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Exams are important. The results can change lives and stressing about them can damage performance and undermine young peoples' confidence. This exam stress management programme requires very little time or effort to use and provides a straightforward, practical guide to exam stress management. Written by an experienced educational psychologist, this short, explanatory book is accompanied by simple, easy to follow audio files which lead the listener through a sequence of five relaxation sessions to reduce stress, increase focus and plan for success. Using the book as a guide you simply listen to the audio tracks and follow what they say. All tracks have been designed so that they are easy to digest and applicable in the middle of a busy day. To sum up, this book: * Provides practical and easy to follow steps to help anyone cope with exam stress * Teaches relaxation techniques that can be used to reduce stress wherever you find it * Offers a real stress knowledge base to teachers and family members supporting students with exam stress This important guide is suitable for secondary school students as well as college and university students. The easy to follow relaxation sessions will be of interest to anyone studying for examinations who wishes to lower their exam stress levels.
Classroom-based Interventions Across Subject Areas explores cutting-edge educational research that has real potential to support the improvement of classroom practice. Written by expert researchers and practitioners, it provides empirically tested and theory-based approaches that practitioners can use to improve learning in classroom settings. This edited volume provides examples of classroom-based interventions in English, mathematics, science, languages, history, and geography. Taking as its basis research which has been conducted in actual classrooms with close collaboration between researchers and practitioners, this text will help researchers and practitioners understand how and why interventions can be successful or not. The text further considers the broad theoretical and practical issues that derive from intervention studies, including the nature of collaboration between researchers and teachers and ways of adapting effective classroom-based interventions for use in different contexts. Offering insight into the methodology behind successful classroom-based interventions, this text will be essential reading for students of education, trainee teachers, and all those concerned with how educational research can impact on teaching and learning.
Changing schools at 11 or 12+ is a critical, often traumatic event in a pupil's career. Earlier studies had looked at this transitional stage from the schools' point of view, in the light of institutional aims and objectives. Originally published in 1984, this richly detailed and readable study looks at it from the pupils' point of view: it illustrates their perceptions of the transfer, their anxieties and their experiences. The book is the result of a research project, in which children transferring from a typical middle school to a typical comprehensive in a Midlands town were observed over a period of eighteen months. The authors reveal various ways in which children adjust to a large, more complex school organisation, to new forms of discipline and authority, and new demands in school work. They emphasise the significance of teenage culture during this period, and identify an important area of interplay between school culture and sub-culture. They pay special attention to gender identities, and the ways in which these affect pupils' responses to different subjects in the curriculum. Finally, they consider the theoretical and policy implications of their survey, and make positive recommendations for improving school and classroom practice at both primary and secondary level.
Teaching the Holocaust is an important but often challenging task for those involved in modern Holocaust education. What content should be included and what should be left out? How can film and literature be integrated into the curriculum? What is the best way to respond to students who resist the idea of learning about it? This book, drawing upon the latest research in the field, offers practical help and advice on delivering inclusive and engaging lessons along with guidance on how to navigate through the many controversies and considerations when planning, preparing, and delivering Holocaust education. Whether teaching the subject in History, Religious Education, English or even in a school assembly, there is a wealth of wisdom which will make the task easier for you and make the learning experience more beneficial for the student. Chapters include: The aims of Holocaust education Ethical issues to consider when teaching the Holocaust Using film and documentaries in the classroom Teaching the Holocaust through literature The role of online learning and social media The benefits and practicalities of visiting memorial sites With lesson plans, resources, and schemes of work which can be used across a range of different subjects, this book is essential reading for those that want to deepen their understanding and deliver effective, thought-provoking Holocaust education.
Transition from primary to secondary school can be the beginning of a slippery slope towards educational disengagement that can continue throughout schooling. It is critical, therefore, that teachers understand how to manage transitions effectively to protect children s wellbeing and interest in school.
Understanding School Transition offers training primary and secondary teachers an introduction to what happens to children s academic, social and personal adaptation when they move between schools. It explores current school initiatives in the UK and internationally and introduces methods and strategies for designing developmentally appropriate transitions.
Beginning by establishing the ethos that school transition should be a positive experience for every child, key issues explored include:
Illustrated by case studies of experiences in real schools, Understanding School Transition will be essential reading for all training and practising teachers, as well as transition and subject specialists, who want to better understand and influence what happens to children at this crucial stage.
This groundbreaking volume considers whether the question of the high school's seeming demise is exaggerated and why it is experiencing the many problems that it does. Essays focus on the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Cards that provide optimum practice for dealing with feelings, and learning how to avoid offensive behaviour and treating others badly. One of a range of 10 field-tested games for developing emotional intelligence designed to be used repeatedly by the same people at different stages in their lives. They will help develop self-worth and a sense of confidence, enabling young people to cope with life's challenges. Age: 13 to adult.
