50 Quick Ways to Stretch and Challenge More-Able Students

Author: Mike Gershon

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530907076


Page: 76

View: 6109

How can we best stretch and challenge the thinking of our most-able students? What can we do to support those learners who are working at a level beyond their peers? As teachers, we know this is an important issue. After all, we are responsible for ensuring every student makes great progress. And that means finding ways to stretch and challenge the most-able, pushing their thinking beyond the boundaries of the main lesson. In this book, bestselling author and trainer Mike Gershon brings together 50 strategies, activities and techniques you can use to solve this problem. Applicable across age groups and across the curriculum, the practical, classroom-ready ideas will help you to stretch and challenge your more-able students in every lesson you teach. This book is a must-read for any teacher who wants to do that bit more for their most able students. It gives you the starting point for ensuring your lessons are effectively differentiated at the top end. And for making sure your more-able students stay motivated, engaged and enthused by your teaching. To find out more about Mike's books, training and free resources, visit mikegershon.com.

The A Level Mindset

40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity

Author: Steve Oakes,Martin Griffin

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 178583052X

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 2876

In The A Level Mindset, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin share the secrets of coaching students to develop the characteristics, habits and mindsets which will help them realise their potential. Those students who make real and sustained progress at A level aren't necessarily the ones with superb GCSEs. Some students leap from average results aged 16 to outstanding results aged 18. Others seem to hit a ceiling. But why? It was in trying to answer this question that the VESPA system emerged. Steve and Martin have cut through the noise surrounding character development and identified five key characteristics that all students need to be successful: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude. These characteristics beat cognition hands down. Successful students approach their studies with the right behaviours, skills and attitudes: they understand how to learn and revise effectively, they’re determined and organised, they give more discretionary effort and they get top results. Success at A level is a result of character, not intelligence. Much has been written about growth mindsets and character development in recent years, but teachers are still left wondering how to apply these ideas in their contexts: how can these theories help learners in practice? Taking cues from the work of Peter Clough, Carol Dweck and Angela Lee Duckworth, and informed by their collective 30 plus years of teaching and coaching, Steve and Martin have spent years researching how character and behaviours affect student outcomes in their sixth form. After identifying the core traits that contributed to student success, they developed practical activities to help every student develop the A Level Mindset. Discover 40 concrete, practical and applicable tools and strategies that will supercharge learners’ ambition, organisation, productivity, persistence and determination. Suitable for teachers, tutors, heads of sixth form or anyone else who wants to help A level students achieve their potential, The A Level Mindset offers 40 easy-to-use activities to develop students' resilience, commitment, buoyancy, motivation and determination. It could be your key to transforming student outcomes.

Educating the More Able Student

What works and why

Author: Martin Stephen,Ian Warwick

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473927803

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 9860

An unprecedented collaboration between leading names from the independent and state sectors, this thought-provoking book addresses the current crisis in education for the most able. Grounded in the classroom, the authors draw on their own first-hand experiences and international research to scrutinise techniques and practices from leading countries, exploring the more divisive issues that have damaged teaching worldwide. Demonstrating what works well in teaching the most able, and also what does not work, the book offers a radical solution, a stimulus to thought and a way forward for teachers, academics and all those with responsibility for ensuring high standards in education, including governments and members of regulatory authorities. Considering it for your course reading list? Lecturers can order their e-inspection copy!

