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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

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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'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 38 TES recommended resources. One of my resources made over 900 sales in the space of a few weeks and earned nearly £2000 in royalties.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 resourcesMaximising the selling potential of resourcesCreating a cover pageSourcing imagesCopyrighting your resourcesPricing your resourcesProduct DescriptionsHTML codes for creating bold, italics, underlining, bullet pints and numbered lists for product description pageAdding links to other products and your shop in descriptionsCreating your TES shopBrandingIncreasing the visibility of your resourcesPromoting your products through social media platformsPromoting yourselfDealing with reviewsGeneral 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 AuthorsAuthor 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

iPad Success in Primary Education Workshop - Best Apps

iPad Success in Primary Education Workshop - Best Apps

This resource is presented as a PowerPoint with full notes on each slide. It has been created as a training resource for teachers. It also includes practical exercises and activities that showcase how to use the apps for educational purposes. It is very graphic and covers the following apps that are suitable for primary and below level:Pic Collage (makes collages out of photos and pictures)Book Creator (create stories) iBooks – viewing booksPuppet Pals (animation / recording)Popplet (mind mapping)Showme (Interactive Whiteboard)Most apps are easy to use. It’s Using apps effectively and with purpose that is the crucial step.

By biowriterab

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PSHE: PSHE - 1 YEARS WORTH

PSHE: PSHE - 1 YEARS WORTH

36x fully resourced, highly-rated PSHE lesson packs and units (KS3/4). All 36 lesson packs (bundled into 20 downloads) are complete with at least one hour-long powerpoint, accompanying differentiated worksheets, clip links with questions, plenaries, clear LOs, starters and all are well differentiated to three levels throughout. These resources have been highly-rated individually by TES users, follow the same consistent format and are easy to follow. There is zero extra work required, and the whole bundle follows PSHE Association topic recommendations and Ofsted latest SRE/Safe Students guidance. I use all of these myself as a Head of PSHE and I really hope you find them excellent value. I've put literally months of time into this to make these lessons top quality for my own school team. Please leave me a review and I'll send you any other resource of your choice for free. Many more inexpensive and also many free resources at my shop: Emjcot's Shop

By EC_Resources

Using Excel - Creating a V-Lookup Table (for teachers) Calculate grades on trackers/class lists auto

Using Excel - Creating a V-Lookup Table (for teachers) Calculate grades on trackers/class lists auto

Instructions for teachers on how to create and use look up tables within Excel to calculate grades from scores automatically. Equally, you might use these instructions when teaching this skill to students.I hope these instructions are fairly straight forward. I used Excel 2013 for the print screens, though the skill is similar in whatever Excel version is being used.Great for staff training. ALL staff should know how to do this to save time when tracking data.Enjoy!

By brad-ashley

MS Excel - Tracking Student Data - IF Statements to Compare target to grades; teacher instructions

MS Excel - Tracking Student Data - IF Statements to Compare target to grades; teacher instructions

Teacher instructions to help with tracking data for departments, school wide or individual class trackers.These instructions show how to insert an IF statement to compare a grade (for a unit/exam/module etc.) to a target, to show whether it's above, below or meeting target grade.Two separate instructions for grades A*-G and numbers 9-1.Ideal for whole staff training. More advanced staff should be adapting the formulae to suit their needs.Enjoy.

By brad-ashley

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

Writing Concise Introductions Macbeth

Writing Concise Introductions Macbeth

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint enables pupils to recognise the information that is necessary for a clear and concise introduction about Macbeth.Firstly, an introduction is modeled with a criteria list of each piece of information that is necessary for the introduction. Pupils then write their own introduction; a scaffold of sentence starters is provided for additional support.

By deepavali_sehgal1

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Growth Mindset. Divergent Thinking Questions

Growth Mindset. Divergent Thinking Questions

Students and adults are often led to believe that there is only one right answer to the question. This doesn’t have to be the case though and it is really useful for students to be reminded of this, encouraging them to keep an open mind and explore possibilities. This way of thinking is referred to as divergent thinking and it goes hand in hand with creativity. This resource provides questions that encourage students to problem solve and consider lots of answers to questions that don’t have just one right answer.Each question is presented on an individual page so that they can be printed out and students can jot down ideas, scribble notes and even draw diagrams if they feel like it.

By StartEducation

Creative Writing: David Didau's Slow Writing Technique

Creative Writing: David Didau's Slow Writing Technique

An outstanding observation lesson based on David Didau's Slow Writing Technique. These resources include an exam style starter activity, exemplar writing and activity, strategies for improving writing, progress checker, peer assessment and a lesson plan. I have used this lesson several times and every time get excellent evidence of progress across a full range of age groups....

