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Caroline Bentley-Davies
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3 Nov 2011 1906610355 978-1906610357
In England 'outstanding' is the term Ofsted uses to describe the very best lessons. Teaching outstanding lessons is an aspiration all teachers share, not least because of the buzz they get from knowing that they have made a significant impact on their students. in highly successful lessons students are better motivated, engaged and interested. They make excellent progress and their attainment levels improve. This cartoon-illustrated Pocketbook, written in clear, concise language for maximum impact, is about how to teach 'stunning lessons that will make an impression on your pupils and knock the socks off your observers'. It begins by scotching some of the myths about what inspectors expect to see in a top-notch lesson, focusing instead on the reality. Areas covered encompass: developing good relationships with pupils and seeking student feedback; planning great lessons, including objectives, starters, activities and review; six steps to pupil independence; the use of praise and aspects of AfL to harness 'the X factor'; effective use of resources; expanding your repertoire of teaching techniques; communication skills; how to motivate students; using plenaries, group work, thinking skills and behaviour management techniques. The final chapter includes a helpful self-audit and offers advice on where to seek inspiration and on what reviewers are looking for in lesson observations. Author Caroline Bentley-Davies has been a middle leader in three schools, a Local Authority Education Adviser and an educational consultant in the UK and overseas. She has run demonstration lessons in over 80 schools and conducts training sessions for teachers across a range of subject areas.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers' Pocketbooks (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906610355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906610357
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Bentley-Davies is a highly experienced and enthusiastic Inset trainer. Her training evaluations are consistently high and she is frequently described as 'Inspiring'. She has taught revision sessions in over 90 schools and has observed hundreds of lessons. Caroline has a wealth of training and teaching experience from schools from London to Newcastle, in comprehensive schools, single sex and independent schools. She has been a middle leader in three schools and was graded 'outstanding' when her lessons were inspected.
Most recently she has worked in a Local Authority, she is a trained Ofsted Inspector and accredited School Improvement Partner. Her work draws on the outstanding practice she sees in schools across the country, the latest research findings- but most importantly her own ongoing teaching experience: Caroline runs a range of exciting and innovative revision sessions which she teaches in schools across the country. For more information visit

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy and useful 30 Jan 2013
By Alana
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Great for those teachers who are working towards outstanding already.offers little practical solutions that simply require some tweaking of current practice to really get the best out of a class.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Mar 2013
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Teachers have so little time these days to catch up on the latest ideas. This is a good summary bullet point type book, which you can read quickly and get the idea. I keep this on my desk in my teaching room.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new bible! 23 Nov 2011
By kate
I love the pocketbook guides anyway but this new addition is excellent! It contains lots of practical tips and strategies - which i have already been tempted to try in the classroom. It's handbage sized and not smug! (A defintite plus for me!) Very easy to access and avoids all the usual 'checklists' that outstanding lesson advice usually offers. Will be recommending it to our trainees.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 1 Feb 2013
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this has given me excellent information to enhances my lessons, the diffrent learning styles tips and all group work really helpful
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
What would it be like to be a pupil in YOUR class? That is just one of the questions that Caroline Bentley-Davies poses in her 'Outstanding' Outstanding Lessons Pocketbook. This pocketbook has something for everyone; whether you are teacher training, an NQT or have been teaching for years; there is something for you to LEARN. You can read it from cover to cover or just 'dip in' as you need. The pocketbook encourages you to reflect on your own teaching practice and asks questions throughout to guide your reflection. It reminds you of some important messages especially that being 'outstanding' is not about the teacher creating a 'theatrical production'; pupils should be centre stage in lessons and that it should be part of your 'routine' teaching! For me, it reminded me about the importance of looking at the relevance of activities that I have chosen and HOW they contribute towards students' learning - not about the gimmicks! There are also succinct examples of case studies, from all subject areas, to reinforce the different points that Bentley-Davies puts across. Some of the things I loved were: FAST starts, Sparkling Starters, ROIL your praise and the use of S-T-A-R-T for improving teacher instructions - I won't tell you what all these acronyms mean - you will have to read the book for yourself to find out!!! The one thing that I will be using IMMEDIATELY is 'Key Terms Splat' - just got to buy a fly swatter now...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and relevant. 10 April 2013
By penny
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Gets straight to the point, does exactly what it says on the tin, as it were!
Lots of really useful ideas in here.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little book 28 Oct 2012
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I work in Yr 2 pt but also do supply up to yr 6 the rest of the week. I wanted some ideas as it's hard going into unknown class and being outstanding. Useful tips to dip into and also clarify what the outstanding ideal is. Got best lesson observation critique recently under new framework, so obviously something has helped me.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Lessons 22 Nov 2011
By Eleanor
Once again Caroline Bentley- Davies does not fail to deliver. A great pocket sized book that refreshed my knoewledge from University (having only left a few years ago). Would advise all to read regardless of teaching experience. It does make the reader reflect on current teaching and how you can improve your lessons. 'The X Factor' section was brilliant; providing useful techniques and tips. I shall be leaving this on my desk to keep looking back at to ensure I use it in my lessons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very useful!
Published 11 days ago by Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok and some good ideas but do the people who write these books...
It's ok and some good ideas but do the people who write these books think we all teach primary school kids or BTECs!!
Published 1 month ago by Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a tiny little book crammed with ideas. Very practical suggestions to reflect on how children learn.
Published 2 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by marsipan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really useful ideas and guidance. Every teacher should have one.
Published 3 months ago by Miss A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius.
Well-written.All ideas work.Ideas engage teenagers.Mr Bellamy reads it avidly and he hasn't seen Star Wars yet! Not patronising.Provokes independent thinking(from teachers). Read more
Published 7 months ago by CFJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy guide to have.
A well written booklet with a wide range of easy to implement ideas. Great for ATs, NQTs & established teachers alike.
Published 8 months ago by Miss L A Gentle
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with wisdom and practical advice
A really useful day-to-day guide for practitioners. Great advice, practical suggestions and written with clarity and humour.Outstanding Lessons Pocketbook
Published 12 months ago by Diamond 9 Ninja
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
This is perfect for focussing on the purpose of lessons! Just reading through the once has helped raise my game considerably. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. A. Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for the start of term!
A friend lent me a copy of this book over the summer. It's brilliant - some super ideas and tips for revamping lessons as well as reinforcing some key messages for all teachers. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Germanprof
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