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Stretch and Challenge

Author: Debbie Light

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472928415

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 7035

In the past schools have labelled the most able students in a class or year group as 'gifted and talented'. While segregating these students may help them to achieve their academic potential, there is little benefit in this practice for their 'less able' classmates. Even less so for those who are left in the middle space, identified as neither highly academic nor severely struggling. The Stretch and Challenge model focuses on setting high expectations for all students, regardless of their ability. Encouraging all children to meet universally high targets introduces flexibility between, otherwise rigid, ability groups, and gives children greater opportunities to exceed. Split into two parts, Stretch and Challenge focuses on different ways of thinking about and implementing this model in school. Debbie Light begins by helping teachers to create a culture of high expectations in their classroom by setting challenging learning objectives, creating opportunities for students to develop independence and supporting students, as they become resilient learners. The second half of the book advises teachers how to create an inclusive learning environment where all children feel challenged by encouraging teacher questioning, designing tasks, grouping students and effectively using teaching assistants. Filled with honest, experienced and undeniably helpful advice, Debbie Light's Stretch and Challenge is a must have guide for all teachers who want to collectively maximize their students' learning and achievement.

50 Quick Ways to Support Less-Able Learners

Author: Mike Gershon

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530909452


Page: 86

View: 2847

How do we support the less-able learners we work with? What can we do to help them bridge the gap, developing better knowledge and understanding and making excellent progress as a result? And how can we make sure we differentiate effectively, so as to meet the needs of these learners in every lesson we teach? In this book, bestselling author and trainer Mike Gershon presents 50 classroom-ready strategies, activities and techniques you can use to give your less-able learners the best learning experience possible. Every idea can be applied across the age groups and the curriculum. Each entry is carefully explained and the book is packed with illustrative examples. In short, there's everything here you need to support your less-able learners and to help them grow, develop and thrive in your lessons. All of which makes this a must-read book for any teacher who wants to go that bit further in supporting their less-able learners. With fifty different ideas at your fingertips, you'll have a ready-made toolkit to use in your planning, teaching and assessment, ensuring you're fully equipped to do the very best possible for every student you teach. To find out more about Mike's books, training and free resources, visit mikegershon.com.

Improving Classroom Performance

Practical Applications for Effective Teaching and Learning

Author: Stephen Chapman,Steve Garnett,Alan Jervis

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1845907396

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 3169

A Long awaited first book from one of the biggest teacher training companies in the UK. Dragonfly Training was founded in 1999 and has established an excellent reputation internationally for providing inspiring, realistic and practical training courses for teachers. In this, their first book, three of their top trainers provide some of the very best hands-on approaches to teaching. Dragonfly's six key principles are: Promote effective starters and plenaries; Provide constant reinforcement as a means of embedding knowledge and provide on-going revision; Introduce a variety of ideas; Do first, teach after - whenever possible; Encourage students to create teaching materials themselves; Demonstrate and articulate success by modelling the desired outcomes.

The Differentiated Classroom

Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition

Author: Carol Ann Tomlinson

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416618635

Category: Education

Page: 197

View: 385

Although much has changed in schools in recent years, the power of differentiated instruction remains the same--and the need for it has only increased. Today's classroom is more diverse, more inclusive, and more plugged into technology than ever before. And it's led by teachers under enormous pressure to help decidedly unstandardized students meet an expanding set of rigorous, standardized learning targets. In this updated second edition of her best-selling classic work, Carol Ann Tomlinson offers these teachers a powerful and practical way to meet a challenge that is both very modern and completely timeless: how to divide their time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct so many students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests. With a perspective informed by advances in research and deepened by more than 15 years of implementation feedback in all types of schools, Tomlinson explains the theoretical basis of differentiated instruction, explores the variables of curriculum and learning environment, shares dozens of instructional strategies, and then goes inside elementary and secondary classrooms in nearly all subject areas to illustrate how real teachers are applying differentiation principles and strategies to respond to the needs of all learners. This book's insightful guidance on what to differentiate, how to differentiate, and why lays the groundwork for bringing differentiated instruction into your own classroom or refining the work you already do to help each of your wonderfully unique learners move toward greater knowledge, more advanced skills, and expanded understanding. Today more than ever, The Differentiated Classroom is a must-have staple for every teacher's shelf and every school's professional development collection.

