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Picture of the product10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success
by John Hattie & Klaus Zierer

The original Visible Learning research concluded that one of the most important influencers of student achievement is how teachers think about learning and their own role.

In Ten Mindframes for Visible Learning, John Hattie and Klaus Zierer define the ten behaviors or mindframes that teachers need to adopt in order to maximize student success.

These include:
- thinking of and evaluating your impact on students’ learning;
- the importance of assessment and feedback for teachers;
- working collaboratively and the sense of community;
- the notion that learning needs to be challenging;
- engaging in dialogue and the correct balance between talking and listening;
- conveying the success criteria to learners;
- building positive relationships.

These powerful mindframes, which should underpin every action in schools, are founded on the principle that teachers are evaluators, change agents, learning experts, and seekers of feedback who are constantly engaged with dialogue and challenge.

This practical guide, which includes questionnaires, scenarios, checklists, and exercises, will show any school exactly how to implement Hattie’s mindframes to maximise success.

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Picture of the product10 Things New Teachers Need to Succeed 2ed

Author: Robin Fogarty

What are ten things that help new teachers get off to a good start?
How can educators excel in this complex, demanding, and ultimately rewarding profession?
These answers, along with high impact strategies, can be found in this must-have resource.

Filled with words of wisdom, practical advice, and action steps to achieve success in those critical first years, this powerful little booklet distills the teaching and consulting experience of an international author and teacher of teachers.

It includes:
  • high-impact strategies for novice and veteran practitioners
  • how-to for communicating with parents - techniques for planning for the unexpected
  • a unique format for teacher teams to discuss one chapter a month
  • action steps to achieve success in the crucial first years
This handy guide is a quick reference tool on everything from writing rubrics to communicating with parents to planning for the unexpected. Teams of new and experienced teachers can grow together by discussing and applying a chapter a month over a year.

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Picture of the product100 Activities for Teaching Research Methods
100 Activities for Teaching Research Methods

Catherine Dawson

A sourcebook of exercises, games, scenarios and role plays for research methods tutors, teachers and lecturers, this practical, user-friendly guide has been developed to complement and enhance existing course materials. It is full of activities that contain clear guidance about the purpose, level and type of activity, along with a range of discussion notes that signpost key issues and research insights. Important terms, related activities and further reading suggestions are included for each activity.

The book contains 100 ready-to-use activities that provide a complete and valuable resource for educators, all of which are also available to be downloaded online.

Innovative and engaging classroom practice is encouraged in seven areas:

• finding and using sources of information

• planning a research project

• conducting research

• using and analyzing data

• disseminating results

• acting ethically

• developing deeper research skills

Every university with a Social Science department has to deliver research methods in some capacity, but there is no need for us all to sit in our institutional silos and reinvent the wheel. Dawson provides a huge and varied list of pre-designed activities for methods teachers to draw upon covering the whole research process and an eclectic range of methodological approaches. The activities are pedagogically engaging, comprehensively resourced and provide us with an opportunity to rethink how social science research methods can be taught in a more interactive and engaging way.

384 Pages | Pbk

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15-Minute STEM: Quick, creative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities for 5–11 year-olds

Emily Hunt

Emily Hunt’s 15-Minute STEM: Quick, creative science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities for 5–11-year-olds offers an exciting collection of 40 tried-and-tested, easy-to-resource STEM activities designed to engage and inspire young learners.

From caring for our environment to the digital revolution, the demand for STEM skills is huge and is only set to grow. STEM is therefore an important priority area in modern education, leaving many teachers and parents asking questions such as ‘How do I fit STEM education into my day?’ and ‘What kind of activities should I be exploring?’

Enter 15-Minute STEM with the answers …

This innovative resource has been designed to reassure teachers and parents that they don’t need to be experts to deliver high-quality STEM education. Each of the 40 activities includes step-by-step instructions, takes just 15 minutes to complete and can be resourced from everyday materials found in the classroom or at home. This means that, with minimal preparation, teachers can slot these cross-curricular activities into an otherwise busy day, broadening their pupils’ learning at no cost to their focus on core curriculum areas.

