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Teaching and Learning book reviews
This is by no means meant to be the definitive reading list for all teachers, these are simply books I have read and found useful in my own teaching. I will keep adding to the list when I discover a new gem and feel free to recommend books that you have enjoyed on the forum.
The Perfect Ofsted English Lesson [Hardcover]
David Didau edited by Jackie Beere
I must admit I really like this book, it is packed with sensible ideas and although this one in particular is English based there is another called ‘The Perfect Lesson’. These books are informative and easy to read they have a wealth of practical information to help staff from NQT up to AST.
The next book is a fun book and gain can be used by staff at any stage in their careers. I bought this originally because the title made me laugh and I actually had no idea what it was about. But after reading I loved it. It has a flippant approach to teaching and learning using humour to convey serious stuff!
The advice it gives is second to none, so for an enjoyable holiday read ( yes I did say that-maybe I just presume everyone is a geek like myself) I would highly recommend.
Pimp your Lesson!: Prepare, Innovate, Motivate and Perfect (Continuum Practical Teaching Guides) by Isabella Wallace.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This isn’t just a coffee table read and isn’t one that is just for teachers. 7 habits is a book for all people who want to get on in their careers it is a self help book with theory! The Habits–be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think “win/win”, seek first to understand and then to be understood, synergise, sharpen the saw– is to work on them. It sounds a bit American and cheesy but once you get past that it’s a good read. This book is as good as any place to start on the road to self-awareness and self-improvement in the workplace would recommend.
Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential [Paperback]Carol Dweck
For many of us in education we come across closed mind mentality or ‘can’t do’ mentality and sadly not just from the students we teach. Dweck explore the fixed mind set and offers ways to look at things in new and open ways. This is again a self help book with a difference, it could easily be applied to parenting, relationships as well as your own career or teaching in general. So read and have a think and see if you can fulfill your potential.
Active Learning Through Formative Assessment by Shirley Clarke
This is a brilliant starter book to get to grips with assessment for learning. Sensible easy read with lots of practical advice for teachers at any point in their teaching career.
A must have read for all teachers who want to get to grips with formative assessment. I really like Shirley Clarke as an author she has a sensible uncomplicated style which just makes sense.
INSIDE THE BLACK BOX: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment: 1 [Paperback]
A great starting point for all teachers on Assessment for Learning. This a a very quick read but it really is a great starting point for educators at all levels.
Embedded Formative Assessment – Dylan Williams
http://teachmeet.pbworks.com/w/page/19975349/FrontPage – Teachmeets are gatherings of education professionals who get together to share ideas.They happen across the country and are publicised by word of mouth and via Twitter.
http://teachmeettv.edutronic.net – The purpose of this site is to help anyone find and see interesting education videos. Most of the videos on this site have been filmed at Teachmeets
Sharing Pedagogical Purposes – http://pedagogicalpurposes.blogspot.co.uk