Young, Gifted and Bored


Author: David George

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1845907566

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 3621

Many gifted and talented children are bored and frustrated in the classroom. Many are not achieving their potential and talents are going unrecognised. Written by an experienced and world renowned author with a wealth of experience, this practical guide will challenge, excite and inspire teachers and show them how they can identify and provide for the needs of these children.

The Kinesthetic Classroom

Teaching and Learning Through Movement

Author: Traci Lengel,Mike Kuczala

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412979544

Category: Education

Page: 156

View: 2814

Drawing on cutting-edge research, this inspiring book shows how to integrate movement with classroom instruction, providing hundreds of activities that improve attention spans and student learning.

Outstanding Differentiation for Learning in the Classroom

Author: Jayne Bartlett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317558618

Category: Education

Page: 158

View: 9758

One of the key features of an outstanding lesson is that all learners make progress. All learners are different and teachers must differentiate according to the individual pupil and their individual learning needs to achieve outstanding progress. Outstanding Differentiation for Learning in the Classroom is written with the class teacher in mind and demonstrates how differentiation can be used to enhance and support all aspects of the learning process. Including chapters on embedding differentiation during each phase of the lesson, assessment and questioning techniques, this book will help you to use differentiation effectively to produce outstanding results. With a strong focus on practical strategies to help you meaningfully apply differentiation in the classroom, this book covers: what differentiation actually means and why it should be applied in the classroom; sequencing and planning for learning with an overview of the learning cycle; practical teaching strategies and effective techniques to use in the classroom; how to structure and apply differentiation practices in your classroom, department and school. A vital starting point and effective guide for outstanding differentiation, this timely new book is packed full of practical exercises that are easy to implement in the classroom and it is essential reading for newly qualified and experienced teachers alike.

The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation

Achieving Excellence for All

Author: Sue Cowley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472948955

Category: Education

Page: 198

View: 7662

This book is the ultimate guide to differentiation in early years, schools and further education settings by Sue Cowley, bestselling author of Getting the Buggers to Behave. It offers over 90 practical and time-saving strategies for effective differentiation in every classroom. The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation demonstrates how teachers already differentiate much of the time, in subtle and creative ways. Sue Cowley shows that we need to understand, acknowledge and celebrate the variety of approaches that teachers already use to differentiate, as well as helping them to develop additional strategies. The book takes the reader through the different methods and approaches to differentiation, providing a step-by-step guide to each. It is broken down into five core areas - planning, resources, learners, teaching and assessment - and readers can dip in and out to find strategies as and when they need them. Written in Sue's much loved realistic, honest and practical style, The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation will help teachers, practitioners and support staff to feel confident that they are meeting the needs of every learner.

Embedding English and Maths

Practical Strategies for FE and Post-16 Tutors

Author: Terry Sharrock

Publisher: Critical Publishing

ISBN: 1910391727

Category: Education

Page: 104

View: 4318

FE and other post-16 tutors are increasingly being asked to embed and develop English and maths skills in their lessons, and the revised common inspection framework from Ofsted places an increased emphasis on this. You may lack confidence or the required background knowledge to do this, or be struggling to find ideas that will engage and motivate your learners. Specifically written for use within vocational contexts, this text provides you with a theoretical understanding of the issues involved, including barriers to learning and how to overcome these. In addition it offers a range of practical strategies and ideas to get you started and build confidence and competence in your students. Each activity is accompanied by detailed notes that highlight key learning points, the development of vocational skills and extension opportunities.

