How to Achieve 100% in a GCSE – Guide to GCSE Exam and Revision Technique #revision #GCSE #education

Written by a teenager for teenagers, this simple guide guarantees success in your GCSEs. Upon its publication in 2009 the book was featured in The Daily Mail, The Sun and various educational publications becoming an Amazon UK bestseller and since that time helping thousands of young people achieve their academic potential. Having achieved 10 A* grades (4 with a score of 100%), the author shares practical tips on revision and exam technique directly relating to current GCSE specifications, including specific subject advice. The book is written from the perspective of a 16-year-old student who believes that everyone has the potential to achieve 100% in a GCSE. The author emphasises the importance of effective and efficient revision, focusing on how to study for and answer GCSE exam questions. This is in contrast to the many revision guides that focus on what to study and contributes to the book’s unique appeal. Confused about how to prepare for your GCSEs? Want to fulfil your academic potential? Bored of the normal advice? Then this is the book for you.

The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook: How your students learn more when you teach less #Teaching #Learning

t’s more than six years since the bestselling Lazy Teacher’s Handbook was first published and Jim Smith’s Lazy Teaching philosophy has developed significantly in that time. This new revised edition details Jim’s latest thinking on how to be the best lazy, but outstanding, teacher you can be. Every chapter has been revised and some significantly expanded, particularly those on planning, conducting and reviewing lazy lessons. Others have been updated with Jim’s latest tried-and-tested techniques, which all shift the emphasis away from the teaching and onto the learning.

Have you ever wondered what would happen in your classroom if you simply stopped teaching? Over the last few decades the demands of countless education initiatives, not to mention the pressures good teachers put on themselves, have seen so much teaching squeezed into our lessons, it must have squeezed out some of the learning. Maybe if we spent a little less time teaching and gave students a little more time to learn, things would be different. Maybe this would allow us more opportunities to build relationships with the class and develop that all-important rapport with the individuals who might just need us most. Maybe we could even reclaim our Sunday afternoons from planning and marking?

The Lazy Way can help you get more out of your students and at the same time help you to get your life back. More than just a series of tricks, the Lazy Way is something Jim Smith has put together over years of experience working with all sorts of learners (and teachers) who want their lessons to be different yet still be rewarded with academic success. The approach was born out of Jim’s frustration with doing a job he loves but being slowly killed by it in the process. And, as all good psychologists know, if necessity is the mother of invention then frustration is the absent father, and being knackered the grown-up sibling who just won’t leave home.

If you want your students to learn more and you to work less, then The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook provides you with all the arguments and evidence you need. The new edition is packed full of even more easy-to-apply, highly effective strategies (which Ofsted have rated as outstanding) all with the seal of approval from real students in real classrooms. So, next time someone tells you to get a life, this book will make it possible.

Getting into Oxford & Cambridge 2019 Entry #Oxbridge #University #Education

Do you want to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the country? To succeed in your application to Oxford or Cambridge, you not only need to secure top grades, but also demonstrate real commitment to and enthusiasm for your subject, with admission based on your academic potential alone.

Updated annually to include all the vital details of the latest admissions procedures, and packed with essential advice to help you win one of the fiercely sought-after places at Oxbridge, Getting into Oxford and Cambridge tells you everything you need to know to get on to the course of your choice. It will also give you a good idea of what it’s really like to study there.

With practical, step-by-step guidance, the book will lead you through every step of the application process, including:

  • Full profiles of each college and advice on choosing the best one for you
  • Invaluable guidance on writing an effective UCAS personal statement for Oxbridge
  • Ways to shine at interview, with advice and tips from current students
  • Details of the written tests you will face prior to or during interviews, with sample questions
  • Case studies and sample personal statements from successful Oxbridge applicants

Founded in 1973, Mander Portman Woodward (MPW) is one of the UK’s best-known groups of independent sixth-form colleges, with centres in London, Birmingham and Cambridge. MPW has one of the highest number of university placements each year of any independent school in the country. It has developed considerable expertise in the field of applications strategy and has authored Getting into guides covering entrance procedures for many popular university courses

How to Survive Your First Year in Teaching #Teaching #NQT #Books

So you’ve finished your teacher training and found yourself a jobSo you’ve finished your teacher training and found yourself a job . . . the hard bit is over right? But, hold on, how do you actually survive your FIRST YEAR in teaching?!

The NQT year is notoriously difficult and hard work. Challenges include meeting your new colleagues and making the right first impression, preparing and planning your lessons, managing the mountain of marking and most scary of all . . . being in charge of a whole class by yourself for the first time!

