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I provide a range of free resources covering different areas of teaching and learning. These include The Starter Generator, Plenary producer and the AFL Toolkit. My premium resources focus mostly on stretch and challenge, as well as some on growth mindsets and a new set of books exclusively for teaching assistants, giving them all the tools they need to support learners in the classroom.

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I provide a range of free resources covering different areas of teaching and learning. These include The Starter Generator, Plenary producer and the AFL Toolkit. My premium resources focus mostly on stretch and challenge, as well as some on growth mindsets and a new set of books exclusively for teaching assistants, giving them all the tools they need to support learners in the classroom.
The TA's Pocket Guide Pack
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The TA's Pocket Guide Pack

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This bundle includes the first five books in my Teaching Assistants Pocket Guide Series: The TA’s Pocket Guide to Growth Mindsets The TA’s Pocket Guide to Questioning The TA’s Pocket Guide to Feedback The TA’s Pocket Guide to Differentiation The TA’s Pocket Guide to AFL Each book is around 100 pages, covers ten chapters and includes dozens of strategies and techniques you can use to support the learners you work with inside and outside the classroom. The bundle comes with a 20% discount! It’s like getting five books for the price of four.
The TA's Pocket Guide to AFL
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The TA's Pocket Guide to AFL

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The Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Assessment for Learning is the fifth book in my Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide Series. What exactly is assessment for learning and how does it work? Why should assessment for learning be an integral part of any teaching assistant’s practice? And what can you do to make sure assessment for learning has a positive impact on all your learners? In the Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Assessment for Learning join Mike Gershon, bestselling author and expert educator, as he takes you on a practical, down-to-earth tour of AFL. Inside you’ll find the answers to all your questions about Assessment for Learning – as well as a host of practical strategies and techniques you can use to support learners and develop yourself professionally. This easy-to-use, expertly written guide is perfect for the busy teaching assistant who wants to help their pupils and improve their practice. Chapters Include: What is assessment for learning and how does it work? Eliciting Information Opening Up Success Criteria Self-Assessment Peer-Assessment Series Introduction: The ‘Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide’ series developed out of Mike’s desire to give teaching assistants across the country a set of practical, useful books they could call on to help them in their work. Having worked with teaching assistants throughout his teaching career and knowing full well the hugely positive impact they can have on learners in a whole variety of different classrooms, he thought it was high time there was a series of books dedicated to supporting them in their working lives. Each volume in the series focuses on a different aspect of teaching and learning. Each one aims to give teaching assistants a quick, easy way into the topic, along with a wide range of practical strategies and techniques they can use to support, guide and develop the learners with whom they work. All of the books are designed to help teaching assistants. Each one goes out of its way to make their lives easier, and to help them develop professionally. But, crucially, the ultimate aim of each book is to give teaching assistants the tools they need to better support the learners they spend their time working with. The whole series is written with the classroom in mind. This is a collection practical of books for what is a practical job.
The TA's Pocket Guide to Differentiation
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The TA's Pocket Guide to Differentiation

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The Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Differentiation is the fourth book in my Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide Series. What is differentiation and how can teaching assistants personalise what they do in the classroom? How does differentiation affect learners? And what different things should teaching assistants do to ensure their differentiation has the best impact possible? In the Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Differentiation join Mike Gershon, bestselling author and expert educator, as he takes you on a practical, down-to-earth tour of the subject. Inside you’ll find the answers to all your questions about differentiation – as well as a host of practical strategies and techniques you can use to support learners and develop yourself professionally. This easy-to-use, expertly written guide is perfect for the busy teaching assistant who wants to help their pupils and improve their practice. Chapters Include: What is differentiation? Essential Techniques for Personalising Learning Scaffolding Strategies Differentiating Your Questions Increasing the Level of Challenge Series Introduction: The ‘Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide’ series developed out of Mike’s desire to give teaching assistants across the country a set of practical, useful books they could call on to help them in their work. Having worked with teaching assistants throughout his teaching career and knowing full well the hugely positive impact they can have on learners in a whole variety of different classrooms, he thought it was high time there was a series of books dedicated to supporting them in their working lives. Each volume in the series focuses on a different aspect of teaching and learning. Each one aims to give teaching assistants a quick, easy way into the topic, along with a wide range of practical strategies and techniques they can use to support, guide and develop the learners with whom they work. All of the books are designed to help teaching assistants. Each one goes out of its way to make their lives easier, and to help them develop professionally. But, crucially, the ultimate aim of each book is to give teaching assistants the tools they need to better support the learners they spend their time working with. The whole series is written with the classroom in mind. This is a collection practical of books for what is a practical job.
The TA's Pocket Guide to Feedback
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The TA's Pocket Guide to Feedback

