Bloomsbury CPD Library: Stretch and Challenge

Author: Debbie Light

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472928393

Category: Education

Page: 208

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In the past schools have labelled the most able students in a class or year group as 'gifted and talented'. While segregating these students may help them to achieve their academic potential, there is little benefit in this practice for their 'less able' classmates. Even less so for those who are left in the middle space, identified as neither highly academic nor severely struggling. The Stretch and Challenge model focuses on setting high expectations for all students, regardless of their ability. Encouraging all children to meet universally high targets introduces flexibility between, otherwise rigid, ability groups, and gives children greater opportunities to exceed. Split into two parts, Stretch and Challenge focuses on different ways of thinking about and implementing this model in school. Debbie Light begins by helping teachers to create a culture of high expectations in their classroom by setting challenging learning objectives, creating opportunities for students to develop independence and supporting students, as they become resilient learners. The second half of the book advises teachers how to create an inclusive learning environment where all children feel challenged by encouraging teacher questioning, designing tasks, grouping students and effectively using teaching assistants. Filled with honest, experienced and undeniably helpful advice, Debbie Light's Stretch and Challenge is a must have guide for all teachers who want to collectively maximize their students' learning and achievement.

Stretch and Challenge for All

Practical Resources for Getting the Best Out of Every Student

Author: Torsten Payne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785831591

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Stretch and Challenge for ALL is packed with activities to get the most out of learners in any lesson. If you have a class of 30 students, how can you differentiate so that every learner is challenged appropriately? If you are looking for ideas which will enthuse students and develop their understanding and thinking skills, this is the book for you. These tried-and-tested techniques are designed to engage and stretch all pupils, including the most able. As most teachers teach mixed ability groups, these activities will stretch all students, regardless of their ability level. The book is designed to reduce teacher workload without compromising on the quality of students' learning. Photocopiable activities help to cut down on planning time. Torsten Payne set out to write a book that he, as a full-time teacher, would want to use: crammed full of ideas, strategies and resources - all explained as quickly and simply as possible. The activities have been chosen using three criteria: Are they accessible? Could all students, regardless of their ability, understand the tasks and be able to have a go at completing them without long teacher explanations beforehand? Do they make students think for themselves and make their own mental connections? Not only will this make the teacher's life easier, but it also encourages independence, meaning that students use higher level thinking skills, remember more and learn resilience - all key skills directly linked to progress. Do they give students a chance to shine? Every activity here has been chosen precisely because there is not a ceiling on what can be achieved. Instead it is up to students to take each activity as far as their ability allows and to demonstrate just what they are capable of. Discover practical strategies to add challenge to all types of lesson, across all subjects and key stages. Suitable for all teachers. This is a photocopiable resource.

Stretch and Challenge

Author: Peter Clarke

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780008167325

Category:

Page: 240

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Challenge and stretch Year 3 pupils with this resource designed to broaden and deepen children's mathematical understanding. This book supports the classroom teacher in delivering structured guidance and support for gifted children who are exceeding age-related expectations in mathematics. * contains 36 photocopiable newspaper-style issues packed with investigations, problem-solving activities and maths challenges * specific teacher guidance (and answers) in the accompanying teachers notes for all 36 issues * all content is within the years programme of study * evaluate children's learning and identify the next steps for progression with detailed assessment guidance * encourage children to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills across the curriculum with cross-curricular activities

50 Quick Ways to Stretch and Challenge More-Able Students

Author: Mike Gershon

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530907076

Category:

Page: 76

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How can we best stretch and challenge the thinking of our most-able students? What can we do to support those learners who are working at a level beyond their peers? As teachers, we know this is an important issue. After all, we are responsible for ensuring every student makes great progress. And that means finding ways to stretch and challenge the most-able, pushing their thinking beyond the boundaries of the main lesson. In this book, bestselling author and trainer Mike Gershon brings together 50 strategies, activities and techniques you can use to solve this problem. Applicable across age groups and across the curriculum, the practical, classroom-ready ideas will help you to stretch and challenge your more-able students in every lesson you teach. This book is a must-read for any teacher who wants to do that bit more for their most able students. It gives you the starting point for ensuring your lessons are effectively differentiated at the top end. And for making sure your more-able students stay motivated, engaged and enthused by your teaching. To find out more about Mike's books, training and free resources, visit mikegershon.com.