The activities make connections to real-world scenarios, helping children to understand how their learning is relevant to their future, and have been linked to conceptually similar STEM-related careers – all of which are individually profiled in a glossary at the back of the book. The practical, problem-solving element of each activity offers a great way for children to develop important soft skills such as creativity, critical thinking and spatial awareness.

Accompanying instructions are framed and phrased in a way that encourages the children to lead the learning and exploration – allowing the supervising adult to take a more hands-off, facilitative approach – and opportunities for further investigation are provided in order to broaden the learning focus and extend the tasks beyond 15 minutes. Hand-drawn illustrations and full colour photographs are also included alongside each activity to give an idea of what the end results might look like.

Suitable for both teachers and parents.

Activities include:
• Arctic Engineering: Why are igloos built in a dome shape?
• Fireworks in a Jar: What happens when we mix fluids of different densities?
• Marble Run Mayhem: What happens to a marble as it moves through a marble run?
• Rainbow Walking Water: How does water get from the roots of plants to the leaves?
• Spoon Sound Waves: How can we change the pitch of sound?

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Picture of the product17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong
17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong: Strategies That Engage Students, Promote Active Learning, and Boost Achievement

Authors - Jim Garver & John Antonetti

Most educators are skilled at planning instruction and determining what they will do during the course of a lesson. However, to truly engage students in worthwhile, rigorous cognition, a profound shift is necessary: a shift in emphasis from teaching to learning. Put another way, we know that whoever is doing the work is also doing the learning – and in most classrooms, teachers are working much too hard.

Authors John V. Antonetti and James R. Garver are the designers of the Look 2 Learning model of classroom walkthroughs. They’ve visited more than 17,000 classrooms – examining a variety of teaching and learning conditions, talking to students, examining their work and determining their levels of thinking and engagement. From this vast set of data, they’ve drawn salient lessons that provide valuable insight into how to smooth the transition from simply planning instruction to designing high-quality student work.

The lessons John and James have learned from their 17,000 (and counting) classroom visits – and which they share in this book – can’t be wrong. Features of the book include stories of successful practice and practical tools ready for immediate classroom application. The authors also provide opportunities for reflection and closure designed to help you consider (or reconsider) your current beliefs and practices. Throughout, you will hear the voices of John and James – and the thousands of students they met – as they provide a map for shifting the dynamic from teaching to learning.

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Picture of the product30 Big-Idea Lessons for Small Groups
30 Big-Idea Lessons for Small Groups: The Teaching Framework for ANY Text and EVERY Reader

Authors - Michael Rafferty, Colleen morello and Paraskevi Rountos

In 30 Big Idea Lessons for Small Groups, educators Rafferty, Morello, and Rountos provide an amazing framework that gets students interacting with texts. You prompt and guide, but they think! Big-Idea groups are the piece that’s been missing from small group instruction: engagement from the get-go.

Follow this unique 4-part process to develop students’literal, inferential, evaluative, and analytical skills:

1. Engage: Before Reading Using a tactile tool like a topic card or a pyramid, readers literally move ideas around on their small group table as they debate a question related to the text and to big ideas about courage, persistence, love, and honesty, and more.

2. Discuss: During Reading Students read and mark up a short text, exploring questions that get at the author’s take on the big idea, noticing key vocabulary, text structure, moments of inference, and more.

3. Deep-See Think: After Reading Students re-read, synthesize, and revise their interpretations together and tweak the tactile tool, based on questions that probe the big idea in new and deeper ways.

4. Connect: After Reading Students summarize, and begin to transfer their understandings to other texts in independent reading and the world beyond, primed for this all-important transfer because they’ve been engaged in topics that clearly relate to their lives.

Tap into 30 lessons organized by text complexity, reproducible forms, assessments, and a bank of engagement tools so you can switch it up. Use these lessons across the year as a warm up to a whole-class novel, to augment your core reading program, to challenge your capable readers and bring your striving readers in to rich yet accessible reading experiences.

