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The Teacher's Toolkit: Raise classroom achievement with strategies for every learner [Kindle Edition]

Paul Ginnis
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The Teacher’s Toolkit provides an overview of recent thinking innovations in teaching and presents over fifty learning techniques for all subjects and age groups, with dozens of practical ideas for managing group work, tackling behavioural issues and promoting personal responsibility. It also presents tools for checking your teaching skills - from lesson planning to performance management.

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.. an excellent text that should be required reading for all professionals involved in the process of learning.
--Marissa Bryan, Programme Leader HRM Courses, Croydon Higher Education College

The Basic Skills Agency Magazine Summer 2003

This is a resource that every teacher would find practical, useful and user friendly.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 22741 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing; illustrated edition edition (30 July 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060WVG28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul, best selling author and independent trainer with over 27 years experience, supports schools in raising achievement by focusing on teaching and learning.

Previously a Head of Department in inner Birmingham, an advisory teacher and a Staff Development Tutor, he has worked in over 3000 secondary, primary and special schools in the UK and overseas. Much of Paul's time is spent in classrooms, working directly with teachers and students, devising and trialling strategies to improve the quality of learning for all. His style combines theory and practice. For more details visit

His 'magnum opus', The Teacher's Toolkit, is already in its 12th reprint, is a Waterstones best-seller, has been translated into Slovenian, Hungarian and Indonesian and is about to be translated into Arabic. With Dr Donna Brandes, Paul wrote A Guide to Student-Centred Learning (1986) and The Student-Centred School (1990). He edited Learner-Managed Learning (1992) and contributed to Ready for Revision (1998), a practical resource for GCSE study skills. Paul has been an Associate Tutor of the Education Development Unit of the University of Cumbria and an Associate Director of 'Personalised Education Now' (an educational research and publishing company). For five years he edited the quarterly Education Now News and Review.

Paul likes to undertake long-term projects; examples include Villiers High School, Southall (10 years), Hagley High School (2 years), Matthew Moss High School, Rochdale (4 years), Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater (3 years), Dubai English Speaking School and College (2 years), the New International School of Thailand (2years). Also, he regularly leads whole-school training days, provides consultancy, runs courses and addresses conferences, for example Wirral Primary Headteachers, National Breakthrough Boys' Achievement Project, NW of England Primary Advisers, Inclusion in Scotland, Stoke-on-Trent NQTs, St Helens Governors, Trafford Primary Headteachers, NW of England Advanced Skills Teachers, Derby Gifted and Talented Co-ordinators, Nottinghamshire PE Teachers, Worcestershire Secondary Heads, Sefton Advisory Service and Derby City Headteachers, Sheffield Secondary Headteachers, UK Learning Plus, Oldham Primary Headteachers.

He has led a national series of Masterclasses with his friend Alistair Smith of accelerated learning fame and he has advised on, and appeared in, a series of programmes for BBC2 Wales and DVDs for all Welsh schools about thinking skills. He was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Education Show.

Paul often works alongside Local Authorities. For example, he is involved in a three-year L2L initiative with Derby City LA and is also working with the majority of Wirral's primary schools on learning-to-learn. Last year Paul led Nottinghamshire's Modern PE project, and contributed to Salford's continuing push to refresh secondary school practice and improve results. Previously, he led Pembrokeshire's two-year-long Learning Learning Project, worked with 25 primary and secondary schools as part of North Wales' Learning Skills Initiative and undertook a 5-year 'residency' with Neath Port Talbot LA. In addition, for the last 8 years he has been a Teaching and Learning Consultant to the island of Jersey.

With his wife Sharon, Paul wrote Covering the Curriculum with Stories (for Foundation and KS1), published by Crown House. The successful implementation of this material in primary schools has resulted in articles in the Education Guardian and TES.

Beyond education, Paul has provided training for commercial organisations in London, Paris and New York.

He is married, has three grown-up children, is a Stoke City FC season ticket holder and is a self-confessed vinyl junkie (old records that is, for those too young to remember such things). He has just been driver and roadie for The Zombies on their national 2009 'Odessey and Oracle' tour - making his adolescent rock n' roll dream come true!

