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The 5 Minute Lesson Plan by @TeacherToolkit

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan by @TeacherToolkit

Designed to reduce planning time & focus on key learning phases within a lesson. (Will still require thinking!) Remember - Sept. 2014 - Ofsted no longer require a lesson plan for lessons, but evidence of ‘a planned lesson!’ Useful for coaching and mentoring NQTs; or with established colleagues for paired observations. “Stickability” = What will stick in students minds as they leave your lesson? What key point do you want them to remember? Now translated into 8 languages. Pin your plan? bit.ly/5MinMapped Contact me @TeacherToolkit Updated Oct 2014

By rmcgill

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Updated: Peer Assessment. Classwork, exercise book, final product or model

Updated: Peer Assessment. Classwork, exercise book, final product or model

A peer assessment task that allows pupils to assess a peer's classwork, final product or model that they have completed. It also allows peers to set a target for improvement. Objective: Encourage pupils to create a balanced, critical view when evaluating a product. By promoting the evaluation of someone else's work, they are able to look at the product objectively without bias, particularly if the product they evaluate is not that of the person they sit next to. Assessment: It can be used to inform AoL and formally documented by a teacher, or used more readily in session by a teacher who can then recall common targets for improvement, discussing with Q&A how these could be achieved. Prior Knowledge: The criteria of the project, which will have been set by the classroom teacher or discussed in the form of a specification possibly. Expectations: Pupils should begin to create a balanced, structured argument about products in general. They should use their K&U along with their experiences to identify and set appropriate targets for themselves and their peers. Hints: These can be folded, hole punched and, with some string, tied to the product. To save on labour, the kids can do this, and it creates a simple practical element to the evaluation. Another way to do this is to print them, cut them out and glue them together. Laminate them and the pupils can then complete them with water-based markers, which can easily be wiped off. This is more time-consuming, but saves time in the lesson and saves materials in the long run

By InformingEducation

Reading viewfinder

Reading viewfinder

Pupils can use this viewfinder to help slow down their reading. Pupils are given a focus when reading. With an overall question to answer pupils place the viewfinder over the text and read it bit by bit. The need to make a list of the keywords, select the best picture within the text to help answer the question and decide on the best paragraph to help answer the question. This forces pupils to really focus on what they are reading and the significance of the information. Students write their answers in the 3 boxes on the sheet. Pupils can be given this viewfinder so that it fits a paragraph, sentence or two or a word depending on the size of the hole you cut in the middle. To support the less confident pupils could be given a list of keywords already printed on the sheet to tick off. When feeding back as a class pupils can then discuss which parts of the text are important and why.

By littleroguewolf

Much Ado About Nothing - Beatrice and Benedick!

Much Ado About Nothing - Beatrice and Benedick!

This engaging, in-depth lesson enables students to understand how plot and language are utilised to develop the characters of Beatrice and Benedick in William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing.’ The lesson places a particular focus upon how language is used between the two characters to present the audience with ideas about their intelligence, attitudes, and emotions. Students also analyse how their behaviour develops over the course of the text. The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through: - Taking part in a fun team quiz to secure understanding of the two characters; - Completing a 'love graph' (backed up with textual evidence) to show how the prevailing attitudes and emotions of the two characters develops through the text; - Analysing quotations in which Shakespeare used advanced language techniques to portray both of the characters in a particular light; - Completing an essay style response in which they consider how Shakespeare's use of language helps to develop the two characters; - Peer assessing each other's learning attempts. Included is: - Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and detailed - just download and teach from it! - Love Graph - to track the two characters' feelings towards one another; - 'Beatrice and Benedick Quotations' worksheet; - Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses; - Comprehensive lesson plan. There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to higher-ability year 9 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities (e.g. lower KS3 up to GCSE)

By TandLGuru

Pre-Mortem Revision Technique

Pre-Mortem Revision Technique

This lesson is to help the students to plan their revision by doing a twist on the idea of a post mortem. While a post mortem is after the event, the pre-mortem does the same thing but before the event (or exam). So instead of thinking about why they failed, they will think about why they might fail and try to put into place a plan to prevent that happening! A useful and thought provoking lesson.

By laumorrow

The 5 Minute Interview Plan by @TeacherToolkit

The 5 Minute Interview Plan by @TeacherToolkit

Written to help teachers find a job. Adapted using The (original) 5 Minute Lesson Plan template; The 5 Minute Interview Plan will allow you to focus on key aspects of job-hunting and application completion within a school context. 2 pages include the template & context. Version 1 published 8.3.13 by @TeacherToolkit

By rmcgill

'How to Become a Successful TES Author - Step by Step Guide' - A 'Must Have' For Authors!

'How to Become a Successful TES Author - Step by Step Guide' - A 'Must Have' For Authors!