The Joyful Classroom

Practical Ways to Engage and Challenge Students K-6

Author: Responsive Classroom

Publisher: Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.

ISBN: 1892989832

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Students learn more—and with more joy—when lessons connect with their lives and interests while challenging them to stretch and grow. In this book, you'll find practical, ready-to-use strategies for creating active and exciting lessons. You'll learn about: Partnering and grouping students for optimum learning Using interactive learning structures such as Maître d' and Swap Meets to support active learning Incorporating acting, drawing, debating, and more into daily lessons while still meeting rigorous learning goals Infusing lessons with choices in what or how to learn to increase students ownership of their learning Incorporating student self-assessment tools to help children monitor and evaluate their own work and identify ways to improve their learning Filled with lesson plans, precise directions for interactive learning structures, planning guides, and more!

Lesson Planning Tweaks for Teachers

Small Changes That Make A Big Difference

Author: Melanie Aberson,Debbie Light

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472916174

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Lesson planning is a requirement of every teacher. Whether you are planning your day-to-day lessons or a formal observation, planning is a skill that can be refined and improved to ensure your workload is manageable and your lessons exceptional. Aimed at committed and reflective teachers who want to develop their practice, this book introduces Tweaks for Teachers: small changes that make a big difference! It encourages you to review your current lesson planning practice and develop lessons that enable students to make outstanding learning gains. The book focuses on making practical, small changes that, over time, can make a real difference to the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom. Organised around real lesson snippets and full lesson plans covering every secondary subject, the book focuses on the key areas you need to plan for every lesson: assessment for learning, questioning, stretch and challenge and commitment to learning, as well as covering the importance of developing a good marking practice. Real examples of successful lessons are provided as well as a commentary of missed opportunities and practical 'tweaks' that could be made to improve students' learning and to develop outstanding teaching. This format means that the book is not only useful to those teachers wanting to develop their practice, but it is also a really useful training tool for those with responsibility for training new teachers or devolving a school's CPD provision. Lesson Planning Tweaks for Teachers takes a highly original approach to improving your lesson planning. Mel and Debbie's down to earth and accessible style will help every secondary teacher, whatever your level of experience, to make the planning process more meaningful and manageable, and one that leads to outstanding progress over time. Follow them on Twitter today for daily tips: @TeacherTweaks

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Independent Learning

Author: John L. Taylor,Bloomsbury CPD Library

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472945794

Category: Education

Page: 272

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Independent learning is an ideal which many teachers aspire to but find difficult to achieve. This book provides ten training plans that enable you to easily deliver hours of CPD sessions in your school. All presentations and hand-outs are provided in the book and online, making Bloomsbury CPD Library: Independent Learning all you need to help your students think independently, for a richer learning experience, and to impress inspectors. It is common for school inspectors to comment on the need for students to learn more independently, and from higher education admissions officers and employers there is a constant call for students to be better equipped to be able to learn and think for themselves. Students themselves enjoy and benefit from lessons in which they are given the opportunity to begin to take charge of the learning process, particularly when there is space for them to explore and inquire into topics that grab their attention. At the same time, there is enormous pressure on schools to 'teach to the test', leading many teachers to feel that they have to play safe and cannot risk giving their students genuine responsibility for their own learning, lest results suffer. Critics also argue that students need to be taught directly, as the capacity for meaningful inquiry is not one that most students possess, and even when it is present, the open-ended nature of the inquiry process can make learning inefficient. In this book, John L. Taylor shows how the rhetoric about independent learning can be turned into a practical reality. The book explores the foundations of effective learning and demonstrates how it is possible to implement an approach to learning which encourages students to learn to think for themselves. It shows how by teaching students to think better, teachers can ensure that they both succeed in jumping assessment hurdles and also enjoy a richer, more meaningful educational experience.

Stretch

Unlock the Power of Less -and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined

Author: Scott Sonenshein

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062457233

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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A groundbreaking approach to succeeding in business and life, using the science of resourcefulness. We often think the key to success and satisfaction is to get more: more money, time, and possessions; bigger budgets, job titles, and teams; and additional resources for our professional and personal goals. It turns out we’re wrong. Using captivating stories to illustrate research in psychology and management, Rice University professor Scott Sonenshein examines why some people and organizations succeed with so little, while others fail with so much. People and organizations approach resources in two different ways: “chasing” and “stretching.” When chasing, we exhaust ourselves in the pursuit of more. When stretching, we embrace the resources we already have. This frees us to find creative and productive ways to solve problems, innovate, and engage our work and lives more fully. Stretch shows why everyone—from executives to entrepreneurs, professionals to parents, athletes to artists—performs better with constraints; why seeking too many resources undermines our work and well-being; and why even those with a lot benefit from making the most out of a little. Drawing from examples in business, education, sports, medicine, and history, Scott Sonenshein advocates a powerful framework of resourcefulness that allows anybody to work and live better.