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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ultimate teacher accessory 1 Mar. 2003
Our department at school got its hands on a copy last year, and I was so impressed I purchased my own copy. This has to be the best teacher book I possess, and there are several reasons why i believe every practioner should have one.
Firstly, the book combines theory with practice - too many books do not get the balance right, giving too much theory or vice versa. What this book does is set out basic and more compex theories about how effective teaching can occur, then it gives practical examples. The effect of this is so simple - you can understand WHY you should use certain strategies.
There is a huge section in the book detailing dozens of effective teaching strategies that anyone can try, each one saying how it could be adapted for each subject and even what learning is taking place.
I thouroughly recommend this to every teach who wants to improve their teaching - from NT and NQT to HOD's!!
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable and practical teachers resource! 8 Jun. 2002
By A Customer
This is an excellent resource and reference book for teachers of all levels, ages and subjects - regardless of teaching experience! Ginnis explains in non-jargon language the different styles of learning and how teachers and learners can utilise this knowledge to improve learning experiences and teaching strategies. Teachers will enjoy reading about practical strategies they can use, in the classroom. Pupils have responded to such ideas with enthusiasm, and have fun, while learning in different ways. Ginnis clearly explains the need to use a variety of strategies to tap into the different learning styles individuals will have in the classroom. Useable at all levels, from primary to adult. Fun filled learning suggestions backed up with serious teaching and learning pedagogy. Highly recommended to all teachers!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Nov. 2009
By Mad Max
Used 16 activities (there are 50) from Section 2 of this book ("Tools For Teaching & Learning") to make our lessons more fun and proactive. The ideas are simple, can be adapted for any subject and can be easily modified (which is what we did for our junior school).
Some are simple and require little preparation, while others (eg "Market Place") require a lot! Have done a modified "Market Place" at least 10 times in the last 18 months as a study aid for the Romans, Volcanoes and India. Did the last one for a recent (Oct 2009) Ofsted inspection and it was well worth the effort: lesson was judged good with elements of outstanding.
They are designed to maximise co-operation and interaction, so that pupils are learning from each other rather than just sitting at desks being fed the info. Each activity has a table showing what the activity is designed to achieve (eg independence, fun etc), and one showing what the activity contains (eg group work, moving about, listening, reading etc) - so you can pick and choose depending on time, space, targets etc.
Will now use ideas from the 17 activities in Section 3 ("Tools For Managing Group Work, Behaviour and Personal Responsibility" ) during our informal "Focus Weeks" as a way of improving pupils' communication and reasoning skills.
Finally, I very rarely buy educational books any more, so the fact that I wanted my own copy and have bothered to submit a review shows how much I value it!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teacher's toolkit- aptly named 24 Mar. 2003
Recommended by a friend. This is such a fantastic reference for all teachers, however long you've been teaching. Nicely set out, very helpful. Covers many useful strategies that are easily implementable. Not too heavy so you can dip in and out of it. The book has well set out activites sections that will help add to the effectivness of your lessons. Friends have borrowed my copy and ordered thiers.
Leave it around so that others will see it and buy their own.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 3 May 2006
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I bought this book as a trainee teacher and now as an NQT, I still use it for lesson ideas especially when trying to use kinaesthetic, visual and auditory activities. It has a host of activities which are then related back to individual subjects and so, doesn't focus as some other books do on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. I teach French, and the book provided a lot of new ideas for my lessons that I'd never tried before. I don't know what I ever did before this book came along! Buy it!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding resource for all teachers 27 April 2006
This is perhaps the best single volume teaching resource I have come across and I only wish it was available when I was an NQT. The book is clearly structured tackling diverse areas, such as educational theory, teaching activities and behavioural management ideas.

Perhaps the jewel the crown in this book are the fifty teaching activities which can be used in many different contexts. Not only are they activities presented in a clear and accessible format, it also allows for suggestions on how they can be applied in the classroom as well as alternative ways the activities can be structured.

I found the educational theory well-presented and gave food for thought as well as directions for additional reading. There were some useful behavioural management suggestions which would particularly be useful for NQT's.

A first-class resource which I would highly recommend. The only down side in buying this resource would be if you used it at school, many of your colleagues would want to borrow it and you may not see it again for weeks!!!
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