The Common Core's language standards can seem overwhelming-students need to learn specific, complex grammar rules at each grade level. The Common Core Grammar Toolkit to the rescue! In this comprehensive guide, author Sean Ruday shows how you can make grammar instruction fun and meaningful. You will learn how to... Teach the Common Core's language standards for grades 9-12 by presenting each grammar rule as a useful writing tool. Use mentor texts-excerpts from great literature-to help students understand grammar in action. Promote metacognition along the way, so that students become responsible for their own learning. The book thoroughly covers how to teach the Common Core's language standards for grades 9-12, on topics such as varying syntax for effect, using domain-specific words and phrases, analyzing nuances in word meanings, using semicolons to link related clauses, and more. You'll learn how to present each of these grammar rules to your students as tools that will help them improve their writing. You'll also find resources designed to provide you with extra support, including reproducible classroom-ready charts and forms, an annotated bibliography of suggested mentor texts for each grammar rule, and a guide for teachers and administrators interested in using the book for group-based professional development. With The Common Core Grammar Toolkit, you'll have a clear game plan for encouraging your students to use language more purposefully and effectively.
The Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies program is an integrated set of English Language Arts/Literacy units spanning grades 6-12 that provide student-centered instruction on a set of literacy proficiencies at the heart of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). * Reading Closely for Textual Details * Making Evidence-Based Claims * Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique (Grades 9-12) * Researching to Deepen Understanding * Building Evidence-Based Arguments The program approaches literacy through the development of knowledge, literacy skills, and academic habits. Throughout the activities, students develop their literacy along these three paths in an integrated, engaging, and empowering way. Knowledge: The texts and topics students encounter in the program have been carefully selected to expose them to rich and varied ideas and perspectives of cultural significance. These texts not only equip students with key ideas for participating knowledgeably in the important discussions of our time, but also contain the complexity of expression necessary for developing college- and career-ready literacy skills. Literacy Skills: The program articulates and targets instruction and assessment on twenty CCSS-aligned literacy skills ranging from making inferences to reflecting critically. Students focus on this set of twenty skills throughout the year and program, continually applying them in new and more sophisticated ways. Academic Habits: The program articulates twelve academic habits for students to develop, apply, and extend as they progress through the sequence of instruction. Instructional notes allow teachers to introduce and discuss academic habits such as preparing and completing tasks that are essential to students success in the classroom. The program materials include a comprehensive set of instructional sequences, teacher notes, handouts, assessments, rubrics, and graphic organizers designed to support students with a diversity of educational experiences and needs. The integrated assessment system, centered around the literacy skills and academic habits, allows for the coherent evaluation of student literacy development over the course of the year and vertically across all grade levels.
500 AP style questions with detailed answer explanations to prepare you for what you'll see on test day 5 Steps to a 5: 500 AP U.S. History Questions to Know by Test Day gives you 500 practice questions that cover the most essential course material and help you work toward a 5 on the test. The questions parallel the format and degree of difficulty that you'll find on the actual AP exams and are accompanied by answers with comprehensive explanations. The questions in this book were written by expert AP teachers who know the exam inside and out, so they closely reflect what you'll see when you'll sit for the AP U.S. History test. This valuable study guide features: *500 AP-style questions and answers referenced to core AP materials*Detailed review explanations for right and wrong answers*Close simulations of the real AP exam*Updated material that reflects the latest AP exam
100 IDEAS: Quick - Easy - Inspired - Outstanding Managing behaviour in the primary classroom can be a challenge, but in this brand new book, Molly Potter offers 100 practical ideas and strategies for managing the range of difficult behaviours that you might face as a primary teacher. Whether you are new to the profession or an experienced teacher, there will be ideas in this book for you, including strategies for solving individual pupil behaviour problems as well as whole- class approaches. The ideas are creative, tried-and-tested and easy to implement. The book includes tips on how to create a positive learning environment and advice on ensuring your attitude and teaching approaches encourage good behaviour. It introduces a variety of procedures to put in place in your classroom, strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviour and also touches on the causes of extreme behaviour. Molly Potter's ideas are full of examples and subtle changes you can make to your practice straight away to help your successfully manage all types of behaviour in the primary classroom.
Inclusive education continues to grow in popularity and acceptance in the United States. However, most teachers - general and special educators - are poorly prepared to be successful in inclusive classrooms and schools. Undoubtedly, the challenge to professionals involves the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. But inclusion requires far more. It calls upon educators to trouble everything they think they know about disability, to question their deepest ethical commitments, to take up the work of the Disability Rights Movement in the public schools, and to leap headlong into the deepest waters of the rich craft tradition of inclusive teaching. This book offers educators the guidance and resources to become great inclusive educators by engaging in a powerful process of personal and professional transformation.
