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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

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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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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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.

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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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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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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

Tips for Successful Transition

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Tips for Successful Transition Teaching Tips for auditing your existing provision and then helping pupils to think through the process of changing school. Includes Transition Checklist, Patchwork Thinking and questions for the associated Dream Bottles download.

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Categories: Teaching Tips, Transition, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Story Audit Patchwork Thinking

Using Video for Professional Development

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Using Video for Professional Development An Article that addresses some of the issues around using video for continuing professional development.

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
Joyce Brothers

Acting is a form of confession.
Tallulah Bankhead 
 
What is Video CPD? Why do it and what are the rules? 

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators, Media

Tags: Real Time Coaching CPD Video Trust

Tips for Using Video for CPD

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Tips for Using Video for CPD Professional Tips for creating a trusting, effective environment for using video for CPD. Includes suggestions on the whys? and hows? and recommended 'rules of engagement'!

Categories: Teaching Tips, Professional Development, Educators, Media

Tags: Real Time Coaching CPD Video Trust
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The Truth About Success

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The Truth About Success An Article that will inspire you to think about the real meaning of success: about its breadth, depth and height and how an enriched mindset about success can help your pupils achieve more.

Success is dependent on effort. 
Sophocles

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

What is success? What does it have to do with standards? And how does it show itself in the classroom?

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

Tags: Success Mindset Multiple Intelligences Dweck Gardner

Problem Solving

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Problem Solving An Article exploring the nature of problems and our methods for seeking solutions. Reveals a simple method to engage with any problem by addressing the Mindset of Solutions.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. 
Albert Einstein 

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. 
Abraham Maslow

What exactly is a problem?

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Categories: Article, Thinking Skills, Skills-Based Learning, Any Subject, All Ages, Educators

Tags: Problem Solving Mindset

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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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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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.

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Tags: Humour Relationships
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Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional Intelligence An Article summarising Emotional Intelligence and reasons for developing it in the classroom.

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. 
Mark Twain

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. 
Robert Frost

Emotion: what is emotional intelligence and how can it impact on learning standards? 

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Tags: Emotional Intelligence

Tips for Emotional Intelligence

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Tips for Emotional Intelligence Teaching Tips to help develop classroom relationships. Includes talking frames, music choices and rainbow wall ideas.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Leadership, Other Subject, PSHE, All Ages, Educators

Tags: Emotional Intelligence
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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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Talent for Learning

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Talent for Learning An Article describing a refreshingly new and inspiring definition of 'talent'. Includes 6 steps for developing a talent-based ethos in school.

Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
Michael Jordan

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Albert Einstein

Talent: gift or hard graft? Talent: revealed, discovered, nurtured or earned? 
Talent management: a school’s fundamental purpose?


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Categories: Article, Gifted, Able & Talented, Multiple Intelligences, Skills-Based Learning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Gifted Able & Talented

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