By joannammarsh

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Traffic Signal PPT Template

Traffic Signal PPT Template

Key Features of Traffic Signal PowerPoint Template* Simple color-coded format* Easy to use with Text* Facilitates communication with customer* Save hours on making presentation* Attractive charts and diagrams* Reasonable price* Slides – 21 Slides

By TemplatesStore

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TES Authors' Calendar and Planner - Special Events and Days

TES Authors' Calendar and Planner - Special Events and Days

TES AUTHORS, this calendar and planner is an invaluable planning tool and will make a great investment. 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!Keep ahead and 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.The calendar contains a list of all the major special days and awareness days throughout the year. Days that change in date each year are highlighted in red; days that are fixed each year are in black. It is available in word format to allow for editing from year to year. It also contains a section for you to plan what resources you would like to do and for notes. Save hours of research and save lots of frustration at missing key days.Another essential resource for authors How to Become a Successful Author Step by Step GuideThis is a 26-page, step by step guide containing many hints and tips for making, selling and promoting products.The guide includes advice onMaking resourcesMaximising the selling potential of resourcesCreating a cover pageSourcing imagesCopyrighting your resourcesPricing your resourcesProduct DescriptionsHTML codes for creating bold, italics, underlining, bullet pints and numbered lists for product description pageAdding links to other products and your shop in descriptionsCreating your TES shopBrandingIncreasing the visibility of your resourcesPromoting your products through social media platformsPromoting yourselfDealing with reviewsGeneral advice For more inspiring educational resources visit Inspire and EducateTo be kept informed of new resources click here and follow!

By Krazikas

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Author Resource Bundle

Author Resource Bundle

This bundle contains three valuable resources for authors. Whether you are a potential author, an author just starting out or already an author; I am sure that these resources can help you in some way and will prove a worthwhile investment. Author Resource - Excel Sales and Accounts Workbook This resource will help you to keep an account of the numbers of your sales and earnings each day. It will provide valuable data which will help to inform you how to most effectively manage your business and, hopefully, show the rate of growth in your business. This excel work-book will • Keep accounts of daily / weekly / monthly and yearly sales figures and numbers of products sold • Record sales figures in graph format • Provide real-time averages of products sold and sales figures for each day of the week • Provide real-time averages of products sold and sales figures for each week of the year • Provide real-time averages of products sold and sales figures for each month of the year • Provide real-time averages of products sold and sales figures for each year It will enable you to analyse  Which days are the best for sales  How TES sales or individual sales impact on numbers of products sold  Observe trends in sales throughout the year The workbook has been set for a 5 year period from September 2016 until December 2021. 'How to Become a Successful TES Author - Step by Step Guide' 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 38 TES recommended resources. One of my resources made over 900 sales in the space of a few weeks and earned nearly £2000 in royalties. 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. Author Calendar and Planner Nine out of ten of my top selling resources are seasonal resources and ‘special day’ resources. My everyday resources are my 'bread and butter' resources; my seasonal resources are truly the icing on my cake! Keep ahead and 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. It is available in PDF and word format to allow editing. Purchased individually these resources would cost £15. Grab yourself a bargain and buy the bundle for just £7.50. That's a massive saving of 50%!

By Krazikas

Revision: Revision Skills

Revision: Revision Skills

1hr PP, worksheets, clip link with questions, differentiated fullyComplete 1 hour lesson with accompanying worksheetsDifferent level tasks for MA,LA or CoreDesigned to fit Ofsted criteria for' Good' or aboveMany more inexpensive and free resources at my shop: Emjcot's ShopLeave me a review and pick any other resource for free :)

By EC_Resources

PROVE IT! 20 year 3 and 4 spelling pattern reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 20 year 3 and 4 spelling pattern reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 20 year 3-4 spelling pattern reasoning cards Use for interventions, morning tasks, starters, debates, extensions, paired work, homework and more! master the new curriculum through reasoning activities. Get the children thinking and explaining deeply! subscribe to all resources here: www.uniqueclassrooms.com

By erylands

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A Complete Guide to Flipped Learning

A Complete Guide to Flipped Learning

Here is a complete CPD Presentation based around the theory of Flipped LearningHave you watched a YouTube video to learn a new skill and then fixed your car, sketched a portrait or baked a cake?  How many times did you pause and rewind different parts of the clip?  The biggest advantage of flipped learning is that 'You can pause and rewind your teacher.'  Flipped learning enables children to complete the knowledge and understanding aspects of a learning journey OUTSIDE of class time. They are then ready to apply, analyse and evaluate the concepts INSIDE the classroom.

By ChrisWat

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Pause, Rewind My Teacher: A Journey Through a Flipped Classroom

Pause, Rewind My Teacher: A Journey Through a Flipped Classroom

Pause, Rewind My Teacher: A Flipped ClassroomWhat is Flipped Learning - Is it really a new concept?Have you watched a YouTube video to learn a new skill and then fixed your car, sketched a portrait or baked a cake? How many times did you pause and rewind different parts of the clip? The biggest advantage of flipped learning is that 'You can pause and rewind your teacher.' Flipped learning is not a new concept, nor is it about filming every lesson and publishing it online for the children to view prior to coming to class. Believe it or not we have been flipping our classrooms for years - sending home a passage of text to read, researching a point in history or practising multiplication tables. This is all learning outside the classroom - at home, on the bus, before a dance class or football practise.Flipped learning enables children to complete the knowledge and understanding aspects of a learning journey OUTSIDE of class time. They are then ready to apply, analyse and evaluate the concepts INSIDE the classroom. The traditional method of ‘chalk and talk’ and the perception of the teacher as a ‘font of all knowledge’ is removed completely. The teacher’s role is to engage the children in higher-order thinking. Let’s flip Blooms Taxonomy.

