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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

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

Fairy Tale Thinking

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Fairy Tale Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for pupils to creatively express their feelings about changes, moving on (new class/new school) and to simply generate new original narratives.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Transition, English, PSHE, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Infographic Visual Story
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Fairy Tale Thinking Powerpoint

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Fairy Tale Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, with 20 fairy tale motfis that can be arranged into unique stories.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Transition, English, PSHE, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Motif Infographic Visual Thinking
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Dream Bottles

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Dream Bottles A Story that poses an interesting magical challenge about success and failure after leaving home. Links to the questions that are set in the "Tips for successful transition" resource.

Categories: Story, Transition, Junior, Secondary, English, PSHE

Tags: Dream Wish Goals Success Failure Story
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Shot Thinking Literacy Example

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Shot Thinking Literacy Example A Thinking Tool Example in Powerpoint, using Shot Thinking to introduce a short story.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Visual Thinking, English, Media, Junior, Thinking Skills, Secondary

Tags: Film
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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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English Think Sheet - Story

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English Think Sheet - Story A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for understanding and creating narrative.

Categories: Think Sheet, English, Junior, Thinking Skills

Tags: Story
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Literacy Think Sheet - Authors

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Literacy Think Sheet - Authors A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for learning about children’s authors and their stories.

Categories: Think Sheet, English, Junior, Thinking Skills

Tags: Literature Story
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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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Boys & Reading Part 1

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Boys & Reading Part 1 An Extract from How to Understand and Improve Boys' Learning, with ideas to support and encourage boys' reading. Part 1 of 2 

Categories: Teaching Tips, Boys' Learning, English, Early Years, Infant, Junior, Book & EBook

Tags: Boys Reading
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Boys & Reading Part 2

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Boys & Reading Part 2 An Extract from How to Understand and Improve Boys' Learning, with ideas to support and encourage boys' reading. Part 2 of 2 

Categories: Teaching Tips, Boys' Learning, English, Early Years, Infant, Junior, Book & EBook

Tags: Boys Reading
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Random Page Thinking

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Random Page Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that links directly to written subject source material AND develops reasoning, deduction and inference.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Language Literature Reading
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Literacy Think Sheet - Grammar

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Literacy Think Sheet - Grammar A Think Sheet offering a more creative twist on KS2 Grammar.

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Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Grammar Assessment

Literacy Think Sheet - Speaking & Listening

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Literacy Think Sheet - Speaking & Listening A Think Sheet offering visual prompts to support quality conversations.

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

Tags: Speaking & Listening Conversation Discussion
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Pieces of Strange

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Pieces of Strange A Story with classroom activities for more mature KS2 and KS3/4 pupils. An ancient evil lies fractured and scattered across modern day England. Where are the pieces and what danger do they pose?

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

Tags: Story Creativity
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4 Expert Support Packs

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4 Expert Support Packs Book Associated Resources providing 4 additional resources to support specific gifts, abilities and talents in children: Storytelling, Inventing, Geography and Sport. Taken from the book Including GAT Learners, from LDA in which there are 21 further subject based resources.

Categories: Book & EBook, Gifted, Able & Talented, DT, English, Geography, PE

Tags: Gifted Able & Talented
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Activities for Adjectives

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Activities for Adjectives Activities inspired by the multiple intelligences but specifically addressing adjectives. Also serves as a template for creating rich activities for other specific learning objectives.

Categories: Other Resources, Multiple Intelligences, English, Junior

Tags: Adjectives Multiple Intelligences Archive
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Simile Think Sheet

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Simile Think Sheet A Think Sheet offering challenging prompts for creating similes and metaphors. Can be applied in different subjects or as a stand alone thinking activity.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, English, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Simile Analogy Metaphor Comparison
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GAT Author

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GAT Author A short extract from Including Gifted, Able and Talented Learners offering ideas to support pupils who are more able writers and aspiring authors.

Categories: Book & EBook, Gifted, Able & Talented, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Gifted Able & Talented Leadership Writing
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GAT Linguist

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GAT Linguist A short extract from Including Gifted, Able and Talented Learners offering ideas to support pupils who are more able with languages. (in the UK/US) Look out especially for children for whom English is not their first language - they may be gifted linguists managing 3 or 4 languages at home.

Categories: Book & EBook, Gifted, Able & Talented, English, MFL, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Gifted Able & Talented Leadership MFL
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Scribble Thinking

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Scribble Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool to kick start creative and analytical thinking in a group.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Any Subject, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Creativity Collaboration
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Daisy May the Cheese Thief

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Daisy May the Cheese Thief An unpublished Thinking Story including a fun creative activity around generating the names of new cheeses. Can also be applied to character generation for story writing.

Categories: Story, Creativity, DT, English, Junior

Tags: Story Creative Thinking
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