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Magazine Issue 12: OUTSTANDING LESSON DESIGN
June 2011

This month ideas about and techniques for Outstanding Lesson Design

Article: Outstanding Lesson Design
Analyse a 5-part lesson scribbled on the back of an envelope.
Does it really take 24,000 hours to become outstanding?
Consider 9 non-negotiables of an outstanding lesson plan.
New Resources
Additional Resources
Wise Words

This Month's Article:

Outstanding Lesson Design

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Outstanding Lesson Design An Article to download that offers one view of what should be included in a plan for an outstanding lesson. Use it as a resource to benchmark your own planning and to debate the issue of lesson planning with colleagues.

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Planning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Outstanding Planning Lesson Design
What is an outstanding lesson plan? Will it result in an outstanding lesson? How can lesson design be smart i.e. effective & fast? and how much freedom should we have when designing and planning our lessons?

New Resources:

Here's a tool inspired by the visual data handling in David McCandless' Information is Beautiful. Colourful non-standard charts have key information removed (keys, axes, titles) so that students can add their own, in the context of the subject they are studying. It's a very powerful way to express and assess understanding. 

Open Graph Thinking 2

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Open Graph Thinking 2 A Thinking Skills Tool to expand and enrich ideas from the original Open Graph Thinking.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Mathematics, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Infographic Visual Thinking
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Open Graph Thinking 2 Powerpoint

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Open Graph Thinking 2 Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, providing examples and blanks for Open Graph 2. An extension of Open Graph Thinking where missing information (title, axis, units etc.)  is used to stimulate high order thinking.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Mathematics, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Infographic Visual Thinking
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New subject-based activity sheets using the website resources.

Literacy Think Sheet - Adjectives

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Literacy Think Sheet - Adjectives A Think Sheet applying Thinking Classroom ideas to increase the understanding and use of adjectives.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Adjectives
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Numeracy Think Sheet - Counting On

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Numeracy Think Sheet - Counting On A Think Sheet using Thinking Classroom ideas to develop basic numeracy skills.

Categories: Think Sheet, Mathematics, Infant, Junior, Thinking Skills

Tags: Counting Numeracy
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History Think Sheet - Using Evidence 2

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History Think Sheet - Using Evidence 2 A Think Sheet applying Thinking Classroom ideas to the skill of analysing historical evidence.

Categories: Think Sheet, History, Thinking Skills, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Romans Tudors World War 2
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Additional Resources:

Thinking Classroom Archive:

The original Open Graph Thinking

Open Graph Thinking

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Open Graph Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool to deepen thinking about graphs, charts and the information that they present.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Mathematics, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Infographic Visual Thinking
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Open Graph Thinking Powerpoint

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Open Graph Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, providing editable slides and examples of Open Graph Thinking.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Mathematics, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Infographic Visual Thinking
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Toolbox:

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Use the Toolbox starter images to begin ANY lesson:

Ask pupils to create sentences including 1 or more lesson keywords and 1 or more images from the toolbox

Ask pupils to create at least 2 connections between the lesson focus and 1 of the images

vidVisit the Toolbox page to see video examples. 

Remember ctrl key with + - will adjust image sizes on your IWB

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Wise Words:

"Design is not just what is looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
Steve Jobs

Next month we think about Outstanding ICT