But don’t panic – help is at hand from expert teacher and education writer Sue Cowley. In this new edition of her bestselling book, she supports new teachers through the stresses and strains, and the highs and lows of their first year in teaching.

She’s there to guide you right from the start of day one, lesson one, with the acknowledgement that ‘your stomach feels like lead and your mouth feels as dry as the Sahara desert’. She’s there through each term advising on time-saving lesson plans, easy to implement behavior management tips and how to help children who have special educational needs. She’s there right until the end of the year when she ensures that you feel triumphantly on top of report writing and your first parents’ evening. All of her methods are tried-and-tested and real life case studies exemplify how (and how not) to put them in to practice.

This new edition has been fully updated with new diagrams and checklists to boost your organisational and time management skills. It also includes refreshed and up-to-date case studies and extra examples for primary school teachers.

Written in Sue Cowley’s honest, accessible and down to earth style, How to Survive your First Year in Teaching is a must have for all new teachers embarking on their NQT year. . . . the hard bit is over right? But, hold on, how do you actually survive your FIRST YEAR in teaching?!
The NQT year is notoriously difficult and hard work. Challenges include meeting your new colleagues and making the right first impression, preparing and planning your lessons, managing the mountain of marking and most scary of all . . . being in charge of a whole class by yourself for the first time!
But don’t panic – help is at hand from expert teacher and education writer Sue Cowley. In this new edition of her bestselling book, she supports new teachers through the stresses and strains, and the highs and lows of their first year in teaching.
She’s there to guide you right from the start of day one, lesson one, with the acknowledgement that ‘your stomach feels like lead and your mouth feels as dry as the Sahara desert’. She’s there through each term advising on time-saving lesson plans, easy to implement behavior management tips and how to help children who have special educational needs. She’s there right until the end of the year when she ensures that you feel triumphantly on top of report writing and your first parents’ evening. All of her methods are tried-and-tested and real life case studies exemplify how (and how not) to put them in to practice.
This new edition has been fully updated with new diagrams and checklists to boost your organisational and time management skills. It also includes refreshed and up-to-date case studies and extra examples for primary school teachers.
Written in Sue Cowley’s honest, accessible and down to earth style, How to Survive your First Year in Teaching is a must have for all new teachers embarking on their NQT year.

Making Every Lesson Count: Six principles to support great teaching and learning #Education #Teaching #Learning

This award-winning title has now inspired a whole series of books. Each of the books in the series are held together by six pedagogical principles challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning and provide simple, realistic strategies that teachers can use to develop the teaching and learning in their classroom.

Packed with practical teaching strategies, Making Every Lesson Count bridges the gap between research findings and classroom practice. Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby examine the evidence behind what makes great teaching and explore how to implement this in the classroom to make a difference to learning. They distil teaching and learning down into six core principles challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning and show how these can inspire an ethos of excellence and growth, not only in individual classrooms but across a whole school too. Combining robust evidence from a range of fields with the practical wisdom of experienced, effective classroom teachers, the book is a complete toolkit of strategies that teachers can use every lesson to make that lesson count. There are no gimmicky ideas here just high impact, focused teaching that results in great learning, every lesson, every day. To demonstrate how attainable this is, the book contains a number of case studies from a number of professionals who are successfully embedding a culture of excellence and growth in their schools. Making Every Lesson Count offers an evidence-informed alternative to restrictive Ofsted-driven definitions of great teaching, empowering teachers to deliver great lessons and celebrate high-quality practice.

Suitable for all teachers including trainee teachers, NQTs, and experienced teachers who want quick and easy ways to enhance their practice and make every lesson count.
ERA Educational Book of The Year Award Winner 2016. The Judges said: A highly practical and interesting resource with loads of information and uses to support and inspire teachers of all levels of experience. An essential staff room book.

Mark. Plan. Teach.: Save time. Reduce workload. Impact learning. #Teaching #Learning #Education

There are three things that every teacher must do: mark work, plan lessons and teach students well. This brand new book from Ross Morrison McGill, bestselling author of 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons and Teacher Toolkit, is packed full of practical ideas that will help teachers refine the key elements of their profession. Mark. Plan. Teach. shows how each stage of the teaching process informs the next, building a cyclical framework that underpins everything that teachers do.

With teachers’ workload at record levels and teacher recruitment and retention the number one issue in education, ideas that really work and will help teachers not only survive but thrive in the classroom are in demand. Every idea in Mark. Plan. Teach. can be implemented by all primary and secondary teachers at any stage of their career and will genuinely improve practice. The ideas have been tried and tested and are supported by evidence that explains why they work, including current educational research and psychological insights from Dr Tim O’Brien, leading psychologist and Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education.

