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I will be posting imaginative, creative multi-media lessons using PowerPoint presentations and supported with Word based worksheets.

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I will be posting imaginative, creative multi-media lessons using PowerPoint presentations and supported with Word based worksheets.
Scratch V3 Tutorials
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Scratch V3 Tutorials

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*** NEW FOR SCRATCH V3*** In my series of Scratch projects, students are encouraged to learn through doing - creating projects that encourage learning. In this NEW series of lessons for the latest Scratch 3, I provide a more structured approach, looking in detail at Scratch programming tools. Each tool is explored through simple projects, and students then go on to further explore using guided project worksheets. What is Scratch v3 Events and Triggers Controls Motion and the Stage Data Variables Operators - number Operators - text Debugging The lessons comprise: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides, together with the project instructions a Word document with the PowerPoint project instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout for students to follow accompanying fully-working Scratch project files for students and teachers Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: scratch, computer, programming, coding, algorithm, debugging
Prepositions worksheets
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Prepositions worksheets

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A variety of exercises to give children practice at using prepositions. See Prepositions and Pronouns for a package on both Prepositions and Pronouns. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Search words: literacy, grammar, prepositions, pronouns, worksheets
Social Media
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Social Media

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“Social media is a computer-based technology that facilitates the sharing of >ideas, thoughts, and information through the building of virtual networks and >communities.” (dictionary definition) Social media is everywhere… it is certainly of our time. Students spend hours on it and that is not likely to diminish, so these lessons try to promote and encourage the safe use of social media. This series of 4 one-hour lessons looks at what social media is privacy profiles, friends and posts digital footprints safety on line Each lesson comprises: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides loads of embedded videos (can be extracted if necessary) worksheets and self-evaluation documents Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: computer social media facebook twitter pinterest youtube tiktok instagram snapchat post profile privacy friends
Blender v2.79 3D - lessons 1-15
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Blender v2.79 3D - lessons 1-15

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The ever expanding Code Club first promoted Scratch, and I loved it – creating and successfully delivering a range of lessons for Junior students. Code Club is now promoting Blender – and I think I love it even more! I’ve created and delivered a series of lessons for Junior students this year, and the response was overwhelming. Students loved learning about 3D graphics and went on to produce some amazing creations of their own. While I thought it might be too advanced, students as young as 8 have grasped and loved using it. 3D GRAPHICS REALLY IS A USEFUL SKILL FOR THE DIGITAL FUTURE. The lessons assume absolutely no knowledge and build up in a gradual way Lessons 1-2 (FREE) What is Blender The Blender interface Navigating the 3D view port Lessons 3-5 Transforming objects Creating, selecting and duplicating objects Project: create a snowman Lessons 6-9 Rendering, colours and lighting Editing objects Project: create a donut Lessons 10-13 3D Text Box modelling - extruding, loop cuts, insets, bevels Project: create a Treasure Chest Lessons 14-15 Animations using Timeframes Animations using Rigid Bodies Each lesson is delivered via an animated PowerPoint with an accompanying Workbook, and follows a similar format: A short video to inspire (embedded in the PowerPoint) Explanations about any new concepts and skills A demo of what will be covered (Blender demo files included) Working together trying out these new concepts and skills (Workbook and Blender exercise files are provided) Free exploration A project bringing it all together (a finished Blender file is provided) Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback.
SCRATCH IV - My Music Player
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SCRATCH IV - My Music Player

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Click here for a full listing of all my Scratch Projects In this project, students create their own Music Player with levels of menus for different categories of music. The corresponding music tracks can then be uploaded. There are many sites offering Scratch Projects. However, many tend to be like recipes - students almost mechanically enter code and create “delicious cakes”, without learning a lot about Scratch. My goal is to get students to create a fun project, and at the same time learn how the instructions work and fit together. I use the following approach: - break the project into manageable chunks - present “pseudo-code” for each chunk - provide the Scratch commands to implement the pseudo-code, but jumbled up In this way, students learn about pseudo-code (an important part of coding), and have to understand the Scratch instructions in order to sequence them correctly to match the pseudo-code. The lessons comprise: 1. a PowerPoint with instructions 2. a Word document with the instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout 3. accompanying Scratch files for teachers that match each stage of the project ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested”, and continually updated. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so please provide constructive feedback.
Scratch - Design a Toy Bear (Switched on Computing, Year 4)
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Scratch - Design a Toy Bear (Switched on Computing, Year 4)

