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An Ethic of Excellence by R. Berger

”An amazing practical guide and toolkit to get students to create work of excellence”

“Simple but effective strategies, protocols and advice.  A MUST READ!!”

Ron Berger’s book is a fantastic book that will literally inspire you to raise the quality of students work in your classroom.  The book shares a number of stories and practical advice to create a culture of excellence with your learners.  The book focuses on using real life examples of excellence, modelling, redrafting work and improving peer to peer feedback through critique.  One of the best books you will read.

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Oops! Helping children learn accidentally by H Roberts

“You’ll be `buzzing’ when you’ve read this!”

“This is definitely a book for inspiring teachers: all teachers-good ones, poor ones, new ones and experienced ones”

This book is about engaging learners in great learning. It`s about the dance that happens behind positive engagement the cool moves and steps a teacher needs to choreograph in order to create a context where great learning can happen and about the importance of relationships in engagement and how rapport can be learned. The book also shines a spotlight on the role of the teacher and how he or she can do the right things to get the absolute best from students. Some of the best learning takes place when, rather than imposing on young people a pre-determined curriculum, you find the stimulus that is relevant and engaging for them and build from there. Then the curriculum starts to emerge in a way that simply hooks students into learning almost despite themselves. There is nothing for them to push against (What`s the point?! This is boring..! ) as they have helped shape the direction of the lesson in a way that makes it real and useful to them. All this without them even realising what is going on! They have been lured into learning and the process is shared with teachers in this book, with examples as to how it can be done and how the author has done it. Reading this book will support teachers in developing ideas that motivate everybody in the classroom, from infants to secondary and beyond. Whether you`re new to teaching or have vast experience you will find in this book inspiration to raise achievement, improve behaviour and enhance creativity in the classroom and you will change the way you approach lesson planning forever. Winner of the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2012.

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Full On Learning

 Full on Learning by Z Elder

“What I love about this book is that it is cram packed full of sound teaching and learning ideas that you can take straight in to the classroom.”

`Full On Learning` provides a blueprint for educators in all settings to construct the ideal conditions for effective learners to grow and develop. This is a no-compromise approach to the architecture of learning, creating quality learning experiences that foster a love of learning. The start point is your end-point: the learner. What kind of learner do you want to develop? What are the characteristics of an effective learner and how can we teach to support the development of these characteristics? If future employers are looking for people who can solve problems, think creatively and be innovative, what can we do, as part of our current curriculum provision to enable students to deliberately practise this skill? If being intelligent is not, in fact, measured by your IQ score, and has far more to do with the ability to apply higher order thinking to unfamiliar contexts and create new solutions to existing problems, then what learning challenges can we design for Year 9 on a sunny Wednesday afternoon that will allow them to develop the emotional and intellectual resilience required to be able to do this? Full On Learning offers a range of tried & tested practical suggestions and ideas to construct the ideal conditions for the characteristics of effective learners to flourish.

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Why Don’t Students Like School by Daniel T. Willingham

“Opens up a whole new world about designing learning that not only goes into students minds, but stays there.”

Easy–to–apply, scientifically–based approaches for engaging students in the classroom Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals–the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences. Nine, easy–to–understand principles with clear applications for the classroom Includes surprising findings, such as that intelligence is malleable, and that you cannot develop “thinking skills” without facts How an understanding of the brain′s workings can help teachers hone their teaching skills “Mr. Willingham′s answers apply just as well outside the classroom. Corporate trainers, marketers and, not least, parents –anyone who cares about how we learn–should find his book valuable reading.” —Wall Street Journal

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Visible Learning for Teachers by John Hattie

“Synthesising a wealth of educational reading for teachers and their classrooms ”

In November 2008, John Hattie’s ground-breaking book Visible Learning synthesised the results of more than fifteen years research involving millions of students and represented the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Visible Learning for Teachers takes the next step and brings those ground breaking concepts to a completely new audience. Written for students, pre-service and in-service teachers, it explains how to apply the principles of Visible Learning to any classroom anywhere in the world. The author offers concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful interventions and offers practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom. This book: links the biggest ever research project on teaching strategies to practical classroom implementation champions both teacher and student perspectives and contains step by step guidance including lesson preparation, interpreting learning and feedback during the lesson and post lesson follow up offers checklists, exercises, case studies and best practice scenarios to assist in raising achievement includes whole school checklists and advice for school leaders on facilitating visible learning in their institution now includes additional meta-analyses bringing the total cited within the research to over 900 comprehensively covers numerous areas of learning activity including pupil motivation, curriculum, meta-cognitive strategies, behaviour, teaching strategies, and classroom management. Visible Learning for Teachers is a must read for any student or teacher who wants an evidence based answer to the question; ‘how do we maximise achievement in our schools?’

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Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov, Erica Wooway and Katie Yezzi

“Learning to practice, this book vividly illustrates, takes time and effort, trial and error. It won′t happen tomorrow. But even a small movement in the direction of more practice will reap benefits….”

 ” Practice Perfect is a valuable read for everyone who wants to help their employees grow and excel through practice.” 

