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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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Praise for Learning

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Praise for Learning An Article that challenges you to think about why and how you praise your learners and then maybe to make a few subtle changes.

He only profits from praise who values criticism. 
Heinrich Heine

I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

New thinking on praise, or why “Well done clever boy!” is just about the worst praise you can give.

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

Tags: Praise Mindset

Humour for Learning

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Humour for Learning An Article including one or two mediocre jokes, some thoughts about humour in the classroom and the neurological origins of a good laugh.

Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. 
Edward De Bono

…be assured, the German sense of humour not only exists, it actually flourishes, albeit in a form we are ill-equipped to recognise.  
Stewart Lee

Humour: classroom learning essential or frivolous risky indulgence?

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

Tags: Humour Relationships

Tips for Classroom Humour

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Tips for Classroom Humour Teaching Tips for developing the productive use of humour for classroom learning. Includes Joke Wall criteria and a variety of links to relevant stand-up clips.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Humour Relationships
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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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Using Language

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Using Language An Article exploring the gift of language and challenging us to get our children talking rather than keeping them silent.

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. 
William Butler Yeats

What is language? What is communication? How can thinking about language help learning?

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, English, Educators

Tags: Language Speaking & Listening

Tips for Using Language

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Tips for Using Language Teaching Tips for developing rich classroom language. Including: Start Talking, Language Audit and Thinking Words.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, English, Educators

Tags: Language Speaking & Listening
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Tips for Philosophy

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Tips for Philosophy Two Teaching Tips for infusing Philosophy into your lessons: Socrates-Lite and The Philosopher's big grid for generating curious questions.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Teaching & Learning, RE & Philosophy, Educators

Tags: Philosophy Socrates
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Tips for Using Free Software

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Tips for Using Free Software Simple Teaching Tips for using popular free Software. Includes 2 simple ideas for using each of these applications (i.e. 14 activities!) : Twitter, GoogleDocs, PhotoStory, Audacity, WikiSpaces, Prezi and Geocaching. Software evolves quickly so these ideas may be outdated or superseded at your time of reading! 

Categories: Teaching Tips, Teaching & Learning, IT, Junior, Secondary

Tags: ICT Collaboration
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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!

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

Tags: Thinking Skills Planning Lesson Design

What is Outstanding Teaching?

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What is Outstanding Teaching? An Article that summarises and explores what outstanding teaching might be. Provides prompts for professional reflection and debate, and offers 9 areas for evaluation and growth.

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

Tags: Outstanding CPD

Differentiation

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Differentiation An Article to get you thinking about differentiation in teaching and learning. What is it? Why do it? How can it be most effective? Great prompts for a staff meeting discussion.

Differentiation: a way of thinking about the classroom.
Carol Ann Tomlinson

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Differentiation Independent Learning

Precision Thinking

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Precision Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that applies a technique used to support basic Literacy. Apply it to other subjects to help pupils learn key subject knowledge.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Infant, Junior

Tags: Literacy Analysis
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Happiness and Learning

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Happiness and Learning An Article exploring the connection between learning, happiness, memory and emotion. Looks at international rankings for happiness and academic achievement.

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

Tags: Happiness Emotional Intelligence

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

MI Teaching

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MI Teaching A Teachers' Guide for making small changes in practice that'll address different intelligences in pupils. Match your teaching more closely to learning expectations. 

Categories: Other Resources, Multiple Intelligences, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Multiple Intelligences CPD
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Similes, Analogies & Metaphors

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Similes, Analogies & Metaphors An Article explaining how the use of comparison through Simile and Analogy can deepen understanding and improve recall.

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

Tags: Change Similarities Metaphor Simile Analogy

Heave Scale Thinking

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Heave Scale Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool to give pupils and their teachers a language for talking about effort and for mapping the changes of effort needed at different parts of a lesson/week/term. Uses simile by comparing to a well know physical effort scale.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Effort Hard Work Simile Comparison
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Heave Scale Powerpoint

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Heave Scale Powerpoint A Thinking Skills Template in Powerpoint, to help you implement Heave Scale.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Effort Hard Work Simile Comparison
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Advance Organisers

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Advance Organisers An Article describing the concept of the Advance Organiser and its benefits for pupil understanding and recall.

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

Winston Churchill

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Assessment, Planning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Planning Assessment Visual Thinking Advance Organiser

Advance Organiser Powerpoint

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Advance Organiser Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, to help you create powerful Advance Organisers quickly. Makes use of Powerpoint SmartArt.

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

Tags: Planning Visual Thinking Advance Organiser
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Advance Organiser Thinking

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Advance Organiser Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool to help you design and deliver Advance Organisers for pupil understanding and recall.

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

Tags: Planning Visual Thinking Advance Organiser
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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

Visual Learning

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Visual Learning An Article looking at the theory and practice of using images, diagrams, photos etc. to improve enjoyment and achievement in learning.

We are visual creatures. Visual things stay put, whereas sounds fade.
Steven Pinker

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Visual Learning Learning Styles

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