What works in math and why has never been the issue; the research is all out there. Where teachers struggle is the "how"-something the research rarely manages to tackle. That's the big service What Successful Math Teachers Do provides. It's a powerful portal to what the best research looks like in practice, strategy by strategy-aligned in this new edition to both the Common Core and the NCTM Standards. How exactly does What Successful Math Teachers Do work? It couldn't be easier to navigate. The book's eleven chapters organize clusters of strategies around a single aspect of a typical instructional program. For each of the 75 strategies, the authors present: A brief description of that strategy A summary of supporting research The NCTM and Common Core Standards it meets--and how Classroom applications, with examples Precautions and possible pitfalls Primary sources for further reading and research
Engaging students in learning about their subject is a central concern for all teachers and teacher educators. How teachers view and use the pedagogic potential of different tasks to engage pupils with knowledge in different subjects, is central to this endeavour. "
Designing Tasks in Secondary Education "explores models for effective task design, helping you translate the curriculum into the tasks and activities that you ask your students to do in order to facilitate developmental or higher-level understanding of curriculum content.
Written by experts in the field of education from a range of subjects and including a foreword written by renowned author Professor Walter Doyle, this book spans an international context and offers a refreshing alternative of how to plan and design tasks that will not only intellectually stimulate but improve teaching quality. Key topics explored include:
Designing Tasks in Secondary Education" offers essential insight into task design and its importance for enhancing subject understanding and student engagement. It will challenge and support all education professionals concerned with issues of curriculum design, subject knowledge, classroom organisation, agency in the learning process and teaching quality."
American high schools have never been under more pressure to
reform: student populations are more diverse than ever, resources
are limited, and teachers are expected to teach to high standards
for all students. While many reformers look for change at the state
or district level, the authors here argue that the most local
contexts--schools, departments, and communities--matter the most to
how well teachers perform in the classroom and how satisfied they
are professionally. Their findings--based on one of the most
extensive research projects ever done on secondary teaching--show
that departmental cultures play a crucial role in classroom
settings and expectations. In the same school, for example, social
studies teachers described their students as "apathetic and
unwilling to work," while English teachers described the same
students as "bright, interesting, and energetic."
Crista Hazell's Independent Thinking on MFL: How to make modern foreign language teaching exciting, inclusive and relevant takes teachers on a tour of how to get the teaching of a new language right. Foreword by Ian Gilbert. Learning a new language has the power to transform a life, as well as help break down the barriers that seem to be re-emerging between nations, cultures and people. In the UK, MFL teaching has always had to battle with the 'everyone speaks English' argument, not to mention that, for so many, all that remains of their years learning a foreign language is bitte, por favor or s'il vous plait. But with teachers like Independent Thinking Associate Crista Hazell at the front of the class, things can be very different. Drawing on her many years of experience as an MFL teacher and head of department, Crista shares tips, techniques and inspirational ideas geared to help teachers build confidence, increase enjoyment and improve outcomes as they take their MFL teaching to a whole new level. Crista provides a range of strategies from how to hook students in the minute they enter the classroom to ensuring that the vocabulary sticks designed to help learners develop confidence, take risks and enjoy the challenge that learning a new language brings. She also offers ideas and advice on how to make learning new vocabulary and grammar a great deal more effective and empowers teachers to open up the benefits and enjoyment of learning a language to all students, not just those in the top sets. Ultimately, however, her book sets out to help teachers create engaging, relevant and memorable learning experiences in the MFL classroom and encourage their learners to become lifelong and passionate linguists. For MFL teachers and heads of languages departments in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
In districts from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, neighborhood public schools are being forced to compete with charter schools for students and resources, often under the threat of school closure. In Compete or Close, Julia A. McWilliams provides a compelling ethnographic study of one such school, a neighborhood high school in Philadelphia-a district where rising privatization and chronic underfunding cast these common tensions into sharp relief. The book poses two questions: What strategies do schools deploy to minimize market risk and signal their value to stakeholders-district administrators, funders, parents, and students? And how do these strategies conflict with the schools' mission to serve all children? An astute and compassionate observer, McWilliams paints a devastating portrait of a neighborhood public school under siege, in which educators are panicked by the threat of closure and determined to survive at all costs. McWilliams's book is a powerful indictment of the role of competition in American education today and offers empirical evidence and a theoretical understanding of the mechanisms through which market forces may conflict with the preservation of education as a public good.
This teaching resource aptly demonstrates how pupils can approach their work, and their future, with confidence, ambition, optimism and integrity. Providing practical strategies for integrating Emotional Intelligence across the curriculum, Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom reveals the power of emotion in learning. It explains the fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) and presents original research on the impact of EI on learning A thoroughly practical work, containing numerous reproducible resources for the classroom teacher.