We live in a competition loving culture. We love the performance, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer, sometimes to the point of obsession, but if we really wanted to see greatness—wanted to cheer for it, see it happen, understand what made it happen—we’d spend our time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practices instead. This book puts practice on the front burner of all who seek to instill talent and achievement in others as well as in themselves. This is a journey to understand that practice, not games, makes champions.

In this book, the authors engage the dream of better, both in fields and endeavors where participants know they should practice and also in those where many do not yet recognize the transformative power of practice. And it’s not just whether you practice. How you practice may be a true competitive advantage. Deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolutionize our most important endeavors. The clear set of rules presented in Practice Perfect will make us better in virtually every performance of life. The “how-to” rules of practice cover such topics as rethinking practice, modeling excellent practice, using feedback, creating a culture of practice, making new skills stick, and hiring for practice.

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Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan Wiliam

′One of the best books around that focuses on how to truly use formative assessment effectively in the classroom.′

If we want our students to thrive in the impossibly complex, unpredictable world of the 21st century, we must concentrate on increasing educational achievement by increasing the quality of the teachers in our schools. In this book Dylan Wiliam argues that quality of teachers is the single most important factor in the education system. He outlines the many possible ways in which we could seek to develop the practice of serving teachers and concludes that of these, formative assessment has the biggest impact on student outcomes. He looks at some of the popular initiatives that aim to increase student achievement, such as learning styles, and presents research that shows formative assessment practices have a much greater impact on educational achievement than most other reforms. Formative assessment functions to the extent that evidence about student achievement is elicited, interpreted and used by teachers and learners to make decisions about the next steps in instruction that are likely to be better than the decisions they would have made in the absence of that evidence. The five key strategies of formative assessment that Wiliam outlines are: Clarifying, sharing and understanding learning intentions and criteria for success; Engineering effective classroom discussions, activities and learning tasks that elicit evidence of learning; Providing feedback that moves learners forward; Activating learners instructional resources for one another; Activating learners as the owners of their learning. Wiliam presents a summary of the research evidence that shows the impact of each of the above strategies, and offers over fifty practical techniques that teachers can use to incorporate the strategies into their classroom practice.

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Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

′Lemov talks of teachers as “artisans” using a range of techniques to take learning to another level.′

′Teachers who use this book will not be disappointed– it will assist them to become masters of their craft’ 

Teach Like a Champion offers effective teaching techniques to help teachers, especially those in their first few years, become champions in the classroom. These powerful techniques are concrete, specific, and are easy to put into action the very next day. Training activities at the end of each chapter help the reader further their understanding through reflection and application of the ideas to their own practice.

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Light Bulbs

Don’t Change the Light Bulbs by R. Jones

‘Don’t Change the Light Bulbs’ offers tips and hints on how to be the best teacher you can be, and is written by some of the most respected leaders in education today. It covers primary, secondary and post 16 phases, in addition to cross curricular sections on leadership, ICT, inclusion, creativity, SEN and tutoring. It also presents the practical advice of those who have been there and done it and who now want to share their collective wisdom with you. The aim of which is to make education better, not just in your classroom but for everyone.

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The Hidden Lives of Learners by G. Nuthall

The Hidden Lives of Learners takes the reader deep into the hitherto undiscovered world of the learner. It explores the three worlds which together shape a student’s learning – the public world of the teacher, the highly influential world of peers, and the student’s own private world and experiences. What becomes clear is that just because a teacher is teaching, does not mean students are learning. Using a unique method of data collection through meticulous recording – audio, video, observations, interviews, pre- and post-tests – and the collation and analysis of what occurred inside and outside the classroom, Graham Nuthall has definitively documented what is involved for most students to learn and retain a concept. In the author’s lifetime the significance of his discoveries and the rare mix of quantitative and qualitative methods were widely recognised and continue to be one of the foundation stones of evidence-based quality education. This book is the culmination of Professor Graham Nuthall’s forty years of research on learning and teaching. It is written with classroom teachers and teachers of teachers in mind. But realising time was short and that his life’s work was laid out in learned papers for fellow researchers, he wrote this brief but powerful book for a much wider audience as well: for all those who seek a better understanding of classroom learning.

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The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

The Toolkit currently covers 34 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost.

The Toolkit is a live resource which will be updated on a regular basis as findings from EEF-funded projects and other high-quality research become available. In addition, we would welcome suggestions for topics to be included in future editions.


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UCLA – Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab

The UCLA direct website from the cognitive science lab run by Robert Bjork.  The website has a number of different videos and research papers looking at memory and retention.  It is an absolutely fantastic resource and one to think about when planning lessons, schemes or curriculums to help students not only learn but remember.


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Teach Like a Champion – Doug Lemov’s Field Notes

Doug Lemov is the author of a number of fantastic books including ‘Perfect Practice’ and ‘Teach like a Champion’.  On his site, Doug has a ‘Field Notes’ section which he regularly updates with excellent practice he has seen on his visits to schools.  The notes are packed with excellent ideas, strategies and resources.  Many of them feature in his books.  This is a must read site for teachers.


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Deans for Impact – Science of Learning

Deans for Impact

The Deans for Impact website has produced this resource drawing on leading educationalists research into what works in classrooms.  The free download has a number of cognitive science principles with practical strategies for enhancing learning in lessons.