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The Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Feedback is the third book in my Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide series. Why does feedback matter? How can you make sure the feedback you give learners has the biggest impact possible? And what can you do to help your learners understand the value and power of feedback? In the Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Feedback join Mike Gershon, bestselling author and expert educator, as he takes you on a practical, down-to-earth tour of the subject. Inside you’ll find the answers to all your questions about feedback – as well as a host of practical strategies and techniques you can use to support learners and develop yourself professionally. This easy-to-use, expertly written guide is perfect for the busy teaching assistant who wants to help their pupils and improve their practice. Chapters Include: Why does feedback matter? What makes good feedback? Verbal Feedback Techniques Giving Written Feedback Feedback Troubleshooting Series Introduction: The ‘Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide’ series developed out of Mike’s desire to give teaching assistants across the country a set of practical, useful books they could call on to help them in their work. Having worked with teaching assistants throughout his teaching career and knowing full well the hugely positive impact they can have on learners in a whole variety of different classrooms, he thought it was high time there was a series of books dedicated to supporting them in their working lives. Each volume in the series focuses on a different aspect of teaching and learning. Each one aims to give teaching assistants a quick, easy way into the topic, along with a wide range of practical strategies and techniques they can use to support, guide and develop the learners with whom they work. All of the books are designed to help teaching assistants. Each one goes out of its way to make their lives easier, and to help them develop professionally. But, crucially, the ultimate aim of each book is to give teaching assistants the tools they need to better support the learners they spend their time working with. The whole series is written with the classroom in mind. This is a collection practical of books for what is a practical job.
The TA's Pocket Guide to Questioning
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The TA's Pocket Guide to Questioning

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The Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Questioning is the second book in my Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide Series. What makes a good question? What can we do to raise the quality of the questions we ask in the classroom? And how can we ensure our questioning helps learners to learn as much as possible, and to think in creative and critical ways? In the Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Questioning join Mike Gershon, bestselling author and expert educator, as he takes you on a practical, down-to-earth tour of the subject. Inside you’ll find the answers to all your questions about questioning – as well as a host of practical strategies and techniques you can use to support learners and develop yourself professionally. This easy-to-use, expertly written guide is perfect for the busy teaching assistant who wants to help their pupils and improve their practice. Chapters Include: What’s in a question? Opening Up Learner Thinking Getting Past ‘I Don’t Know’ How to Get Better Responses Creative Questioning Techniques Series Introduction: The ‘Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide’ series developed out of Mike’s desire to give teaching assistants across the country a set of practical, useful books they could call on to help them in their work. Having worked with teaching assistants throughout his teaching career and knowing full well the hugely positive impact they can have on learners in a whole variety of different classrooms, he thought it was high time there was a series of books dedicated to supporting them in their working lives. Each volume in the series focuses on a different aspect of teaching and learning. Each one aims to give teaching assistants a quick, easy way into the topic, along with a wide range of practical strategies and techniques they can use to support, guide and develop the learners with whom they work. All of the books are designed to help teaching assistants. Each one goes out of its way to make their lives easier, and to help them develop professionally. But, crucially, the ultimate aim of each book is to give teaching assistants the tools they need to better support the learners they spend their time working with. The whole series is written with the classroom in mind. This is a collection practical of books for what is a practical job.
The TA's Pocket Guide to Growth Mindsets
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The TA's Pocket Guide to Growth Mindsets

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The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Growth Mindsets is the first book in my Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide series. What’s the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset? How do growth and fixed mindsets influence pupils’ attitudes to learning? And what can you do to help pupils move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset? In the Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide to Growth Mindsets join Mike Gershon, bestselling author and expert educator, as he takes you on a practical, down-to-earth tour of growth mindsets. Inside you’ll find the answers to all your questions about growth mindsets – as well as a host of practical strategies and techniques you can use to support learners and develop yourself professionally. This easy-to-use, expertly written guide is perfect for the busy teaching assistant who wants to help their pupils and improve their practice. Chapters Include: What is a growth mindset? How can you help learners build a growth mindset? What sort of language is good for promoting growth mindsets? How can you help learners to keep going when learning gets tough? What can you do to help learners see mistakes as a useful part of learning? Series Introduction: The ‘Teaching Assistant’s Pocket Guide’ series developed out of Mike’s desire to give teaching assistants across the country a set of practical, useful books they could call on to help them in their work. Having worked with teaching assistants throughout his teaching career and knowing full well the hugely positive impact they can have on learners in a whole variety of different classrooms, he thought it was high time there was a series of books dedicated to supporting them in their working lives. Each volume in the series focuses on a different aspect of teaching and learning. Each one aims to give teaching assistants a quick, easy way into the topic, along with a wide range of practical strategies and techniques they can use to support, guide and develop the learners with whom they work. All of the books are designed to help teaching assistants. Each one goes out of its way to make their lives easier, and to help them develop professionally. But, crucially, the ultimate aim of each book is to give teaching assistants the tools they need to better support the learners they spend their time working with. The whole series is written with the classroom in mind. This is a collection practical of books for what is a practical job.
Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 5 Guide Bundle: Language, Metacognition, Effort, Feedback, T+E
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Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 5 Guide Bundle: Language, Metacognition, Effort, Feedback, T+E