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This is designed to support the Switched On Computing Year 4 unit 4.2, and has been specifically written with year 4 pupils in mind. My goal is to get students to create a fun project, whilst at the same time learn how the instructions work and fit together. To this end, I use the following approach: - break the project down into manageable chunks - present students with "pseudo-code" for each chunk - provide students with the Scratch commands to implement the pseudo-code, but jumbled up In this way, students learn about pseudo-code (an important part of coding), and have to understand the Scratch instructions in order to sequence them correctly to match the pseudo-code. The lessons comprise: 1. a PowerPoint with introductory slides and the project instructions 2. a Word document with the PowerPoint instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout 3. accompanying Scratch project files for teachers that match the project Other lessons in this series: A FREE introduction to Scratch. Project I: A maze type project. Project II: Create a question and answer type quiz. Project III: A game where students move a sight with the mouse to shoot ghosts. Project IV: Students create a Music Player with layers of menus for different categories. Project V: Simulate a toy with touch pads. Project VI: Drawing shapes and repeating patterns. Project VII: Base Attack. Project VIII: Flappy Octopus.</> Budle of Projects I-III. Budle of Projects IV-VI. ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested", and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback.
Pixel Art using piskel
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Pixel Art using piskel

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A pixel is generally thought of as the smallest single component of a digital image. (wikipedia) Using technology to create art has become extremely common and popular (and also, financially lucrative!). Furthermore, students love designing and creating sprites and animated GIFs. This series of 4 one-hour lessons looks at digital images - bitmaps and vector graphics using the piskel web app to create sprites using the piskel web app to create animated GIFs I have used it very successfully with students in years 3 through to 7 (with slight modifications), and all have absolutely loved the topic. The lessons comprise: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides, together with embedded videos worksheets and self-evaluation documents Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: pixel, art, computer, programming, coding, algorithm, vector, graphics, piskel, resolution, digital, image
Maths Starters - FREE Taster (PowerPoint with Answers)
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Maths Starters - FREE Taster (PowerPoint with Answers)

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A FREE sampler of my Maths Starters resources. There are a number of cost effective options for purchasing these resources: - a single PowerPoint (there are 6 in the series) - a bundle of 3 PowerPoints - a mega bundle of 6 PowerPoints This is part of a set of top rated, “turbo-charged” (just take a look), self-contained (what every teacher craves), stimulating (genuinely loved by students and also great for VERY high ability students) morning starters, each with a main task, plus an extension for those who solve the challenge more quickly (this should avoid the question… “I’ve finished… what should I do now?”). Each challenge is self-explanatory, and should take approx. 15 - 30 minutes to investigate/solve. The tasks are presented in a visually exciting PowerPoint (which I loved creating), with a logical progression of clues guiding students towards the solution. The slides are animated where appropriate to provide clearer explanations and are designed to encourage students to adopt a “mathematical brain” (no sledgehammers allowed! - a slogan my students now associate with me!). Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: math, numeracy, numbers, arithmetic, starters, challenge, brain, stimulate, problem, mental, thinking, abstract
Digital Images - InkScape 0.91 and Vector Graphics
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Digital Images - InkScape 0.91 and Vector Graphics

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Vector graphics are computer graphics images that are defined in terms of points … connected by lines and curves to form polygons and other shapes. (wikipedia) Computing is about so much more than just programming, and Inkscape is a great way to introduce students to vector graphics. Although those with an artistic flair will particularly love this series of lessons, they were extremely popular with ALL students. The course is delivered in 6 lessons, using a stimulating PowerPoint presentation to introduce each lesson, and includes supporting worksheets to accompany the lessons, plus a Kahoot! Quiz. Digital Images and a first look at Inkscape Exploring Inkscape v0.91 features and the Node Editor Project one: Penguin Projects: Pac-man baddie, Elephant, Turkey Free exploration and self assessment Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: inkscape, computer, programming, coding, algorithm, vector graphics, design
Punctuation - a comprehensive set of worksheets
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Punctuation - a comprehensive set of worksheets

