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100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons (100 Ideas for Teachers)

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons (100 Ideas for Teachers) [Kindle Edition]

Ross Morrison McGill
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'I used the The 5 Minute Lesson Plan and The 5 Minute Interview Plan to prepare for my second interview in my training year. They really helped me to focus on what I wanted to achieve in the lesson and ensured that I showed the school the best of what I have to offer. I was successful and I can't wait to use the 5 Minute Plan in my NQT year. Thanks Teacher Toolkit!' Danielle Manning, History NQT

As you would expect of its author, Ross Morrison McGill aka @TeacherToolkit, has produced a book brim full of creative and sparkling ideas to help make teachers' lives easier. Covering everything from the ubiquitous #5MinuteLessonPlan, to hints and tips on behaviour and practical ideas for lessons, it is easy to dip in and out of and is bound to be a hit. So if you need inspiration to help you plan outstanding lessons, you need look no further - this gem of a book is for you. --Heather Leatt, School Improvement Adviser

Ross has become a new media phenomenon; and this book is redolent of his happy relationship with emerging and emerged technologies. While it is conventionally published, it includes a deal of unconventional thought, and that thought is expressed in a way that takes in every possible media for conveying ideas and information: there are hashtags, weblinks, ideas for taking things forwards, links to videos he has made. Where a talented teacher might come up with a couple of groundbreaking ideas over a career. Ross Morrison McGill has ten before breakfast: some are more conventional and massively influential (the five minute lesson plan, and pose, pause, pounce, bounce) some wilder and more in keeping with the guy I met at the oche: (hopscotch calculators and paper plates for AfL strategies).

All-in-all though this is a book of ideas: the manifold ideas of an experienced and talented campaigner, who keeps himself up-to-the-minute with new technologies, who still plays in the classroom every day, and who knows the value of quirk. I wish he was my teacher! --Phil Beadle, author, English teacher and educational consultant

This book is written and produced by an excellent well respected practitioner and I know it will fly off the shelves! It's a collection of 100 ideas for planning & delivering outstanding lessons, not occasionally but consistently. Every secondary school teacher in every school needs their own copy of this practical and useful book - it will change their lives and make their lessons even better. Teachers can use this book as individuals planning their lessons or they could use it when planning jointly with colleagues. There is something in here for everybody!

I would advise secondary head teachers to purchase a copy for all their teachers and to introduce it on an INSET day then let them loose in teams to get on with planning. Revisit it as a school or a team every term and ask teachers which tips they have used and how they helped make their lesson even better.

Ross McGill is very well known and well respected through the Teachers Toolkit & Teachmeets which have put teachers in charge of their own CPD - which is exactly the way it should be.

I recommend this book (and Ross) without reservation.' --Kenny Frederick, Retired headteacher

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Conflicting government diktat and changeable Ofsted frameworks means that navigating the path to outstanding can be challenging. However, the integrity of an outstanding lesson will always be the same and this book attempts to bottle that formula so that you can recreate it time and time again.

In his first book, Twitter phenomenon and outstanding teacher, Ross Morrison McGill provides a bank of inspirational ideas that can be picked up five minutes before your lesson starts and put into practice just as they are, or embedded into your day-to-day teaching to make every lesson an outstanding lesson! In his light-hearted and enthusiastic manner Ross guides you through the ideas he uses on a daily basis for managing behaviour, lesson planning, homework, assessment and all round outstanding teaching. Whether you are an experienced teacher or someone who has little practical teaching experience, there are ideas in this book that will change the way you think about your lessons.

Ideas include: Snappy starters, Open classroom, Smiley faces, Student-led homework, Monday morning mantra and the popular five minute lesson plan.

The 100 ideas series offers busy secondary teachers easy to implement, practical strategies and activities to improve and inspire their classroom practice. The bestselling series has been relaunched with a brand new look, including a new accessible dip in and out layout. Features include: Teachers tips, Taking it further tips, Quotes from the Ofsted framework and teachers, Bonus ideas, Hashtags and online resouces.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Education; 1 edition (26 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G4CH5GK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ross Morrison McGill is a deputy headteacher working in an inner-city school in North London. He is an award-winning teacher (Guardian Teacher of the Year in Secondary School in London 2004); The Guardian Best Blog of 2012 and 2014; TES Resources Contributor of the Year 2013; EduBlog Award 2013 for Best Individual Tweeter and Best Teacher Blog. His first book, 100 Ideas was also short-listed for an ERA Award.

His personal blog is the number 1 educational blog in the UK and is also ranked one of the top 50 educational blogs found across the world! His website, articles and TES resources exceed 2 million website views collectively (circa. May 2014).