Stretch and Challenge for All

Practical Resources for Getting the Best Out of Every Student

Author: Torsten Payne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785831591

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 8262

Stretch and Challenge for ALL is packed with activities to get the most out of learners in any lesson. If you have a class of 30 students, how can you differentiate so that every learner is challenged appropriately? If you are looking for ideas which will enthuse students and develop their understanding and thinking skills, this is the book for you. These tried-and-tested techniques are designed to engage and stretch all pupils, including the most able. As most teachers teach mixed ability groups, these activities will stretch all students, regardless of their ability level. The book is designed to reduce teacher workload without compromising on the quality of students' learning. Photocopiable activities help to cut down on planning time. Torsten Payne set out to write a book that he, as a full-time teacher, would want to use: crammed full of ideas, strategies and resources - all explained as quickly and simply as possible. The activities have been chosen using three criteria: Are they accessible? Could all students, regardless of their ability, understand the tasks and be able to have a go at completing them without long teacher explanations beforehand? Do they make students think for themselves and make their own mental connections? Not only will this make the teacher's life easier, but it also encourages independence, meaning that students use higher level thinking skills, remember more and learn resilience - all key skills directly linked to progress. Do they give students a chance to shine? Every activity here has been chosen precisely because there is not a ceiling on what can be achieved. Instead it is up to students to take each activity as far as their ability allows and to demonstrate just what they are capable of. Discover practical strategies to add challenge to all types of lesson, across all subjects and key stages. Suitable for all teachers. This is a photocopiable resource.

Effective Resources for Able and Talented Children

Author: Barry Teare

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1855390507

Category: Education

Page: 248

View: 8790

Effective Resources for Able and Talented Children has been written to meet the massive demand for practical resources designed to stimulate and inspire more able pupils. It can be seen as a practical sequel to Barry Teare's Effective Provision for Able and Talented Children (published by Network Educational Press), but also stands entirely alone as the activities can be used quite independently.What the Book Covers:Contains a wealth of attractive and exciting photocopiable resources for able and talented pupils in both the primary and secondary sectorsProvides activities designed to inspire, motivate, challenge and stretch able children, encouraging them to enjoy their true potentialBegins with sections designed to help teachers build provision for able and talented children into the curriculumThe large bank of resources is organised according to areas of the National Curriculum and Scottish 5 - 14 Guidelines, such as English, Science and Mathematics, each preceded by a commentary outlining key principles and giving general guidance for teachers.
Gifted children

Including Gifted, Able and Talented Children in the Primary Classroom

Author: Mike Fleetham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781855034365

Category: Gifted children

Page: 95

View: 4876

This accessible and practical book has been written to help teachers to identify and promote the gifts and talents of pupils in their class. The sections in the book cover how to:decide on what constitutes gifted and talented, identify such children, manage provision for them; develop yourself and your teaching in this area, enhance the thinking skills and emotional intelligence of such pupils, enrich the curriculum offered to gifted and talented children, involve parents and the wider community in this area

A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Enhancing academic practice

Author: Heather Fry,Steve Ketteridge,Stephanie Marshall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317650220

Category: Education

Page: 452

View: 5170

This entirely new edition of a very successful book focuses on developing professional academic skills for supporting and supervising student learning and effective teaching. It is built on the premise that the roles of those who teach in higher education are complex and multi-faceted. A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is sensitive to the competing demands of teaching, research, scholarship, and academic management. The new edition reflects and responds to the rapidly changing context of higher education and to current understanding of how to best support student learning. Drawing together a large number of expert authors, it continues to feature extensive use of case studies that show how successful teachers have implemented these ideas. It includes key topics such as student engagement and motivation, internationalisation, employability, inclusive strategies for teaching, effective use of technology and issues relating to postgraduate students and student retention. Part 1 explores a number of aspects of the context of UK higher education that affect the education of students, looking at the drivers of institutional behaviours and how to achieve success as a university teacher. Part 2 examines learning, teaching and supervising in higher education and includes chapters on working with diversity, encouraging independent learning and learning gain. Part 3 considers approaches to teaching and learning in different disciplines, covering a full range including arts and humanities, social sciences, experimental sciences through to medicine and dentistry. Written to support the excellence in teaching and learning design required to bring about student learning of the highest quality, this will be essential reading for all new lecturers, particularly anyone taking an accredited course in teaching and learning in higher education, as well as those experienced lecturers who wish to improve their teaching practice. Those working in adult learning and educational development will also find the book to be a particularly useful resource. In addition it will appeal to staff who support learning and teaching in various other roles.

