Resources on a shoestring
Two booklets help children keep account of their progress at school and in life. Target Setting Self-Evaluation has 12 pages. The left side of each spread allows children to set their targets for English, maths, behaviour and "other". The right side provides a set of concentric circles, a "target", to be coloured as the bull's eye is approached. Dear Diary (20 pages) uses a very simple format. Each page has space for a date, a drawing and adds seven lines to act as a guide for writing. Smiling cartoon children add a touch of humour. The two together are pound;5.99 + VAT for a pack of 16 or pound;9.99 + VAT for a class pack of 32 from Philip Tacey, North Way, Andover SP10 5BA.
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THE LONGEST LAID PLANS
Even the keenest teachers might feel that planning lessons for the year 2015 shows an excess of zeal, but they can now do so with the Teacher's Paperless Planner. Redesigned and relaunched after comments from users, the planner allows you to put much of your future work on to the computer in a Microsoft Access format. Rooms, classes, subjects, homework, detentions and special items such as pupils' birthdays can all be entered.
Lesson plans can be cut and pasted from external sources. There is no technical support, but everything looks straightforward enough. The planner is available at an introductory offer of pound;4.95.
JUST THE JOB
Work experience can be disillusioning for many key stage 4 pupils. Work-wise is a 96-page handbook, full of questionnaires, self-assessment tables and Dilbert cartoons, all linked by thoughtful commentary to help pupils make it a positive experience. Readers work through activities that help them define their ideas about what jobs will suit them, how to deal with applications and interviews, and how employable they look to others. The world of real work is kept in mind throughout.
Work-wise is published by Heinemann and costs pound;25 for a pack of 10.
WET PLAYTIMES SORTED
A book that explains how to make a handkerchief rabbit and make and fly a kite is useful. When it also provides you with puzzles, riddles and jokes (including some venerable knock-knocks), teaches you tricks with eggs, balloons and Pounds 5 notes, describes games that can be learned in two minutes and tells you the length of your small intestine, it becomes the book you need if you're responsible for children who might get bored. Dad Stuff is written specifically for fathers, but teachers taking wet playtimes or on school journeys will find it irresistible. Dad Stuff by Steve Caplin and Simon Rose costs pound;8.99 and is published by Simon Schuster.