Ross is currently responsible for improving the quality of teaching and learning and has a national profile as the leading contributor and organiser of online CPD within a growing community of education professionals. He also writes for The Guardian Education and is a former SSAT Design Technology Lead Practitioner.

You can follow Ross on Twitter @TeacherToolkit or join in @SLTchat and @SLTeachMeet which he created to bring together, over 700-1000 aspiring and senior leaders online, every Sunday across the UK. He is also the creator of #TMLondon, the worldly used #5MinPlan and @MyEdHunt which is a small revolution for teachers and schools to find their own employment; for free!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent teaching resource 12 Oct 2013
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This book is different from many others on teaching, for it presents ideas that can be quickly incorporated into lessons. They don't require lengthy making of resources, nor rely on certain relationships with pupils. Ross includes quick and easy to implement tips on making a class more productive, receptive and controlled, thus optimising the learning of the pupils. This comes as no surprise given Ross' background in Design and Technology - I think teachers many subjects can learn a lot from his expertise in organisation and discipline.
There is also a lot of references to the Internet and where to find out more about the ideas. Like any outstanding lesson, the book is differentiated for all.
I recommend this to anyone and to use the tried and tested techniques the very next day, or even hour!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crackling with great ideas 29 Dec 2013
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Ross has managed to distil really grounded, sensible practice with a dollop of sparkle. This is so hard to do and yet he has pulled it off. Any busy teacher at any stage in their career would get masses from this book. They would either be reminded of an important strategy or get plenty of inspiration for new ones. And there is just enough background to remind us of the bigger picture behind these strategies. Accessible, ready to go and terrific fun!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to dip into for ideas! 10 Nov 2013
A fantastic resource, full of ideas to help improve your classroom practice. What I like is that the book is divided into different subject areas and you can use it to find something specific to what you need.

Ross has collated a wealth of ideas and tips that can be easily incorporated into the classroom. Highly recommended!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must for all teachers 13 Nov 2013
By ashes76
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I bought this book reading numerous reviews on twitter I am going to b a NQT in my final placement in primary school and this book is a god send. Awesome ideas and just a constant reminder in my bag if I am stuck with anything behaviour planning etc ....definite worth buying
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For new teachers 4 Jan 2014
By Tania
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I enjoyed the book, but much of the stuff is what we coo in our school so wasn't as inspiring as I expected. The ideas are well presented and to the point making it a must for new/student teachers. It brings together lots of good practice ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book is a compact, accessible and packed with valuable insights into improving any teacher's lessons. The ideas are simple, but very effective, just as teaching should be. I really think that every teacher should have a copy of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Tony
#100 ideas, 1 per page. Easy to dip into for sensible advice on all aspects of teaching from classroom management to how to effectively use your TA. That's not all, Ross also give you ideas on how to add a little va va voom to your lessons. A must buy for those new to the profession and old hands easy to dip into to get new ideas or refresh your memory about oldies but goodies that you had forgotten!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stating the obvious.. 14 April 2014
By clag
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Too many of the 'outstanding ideas' were simply stating the obvious and certainly didn't give me a deeper insight into 'Outstanding' teaching. Some of this is simply lazy - filling pages with 'marking is important' 'set some rules' 'speak to the students about targets'! It really doesn't provide any new or exciting ideas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good bokk with nice ideas
Published 12 hours ago by Oriol
4.0 out of 5 stars No four part lessons here.
Sensible and 're-engaging. Supports challenge and creativity, sharing good practice at its best. Definitely want to try some new tweeting.
Published 12 days ago by vicky staple
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great tips!
Published 1 month ago by Jodie Focareta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great book full of ideas. Keep reading it
Published 1 month ago by vkondou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea for lessons.
A great book. Whether a new teacher, student or a long serving teacher this book is really useful. I have advised my student teachers to buy it as it will help them develop their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scritty
5.0 out of 5 stars Must for all NQT's and still helpful to more experienced Teachers -...
very helpful and laid out in a very clear format - a page per idea.

Very good and has a number of ideas I intend to implement.

Defiantly worth purchasing.
Published 2 months ago by tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Useful book and easy to read. Arrived quickly.
Published 2 months ago by Paula Klingher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great item
Published 2 months ago by Alan Tang
1.0 out of 5 stars Faddy
A little 'faddy' and doesn't actually set the world alight. Sort of wish id realised this was the instigator of the "five minute lesson plan" and other faddy ideas!
Published 2 months ago by Laura Birch
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Useful, fun and innovative
Published 2 months ago by Tammy Summers
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