100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Engaging Learners (100 Ideas for Teachers) #Books #Teaching #Learning #Lessonplanning

Are your students really engaged in your teaching? Teachers everywhere are looking for quick and easy ways to liven up their lessons, try something new and exciting, or just tweak a strategy or practice that they have been doing for years. This is a recipe style books that you can dip in and out of when you are looking for inspiration. 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Engaging Learners contains techniques and activities to apply to every area of classroom teaching, from livening up displays to using technology effectively, and even includes advice on greeting students and providing motivational feedback. Put these ideas into practice to get your class engaged and ready to learn.

50 quick lesson ideas for substitute teachers #teaching #learning #lessonplanning #education

If you’re looking for substitute teaching inspiration, look no further! Whether you’re a seasoned sub or a total newbie, we’ve got you covered with these 50 tips, tricks and ideas from our very own WeAreTeachers HELPLINE! and around the Web.

1. Kids getting antsy with those last awkward ten minutes? Try one of these ideas from Love, Teach.

2. Stay on task, and leave a record. “Follow the lesson plans as much as humanly possible, leave detailed notes for the teacher about what got done or didn’t get done, which students were awesome and not so awesome, and leave your number if you really enjoyed the class.” —Dawn M.

3. Need a break? Try one of these quick popsicle-stick time-fillers from Journey of a Substitute Teacher.

4. If you don’t have anything nice to say… “Be pleasant in the faculty room if you eat there. Never say anything negative about the school, teachers, or students.” —Donna N.

5. Kids won’t stop texting? Put their phone in cell phone jail for the period.

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6. Dress in layers. “Some rooms are freezing and some are hotter than heck!” —Edith I.

7. Don’t be afraid to be picky. “I have a list of teachers I won’t sub for because no matter what, they always seem to have ‘that’ class. In other words, not very good behavior management which means subbing for them is a nightmare.” —Eric D.

8. Subbing for second? Here are some quick and free emergency substitute activity ideas from Second Grade Locker Room.

9. We love these classroom management tips especially for substitutes from The Cornerstone.

10. Bring your own supplies, either in a backpack…

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20 teacher traits that are thought of as being good in the eyes of a pupil #teaching #education #school

It is hard to argue with this list of 20.

  1. Arrive at lessons on time.
  2. Well prepared lessons which are not too much teacher led.
  3. Set a good example in terms of dress.
  4. Happy, purposeful and not moody.
  5. Fair to all with high expectations.
  6. Witty and clever – slightly quirky.
  7. Know all names and use them.
  8. Excellent subject knowledge – feel safe that they are going to cover everything.
  9. Can explain things clearly and simply.
  10. Up to date with the use of technology in their subject.
  11. Teacher, not a friend.
  12. Variety of methods used to teach.
  13. Prepared to have a more relaxed lesson at times.
  14. Does not overuse school sanctions to get control of a class.
  15. Good class control- prepared to deal with troublemakers for the benefit of all.
  16. Encouraging not critical of pupils understanding.
  17. Popular amongst other staff members.
  18. Good knowledge of exam questions and how they will be tested.
  19. Active in other parts of school life such as sport and other clubs and societies.
  20. Give extra help away from the lessons if not understanding.

There are of course many more. Please do comment with your suggestions.

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.