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Using Story for Learning

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Using Story for Learning An Article that concisely summarises the concept of 'story' then proposes how it can enrich teaching and learning.

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order. Jean-Luc Godard

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

What is a story? Why are stories and storytelling important? How can you enrich your teaching with stories?

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Categories: Article, Planning, English, Educators

Tags: Pedagogy Story

The Man Who Thought Too Much

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The Man Who Thought Too Much A Story about a man whose words become solid and whose thoughts appear to everyone. Suitable for Key Stages 2-3 and including prompts to get pupils talking about what they say and how they think.

Categories: Story, Thinking Skills, RE & Philosophy, Junior

Tags: Memory P4C Metacognition Assemblies Story
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Tips for Using 'Story'

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Tips for Using Story Teaching Tips for using the stages of a story to inspire lesson design and for building learning relationships by telling your own stories.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Planning, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Story Learning Community Lesson Design Relationships
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Story Memory Thinking

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Story Memory Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that uses an ancient memory technique (Architectural Mnemonics) to help pupils improve their recall of key curriculum knowledge.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Memory Active Learning Revision Story
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Story Memory Thinking Powerpoint

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Story Memory Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, providing two examples of Story Memory Thinking together with slides you can edit for your own lessons.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Memory Revision Story Template
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History Think Sheet - Using Evidence

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History Think Sheet - Using Evidence A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas adapted specifically for teaching History, focussing on using evidence to reconstruct the likely features of past events. Includes a visual version of Story Memory Thinking.

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

Tags: Evidence Prediction Sequencing
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Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind
by Mike Fleetham

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Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind <br>by Mike Fleetham A Book containing 27 original tales with follow-on currciulum-linked activities for Primary and Lower Secondary. Literacy infused with the full range of Thinking Skills inspired by Bloom's Taxonomy. Classroom tasks with photocopiable worksheets that will save you planning time and embed Thinking firmly into everyday lessons. 

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Categories: Book & EBook, Thinking Skills, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assemblies Bloom's Taxonomy Thinking Stories

Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity
by Mike Fleetham

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Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity<br> by Mike Fleetham The follow-on Book to Thinking Stories. 28 original tales with currciulum-linked activities for Primary and Lower Secondary. Literacy, Thinking Skills and Creativity are combined within engaging stories and tasks saving you planning time and ensuring rich curriculum coverage. Ideal for supporting a creative curriculum. Photocopiable worksheets included.  

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Categories: Book & EBook, Creativity, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assemblies Thinking Skills Creativity Creative Curriculum Thinking Stories

The Trouble With Wishes

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The Trouble With Wishes Story taken from 'Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity' in which a girl accidentally kills a wish devil then discovers at first hand what the phrase 'Be careful what you wish for' really means. Includes curriculum-linked follow on activities.

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Categories: Story, Creativity, RE & Philosophy, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Thinking Stories Thinking Skills Creative Curriculum Creativity Story

Independent Learning

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Independent Learning An Article exploring independence and independent thinking & learning. Includes a possible connection between independence and happiness; pupil criteria for independent learning and a challenge to schools in how they develop independence. 

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley

Independence is happiness. Susan B. Anthony

What is independent learning?

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Categories: Article, Skills-Based Learning, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Independence Happiness

Tips for Independent Learning

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Tips for Independent Learning Teaching Tips for helping pupils to develop their independence through making choices. Helps students learn how to motivate themselves when time becomes unstructured. Activities include: One Island, Speed Choice and Free Time Audit.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Skills-Based Learning, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Independent Learning Independent Thinking Decision Making
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iThinking

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iThinking A Thinking Skills Tool that provides a simple progression of decision-making; suggested prompt questions and opportunities for all pupils to become more independent in thought and learning.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Questioning, Skills-Based Learning, Art, DT, History, Secondary

Tags: Independent Learning Independent Thinking Decision Making
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iThinking Powerpoint

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iThinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, including iThinking instructions, 2 examples (nutrition and colour) and generic slides with prompts to help you design your own activity.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Questioning, Skills-Based Learning, Art, DT, Secondary

Tags: Independent Thinking Independent Learning Decision Making
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PSHE Think Sheet - Independence

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PSHE Think Sheet - Independence Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas adapted specifically for PSHE with a slight Geography focus! 

Categories: Think Sheet, Geography, PSHE, Junior, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Independent Learning Independent Thinking Decision Making
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Fresh Start - New Year

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Fresh Start - New Year An Article full of inspiration as you begin a new academic year or school term.

From the end spring new beginnings.
Pliny the Elder

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. 
Muriel Rukeyser

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Categories: Article, Transition, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Inspiration Induction New Year

Tips for a Fresh Start

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Tips for a Fresh Start Teaching Tips for a Successful Fresh Start. Three simple ideas: Affirmation; RPM; 1-Line Diary.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Transition, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Induction New Year
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QClass Thinking

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QClass Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for establishing learning behaviours and classroom expectations.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Collaborative Thinking, Teaching & Learning, All Ages, Any Subject

Tags: Quality Rules Behaviour Success Criteria
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QClass Thinking Powerpoint

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QClass Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, providing key slides for running a lesson to develop QClass criteria.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Collaborative Thinking, Teaching & Learning, All Ages, Any Subject

Tags: Induction New Year Behaviour Success Criteria
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Science Think Sheet - Weather & Seasons

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Science Think Sheet - Weather & Seasons A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas applied to weather and the seasons.

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

Tags: Weather Seasons
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Professional Self-Assessment

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Professional Self-Assessment An Article which sets out why we need to work in pairs or triads when we are developing our professional skills.
 
To doubt everything, or, to believe everything, are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
Henri Poincare

We cannot observe external things without some degree of Thought; nor can we reflect upon our Thoughts, without being influenced…by the Things which we have observed.
William Whewell

What is self-assessment? What are its strengths and dangers? Why do it? How can it work?

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: CPD Coaching

Tips for Professional Self-Assessment

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Tips for Professional Self-Assessment Teaching Tips for self-reflection. Three simple techniques to get you thinking about yourself and your qualities: 25 Wordle; 5 Why Self-Chat; Hi-Lo-LetGo.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Professional Development, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Self Knowledge Personal Development Reflection
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InfoMe Thinking

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InfoMe Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool directed to professional development and providing a visual technique for representing personal skills and qualities.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Professional Development, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Infographic Visual Thinking Interview Preparation
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InfoMe Thinking Powerpoint

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InfoMe Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, providing prompts and images for you to create an InfoMe graphic - an engaging visual representation of your skills, qualities, knowledge and aspiration.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Professional Development, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Infographic Visual Thinking Interview Preparation
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Olympics Think Sheet

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Olympics Think Sheet A Think Sheet designed for the London 2012 Olympics and useful for thinking about other sporting events.

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

Tags: London 2012 Olympics
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School Transition

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School Transition An Article which defines educational transition in the wider context of life-change then suggests a model for high quality school transition.

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.
Amelia Barr

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going.
P. J. O'Rourke
 
What is transition? What is educational transition? Why is it important and how do we make it work? 

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Categories: Article, Transition, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Change Transition

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