darwentDave Darwent is a teacher-educator at the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in inner-city comprehensives and sixth-form colleges, in socio-economically deprived areas, teaching mathematics and I.T. / Computing and working with trainee teachers as Senior Mentor Co-Ordinator. Dave also carries out external examination duties for teacher education programmes at Cambridge International Examinations (PDQ Teaching with Digital Technologies) and the University of South Wales (PGCE PCET suite). Dave is currently engaged in research into how well prepared teachers are to give meaningful and appropriate praise within feedback and feed-forward. He has previously carried out research into, and presented a conference paper on, the use of FaceBook by trainee teachers. He has also worked on a research project on the embedding of professional standards in ITE. Dave has just joined colleagues at SHU in developing a Mentor qualification MOOC. He blogs for the Society for Education and Training (SET) and SIoE. You can view Dave’s LinkedIn profile and his SIoE profile.