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Picture of the product365 Things To Make You Go Hmmm: A Year's Worth of Class Thin
365 Things To Make You Go Hmmm… A year's worth of class thinking

Author: Sparky Teaching

Good teachers know that in order to have children learning, first of all you need to have children thinking. And the better that thinking, the better the learning. This engaging, entertaining and visually striking book is full of simple, practical and proven ideas, tasks, tools and strategies do just that – make children of all abilities to stop, think, reflect, ponder and wonder. Drawing on the success of the author’s popular website, this book will start the cognitive ball rolling across a whole range of disciplines including numeracy, literacy, problem solving, decision-making, interpersonal skills and critical thinking. So, before you get to that all-important ‘a-ha’ moment, let this book help you with those overlooked, but equally important, moments where you all just go ‘hmmm …’

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Picture of the product59 Reasons to Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration
59 Reasons to Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration for Teachers

Author - Kate Messner

In order to teach writing effectively, teacher must be writers themselves. They must experience the same uncertainty of starting a new draft and then struggling to revise. As they learn to move past the fear of failure, they discover the nervous rush and exhilaration of sharing work with an audience, just as their students do. Only by engaging in the real work of writing can teachers become part of the writing community they dream of creating for their students.

Kate Messner’s new book, 59 Reasons to Write, shows teachers and librarians who teach writing how to be stronger role models for their students.

“Writing for my students provided me with appropriate mentor texts to share,” she writes. “Writing with my students made me a mentor and a far better teacher.”

59 Reasons to Write grew out of Messner’s popular online summer writing camp, Teachers Write. Throughout the book she offers mini-lessons, writing prompts and bursts of inspiration designed to get you writing every day, whether on your own or as part of a group. Dozens of guest authors also share their writing processes and secrets, from brainstorming ideas and organising research to developing characters and getting unstuck from writer’s block.

59 Reasons to Write if for anyone who always wanted to write but never managed to get into the habit. Daily warm-ups will help you flex your writing muscles and energise your teaching. As Messner shares, “One of the greatest gifts of writing is the way it nudges us to look more closely not only as the world but also at ourselves."

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Picture of the product75 Quick and Easy Solutions to Common Classroom Disruptions

75 Quick and Easy Solutions to Common Classroom Disruptions is packed with practical solutions to the most common classroom problems. The book features 75 intervention strategies, with each one accompanied by a graph showing the common problems it can help to alleviate: Blurting Out in Whole Group, Side Talking, Rude/Disrespectful Behaviour, Zoning Out/lack of Focus, and Doesn't Try/Gives Up Easily. Included under these interventions are ways for teachers to successfully use them in the classroom, as well as helpful tips on how to create variations and changes to the strategy. Every solution is classroom-tested, highly effective and quick and easy to implement. Use this book to help make your classroom a happier, more productive learning environment in which your students thrive!

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Picture of the product88 Ideas to Teach More Effectively
88 Ideas to Teach More Effectively : Forget Being the Favourite

Tim Bowman, Foreward by John Hattie

ONLY $16.99 For a Limited Time

"This is GOOD. Really, really extraordinary stuff. I don't think I've ever seen a similar book on education". - Seth Godin

"Tim writes with flair … A book you can read, dip into, come back to, and I can imagine these pages appearing on a student or teachers desk to inspire, contemplate, or react to". - John Hattie

If you are after a compendium of detailed lesson plans, this is not the book for you.

If you want to hear from a self-professed teaching guru, this is not the book for you.

If you believe the road to being an effective teacher is paved with uncertainty, contradictions and mistakes…this may be the book for you.

Designed to be unlike any other education book, 88 Ideas to Teach More Effectively is packed with practical wisdom to encourage teachers to maximise their impact and be happier.

This book aims to challenge and inspire students, teachers and everyone involved in education, no matter what their background. All will find value in reading this concise and accessible book.

Combined with 88 entertaining, full-colour illustrations this book is basically a chocolate bar that’s good for you!

Topics include:

Hook ‘em early;
Forget being the favourite;
Teach sticky;
Say I don’t know;
Teachable moments;
Removing your emotions
You will feel terrible sometimes;
You’re not "just a teacher";
Don’t miss an opportunity.
88 Ideas to Teach More Effectively is an invaluable guide for students, teachers and newly qualified teachers who are wanting to reflect on their role and impact…plus, it has pretty pictures.

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