CPD Picks of The Week

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Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Publisher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for over 6 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job,...
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Are you a teacher in need of useful reading materials?

In this post, find out how to spruce up your classroom displays and get tips on managing your marking workload in our CPD picks!

5 Top Blogs

  1. The 5 Minute Lesson Plan – An old favourite and planning must have.
  2. 10 ‘Teach to the Top’ Differentiation ideas – How do you plan for differentiation in lessons?
  3. *NEW* In Search of Research: Mathematical Intimidation – Does performance appraisal lead to teacher improvement?
  4. The Social Media Illusion vs Teacher mental health – How can teachers talk more openly about their mental health?
  5. *NEW* The Lost Middle – Research with asks if ‘schools and teachers stop labelling children as ‘average’?’

Resource of the Week

Are you thinking about ‘sprucing up’ your classroom displays? With workload through the roof and with little time left available, most teachers will need some inspiration. Coming up with new ideas to make the walls of your classroom meaningful and manageable is a constant push-pull decision. So, allow us to do the ‘inspiration’ bit for you. And don’t forget, research suggests too much clutter has a detrimental impact on learning – so less really is more!

This resource is packed full of ideas to make your classroom walls not only look good, but make your displays a focal point of learning in the classroom! Download our Outstanding Displays resource

CPD Spotlight: Marking

Marking. The bane every teachers’ to do list. Here are 5 posts to help reduce your marking workload and increase impact.

  1. 5 Tips to Eradicate Marking Misery
  2. Live Marking: Feedback in Lessons
  3. Marking Marketplace
  4. Meaningful, Manageable, Motivating Marking
  5. 10 Marking and Feedback Strategies

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