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All five parts of the Growth Mindsets Primary Collection in one place, with a discount on the individual prices: - 25 Ways to Encourage Trial and Error in the Classroom - 25 Ways to Give Effective Feedback - 25 Ways to Promote Metacognition - 25 Ways to Target Student Effort - 25 Ways to use Language to Promote Growth Mindsets That's 125 strategies, activities and techniques covering the key areas of classroom practice you can focus on to develop growth mindsets across the board. This bundle gives you everything you need to cultivate growth mindsets in your classroom and to support your students in changing and developing how they think about learning. Buy the bundle and save money on buying the guides individually!
Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Use Language to Promote Growth Mindsets
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Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Use Language to Promote Growth Mindsets

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Language is one of the key areas we can focus on to promote growth mindsets in the classroom. This guide, forming part of the Growth Mindsets Primary Collection, walks you through 25 strategies, activities and techniques you can use to ensure the language of your classroom promotes, develops and reinforces growth mindsets across the board. From rephrasing to growth mindset bingo, the guide gives you all you need to know to ensure the language of your classroom consistently cultivates growth mindsets. Best used in conjunction with other guides covering Trial and Error, Metacognition, Feedback and Targeted Effort. All available separately or as a bundle.
Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Target Student Effort
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Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Target Student Effort

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Targeted Effort is one of the key areas we can focus on to promote growth mindsets in the classroom. This guide, forming part of the Growth Mindsets Primary Collection, walks you through 25 strategies, activities and techniques you can use to ensure your students understand the link between effort and mastery and know how to target their efforts for maximum impact. From active practice to mastery case studies, the guide gives you all you need to know to make targeted effort a central feature of your classroom and to cultivate growth mindsets across the board. Best used in conjunction with other guides covering Language, Metacognition, Feedback and Trial and Error. All available separately or as a bundle.
Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Promote Metacognition
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Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Promote Metacognition

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Metacognition is one of the key areas we can focus on to promote growth mindsets in the classroom. This guide, forming part of the Growth Mindsets Primary Collection, walks you through 25 strategies, activities and techniques you can use to help your children start thinking critically about their own thinking. From memory strategies to concept mapping, the guide gives you everything you need to know to help your students improve, grow and develop their thinking and learning - and to cultivate growth mindsets across the board. Best used in conjunction with other guides covering Language, Trial and Error, Feedback and Targeted Effort. All available separately or as a bundle.
Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Give Effective Feedback
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Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Give Effective Feedback

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Feedback is one of the key areas we can focus on to promote growth mindsets in the classroom. This guide, forming part of the Growth Mindsets Primary Collection, walks you through 25 strategies, activities and techniques you can use to help your children embrace feedback, see it in a positive light and use it to grow their learning. From instant feedback to avoiding trait-based praise, the guide gives you everything you need to know to make your feedback as effective as possible and to cultivate growth mindsets across the board. Best used in conjunction with other guides covering Language, Metacognition, Trial and Error and Targeted Effort. All available separately or as a bundle.
Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Encourage Trial and Error in the Classroom
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Growth Mindsets Primary Collection - 25 Ways to Encourage Trial and Error in the Classroom

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Trial and Error is one of the key areas we can focus on to promote growth mindsets in the classroom. This guide, forming part of the Growth Mindsets Primary Collection, walks you through 25 strategies, activities and techniques you can use to help your children view mistakes and errors in a different light. From good mistakes to trial and improvement, the guide gives you all you need to diminish students' fear of failure and cultivate growth mindsets across the board. Best used in conjunction with my other guides covering Language, Metacognition, Feedback and Targeted Effort. All available separately or as a bundle.
The What If..? Box
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The What If..? Box

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The What If...? Box is a brilliant tool for use in any lesson across the curriculum. It contains 168 questions, all of which begin with 'What if...' Students can select questions at random by clicking on the coloured dots which are flying out of the What If...? Box. The resource is particularly good for developing critical and creative thinking.
The Feedback Compendium
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The Feedback Compendium