How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in the Classroom

The Complete Guide

Author: Mike Gershon

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781517432010


Page: 226

View: 2165

How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in the Classroom: The Complete Guide is your one-stop shop for improving the quality of the lessons, questions, activities and assessments you plan. Never before has there been such a detailed, practical analysis of the taxonomy - of how it works, why it works and how you can use it to raise achievement in your classroom. Packed with ideas, activities, strategies and techniques, the book unpicks the taxonomy level-by-level, giving you everything you need to master using it in your day-to-day practice. Written with the busy teacher in mind, How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in the Classroom examines the tool every teacher knows about by answering all the questions you were afraid to ask! Topics covered include: What is the taxonomy and how does it work?; Knowledge and Comprehension; Application and Analysis; Synthesis and Evaluation; Objectives and Outcomes; Activities and Products; Questioning; Stretch and Challenge; and Assessment. All in all, the book is a must-have for any teacher looking to raise achievement, develop their planning and stretch and challenge the thinking of their students. Written by expert teacher, trainer and author Mike Gershon, the book will enhance your skills, giving you everything you need to improve your practice and support your learners.

Academic Planner for Teachers and Lecturers

Author: Colin Scott,Speedy Publishing LLC

Publisher: Speedy Publishing Books (General)

ISBN: 9781630224172

Category: Education

Page: 50

View: 6959

The Academic Planner For Teachers And Lecturers is a great book that can be used to make notations on what to do in various class sessions. It really is the best way to keep a track of all events, holidays and appointments that fall during the academic year. Lecturers and teachers also have a need to keep a track of their appointments and other information in the same way that business persons do.
Individualized instruction

How to Use Differentiation in the Classroom

The Complete Guide

Author: Mike Gershon

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500208059

Category: Individualized instruction

Page: 190

View: 5337

How to use Differentiation in the Classroom: The Complete Guide is the bestselling teacher toolkit giving classroom teachers everything they need to ensure their pupils make superb progress, no matter their starting point or ability level. It provides everything needed to create inclusive, personalised lessons in which everybody is able to learn and achieve. The book is written by a practising teacher and is unashamedly practical. It contains a wide range of activities, strategies and techniques which teachers can use to differentiate their teaching, planning and assessment. Everything in the book is generic, meaning it can be applied across the curriculum. Sections include: Activities; Questioning; Things you can ask students to do or use; Things the teacher can do; and Words and writing. All in all, the book contains 100 differentiation strategies, activities and techniques. Mike Gershon's teaching resources have been viewed and downloaded more than 2.7 million times in over 180 countries and territories. His books expand and develop his electronic materials, such as the Starter Generator, the Plenary Producer and the Assessment for Learning Toolkit. The 'How to...' series developed out of Mike's desire to share great classroom practice with teachers around the world. He wanted to put together a collection of books which would help professionals no matter what age group or subject they were teaching. Each volume focuses on a different element of classroom practice and each is overflowing with brilliant, practical strategies, techniques and activities - all of which are clearly explained and ready-to-use. In most cases, the ideas can be applied immediately, helping teachers not only to teach better but to save time as well. Each one goes out of its way to make teachers' lives easier and their lessons even more engaging, inspiring and successful then they already are. The 'How to...' series is great teaching made easy.

Hacking Digital Learning Strategies

10 Ways to Launch Edtech Missions in Your Classroom

Author: Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998570549

Category: Computers

Page: 198

View: 9263

In Hacking Digital Learning Strategies, international EdTech presenter and NAPW Woman of the Year Shelly Sanchez Terrell demonstrates the power of EdTech Missions--lessons and projects that inspire learners to use web tools and social media to innovate, research, collaborate, problem-solve, campaign, crowd fund, crowdsource, and publish.