English - Guides have gone global

1st February 2013 at 00:00

What it's all about

When I first came across the TES website, I never imagined it would propel my resources to thousands of teachers around the world, writes Mike Gershon. I used it to get ideas, find unusual lessons and gain different perspectives on my teaching. But four years ago, I decided to upload my own materials.

My 20 guides to different areas of classroom practice have now generated more than 1.6 million views and downloads, in more than 200 countries and territories. (The Starter Generator, the Plenary Producer and the Assessment for Learning Toolkit have proved most popular.)

Educators in Australia have contacted me to ask if the resources could be copied to a hard disk to use in Tonga. Teachers in Argentina, Wales, Spain and the Netherlands have wanted to translate them into their native languages.

Perhaps the biggest shock came when I walked into a continuing professional development session, only to find that my own resources were being used.

Receiving so much feedback from fellow professionals has spurred me on to think more deeply about pedagogy and identify new ways I can use my ideas.

Encouraged by all of this, I have written five e-books (available via Amazon), four of which cover how to use differentiation, questioning, discussion and assessment for learning in the classroom, and one filled with tips on teaching EAL pupils. I have included practical strategies, activities and techniques for using across the curriculum.

What else?

Try mikegershon's Differentiation Deviser. It offers 80 strategies, activities and techniques. bit.lytesDifferentiation Deviser. Or his Feedback Compendium. bit.lytesFeedbackCompendium.

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