By ChrisWat

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Technology is a tool to be used, not a learning outcome: Using Technology in the Primary Classroom

Technology is a tool to be used, not a learning outcome: Using Technology in the Primary Classroom

Do we buy technology in schools without questioning why?How many times have you been amazed by a piece of technology? If you're like me, then quite often! I love technology, I love the way it has changed the way I work, how it has inspired me and how it has enabled me to publish things I never thought possible 10 years ago.Now, let's look at the children in my class, the digital natives. The technology has always been there, they've never been in a classroom without an interactive whiteboard, laptops, iPads or a projector whirring away in the background. But how much of this technology has been used to improve their learning outcomes?Using technology in the classroom needs a complete change in mindset and rethink of your approach to children's learning.

By ChrisWat

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Education is changing, or is it? Our Future Classrooms

Education is changing, or is it? Our Future Classrooms

Education is changing, or is it?Education is changing and technology seems to driving this forward in many ways, but we seem to be held back by past decision with our buildings, infrastructure and methods of teaching. The way our classrooms are set out, usually with four walls, a huge window, poor lighting, whiteboard at the front and even rooms with a teacher's desk at the front. Children will face the teacher, the teacher has the knowledge and the children will sit quietly, listen and learn from the teacher. Why do we still do this, when children now have access to more knowledge in their pockets than they have ever done? The introduction of smart phones in classrooms is something that still needs to be developed further in schools. We still ban devices in school when instead we should be using them to learn. Systems need to be put into place to allow children of all ages to utilise the technology, and in most cases it is better than what we have in schools. Yes, the children may text or use Instagram, but don’t we when we’re in the process of learning? Short brain breaks to check the news, weather, or the now unfashionable Facebook? Give the children time in the lesson to do just this and then the technology becomes part of everyday learning, a tool to be used with a multitude of uses in and outside the classroom. We need to start looking ahead and redesigning our schools and what they look like. Believe it or not we could create something stunning by investing in only a few key pieces and taking some risks to try and make our schools more fluid places to learn.Investing in a large hammer, some new plaster, thinking walls, better Internet infrastructure, a watertight e-safety policy and an acceptable use policy. So where do we begin?

By ChrisWat

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Integrating iPads into a Primary Classroom: One Journey

Integrating iPads into a Primary Classroom: One Journey

Where did we begin? Setting the scene.There are many examples of schools using 1:1 iPads, ChromeBooks etc, but I wanted our 1:1 project to be tailored specifically to our school. One of the main points to consider is - it really needs to be personalised; there is no one size fits all approach here. What our school requires from them will differ greatly from what other schools want out of them. There is no right or wrong way to implement them and the outcome will greatly influence how you proceed with other classes in your school.My Year 4 classroom was the research class for this project for a term and a half and we have a firm plan for September on how we will transfer them to the next teacher. I'm confident that the children were making the most use out of the iPads in my Year 4 class and as Computing leader; I will need to ensure they keep that level of use in Year 5 and beyond. How will they cope at high school, if they don't have a 1:1 iPad scheme? An interesting thought to consider.

By ChrisWat

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Giving children a reason to use technology.

Giving children a reason to use technology.

Giving children a reason to use technology.I've been striving to make sure that the children have real connected purposes for learning in our classroom this year, as linking as many skills from as many subjects in one project is so very important. I feel this is essential for learning in every classroom, whether in Primary or Secondary schools. Children need to see the point of learning these skills - "what are people using these skills for right now in the world and what can I use them for?"Thinking more about the outcome and then working backwards to find the skills needed, is something we need to do more in our schools. Don't ruin the surprise for the children; allow the learning to be a surprise.

By ChrisWat

Free Applications: Reccomendations and Reviews

Free Applications: Reccomendations and Reviews

Free Applications Something free in education (well in life) is not to be sniffed at, but it’s not very often we get given something for free without a catch. Well, luckily technology throws up something every now and again, which is catch free. We’re going to look through a few applications that will have a big impact in your classroom and of course, won’t cost your school a penny.

By ChrisWat

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“What have you done at school today?”   Using Technology to Communicate with Parents.

“What have you done at school today?” Using Technology to Communicate with Parents.

“What have you done at school today?” Using Technology to Communicate with Parents.How does your school communicate with stakeholders? How often do you do it? When is the best time to do it? All things we've considered at school and questions that we hoped we've answered, but we're always evolving and so are methods of communication.Whether it is a detailed newsletter each week or regular updates on Twitter and Facebook, letting your parents' know what is going on in schools is essential in our modern and busy world.As parents we tend to ask our children what they've done at school when they get home - the classic answer "I don't know, I can't remember." So how do we help parents get their children talking at home about their learning?Getting the children engaged in talking about something they've done in school can help them further understand a concept or to tackle any misconceptions that they've got around a certain subject. Parents want to know.

By ChrisWat