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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Thinking Press an imprint of Crown House Publishing; Reprint edition (30 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781350094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781350096
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hywel is a teacher, author and educationalist working with many schools, colleges, universities and other educational organisations across the UK and beyond. Hywel was a senior leader and Advanced Skills Teacher at a secondary school in the North of England until2009. He is a visiting practitioner to Leeds Metropolitan University, Manchester Metropolitan University, an associate consultant for the University of Wolverhampton and a member of the National Executive for the National Association for the Teaching of Drama. From basic but great classroom pedagogy to developing a 'blended brave curriculum' to teacher coaching, leadership development and mentoring (also including TA, AST, NQT development and cover supervisor training) to wonderfully innovative and life-changing strategies such as 'Mantle of the Expert', Hywel covers - and practices - a whole variety of approaches that make learning real for young people and delivers his work with an energy and a humour that is quite, quite infectious.

Top creative teacher Hywel Roberts approaches classroom strategies that really do switch on all young children to learn, to think, to participate, to take responsibility and to enjoy the whole wonderful process. Hywel has most recently worked with Mick Waters, Roy Leighton, Karen Ardley, Phil Beadle, Alistair Smith and is an associate of Ian Gilbert's Independent Thinking. He is currently supporting school improvement in Bradford, Richmond, Barnsley, Sheffield, Manchester, Formby, Grimsby, South Wales, Birmingham, Dudley and Wakefield through longer-term partnership arrangements and is a regular on the Keynote circuit where he offers his own cutting edge view of education, curriculum and learning. Hywel is a regular contributor on BBC radio and has showcased his expertise at national and international conferences. Hywel also contributes to The Times Educational Supplement, Creative Teaching and Learning Magazine and other publications. He was recently described as 'a world leader in enthusiasm'. Hywel's book 'Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally' is published by Crown House Publishing.

Hywel's book Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally recently won the 2012 British Book Design & Production Award in the Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Education category!

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Quirky, creative and personable, Hywel is a gifted teacher with a passion for enabling others. In this gem of a book he shares his passion for captivating children through memorable learning experiences. If you want the children in your school to make great progress and remember you as a teacher who made learning fun, dip into this book for inspiration and ideas. --Diane Heritage, Deputy Lead Associate, North of England National College

Educators! Look to your laurels! There's a hip young(ish) gunslinger coming at ya straight outta Barnsley, and he's gonna change the way you think! Hywel Roberts is a magpie's intellect writing like a man with two brains on a heavyweight jag of a particularly garrulous amphetamine. His message is that engagement is the message and in delivering it he's sharp, he's intellectually underpinned, he's effervescent, he's the teacher you wished your teachers had seen teach. In 'Ooops: Helping Children Learn Accidentally' he's produced a cornucopic (I know it doesn t exist it should) antidote to cynicism; a call to arms: it's part memoir, part guide, part surreal series of disembodied lists, part methodology for being the kind of maverick who gets better results than anyone else and that the kids like better than they like you (!) Read it, shed your teaching skin, and they'll be no danger that you'll ever, ever become what Hywel memorably calls, 'A monkey. A puppet. A monkey puppet.' --Phil Beadle, author and speaker

Buzzing with ideas, enthusiasm, a sense of 'I want to give that a go'…definitely a read for teachers who want to be reinspired! I want to be that 'positive teacher' ,excuse me while I just reread …….Oops! --Jane Hewitt, AST Dearne ALC, Barnsley and affiliate of Creative Teaching & Learning magazine

Educators! Look to your laurels! There`s a hip young(ish) gunslinger coming at ya straight outta Barnsley, and he s gonna to change the way you think! Hywel Roberts is a magpie`s intellect writing like a man with two brains on a heavyweight jag of a particularly garrulous amphetamine. His message is that engagement is the message and in delivering it he`s sharp, he s intellectually underpinned, he`s effervescent, he s the teacher you wished your teachers had seen teach. In `Ooops: Helping Children Learn Accidentally` he`s produced a cornucopic (I know it doesn t exist it should) antidote to cynicism; a call to arms: it`s part memoir, part guide, part surreal series of disembodied lists, part methodology for being the kind of maverick who gets better results than anyone else and that the kids like better than they like you (!) Read it, shed your teaching skin, and they ll be no danger that you`ll ever, ever become what Hywel memorably calls, `A monkey. A puppet. A monkey puppet.` --Phil Beadle, author and speaker

Buzzing with ideas, enthusiasm, a sense of `I want to give that a go`…definitely a read for teachers who want to be reinspired! I want to be that `positive teacher` ,excuse me while I just reread …….Oops! --Jane Hewitt, AST Dearne ALC, Barnsley and affiliate of Creative Teaching & Learning magazine