"In education argumentative theoretical books are two a penny so it is very good to read Michael Reiss' longitudinal account of 21 children's progress through an 11-16 secondary school learning science, year by year, up to the end of their compulsory schooling. Reiss includes the views of their teachers, the aspirations of their parents and their own hopes for the future. It adds up to a book that beginning and experienced teachers and concerned parents will find rewarding." - Professor Joan Solomon, The Open University * What is it like to be a pupil studying Science in a school in England? * How important are home background and school teaching for pupils to succeed? * Why do some children maintain an interest in Science while others don't? Understanding Science Lessons reports the findings of a major five year longitudinal study into pupils' learning of science. One group of mixed ability pupils were followed throughout their 11 to 16 science education. A combination of extensive classroom observations and in-depth interviews with pupils, parents and teachers provides a rich mass of data. These findings are interpreted with respect to such factors as the behaviours of girls and boys in lessons, the importance of the teacher, the purpose of investigations in science education and the effects of the English National Curriculum on classroom teaching and pupil motivation. Throughout, the emphasis is on the individual pupils and their experiences. All pupil and parent interviews were carried out in their homes and the ethnographic approach allows the reader to gain a convincing insight into what it is like to be a pupil studying science at secondary school.
How can I develop my identity as a teacher? How does engaging in research benefit my own teaching practice?
Becoming a successful teacher in secondary education requires a strong understanding of a wide range of professional teaching issues, including practical concerns such as curriculum development and learning through observation in the classroom, alongside key conceptual aspects such as critical reflection and understanding the nature of learning. This book addresses these issues alongside a range of additional important contemporary topics in secondary education.
Highlighting the importance for student teachers to enhance their development by engaging with research, Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching is designed to support professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education including postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching, and early career teachers seeking to enhance their practice.
Carrie Mercier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria.
Carey Philpott is currently an Associate Dean in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.
Helen Scott is the Deputy Dean for Student Experience in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.
Constantly evolving, Information Technology (IT) is entwined with everyday life, affecting industry, education, security, the environment, the global economy and culture.
IT teachers need to balance students' understanding of IT's role within society alongside developing the skills required to design and deliver successful IT projects. Through case studies and reflective activities drawn from a range of environments, the authors share successful teaching and learning strategies from IT teachers and industry practitioners.
This book also presents strategies for delivery and assessment, as well as reviewing functional and key skills, such as communications, team working and problem solving. It also helps teachers differentiate between the many IT qualifications.
This text supports trainee and experienced teachers in developing exciting and engaging IT programmes for pupils 14+ whether they are learning in schools, adult and community education or colleges.
Featuring the latest research on the adolescent brain, this second edition offers teachers fresh instructional strategies that work for engaging erratic, distracted, and often unpredictable teenagers. Lighthearted and informative, this hands-on resource helps educators understand the key issues affecting cognition and adolescent learners' emotional, social, and physical well-being. Each chapter is supported with a multitude of techniques that can be adapted to individual content areas and teachers will find new sections about: - Technology and the brain - Mirror neurons and at-risk behaviors like cutting, violence and aggression - An Educator's Book Club guide for sharing the challenges of teaching adolescents
'The best book on teachers and children and writing that I've ever read. No-one has said better so much of what so badly needs saying.' Philip Pullman Kate Clanchy wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. She invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her thirty-year career. Join her as she explains everything about sex to a classroom of thirteen-year-olds. As she works in the school 'Inclusion Unit', trying to improve the fortunes of kids excluded from regular lessons because of their terrifying power to end learning in an instant. Or as she nurtures her multicultural poetry group, full of migrants and refugees, watches them find their voice and produce work of heartbreaking brilliance. While Clanchy doesn't deny stinging humiliations or hide painful accidents, she celebrates this most creative, passionate and practically useful of jobs. Teaching today is all too often demeaned, diminished and drastically under-resourced. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me will show you why it shouldn't be.
Informed teaching is built upon a clear understanding of a wide range of professional issues. Reflective Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School offers a comprehensive overview of core teaching topics for professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education courses. Offering a critically engaged examination of practical and theoretical topics in order to encourage deeper reflection on what underpins good teaching practice, this second edition has been carefully updated to provide a contemporary introduction to secondary education. New to this edition: a new chapter on diversity, social justice and global issues in teaching a new chapter on pastoral and tutorial roles masters-level critical reading tasks in every chapter awareness of recent developments in education policy. This is indispensable reading for anyone training to teach in secondary education including postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT) and school-based routes into teaching. A companion website including activities and exemplar material can be found at: www.sagepub.co.uk/dymoke Sue Dymoke is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Leicester.
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