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Talk-Less Teaching: Practice, Participation and Progress (The Osiris Educational Series) [Kindle Edition]

Isabella Wallace , Leah Kirkman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Teacher-talk is a powerful tool. But whilst we must embrace teacher-talk as vital, we must also bear in mind that not all teacher-talk is created equally... Long periods of talk will not always keep a class spellbound. We need other techniques on which we can draw to help pupils embed learning and make progress. After all, how can we be effectively checking progress and understanding when it is we who are doing all the talking? How can we be certain that the sea of 'attentive' faces before us is not simply contemplating lunch? The solution is here: a vast bank of exciting, engaging, practical ways to allow learners to access and understand complex topics and skills without relentlessly bending their ears. Strategies which not only prevent pupils from being passengers in lessons, but which also make progress visible to both teacher and learner. In an entertaining and practical way, Talk-Less Teaching shows you how to encourage learners’ responsibility for their own progress without compromising test results or overall achievement. Discover hundreds of tried and tested practical tips for helping pupils understand difficult concepts and learn new skills without developing lecture-laryngitis.

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Beautifully nuanced, balanced, readable, and as free of jargon and ideology as it s possible to be, this outstanding book is a rich repository of ideas for showing that understanding does not have to be the victim of coverage. Steeped in the most rigorous laboratory of all classroom practice it joins an impressive list of books for teachers that will last long after His Master`s Voice has fallen silent. --Barry J Hymer, Professor of Psychology in Education, University of Cumbria, Lancaster

This book offers stunningly practical advice about how to make all the pupils in your class feel more confident and more involved and learn more. Isabella and Leah thoroughly kill the myth that teaching is just about knowledge and what you impart. What follows is bucket-fulls of practical ideas for teachers to put into practice immediately. --Stephen Cox, Managing Director, Osiris Educational

Successful learning is the outcome when children and young people are active participants and are engaged in their lessons. Listening is in the final analysis a passive activity. In this book Isabella and Leah challenge teachers and those who observe lessons to re-think practice. It offers a wide range of practical tips and strategies too. If we really want children and young people to achieve more this book offers another way that has the potential to really make a difference in the classroom, the place that matters most. --David Crossley, Executive Director, Whole Education Network

About the Author

Isabella Wallace is co-author of the best-selling teaching guide, Pimp Your Lesson! and has worked for many years as an AST, Curriculum Coordinator and Governor. She is consultant and contributor for the Oxford Dictionary of Education and presents nationally and internationally on outstanding learning and teaching.

Leah Kirkman is co-author of the best-selling teaching guide, Pimp Your Lesson! and an experienced AST and trainer. Keeping the needs of both the busy teacher and the discerning learner at the heart of all her training, Leah works with teachers across the UK and abroad developing outstanding teaching and learning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3177 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KK6JBP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the busy professional 19 July 2014
I've been teaching since 1997 so it's not always easy to find new innovative ideas but this book is the answer. Resources you can use straight away- putting pupils at the centre of the task and I can confirm they respond with gusto! Suitable for all, from nqts to those, like me, who thought they knew every trick in the book- well I didn't know the great ideas in this book! A must have for all schools- a superb addition to 'Pimp my Lesson'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and refreshing 1 May 2015
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Loads of student led activities to take the pressure off me and put the responsibility back onto the students. It made learning objectives more memorable for the students and progress easier for me to assess.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book packed with practical ideas you can implement into the classroom straight away. A must for any teacher, primary or secondary. Easy to read and great to dip back into when you need to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 July 2015
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Been teaching ten years and I am always looking for fresh ideas to stop myself getting stuck in a rut! This book is full of brilliant ideas which can be used in the classroom straight away without much preparation. Loved Pimp Your Lesson and this is as good! Raring to go for the new term!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for any teacher 21 Aug. 2015
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Lots of practical ideas for new and experienced teachers. Many techniques I hadn't thought or heard of before to make lessons more varied and put learning back into the pupils' hands.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I don't often buy teaching books as they are expensive and who needs them with the internet? However this one is probably the best I've read in over twenty years of teaching. Lovely writing style, you could be chatting at your kitchen table, everything explained in terms of how this is going to positively effect the children's learning and the expected changes from using the methods, and really great, practical, useful, usable, interesting ideas. Fabulous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Oct. 2014
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A great book with lots of ideas for the classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ideas to use within the classroom 29 Sept. 2015
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Fantastic ideas to use within the classroom. Children learn and make progress in an interactive way as well as collaboratively.
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