Helping your Pupils to Think for Themselves

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Author: Jeni Wilson,Kath Murdoch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136780785

Category: Education

Page: 66

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Possibly the biggest challenge teachers face in the classroom is getting their pupils to think for themselves. When children learn to think independently, they are able to take control of their own learning. What’s more, they become good at dealing with the many problems that life will inevitably throw their way – not only good at solving these problems, but at choosing the kind of thinking strategies that will help solve them. Helping your pupils to think for themselves defines the various types of thinking (critical, creative, reflective) and discusses in detail the most crucial type of thinking for student progress – metacognition, which invoves self-assessment, active decision making and personal goal setting. Focusing on how to choose and use a particular type of thinking or strategy for a particular purpose, this book shows teachers how they can do a audit of their pupils’ thinking skills and identify their pupils’ thinking preferences and dispositions, to foster a thinking culture in their classrooms and ensure that all their pupils become skilled and independent thinkers. This book suggests ways to organise the classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.

Helping your Pupils to Work Cooperatively

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Author: Kath Murdoch,Jeni Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136780718

Category: Education

Page: 65

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The classroom is one of the few places where pupils are regularly required to share, wait, take turns, compromise and work in pairs or groups. And when they are involved in the same project or task, not only are they expected to get along with others, but to get along well – well enough to communicate effectively and work together towards a shared goal or group product. It can be a challenging way to work for some pupils, but when it is done well, it can be very rewarding. When people are working together effectively, they are aware of each person’s roles and responsibilities, feel valued and respected, use a range of skills and strategies and understand the various processes and protocols required. And once the goal is reached, there is the opportunity to celebrate and share the accomplishment. Helping your pupils to work cooperatively clearly sets out the features of cooperative working and explains how it can enhance the many skills needed for effective social interaction, healthy relationships and active citizenship. Focusing on how the teacher’s role is critical to the success of cooperative working, this book shows teachers how they can develop a repertoire of strategies to help their pupils work cooperatively. Explicit instruction, modelling, feedback, intervention and strategic task selection are all described in detail and supported by examples. The book also suggests ways to organise the classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.

Helping Your Pupils to Communicate Effectively and Manage Conflict

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Author: Lynette Longaretti,Robyn English

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136780858

Category: Education

Page: 72

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‘Why can’t you just get along?’ This is a question children are commonly asked. But they will usually have a very ‘good’ reason for their conflict – ‘Because he’s always telling me what to do!’; ‘She stole my lunch!’. The fact is that any in social situation there is a potential for conflict. What children need are the skills to manage conflict when it does arise. Helping your pupils to communicate effectively and manage conflict looks as the basics of effective communication and the essential skills for forming and sustaining productive relationships. Focusing on promoting a culture of fairness, respect, inclusiveness and cooperation in the classroom, this book shows teachers how they can help their pupils understand things from another’s point of view and foster empathy, by learning specific skills (such as describing behaviours, checking one’s perceptions, summarising ideas and feelings and giving and receiving feedback) and practicing specific activities (such as role play, structured controversy, problem-solving, simulation, discussion and reflection). This book suggests ways to organise the classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.

Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Thinking Classroom

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Author: Alan Crawford

Publisher: IDEA

ISBN: 9781932716115

Category: Education

Page: 244

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Annotation The most successful classrooms are those that encourage students to think for themselves and engage in critical thinking. A practical guide to lively teaching that results in reading and writing for critical thinking. It explains and demonstrates a well-organized set of strategies for teaching that invites and supports learning. At the same time it helps educators form judgments about teaching so that they can adjust their practices to subjects they teach and the needs of their students. A series of core lessons explains and demonstrates teaching methods in action and shows educators how they can use related teaching methods to achieve similar goals. Also includes general ideas about assessment and lesson planning as well as classroom management techniques and assessment rubrics. Strategies can be used from upper primary school through secondary school and across the curriculum.

Helping Your Pupils to Ask Questions

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Author: Sally Godinho,Jeni Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415447275

Category: Education

Page: 66

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Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Asking questions has always been fundamental to making sense of the world. Unless we are able to critically question what we see, hear and read, we can’t solve problems, create solutions, make informed decisions or enact change. And in our information-laden age, it is more important than ever to be able to decide what’s relevant, legitimate and valuable. Helping your pupils to ask questions describes in-detail how questions can generate various levels of cognition, from remembering, understanding and applying to analysing, creating and evaluating. Focusing on the many different kinds of questions and ways that teachers themselves can model good questioning, this book shows teachers how they can help their pupils develop questioning skills through encouragement and a wide variety of targeted approaches. The book also suggests ways to set up a question-friendly classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.

Teaching Assistant's Handbook

S/NVQ Level 3

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Author: Louise Burnham

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435463717

Category: Education, Secondary

Page: 306

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Covering mandatory and optional units, this book provides teaching assistants what they need to know. It covers guidelines and advice for assistants supporting children with English as a second language. It also includes illustrations, photographs and case studies relevant to those working in secondary schools.

The Teaching Assistant's Handbook

A Handbook for NVQ/SVQ and CACHE Level 2

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Author: Louise Burnham

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435452124

Category: Teachers' assistants

Page: 240

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This up-to-date teaching assistant's handbook for S/NVQ level 2 covers the core and option units of the S/NVQ Level 2 Classroom/Teaching Assistant's award.

Spending Your Way to the Poorhouse

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Author: TOMMY L. GARDNER

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781414055565

Category: Self-Help

Page: 248

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There are thousands of book out there that promise you riches and wealth. My book doesnt give you a magic potion that will let you become rich overnight. It simply tells you in simple, easy to read terms how to take control of your spending and saving practices so you can avoid financial destruction. If you simply want to know how to keep some of the money you earn and save some of it, this book is for you. Before you can learn money management, you must reprogram yourself to learn a different way to spend and save. In life, we learn, unlearn and relearn. Dealing with money is no different. This book is filled with simple, down-to-earth, easy to read ways to change your life financially. It contains some humorous stories and quotes about money to get you thinking about where you are, and where you want to be financially. I honestly want to help you with your money problems. With this book in hand, you can learn ways you never dreamed to handle money in your day-to-day lives. You wont be disappointed.