, so I thought that I would tell you a little bit about it.
Tiny Voices Talk: Education, engagement and empowerment is a book full of tips, insights and practical approaches pooled from little-known educators with big ideas and all geared towards making a difference for your pupils in your setting.
When tiny voices talk, three amazing things happen: they share surprising ideas and insights; they realise they are not so tiny; and they empower other tiny voices to talk too.
The book is similar to the podcast, in that I have compiled what I think is a great resource full of top tips and actionable advice from a range of tiny voices across the educational spectrum. The assembled voices speak on a broad range of topics relating to education and learner development – from mentoring, metacognitive skills and period education, to trauma-informed practice, nurturing curious learners and finding flow in the classroom.
Above all though, this book urges you - the reader - to find your voice and use it and to support others in using theirs. There are big people with big voices (and big egos) in education, yet they are the minority. The majority consists of great people just getting on with doing great things – more often than not with people, not data, at the heart of their practice. My hope is that this book inspires these people to find and use their voice; and when tiny voices talk to tiny voices, everyone wins.
In Tiny Voices Talk, I outline contributors’ ideas concerning the ins and outs of teaching, inclusion, and professional and personal development, sharing their insightful stories from the world of education. The book reinforces the message that if teachers/ educators are empowered to use their voices, then they are more likely to empower young people to use theirs too. I hope that you will find that the book offers a practical guide for situations that educators may face/be facing throughout their careers, and how they can be navigated within the realities of their day-to-day jobs in a variety of settings.
When I wrote this book, I had in mind the ECT who needs to know so much about the many different areas of education, but I also had in mind professional development. This book arms school leaders with a perfect resource to lead CPD within their setting. Just using Part III: Tiny Voices Talk About Inclusion, would develop staff's understanding of SEND, trauma-informed education, LGBTQIA+, race, disability, forces families and well-being.
Prior to publication, we sent the book out for review and I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback. My hope when writing it was that this would be a book that people would go back to again and again and I was over the moon when I read this -
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When you have read the book could you please do me three favours?
Would you use your voice and share your review of it on Amazon
Would you use your voice by mentioning it on social media ? Make sure you tag me in so that I know that you have raised your voice.
Make sure you use the pages at the back of the book to think of ways you can use your voice - your voice matters.
I'll finish soon I promise but I know that many of you love a good podcast and this week two podcast episodes have been released which are all about 'Tiny Voices Talk'. In the first one, I am interviewed by Phil Naylor and in the second I chat to Ian Gilbert who is the editor of the book. Make sure you tune in.
Finally, I want to say thank you to the amazing contributors. You are all wonderful and I know that your powerful contributions will educate, engage and empower others - thank you.