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*** NEWLY UPDATED *** Punctuation covered: Capital letters and proper nouns Capital letters and full stops (periods)* - Punctuation - consolidation exercises Sentence endings: exclamation marks and question marks Commas* - Punctuation - consolidation exercises Apostrophes for contraction and omission* Apostrophes for possession Apostrophes - its and it’s Direct speech - sentences Direct speech - paragraphs Indirect speech - sentences Indirect speech - paragraphs Parentheses - brackets* Parentheses - dashes* - Punctuation - consolidation exercises Hyphens* Semi colons* Colons Comma splices - Punctuation - consolidation exercises *includes entertaining video files Having seen so, so many worksheets on punctuation, I finally decided to create this 25 page pack - based on cherry picking and then adapting the best ideas from countless text books and worksheets. It covers a range of the punctuation used up to Year 6 and provides succinct definitions and plenty of varied practice for each topic. Mastering punctuation is essentially practice, practice, practice… we all have able Year 6 children who simply forget basic capital letters and full stops (periods)! So these worksheets, a real labor of love, are designed to provide this essential practice. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Keywords: punctuation capital letters proper nouns periods exclamation marks question marks commas apostrophes contraction omission possession direct speech indirect speech parentheses brackets dashes hyphens semi-colon colon its it’s
Computer Operating Systems
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Computer Operating Systems

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“The low-level software that supports a computer’s basic functions, such as scheduling tasks and controlling peripherals.” (dictionary definition) So, what is an Operating System - our computers, tablets, smartphones, etc all need one, but what do they actually do? This series of 4 one-hour lessons for absolute beginners looks at how computers worked before the Operating System the role of the Operating System managing things and user interfaces examples of Operating Systems Each lesson comprises: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides loads of embedded videos (to extract, click here) worksheets and self-evaluation documents plus a Kahoot! Quiz Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: computer os user interface memory process device manager punch cards windows unix linux apple ios tablet vui gui tui network file
File Management and Storage Devices
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File Management and Storage Devices

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How often have your students (and often, colleagues) struggled to find their files? File Management is so critical to managing digital content, yet students (and adults) know so little about this. This short series of 3 one-hour lessons looks at digital files and storage devices opening and saving files from within applications like Word managing files and folders using File Explorer I repeat these lessons at the beginning of each school year with students in years 3 through to 7 (with slight modifications) so that they are better equipped to work with their files in applications such as Word and PowerPoint. The lessons comprise: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides some amazing embedded videos (can be extracted if required) worksheets and self-evaluation documents Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: storage device file folder memory icon extension cloud disk hdd ssd sdcard capacity save browse overwrite delete explorer autosave recycle
Homophones - 8 worksheets
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Homophones - 8 worksheets

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These 8 pages of worksheets provide practice at the common homophones: - were, wear, where, we’re - to, two, too - there, their, they’re Plus 2 pages of misc. exercises covering a mixture of other homophones.
SCRATCH - a FREE introduction
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SCRATCH - a FREE introduction

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There are many sites offering Scratch Projects. However, many tend to be like recipes - students almost mechanically enter code and create “delicious cakes”, without learning a lot about Scratch. My goal is to get students to create a fun project, and at the same time learn how the instructions work and fit together. I use the following approach: - break the project into manageable chunks - present “pseudo-code” for each chunk - provide the Scratch commands to implement the pseudo-code, but jumbled up In this way, students learn about pseudo-code (an important part of coding), and have to understand the Scratch instructions in order to sequence them correctly to match the pseudo-code. The lessons comprise: 1. a PowerPoint with instructions 2. a Word document with the instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout 3. accompanying Scratch files for teachers that match each stage of the project Lessons in the series: FREE introduction to Scratch. Moving a sprite through a maze. A question and answer type quiz. A game where students move a sight with the mouse to shoot ghosts. A Music Player with layers of menus. Simulates a toy bear with touch pads. Drawing shapes and repeating patterns. Alien spacecraft attack a base that must be defended. An Octopus must swim through walls of hungry sharks. Navigate through different worlds Bundle I-III Bundle IV-VI Bundle VII-IX Bundle I-IX ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested”, and continually updated. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so please provide constructive feedback.
SCRATCH V - Design a toy
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SCRATCH V - Design a toy