I began to produce educational resources for TES in August 2015. When I look back at my early resources I cringe! I made so many mistakes…. Since then I have come a long way and learned so much. I currently have 40 TES recommended resources. One of my resources made over 900 sales in the space of a few weeks and earned nearly £2000 in royalties. I have recently been shortlisted as one of eight nominees for the TES 2017, Bev Evans, Author of the Year Award. In this 26-page, step by step guide I share my mistakes and my successes to help you avoid making the same mistakes and to become a successful author sooner than you would have done without this guide. I do not claim to have all the answers and ‘my way’ might not be other people’s way. However, whether you are a potential author, an author starting out or already an author; I am sure that this guide can help you in some way and will prove a worthwhile investment. The guide includes advice on Making resources Maximising the selling potential of resources Creating a cover page Sourcing images Copyrighting your resources Pricing your resources Product Descriptions HTML codes for creating bold, italics, underlining, bullet pints and numbered lists for product description page Adding links to other products and your shop in descriptions Creating your TES shop Branding Increasing the visibility of your resources Promoting your products through social media platforms Promoting yourself Dealing with reviews General advice The resource also contains hyperlinks to some very useful sites and tools which will help you in making and promoting your products. Other Resources for Authors Author Calendar and Planner Nine out of ten of my top selling resources are seasonal resources and special days resources. My everyday resources are my 'bread and butter' resources; my seasonal resources are truly the icing on my cake! Plan your seasonal resources with this calendar and planner which contains all the major special days and awareness days for the whole year. No more missing special days or not allocating yourself enough time to produce resources. Days that change in date each year are highlighted red; days that are fixed are black. TES Author Excel Sales and Accounts Tracker

By Krazikas

NPQSL Final Combined Task - completed 2016 - under new framework

NPQSL Final Combined Task - completed 2016 - under new framework

This assignment includes my: blood, sweat and tears! This is my NPQSL assignment and is focused on improving writing in a primary school. I really wish I'd had an NPQSL example assignment to look at while I was writing mine as it would have stopped me second guessing myself. However, I passed with flying colours and am now offering mine to you to make the process much easier. I uploaded the assignment on 8.2.16 and received feedback on 29.3.16. Feedback (as shown on first page) awarded all of the 9 competencies as passed at the required level. The written feedback was excellent and only includes strengths, no areas for development. I have deleted several appendices because they included photographic evidence of specific events/individuals. I would recommend that you consider doing this also as visuals are always a nice break from a lengthy piece of text. However, I have kept my action plan and report to the Headteacher in the appendices as I feel these are important for your reference. My resources always take me a lot of time and effort to create so I hope that they help to save you some precious time - please do review my resources. Thank you! A section from my written feedback: 'Strengths were demonstrated in Delivering continuous improvement as your priorities for improvement were clearly linked to your vision for the project. You regularly reviewed progress and reflected on actions and achievements of pupils in writing. The Action plan and strategies were fully implemented and you skilfully monitored planning, teaching, learning and assessment data. Throughout the project you remained solution-focused. In terms of Modelling excellence in leadership of teaching and learning you demonstrated excellent leadership of teaching and learning. You set up and embedded the writing initiatives and adapted the teaching and learning approaches to suit the needs of pupils. It is evident that you have high expectations, model excellence and vision and have shared ideas and practice very effectively. Staff have been provided with the clarity they need in order to feel empowered and accountable in their role. Strengths were demonstrated in Learning focus as you set up and embedded the writing initiative and applied theory and knowledge of learning to improve outcomes for pupils. It is evident that you are committed to learning and achieving excellence and led valuable inset for staff to improve their subject knowledge in grammar, planning and writing. '

By landoflearning

Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more 'personal' report. Please leave a review and/or follow me!

By RangerMatt15

Teacher CPD Package: Effective Feedback

Teacher CPD Package: Effective Feedback

Feedback is continually reported to have significant impact on student progress. This hour-long interactive CPD session aims to provide staff with a better understanding on how to make their feedback to students more effective. There is also guidance on how to construct and use comment banks to provide students with better quality feedback whilst also reducing teacher workload. There are a number of ideas and activities that you may wish to use or adapt during your CPD session to suit the needs of your own staff and school. I have included a resource booklet that includes top tips for effective feedback and example feedback statements to allow staff get started on writing their own comment banks more easily. I have included three of my articles taken from a five-part series previously published in Sec Ed, based on the development of this CPD session. The information should provide some relevant background reading to aid in your delivery of your CPD session. Resources needed for this CPD session: • Computer / Projector • Effective feedback booklet (included) • Pens & Paper • Feedback cards (included) • Evaluation form (included) • *You may wish to invite teachers to bring in a sample of marked work to evaluate or a sample of work to mark.

By helenfwebb