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Helping Your Pupils To Think For Themselves

Author : Jeni Wilson
ISBN : 9781136780783
Genre : Education
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Possibly the biggest challenge teachers face in the classroom is getting their pupils to think for themselves. When children learn to think independently, they are able to take control of their own learning. What’s more, they become good at dealing with the many problems that life will inevitably throw their way – not only good at solving these problems, but at choosing the kind of thinking strategies that will help solve them. Helping your pupils to think for themselves defines the various types of thinking (critical, creative, reflective) and discusses in detail the most crucial type of thinking for student progress – metacognition, which invoves self-assessment, active decision making and personal goal setting. Focusing on how to choose and use a particular type of thinking or strategy for a particular purpose, this book shows teachers how they can do a audit of their pupils’ thinking skills and identify their pupils’ thinking preferences and dispositions, to foster a thinking culture in their classrooms and ensure that all their pupils become skilled and independent thinkers. This book suggests ways to organise the classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.

Helping Your Pupils To Work Cooperatively

Author : Kath Murdoch
ISBN : 9781136780721
Genre : Education
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The classroom is one of the few places where pupils are regularly required to share, wait, take turns, compromise and work in pairs or groups. And when they are involved in the same project or task, not only are they expected to get along with others, but to get along well – well enough to communicate effectively and work together towards a shared goal or group product. It can be a challenging way to work for some pupils, but when it is done well, it can be very rewarding. When people are working together effectively, they are aware of each person’s roles and responsibilities, feel valued and respected, use a range of skills and strategies and understand the various processes and protocols required. And once the goal is reached, there is the opportunity to celebrate and share the accomplishment. Helping your pupils to work cooperatively clearly sets out the features of cooperative working and explains how it can enhance the many skills needed for effective social interaction, healthy relationships and active citizenship. Focusing on how the teacher’s role is critical to the success of cooperative working, this book shows teachers how they can develop a repertoire of strategies to help their pupils work cooperatively. Explicit instruction, modelling, feedback, intervention and strategic task selection are all described in detail and supported by examples. The book also suggests ways to organise the classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.

Helping Your Pupils To Communicate Effectively And Manage Conflict

Author : Lynette Longaretti
ISBN : 9781136780851
Genre : Education
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‘Why can’t you just get along?’ This is a question children are commonly asked. But they will usually have a very ‘good’ reason for their conflict – ‘Because he’s always telling me what to do!’; ‘She stole my lunch!’. The fact is that any in social situation there is a potential for conflict. What children need are the skills to manage conflict when it does arise. Helping your pupils to communicate effectively and manage conflict looks as the basics of effective communication and the essential skills for forming and sustaining productive relationships. Focusing on promoting a culture of fairness, respect, inclusiveness and cooperation in the classroom, this book shows teachers how they can help their pupils understand things from another’s point of view and foster empathy, by learning specific skills (such as describing behaviours, checking one’s perceptions, summarising ideas and feelings and giving and receiving feedback) and practicing specific activities (such as role play, structured controversy, problem-solving, simulation, discussion and reflection). This book suggests ways to organise the classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.

Practical Assessments For Literature Based Reading Classrooms

Author : Adele Fiderer
ISBN : 0590484583
Genre : Education
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Discusses various assessment tools applicable to grades K-6, including self-evaluation, reading-response notebooks, and portfolio creation

Common Core In The Content Areas

Author : Jessica Bennett
ISBN : 9781317802877
Genre : Education
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The Common Core is requiring literacy across the curriculum, but what does that mean for teachers of subjects like math, science, and social studies who have a lot of content to cover? In this essential book, author Jessica Bennett reassures you that you don’t have to abandon all of your great content lessons and start from scratch. Instead, you can reflect on what you‘re already doing well and make adjustments and enhancements as necessary. Bennett starts with a clear breakdown of the Common Core ELA Social Studies/History and Science and Technical Subjects Standards for Grades 7-12 and what they actually look like. She provides a variety of practical strategies and scaffolds that you can use immediately to enhance your curriculum and meet the standards. You will learn how to... Incorporate a wider variey of texts into your currciulum Teach students to use each text with purpose, whether it is for close reading, support, argumentation, or research Assign meaningful group work and projects without feeling that they have to take up your whole curriculum Help students navigate their textbooks more effectively and read for information Use the Common Core to meet the needs of diverse learners Implement the four As strategy in which students absorb content, analyze information, argue reasons, and apply knowledge Use writing tasks to strengthen student comprehension of content Teach various forms of writing and the importance of text citations And more! Throughout the book, you’ll find tools such as unit planning sheets, daily lesson plan sheets, classroom handouts, sentence starters, and more. If you teach a content area, this must-have resource will help you meet the Common Core with ease!

Assessment

Author : Patricia Broadfoot
ISBN : 9781134563050
Genre : Education
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There has been much debate on the purposes and methods of assessment over the last couple of years. This book gathers together the latest thinking and looks at how assessment can be used to promote or inhibit learning. Unlike other books on the market, this one summarizes theory and shows how it can be best put into practice, using as little jargon as possible. Some of the issues discussed in this text include: * how assessment can erode self-esteem and motivation * how skills of reflection, self-evaluation and personal target setting can impact on learning * how far learners of all ages understand what they are required to learn * how far students are able to evaluate their own performance and what schools can do in the short, medium and long-term to promote more effective learning. Part of the What's In It For Schools series, this book is ideal for teachers and other non-academics concerned with education who require a grounding in the issue to help them in their daily work.