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The Feedback Compendium is a brilliant resource which will make your life easier! It contains two hundred high quality, ready-to-use targets which are appropriate for all subjects and for all ages. They can be used in formative assessment, report-writing and as oral feedback. The targets are divided into ten categories for ease of use. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5
EYFS Growth Mindsets Resource Pack
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EYFS Growth Mindsets Resource Pack

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Growth Mindsets help children to develop a love of learning, to be determined, resilient and to achieve success. This set of six guides gives you 150 strategies, activities and techniques you can use to develop Growth Mindsets in the EYFS setting. The guides cover the six key areas of Growth Mindsets - Effort, Feedback, Language, Challenge, Metacognition and Trial and Error. Every idea is presented clearly and concisely, making it as easy as possible for you to implement them. There is also a highly practical focus throughout. Each guide also contains a reminder sheet you can use to keep yourself focussed on promoting Growth Mindsets. With these guides on hand you will be able to do everything necessary to help your children to learn, grow and succeed.
The GCSE Citizenship Stretch and Challenge Generator
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The GCSE Citizenship Stretch and Challenge Generator

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Never before has stretching and challenging the thinking of your students been so simple and so effective. With the GCSE Citizenship Stretch and Challenge Generator you can push the thinking of your students at the click of a button - no planning required! Containing over 100 challenge tasks and questions mapped to the curriculum, this fantastic tool will engage and excite your students as they get to select a challenge at random by clicking one of the icons on the fourth slide. Alternatively, why not use the tasks and questions as pre-planned extension activities? Simply drop them into your existing lessons and be certain that you are consistently differentiating for the most able. However you choose to use it, you can guarantee that the GCSE Citizenship Stretch and Challenge Generator will make pushing the thinking of your students easier than ever before. High challenge, great progress and big thinking will be a feature of every lesson you teach!
The GCSE English Literature Stretch and Challenge Generator
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The GCSE English Literature Stretch and Challenge Generator

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Never before has stretching and challenging the thinking of your students been so simple and so effective. With the GCSE English Lit Stretch and Challenge Generator you can push the thinking of your students at the click of a button - no planning required! Containing over 100 challenge tasks and questions mapped to the curriculum, this fantastic tool will engage and excite your students as they get to select a challenge at random by clicking one of the icons on the fourth slide. Alternatively, why not use the tasks and questions as pre-planned extension activities? Simply drop them into your existing lessons and be certain that you are consistently differentiating for the most able. However you choose to use it, you can guarantee that the GCSE English Lit Stretch and Challenge Generator will make pushing the thinking of your students easier than ever before. High challenge, great progress and big thinking will be a feature of every lesson you teach!
The A Level Physics Stretch and Challenge Generator
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The A Level Physics Stretch and Challenge Generator

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Never before has stretching and challenging the thinking of your students been so simple and so effective. With the A Level Physics Stretch and Challenge Generator you can push the thinking of your students at the click of a button - no planning required! Containing over 100 challenge tasks and questions mapped to the curriculum, this fantastic tool will engage and excite your students as they get to select a challenge at random by clicking one of the icons on the fourth slide. Alternatively, why not use the tasks and questions as pre-planned extension activities? Simply drop them into your existing lessons and be certain that you are consistently differentiating for the most able. However you choose to use it, you can guarantee that the A Level Physics Stretch and Challenge Generator will make pushing the thinking of your students easier than ever before. High challenge, great progress and big thinking will be a feature of every lesson you teach!
The Year Four Question Machine
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The Year Four Question Machine

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The Year Four Question Machine presents 101 challenging questions mapped to the curriculum that students can select at random to discuss. You can use it as a starter activity, as a plenary, to begin the day or to draw things to a close before home-time. You can even use it midway through a lesson to energise students and stretch their thinking. The toolkit is complete, self-contained and ready-to-use. Simply play from the fourth slide and invite students to pick a button at random. Each one reveals a different question which will get students discussing, debating and thinking deeply. The Year Four Question Machine will give your lessons a new dimension, motivating and engaging the students you teach!
The Key Stage Three Music Question Generator
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The Key Stage Three Music Question Generator

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The Key Stage Three Music Question Generator presents 101 challenging questions mapped to the curriculum that students can select at random to discuss. You can use it as a starter activity, as a plenary, a revision tool or midway through a lesson to energise students and stretch their thinking. The toolkit is complete, self-contained and ready-to-use. Simply play from the fourth slide and invite students to pick a button at random. Each one reveals a different question which will get students thinking deeply about the subject. The Key Stage Three Music Question Generator will give your lessons a new dimension, motivating and engaging the students you teach!