About the Author

Hywel Roberts is a creative educator with sixteen years experience in the classroom teaching secondary drama and English in schools, both rough and smooth. Hywel is now a freelance consultant and Independent Thinking Associate specialising in Drama for Learning, Mantle of the Expert, Lures into Learning and engagement across all phases of learning.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MO on 22 Jun 2012
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I bought a kindle edition of this book first and didn't put my iPad down practically until it was finished. I was hooked in from the start and by the end was 'buzzing' with excitement (to use Hywel's words) about what to do next with my staff at school. I nearly wore out my highlighting and notes tools! I immediately knew who I really wanted to share the book with and also the odd person I knew I really needed to share this book with. Every word resonated and took me right back into my own classroom. This is definitely a book for inspiring teachers: all teachers- good ones, poor ones, new ones and experienced ones
I've since used the unique selling point idea when interviewing teachers and it worked brilliantly. I've used the book to challenge my staff's thinking about relevance of our curriculum and even within a couple of weeks it is evident that staff have taken things on board and have made changes.
I've since bought seven hard copies for school and they are gorgeous. Definitely take account of VAK!
One of my teachers Whois now reading it told me today, 'I really want to be a radiator and I am but every now and again I leak a bit!
This book just makes sense to me and brings you back to the fact that great teaching isn't rocket science! You just have to be bothered!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs JA Edmunds on 14 Dec 2012
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This book was easily readable, full of good ideas to use in the classroom and also the lecture theatre. It encourages dialogue, interactions and and the development of thinking skills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarkson on 4 Dec 2012
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You know that feeling when you just 'get' where someone is coming from? Well you'll get it when you start reading Oops! Hywel Roberts writes in a very accessible, friendly manner so that you can't help yourself turning the page to see what he's going to come out with next.

I've ploughed through many a teaching book over the last few years and can say I've never come across one which is quite so engaging, well designed (up for an award so I'm told by Mr Robert's beloved Twitter, more of which later) and yet full of common sense examples of excellent practice that you'll be gagging to get your hands on a bunch of learners to try them out.

The book doesn't just tell you what to do, it tells you about the people you work with, about boats, islands, Zombies and mines, the scariest kids in the world and how to work with them so they'll be eating out of your hand by lunchtime. It tells you how to improve yourself and why twitter isn't just for stalking celebs but improving your practice too.
Hywel's obvious interests in Music, Movies, Performance and helping you to improve the lessons you teach scream out at you from every page, in the lists he offers and the enthusiasm he portarys for his subject.

Oops! might not change your life, but it'll make sure you and your class have fun trying.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janeh271 on 18 Jun 2012
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It's fair to say that we sometimes get books that we think we ought to read, trust me this is a book that you will want to read! I read it in two sittings as I couldn't put it down - cliché? ... well I defy you to start reading it and see for yourself. It should come with a few warnings though:
Don't read it in a public place - you will get strange looks when you sit there laughing out loud!
This book will cause you to question your own teaching, methods, approaches and motivation - be prepared to do some serious thinking about your own classroom. When was the last time you `lured' your pupils into their learning? Hywel talks about `igniting curiosity', 'capturing imagination' and `botheredness'!
As a result of your thinking - this book will then cause you more soul-searching as you begin to take risks - stepping out of your comfort zone is never easy!
One of the key strengths of this book is that it's written by a practising teacher - one who `gets it' who is dealing with a whole range of pupils and their attitudes - it's not a `worthy tome by someone who hasn't been in a classroom for years'....it's amazing the number of times he hits the nail on the head. The positivity of this book is really refreshing; patience, being a radiator not a drain, what is MY usp...some of these I know but I just needed reminding as it's easy to get tired and lack the energy to be creative and BRAVE!
However, to borrow one of Hywel's favourite words - you'll be `buzzing' when you've read this!
Buzzing with ideas, enthusiasm, a sense of `I want to give that a go'...definitely a read for teachers who want to be reinspired! I want to be that `positive teacher' ,excuse me while I just reread .......Oops!
PS please read page 37 - number 1 - that's me...I'm officially a good teacher ' as I just LOVE stationery shops!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on 29 Oct 2012
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I came across this buzzing book just like one of those elephants walking past the window...I stumbled across it on Twitter! Having attended an Advanced Skills Teacher conference where Hywel was keynote speaker, I was intrigued to know how he would ever pour his energy and expertise between a front and back cover.

Having questioned the old lady in the lighthouse and created an object of hope for the trapped Chilean miners during his engaging workshop, I relished reading the book in its entirety...I just couldn't find the time!

Not to worry, for weeks I carried it around and dipped in and out of it like a bag of my favourite sweets. I daily found myself hanging off the frame of the boss's door, quoting gems I couldn't wait to share with anyone who would 'get it' on the same level as me. He humoured me and laughed at all the quips I was finding hilarious. Aka 'the lure'.

Travelling home from a weekend in Aberdeen, I find myself in the humble position of having read the book from cover to cover. I'm buzzing. I'm regretting not having read it earlier so my Y5 colleagues could access all the plague related stuff. I'm frantically wondering where I can find a kit bag from before Monday and I'm torn between lending the book to a colleague and holding onto it for dear life, never to let it out of my sight!

This book is like reading the book after having seen the film. It tells the story you recall seeing...but better. Loads better. Hywel manages to stay true to his Yorkshire roots and practical training in drama, whilst resonating with teachers everywhere. This book can be accessed easily by colleagues of any phase of education and teachers of all subjects.
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