The Learning Challenge

How to Guide Your Students Through the Learning Pit to Achieve Deeper Understanding

Author: James Nottingham

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506376436

Category: Education

Page: 280

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Embrace challenge and celebrate Eureka! Challenge makes learning more interesting. That’s one of the reasons to encourage your students to dive into the learning pit—a state of cognitive conflict that forces students to think more deeply, critically, and strategically until they discover their “eureka” moment. Nottingham, an internationally known author and consultant, will show you how to promote challenge, dialogue, and a growth mindset through: Practical strategies that guide students through the four stages of the Learning Challenge Engaging lesson plan ideas and classroom activities Inspiring examples from Learning Challenges across the world

Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits

A 4-Week Stretching Plan to Achieve Amazing Health

Author: Eiko

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1635651786

Category:

Page: 176

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Experience amazing health benefits by learning how to do the splits in just 4 weeks! Whether you spend your days running marathons or slouching over a keyboard, everyone can benefit from stretching and the increased flexibility that comes along with it. With only five minutes of stretching a day, you'll be doing perfect splits in four weeks and experiencing a host of health benefits such better circulation, fewer joint injuries, toned muscles, improved balance, and much more! With world-renowned yoga teacher Eiko's revolutionary program, people of any age and fitness level can say goodbye to those mysterious aches and pains that are caused by stiff, contracting muscles, and see unbelievable results. All you need is this book, two legs, and a floor, and you're on your way to doing the splits!

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Mentoring and Coaching

Author: Marcella McCarthy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472937120

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Mentoring and coaching are positive and encouraging ways for schools to manage staff performance and leadership development, but turning to outside bodies for training and expertise can be expensive and time-consuming. Internally equipping staff with the skills to coach others is a fantastic way to overcome this boundary and, over time, these highly transferable skills will further teachers' professional development and help them realise their career ambitions. In Bloomsbury CPD Library: Mentoring and Coaching, Marcella McCarthy draws on her experiences as a school leader to explain different theories of coaching and mentoring, examine research and demonstrate its advantages in various situations, so as to guide you step-by-step through practical methods of coaching and mentoring that can be easily implemented in your own school. There are example scenarios to tackle that will prepare you for a multitude of real-life situations and the easy-to-understand, concise methods of self-evaluation help ensure that mentors track their development and continuously improve their approach.

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Using Technology in the Classroom

Author: José Picardo,Bloomsbury CPD Library

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472943376

Category: Education

Page: 160

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Designing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme can be daunting. Whether you are looking to better your own practice or coach your colleagues, it can be hard to know where to start. But don't worry, the Bloomsbury CPD Library is here to help! Divided into two unique sections, Teach Yourself and Train Others, this book is perfect for individual teachers, middle leaders and those looking to introduce whole-school CPD training programmes. The provision of technology focused CPD is often based on the 'whizz and bang' approach, promoting the use of eye-catching digital tools and equipment in classrooms without due consideration to pedagogical factors and, crucially, the individual school's context. José Picardo's new book will consider how technology is used in schools and provide research-informed strategies to help improve teaching and learning by using technology effectively. It focuses on the need to train staff in the skills required to choose the right technology to have lasting impact and combines not only information about how technology can best work in the classroom, but also what makes great teaching and how technology can complement this. The goal of the book is to help teachers integrate technology seamlessly into daily practice so that technology is used almost reflexively, effectively and without fuss. It also provides guidance on how to integrate this methodology and way of thinking across your school as well as training other teachers to successfully choose and use the best technology for their subject and their students. The book provides ten ready-to-use training plans, equating to a cost of just £2.30 per CPD session!

