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Magazine Issue 59: Teaching & Learning
May 2015

This month: Thoughts about Teaching & Learning

Article: Teaching & Learning
New Resources
Mike's Books
Additional Resources

This Month's Article:

KEY IDEAS ABOUT TEACHING AND LEARNING

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT TEACHING AND LEARNING An Article introducing Teaching and Learning.

This is a Free Sample Resource

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

Tags: Teaching Learning

Here (courtesy of Prof. David Perkins) are three prompts that neatly summarise what teaching and learning are all about:

1. Think of one thing that you can do really well.
2. Recall what experiences you had to be able to do this thing so well.
3. What evidence do you have that you actually can do this thing well?

Go on, answer 1, 2 and 3 before you read on....

No time? Oh well, maybe later.

Those three prompts are the essence of teaching and learning. The first one asks you to recall your accomplishments and evaluate them to find one of which you're most proud.

The second looks at how you got to be so good, how you learned. Was it a lecture? A training course? Being allowed to get on with it? Repeated practice? Coaching? Being believed in and trusted? Inspired? Anything goes here, but the answers define, for you, what must have been a successful teaching and learning experience.

The final prompt is all about real live genuine assessment. Maybe you bake cakes well. You'll know because they disappear fast once hungry children appear and because you keep winning that first place in the village competition. Maybe you're a surgeon. You do it well. Your success stats are the highest in the hospital and you have a queue of students lining up to worship at your theatre. Or maybe you negotiate between individuals or groups who are fighting. You know you're good because the fighting stops after you've done your thing and peace follows. And maybe one time you picked up a Nobel prize.

Learning is knowing something new, being able to do some new and becoming something new - knowledge, skills and attitudes. Teaching is the experiences - planned or otherwise - that allow learning to take place.

Go on, disagree with me...see where we get....see what we learn in the process....


New Resources:

Three Thinking

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Three Thinking

A Thinking Skills Tool for quickly breaking down subject information into memorable pieces and to kick start creativity



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

Tags: Memory Independent Learning
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Three Thinking Powerpoint

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Three Thinking Powerpoint

A Thinking Tool Template for easily implementing Three Thinking and for creating your own subject-specific slides.



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

Tags: Memory Independent Learning
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Revision & Memory Think Sheet

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Revision & Memory Think Sheet

A Think Sheet applying creative Thinking Classroom techniques to exam preparation.



Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Revision Memory
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Mike's Books:

Books to help you - my very first book - future-proof techniques for improving T&L

How to Create & Develop a Thinking Classroom
by Mike Fleetham

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How to Create & Develop a Thinking Classroom<br> by Mike Fleetham A short, practical Book bringing together many tried and tested ideas for thinking skills and effective learning in the Primary classroom. Packed with clear explanations and photocopiable resources it's a great way to give your classroom and teaching a 'thoughtful makeover'. Still useful and relevant and nearly 10 years old!

Available in our shop

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Categories: Book & EBook, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Junior

Tags: Thinking Skills Planning Lesson Design

Additional Resources:

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Quality Teaching

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Quality Teaching An Article providing you with food for thought about what it means to be an effective and improving teacher.

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

Tags: Quality Teaching CPD

Effective Teaching; Teacher Effects

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Effective Teaching; Teacher Effects An inspiring Article from a Teach First participant and her mentor about effective teaching and how to learn from each other.

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

Tags: Teaching Personal Development

2 Word Thinking

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2 Word Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for getting to the essence of ideas, books, concepts, stories etc. but in only 2 words.

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

Tags: Summarising
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Advance Organiser - Think Sheet

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Advance Organiser - Think Sheet A Think Sheet offering thinking prompts to help pupils understand and use Advance Organsiers. Especially suitable for younger GAT pupils.

Categories: Think Sheet, Gifted, Able & Talented, Planning, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Planning Visual Thinking Advance Organiser Gifted Able & Talented
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Books:

Education: A Very Short Introduction
by Gary Thomas

Education: A Very Short Introduction <br>by Gary Thomas The basics in a one small book – one more from the popular Oxford series

Available from Amaazon

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Categories: Suggested Books

Tags: Education

Websites:

Education Infographics

Education Infographics A great big collection of education infographics – useful, inspiring, informative, funny

uk.pinterest.com/officialascd/education-infographics/

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Categories: Websites, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Infographic Poster


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