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  • ISBN-10: 1845903730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845903732
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Paul was one of the UK's oldest-established independent trainers, having started down that path in 1992. He worked in over 4500 primary, secondary and special schools in the UK and in 70 or so international schools in the Middle East, Far East, North and South America, The Caribbean and Europe. He also supported the introduction of a new Junior Cycle curriculum in Ireland. All his ideas were forged at the chalkface but they were inspired by some of the world's leading educational thinkers.

First and foremost, Paul was a practitioner (having started his teaching career in 1979), not a researcher or academic. He sought to model the way in which current teaching imperatives and modern learning insights could be translated into workable classroom strategies, and to achieve that with a bit of fun along the way.

Even in an aggressive educational world driven by political, inspection and PISA priorities, he believed that it was possible to proceed with integrity, courage and wisdom. To do so, teachers needed a few truths about the learning process to guide their creative planning and a good number of proven strategies to set them on their way. From his books and workshops Paul wanted people to take away teaching ideas that would turn passive pupils into active students and consequently result in deep learning, modern skills, essential dispositions, good progress and great results.

Of his many publications, 'The Teacher's Toolkit' is the most well-known, having been reprinted 15 times and translated into Arabic, Indonesian, Hungarian, Slovenian and Spanish. It is one of the UK's bestselling books for teachers and is required reading on most teacher training courses.

Paul died suddenly on 30th January 2015. He had three grown-up children and was a Stoke City FC season ticket holder and a self-confessed vinyl junkie. He was also a driver and roadie for The Zombies on their 2009 'Odessey and Oracle' national tour - making his adolescent rock n' roll dream come true! He lived near Stoke-on Trent with his wife Sharon, two cats, one dog and a jukebox.

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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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to any Teacher's books
This is an excellent book, full of useful ideas and great lesson plans.
Published 11 days ago by Flying by wire
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The teacher's 'bible', packed with ideas for lessons!
Published 1 month ago by Gillian Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Olufemi Adegbite
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend for fellow teachers
use this a lot, saw him lecture and was fascinated, so bought the book. Recommend for fellow teachers.
Published 3 months ago by S Piccard
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind you if you aren't good with differentiation
Not revolutionary for me, but reassuring and some refreshed resources. Worth purchasing. Especially if the league tables are driving the head and SLT. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MRS G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Essential for all educators
Published 4 months ago by deborahrowberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an Inspiration...
Ordering a new copy of this book today.

It is invaluable! I was massively fortunate enough to experience an INSET day at my school with Paul Ginnis, and it was... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amy Brookes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good for hints for teachers
Published 7 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide
Good tips. haven't read a lot of it, but what I've read makes a lot of sense. Quick delivery too.
Published 7 months ago by Ms. Ya Hennig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An interesting read for teachers willing to try something new
Published 8 months ago by LCI
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