Busy Ant Maths -- Teacher's Guide 6

Author: Jeanette Mumford,Sandra Roberts,Elizabeth Jurgensen,Jo Power O'Keefe,Steve Evans,Eva Sassin,Louise Forshaw,Gwyneth Williamson,Steven Wood

Publisher: Collins Educational

ISBN: 9780007568321

Category: Mathematics

Page: 484

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'Busy Ant Maths' is a flexible whole school programme for primary maths that ensures conceptual understanding and mathematical fluency from the start.

The Early Years Teacher's Book

Achieving Early Years Teacher Status

Author: Leonie Abrahamson

Publisher: Learning Matters

ISBN: 1526450798

Category: Education

Page: 448

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This is a clear, comprehensive, systematic and practical guide to achieving Early Years Teacher Status and meeting the EYT Standards and requirements.

399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young

Author: Nancy Linde

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0761168257

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 402

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Based on the science that shows that people who solve brainteasers have a significant cognitive advantage, this illustrated game book specifically was created to cross-train the brain. Here are 399 games to stretch the reader, all of which stimulate neurons--literally, regrowing the brain.

Stretch to Win-2nd Edition

Author: Frederick, Ann,Frederick, Christopher

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1492515876

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

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This proven program used by today’s top athletes, coaches, trainers, and therapists will improve flexibility, reduce injury, and optimize performance. The new edition includes the latest research, new flexibility assessments, new stretching matrix, and dozens of the most effective stretches to personalize a program for any athlete, sport, or event.

Challenging Resources for Able and Talented Children

Author: Barry Teare

Publisher: Network Continuum

ISBN: 9781855391222

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Challenging Resources for Able and Talented Children is Barry Teare's fourth book for Network Educational Press, providing attractive and exciting resources for schools. It has been written in response to the continuing phenomenal demand for practical materials that inspire, motivate, challenge and stretch able children. What the book covers Delivers thinking skills and curriculum content in exciting and stimulating activities, to engage able children and encourage them to develop their full potential. All activities are brand new - most are based around entirely new topics, while some take a fresh approach to revisited topics from previous books. Resources can be used with children of all ages, from Key Stage 1 to post-16, in situations both within and beyond normal classroom lessons - for example, as differentiated homework tasks, in summer schools and clubs, and for competitions. Resources are divided into nine themes: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Young Children, Logical Thought, Detective Work and Codes, Lateral Thinking and Competitions.

A God-Sized Vision

Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir

Author: Collin Hansen,John D. Woodbridge

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310558697

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Can God stir revival by his Holy Spirit, even in our culture today? Do we really believe he can? In a day of diminished expectations, A God-Sized Vision: Revival Accounts That Stretch and Stir recounts global examples of prior revivals, beginning with the Reformation and the Great Awakenings. It continues with the Welsh and Azusa Street revivals and those that occurred simultaneously in Asia, followed by the East Africa Revival of the 1930s. More recent revivals in North America that instigated parachurch or evangelistic ministries like those of Billy Graham and the revivals in China, particularly in Henan Province over the last forty years, give further evidence of church renewal. These stories enlarge our hearts, expand our minds, and empower our witness to the power of God at work in human history. Christians with a deep evangelistic commitment who realize that there is more to church growth than field-tested techniques will expand their vision by remembering God’s vision, as it has been revealed throughout history. Hansen and Woodbridge mine these stories of renewal to suggest how to get ready for revival today.

How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in the Classroom

The Complete Guide

Author: Mike Gershon

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781517432010

Category:

Page: 226

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How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in the Classroom: The Complete Guide is your one-stop shop for improving the quality of the lessons, questions, activities and assessments you plan. Never before has there been such a detailed, practical analysis of the taxonomy - of how it works, why it works and how you can use it to raise achievement in your classroom. Packed with ideas, activities, strategies and techniques, the book unpicks the taxonomy level-by-level, giving you everything you need to master using it in your day-to-day practice. Written with the busy teacher in mind, How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy in the Classroom examines the tool every teacher knows about by answering all the questions you were afraid to ask! Topics covered include: What is the taxonomy and how does it work?; Knowledge and Comprehension; Application and Analysis; Synthesis and Evaluation; Objectives and Outcomes; Activities and Products; Questioning; Stretch and Challenge; and Assessment. All in all, the book is a must-have for any teacher looking to raise achievement, develop their planning and stretch and challenge the thinking of their students. Written by expert teacher, trainer and author Mike Gershon, the book will enhance your skills, giving you everything you need to improve your practice and support your learners.