Mark. Plan. Teach. will enable all teachers to maximise the impact of their teaching and, in doing so, save time, reduce workload and take back control of the classroom.

Talk-Less Teaching: Practice, Participation and Progress #Books #Education

Teacher-talk is a powerful tool. But whilst we must embrace teacher-talk as vital, we must also bear in mind that not all teacher-talk is created equally…
Long periods of talk will not always keep a class spellbound. We need other techniques on which we can draw to help pupils embed learning and make progress. After all, how can we be effectively checking progress and understanding when it is we who are doing all the talking? How can we be certain that the sea of ‘attentive’ faces before us is not simply contemplating lunch?
The solution is here: a vast bank of exciting, engaging, practical ways to allow learners to access and understand complex topics and skills without relentlessly bending their ears. Strategies which not only prevent pupils from being passengers in lessons, but which also make progress visible to both teacher and learner.
In an entertaining and practical way, Talk-Less Teaching shows you how to encourage learners responsibility for their own progress without compromising test results or overall achievement. Discover hundreds of tried and tested practical tips for helping pupils understand difficult concepts and learn new skills without you developing lecture-laryngitis.

Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms #Books #Education #Finland

Easy-to-implement classroom lessons from the world’s premier educational system.

Finland shocked the world when its fifteen-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in maths, science and reading. That was in 2001; but even today, this tiny Nordic nation continues to amaze. How does Finnish education with short school days, light homework loads, and little standardised testing produce students who match the PISA scores of high-powered, stressed-out kids in Asia?

When Timothy D. Walker started teaching fifth graders at a Helsinki public school, he began a search for the secrets behind the success of Finland’s schools. Walker has already written about several of those discoveries, and his Atlantic article on this topic received more than 500,000 shares. Here, he gathers all he has learned and reveals how any American teacher can implement these simple practices, which integrate seamlessly with educational standards in the United States.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers: The Michaela Way #Education #Books #Teaching

At Michaela, teachers think differently, overturning many of the ideas that have become orthodoxy in English schools. In this book, over 20 Michaela teachers explore controversial ideas that improve the lives of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Michaela is blazing a trail in education, defying many of the received notions about what works best in schools.
Michaela teachers, from founders to classroom teachers to senior leaders, lead readers through different aspects of what makes Michaela unique. The school gets hundreds of visitors a year. So many ask: what’s the secret? But the reality is that it isn’t only one thing that makes Michaela work.

This book raises challenging questions for teachers and school leaders about how they see education. How can we help new Year 7 pupils get their bearings in secondary school quickly? How do we teach pupils to remember rather than forget what they’ve learned? How do didactic teaching, drill and memorisation boost motivation and academic achievement? How do we get pupils to be considerate, kind and caring to each other? How do we make lunchtime a calm, happy time every day? How do we ensure new teachers are just as respected as veteran teachers? How can we ensure the weakest readers do the most reading rather than the least? How can we make sure all teachers love teaching in our schools, and want to stay in teaching? How can we prevent teachers from overworking and burning out? What do we do about parents that push back against the school’s rules? These questions cut to the core of how we educate and how we see the world.

Teach Like a Champion #Education #Books

One of the most influential teaching guides ever updated! Teach Like a Champion 2.0 is a complete update to the international bestseller. This teaching guide is a must-have for new and experienced teachers alike. Over 700,000 teachers around the world already know how the techniques in this book turn educators into classroom champions. With ideas for everything from classroom management to inspiring student engagement, you will be able to perfect your teaching practice right away. The first edition of Teach Like a Champion influenced thousands of educators because author Doug Lemov’s teaching strategies are simple and powerful. Now, updated techniques and tools make it even easier to put students on the path to college readiness. Here are just a few of the brand new resources available in the 2.0 edition: * Over 70 new video clips of real teachers modeling the techniques in the classroom (note: for online access of this content, please visit my.teachlikeachampion.com) * A selection of never before seen techniques inspired by top teachers around the world * Brand new structure emphasizing the most important techniques and step by step teaching guidelines * Updated content reflecting the latest best practices from outstanding educators With the sample lesson plans, videos, and teachlikeachampion.com online community, you will be teaching like a champion in no time. The classroom techniques you’ll learn in this book can be adapted to suit any context. Find out why Teach Like a Champion is a “teaching Bible” for so many educators worldwide.