A Call To Creativity

Author : Luke Reynolds
ISBN : 9780807771730
Genre : Education
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In this age of standardization, many English teachers are unsure about how to incorporate creative writing and thinking into their classroom. In a fresh new voice, Luke Reynolds emphasizes that “creativity in our lives as teachers and in the lives of our students is one of our most vital needs in the 21st century.” Based on his own journey as an English teacher, A Call to Creativity is a practical guide that shows teachers how they can encourage and support students’ creativity in the English/language arts classroom. The book offers both the inspiration and practical steps teachers need to engage their students through a variety of hands-on projects and worksheets that can be used immediately to insert creativity into any standards-based curriculum. Book Features: Adaptable projects tested in diverse school environments.Guiding questions at the end of each chapter.Lesson plans for creative writing assignments.Over 30 pages of worksheets and sample assignments. Luke Reynolds has taught 7th- through 12th-grade English in Massachusetts and Connecticut public schools, as well as composition at Northern Arizona University. He is co-editor of the bestselling book Burned In: Fueling the Fire to Teach. “This book puts wheels on high ideals in a way that can move us toward the kind of education our students deserve and our best teachers desire.” —Parker J. Palmer, bestselling author “This book sounds a hopeful note in the current era of teaching. . . . It shows us we can still be passionate and practical, creative and collaborative at a time when too many feel it is impossible.” —From the Foreword by Jim Burke, author of The English Teacher’s Companion “I can’t think of a more important topic or a more inspired treatment of it than this book. I’m not just recommending this book, I can’t wait to teach it and use it myself. Bravo, Luke Reynolds! Viva, Creativity!” —Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Boise State University, author of “You Gotta Be The Book”, Second Edition “Every chapter in A Call to Creativity is a real gem! Using humor and his gift as a storyteller, Luke Reynolds shows teachers not only how creativity can be woven through standards-based curricula, but why it is essential to do so.” —Christine Sleeter, professor emerita, California State University, Monterey Bay, co-editor of Teaching with Vision “Luke Reynolds provides a purposeful framework to help teachers transform the fundamental elements of contemporary practice into classroom experiences that awaken students’ creativity, passion, and energy.” —Sam Intrator, professor of education and the program in urban studies, Smith College “This marvelous new book by Luke Reynolds shows how passionate teaching is lit by soul and vulnerability, knowledge of self on the part of the teacher, and a willingness to explore what can really happen in a classroom if you challenge students to engage their muscular and creative minds.” —Kirsten Olson, Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), author of Wounded by School

Spotlight Science

Author : Keith Johnson
ISBN : 0748755357
Genre : Science
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Topic Outlines show parts of the PoS to be covered, the relationship of the topic to aspects of KS2 and KS4 and warn of equipment that may need special preparation time in advance. Topic Maps are provided for students. Lesson Notes relating to each double page spread in the students' book offer objectives, ideas for each lesson, detailed references to the PoS, level descriptions, safety points with references to CLEAPPS HAZCARDS, ICT support, cross-curricular links and equipment lists. Answers to all questions in the students' book are also provided. Additional support material provide: Homework Sheets, Help and Extension Sheets to optimise differentiation (Sc1), Sc1 Skill Sheets, 'Thinking about....' activities to improve integration of CASE activities with Spotlight Science, Revision Quizzes and Checklists, etc. Extra Help Sheets for each topic extend the range of support for Sc1 and Sc2-4. Challenge Sheets for each topic provide a variety of enrichment activities for more able students. They consist of a variety of challenging activities which will present students with opportunities to develop problem-solving, thinking, presentational and interpersonal skills. Technician's Cards include help to prepare lessons, equipment requirements and CLEAPPS HAZCARD references. For more information visit the website at www.spotlightscience.co.uk

Help Yourself

Author : Dave Pelzer
ISBN : 1101174145
Genre : Self-Help
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As nearly four million readers have learned from his three previous books, Dave Pelzer doesn't believe in feeling sorry for himself. Abused mercilessly by his mother as a child, Dave has taken everything that happened to him and turned it into something positive so that he can help others. Now happily married and with a child of his own, he celebrates the twin pillars of strength that saw him through his darkest hours: resilience and gratitude. And he shows how anyone can tap into these virtues to live a better and more fulfilling life. In Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer explains how to move beyond a painful history, harmful negative thoughts, and innumerable setbacks by urging readers to take control and be accountable for their lives. Filled with his own history, as well as the personal struggles of others who have learned how to turn adversity into triumph, Help Yourself is a rousing call to readers who want real answers to real problems. Never before in paperback, it will undoubtedly join Pelzer's previous paperbacks on bestseller lists for years to come.

Equality Stories

Author : Robin Richardson
ISBN : 9781858562667
Genre : Education
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Equality Stories is a practical handbook for school-based discussions and for planning, staff training and professional development. The stories are about projects in schools to do with the three Rs; recognition, respect and raising achievement. There are also wider stories about the development of Britain as an inclusive society, contemporary educational history and national educational policy. Originating in one LEA and the effective projects in its schools funded under the Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant, this book tackles important questions. What are the differences between EMAG and the funding regime it replaced, Section II? What new opportunities does it open up? What should be the priorities in general terms, and what should be the guiding principles for choosing between them?

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