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Click here for a full listing of all my Scratch Projects In this project, students create a toy bear, using sprites to simulate “touch pads” -making the bear smile, blink, change colour, etc. Enhancements include using the keyboard instead of sprites, and adding sound. There are many sites offering Scratch Projects. However, many tend to be like recipes - students almost mechanically enter code and create “delicious cakes”, without learning a lot about Scratch. My goal is to get students to create a fun project, and at the same time learn how the instructions work and fit together. I use the following approach: - break the project into manageable chunks - present “pseudo-code” for each chunk - provide the Scratch commands to implement the pseudo-code, but jumbled up In this way, students learn about pseudo-code (an important part of coding), and have to understand the Scratch instructions in order to sequence them correctly to match the pseudo-code. The lessons comprise: 1. a PowerPoint with instructions 2. a Word document with the instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout 3. accompanying Scratch files for teachers that match each stage of the project ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested”, and continually updated. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so please provide constructive feedback.
Prepositions & Pronouns worksheets
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Prepositions & Pronouns worksheets

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A variety of exercises to give children practice at using prepositions and pronouns. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Search words: literacy, grammar, prepositions, pronouns, worksheets
My Brain Hurts - questions to provoke deep thinking
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My Brain Hurts - questions to provoke deep thinking

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This collection of questions and situations, presented in a PowerPoint presentation of over 100 slides, really provokes students into deep thinking! There are no answers as such. This is not a yes/no type of exercise. All the slides present situations and questions that provoke the students to find their own answer, knowing that there remains uncertainty! Once familiar with the slides, you will be able to come back with your own follow up questions, further provoking students to rethink or reconsider their answers. Students feel frustrated, but more so, extremely elated! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Search words: thinking, thought, insight, brain, training, questions
3. The World Wide Web - Switched on Computing, Year 4
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3. The World Wide Web - Switched on Computing, Year 4

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This is a series of 45-minute lessons designed to support the Switched On Computing unit 4, and has been written with year 4 pupils in mind, but is also very suitable for older pupils (year 5 - year 8, and beyond!!). Each lesson is presented through a fully animated, colourful and stimulating PowerPoint presentation, with clearly defined Learning Objectives and embedded videos and is fully supported with worksheets. The lesson objectives are: 1. understand what the Internet is (FREE) 2. understand how the Internet works 3. understand what the World Wide Web is 4-6. understand what a web page is, how HTML works, creating a web page using HTML, peer review and self assessment ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested", and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback.
Sequences: Triangular Numbers - the complete resource
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Sequences: Triangular Numbers - the complete resource

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I think this is pretty much all you'll ever need on the topic of Triangular Numbers - with 11 self-contained, graded worksheets! It uses animated PowerPoint presentations to drive the session with links to web-based videos and music where appropriate, and is accompanied with a Workbook containing self-contained Worksheets, ordered by level of difficulty, with a separate section containing answers for teachers. ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - I have delivered these lessons successfully on numerous occasions. Before I publish, my lessons are tested in the classroom by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. Let me know if you have any questions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). Packages in this series: Square Numbers, Triangular Numbers Search words: maths, numeracy, numbers, square numbers, squares, sequences, patterns, worksheet, triangular numbers
Memory - understanding and improving **FREE INTRODUCTION**
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Memory - understanding and improving **FREE INTRODUCTION**

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FREE INTRODUCTION - this is the first of 10 lessons We all ask and expect our students to learn things, and this requires MEMORY. Memory IS learning. Without memory, there can be no learning. BUT - do we ever give our students an understanding of what memory is, and more importantly, strategies for improving their memory? “Learn your multiplication tables”… sure, but HOW? This series of 10 lessons is designed with this in mind. Session 1: Introduction to memory Session 2: Types of memory - short and long term memory Session 3: Strategies 1 - linking and stories Session 4: Strategies 2 - mnemonics Session 5: Strategies 3 - names and faces Session 6: Strategies 4 - lists Session 7: Strategies 5 - numbers Session 8: Strategies 6 - using routes and locations Session 9: Strategies 7 - misc. Session 10: Memory IS us - the consequences of losing memory Each session comprises: a fully animated, stimulating PowerPoint loads of embedded videos (can be extracted if required) Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: games, challenge, memory, strategies, brain, numbers, linking, mnemonic, neuron**