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Techniques for top teaching [Kindle Edition]

Mark Cowan
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Techniques for top teaching features 80 new techniques and activities for use with students in upper years of Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form education. These new techniques are a combination of starters, plenaries or whole lesson activities which are fully adaptable to a teacher's own subject area. Each technique features a handy guide as to what the technique is, how it can be used, how long the actiivity is likely to last and (crucial for teachers whose time is at a premium) how long it will take to prepare. Many of these techniques help to promote literacy across the curriculum.

Techniques for top teaching will provide teachers with an armoury of new techniques to stretch and develop student understanding in a fun, hands on manner.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publisher: MFCPubs (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E0J16M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of activities 30 Jun. 2012
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I downloaded this at I thought it would be useful to read more suggested teaching techniques (I am an NQT) but this seems to be more suggestions for starters / pelenaries / afl with a strong emphasis on key terms and vocabulary. But it does give instructions for how to run the activities and interesting variations. A lot of the ideas seem easy to incorporate (maybe into a powerpoint) and would be interesting and engaging for the students (and make a change from a wordsearch or a crossword). I'm already adding some to my lessons next week.

So to summarise - lots of good activities with explanations of how to run them, but a lot of word games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Unfortunately this book has no menu, index, groupings or any way of navigating the content. One would expect to see the techniques brought together in to key stages or age ranges. Possibly groupings of energy level or style of exercise might work too. Unfortunately the great ideas in this book are hidden and can only be accessed serially in the Kindle version. I expect the hard copy is a wonderful resource, as one could flick through and mark the styles yourself. To the authors: Please add some navigation tools, A table of contents at a minimum. Thanks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas 24 Jun. 2012
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Great ideas, well explained with variations. Some old, some new, and some with a twist! Written in an easy to read format that you can just dip into. Well worth the small price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent ideas 24 Jun. 2012
By Tafkam
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I expected this to be a compilation of age-old techniques that I would already know as an experienced teacher, but I couldn't have been more wrong. There are so many news ideas here that I couldn't believe how little I felt I knew! Some fantastic techniques that would make perfect starters and plenaries, and even end-of-unit assessment ideas for a whole range of subjects. A great little guide!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Starting Point 14 Jan. 2013
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This book doesn't try to put forward any fashionable theory about teaching or be any more than it is: it just provides 80+ kicking-off points to the teacher looking for a way to make his or her classes less formulaic and more engaging.
Depending on your subject and level, maybe a third of them won't be relevant; a third will be usable as described; and a third will unleash a whole string of ideas as you see how to adapt them to suit the needs of your students.
At less than a penny an idea, this HAS to be one of the best bargains on Amazon. Your students will thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars techniques for top teaching 23 Mar. 2013
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A fab book which is useful to EVERY teacher-just starting to more experienced. It is better for Secondary/Further Ed teachers rather than Primary, in my opinion. Lots of ideas for starters and plenaries, some of which can be developed into main lesson activities. But I have used it mostly to write my Year 11 revision scheme of work to keep them engaged in the build up to their final exam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! 25 Jun. 2012
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I have not had time to read all the way through this book but it looks like it will be a great resource for giving new ideas for starters and plenary sessions. It is easy to follow and the suggestions for how long the activities should take to prepare are really useful too.
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Ok. Presentation poor and a bit overpriced for what you get.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Techniques for Top Teaching
It's full of great and engaging ideas. I wish it could be printed because I do prefer to read from paper!
Published 17 months ago by Angela Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected!
The best list of teaching techniques I've come across. Thought it would churn out the same old techniques you read in every book, but it really didn't. Highly recommended!
Published 18 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Terriffic Book
Wow what a find. The best teaching tip book I have read this year. Full of useful ideas to engage learners. Perfect for Humanities subjects History & Geography. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jane Austen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas
A variety of easy ideas to put immediately into practice. Great for re-energising your lessons with starters, plenaries and engaging tasks.
Published 18 months ago by vhan
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
I honestly thought I'd heard every teaching technique going but this book has ideas I've never heard of. Read more
Published 23 months ago by M L
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is a useful and helpful book with some great ideas and tips
It is very insightful and worth reading
Published on 29 Aug. 2013 by Tracie London-Rowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting activities!
The activities in this book are very different from others and so much fun! I am so excited to read it and will use them in my classroom!
Published on 8 Aug. 2013 by Tina
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful
Cheap and cheerful tweaks to spruce up your teaching. Really handy tome to dip into and freshen up as you brace yourself on the train for the terrors of Class 9Xhis3 on Monday... Read more
Published on 31 July 2013 by M. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars A great teaching resource
Great resource for teaching and adding variety to your lessons. Totally worth the purchase and highly recommended. Some great ideas!
Published on 16 Jun. 2013 by Skarun
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