Supplementary Resources

Strategies

Teaching techniques, strategies and approaches for the classroom.

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Behaviour: Establishing Routines

Gain more teaching time and develop cooperative students by rapidly establishing routines for all classroom activities.

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Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning has an effect size of well over one grade's improved learning. It also has powerful social benefits. But to be this effective, certain guidelines need to be followed.

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DARTS

Lunzer and Gardener's Directed Activities Related to Texts (DARTS) was a 1980s programme to break down the skills of reading for understanding. Much of it was achieved through the use of Graphic Organisers. It was revived through its promotion in the National Literacy Strategy in secondary schools.

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Disadvantaged Students

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds with limiting language skills can narrow the gap with their more advantaged peers. Teachers need to use visual strategies to make explicit and public the internal mental processes that are present in more able students.

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Feedback for Learning

If teaching and feedback are opposite ends of a spectrum, feedback for learning (also known as assessment for learning and formative assessment) is a mix of both, somewhere in the middle of the continuum. Discover the essentials of John Hattie's research on this central topic.

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Graphic Organisers

Graphic Organisers, says David Costa, reveal a person's thinking processes. Perfect, therefore, for teachers modelling their thinking and for teachers to identify misconceptions in their students' thinking. Discover the main types of Graphic Organisers and a simple process for using them.

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Habits of Mind

Discover Art Costa's celebrated Habits of Mind model: 16 dispositions that are attributes and determinants of intelligent behaviour. Read about what learning looks like when they're present and when they're not.

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Lexical Mapping

The origin of Lexical Mapping is in the teaching of a second language, with the emphasis on vocabulary (lexical) and its meanings. The Mapping refers to the connections made between the vocabulary in the search for personal meaning. Syntax, or grammar, follows naturally as students communicate their meanings to one another.

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Manipulatives

Manipulatives are card-sorting activities that make visible learners' conceptions and misconceptions. Organised into 6 types, Manipulatives are a prime example of how expert teachers make their students' learning visible in order to assess and adapt their teaching.

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Making Manipulatives

A simple step-by-step way of converting a Graphic Organiser into cut-up Manipulatives, using it as a scaffold activity and, finally, checking for understanding.

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Napkin Sketching

We all understand explanations that are realistic rather than conceptual. Napkin Sketching converts ideas, concepts and processes into a human storyboard. Sketching here is drawing as communication, not as art. Enthusiastically adopted by managers for its clarity and concision.

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Nonviolent Communication

Marshall Rosenberg's model for effective communication relationship-building has been adopted in hospitals, businesses, therapy and even in conflict-resolution in such places as Palestine and Rwanda. Remarkably simple and adaptable, this language system is worthy of close scrutiny.

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Stretch & Challenge

The Stretch & Challenge focus risks being just another bureaucratic concept unless there's more than vague aspirations to it. Here's a summary of several tools and lists available to teachers to plan for and check how they're doing with this current concern.

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SOLO

John Biggs's SOLO model (Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome) is explained and visually depicted. It is a brilliant strategy to assess the depth of understanding and knowledge of your students. Easy to implement, it is also useable by students themselves for practical self-assessment and metacognition.

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Evidence Aligned

An attempt to align recent cognitive science summaries with the research findings of Marzano and Hattie

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Graphic Organiser Model

Know which Graphic Organiser tool to use for which thinking job. This structures all Graphic Organisers into just four types for practical and productive classroom use.

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Getting Going with Model Mapping

10 practical ways to get going with Model Mapping in your classroom. Practical strategies to integrate this powerful thinking tool into everyday processes.

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Transformation of a Year 6 Boy with HOW2s

Learn how a Year 6 boy, straight from a PRU, made a success of his inclusion in a primary school through the use of the HOW2s on Establishing Routines.

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Literacy with HOW2s

The Graphic Organiser and Manipulative HOW2s offer a unique approach to developing literacy skills. Their direct access to meaning and understanding are launch pads to better writing.

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HOW2 Process Overview

How to use the HOW2s to ensure they are personalised to your particular classroom and subject context. The notion of iterative tweaks is built in with the internal feedback loop.