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Magazine Issue 6: Special Educational Needs
December 2010

This month: Thoughts about Special Educational Needs

Article: There is No Such Thing As Special Educational Needs
New Resources - including a Christmas Resource
Additional Resources - including Christmas Resources
Wise Words

This Month's Article:

No Such Thing as SEN?

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No Such Thing as SEN? An Article proposing a radical view of learning differences and looking at the history of SEN terminology.

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: SEN Gifted Able & Talented

New Resources:

Journey Stick Thinking

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Journey Stick Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool inspired by ancient story telling and memory techniques. Pupils create a stick that represent key facts, events and ideas. It's use for recall then embeds ideas in sequence. Includes a Christmas example.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Early Years, Infant, Junior, Boys' Learning

Tags: Memory Multiple Intelligences Christmas

Thinking Skills for Christmas

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Thinking Skills for Christmas An Activity Sheet with purposeful tasks for pupils in the busy run up to Christmas.

Categories: Other Resources, Thinking Skills, RE & Philosophy, Junior

Tags: Christmas
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This month we've got the sixth installment of 190 Ways to Start a Lesson.
Starters 119-140 involve reflection on the Skills, Attitudes and Values of learning.
Next time, January 2011, Starters 141-158, Past and Future.

(May 14: The Ebook is no longer available in parts)

190 Ways To Start A Lesson

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190 Ways To Start A Lesson An EBook featuring over 190 diverse ways to begin a lesson. Arranged into 10 sections you'll find a host of simple methods for engaging pupils with their thinking and learning.

Categories: Book & EBook, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Lesson Starters
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Additional Resources:

Updated Smart Thinking Skills Tools:

Updated tools from May, June & July 2005.

Always Never Thinking

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Always Never Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool in which pupils reverse facts and ideas to develop a deeper understanding of them.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Infant, Junior

Tags: Creativity
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I Wonder Thinking

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I Wonder Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that prompts learners to think big and develop richer enquiry questions.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Enquiry Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Curiosity Enquiry
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Sieve Thinking

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Sieve Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that helps pupils to analyse facts, concepts and ideas.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Analysis
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Christmas Thinking Classroom Archive:

Christmas Patchwork Thinking

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Christmas Patchwork Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool, a seasonal adaptation of the ever popular Patchwork Thinking. This example is in the original file but I've added extra activities and suggestions.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills, RE & Philosophy, Infant, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Christmas Story Patchwork Thinking
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Snow Angels

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Snow Angels A Story with activities from "Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind" in which Alfred the Snow Angel finds his style of doing things at odds with the other angels. Addresses bullying and learning styles. 

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Categories: Story, Learning Styles, DT, Infant, Junior

Tags: Bullying Independent Learning Christmas Story

Alfred's Gift

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Alfreds Gift A Thinking Story with activities from "Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity" in which Alfred the Snow Angel finds himself banished to Earth and trying to find a place to stay. Addresses creativity and problem solving.

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Categories: Story, Creativity, Other Subject, Infant, Junior

Tags: Snow Angels Christmas Story

Wise Words:

"Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge, and children with special needs inspire a very, very special love."
Sarah Palin

 Next month we think about... Happiness and Learning