CPD Picks of The Week

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Do you make enough time for your own learning?

Help us celebrate reaching 180k followers on Twitter by improving your tweeting, and create your own #TakeAwayHwk menu.

5 Top Blogs

  1. 20 Years of Educational Fads – Over the past 20 years, what do you think teachers have wasted their time doing most?
  2. The 5 Minute Lesson Plan – An old favourite and planning must have.
  3. 10 Activities To Do In Tutor Time – How can a teacher improve the time they spend with students during registration?
  4. *NEW* The 5 Minute Well-Being Plan – How can you protect your well-being?
  5. *NEW* Why Are We Doing This? – Will this education initiative really benefit my pupils

Resource of the week

This week we feature the very popular and much reproduced #TakeAwayHmk! How do you deliver homework in your classroom? Do your students regularly complete their homework? The aim of Takeaway Homework is to empower students, giving them choice over the homework they complete and therefore motivating them to engage and complete it. If you haven’t already, take a read of the blog and get started on your homework menu!

CPD Spotlight: Twitter

To celebrate hitting 180k followers on Twitter this week, our spotlight is on the social media site itself. Here are some tips on how to use it, who to follow, what to tweet and how to maximise Twitter as a professional network and reliable CPD resource.

  1. Tips For Tweeting Teachers
  2. 7 Twitter Tips For Teachers
  3. 101 Female Educators To Follow on Twitter
  4. 101 Great Teachers To Follow on Twitter
  5. Twitter Research

From elsewhere

1. Ofsted does more harm than good according to Frank Coffield, emeritus professor of education at the UCL Institute of Education. In his blog, for the British Educational Research Association. Professor Coffield says, “The clear balance of the evidence made me conclude, however, that Ofsted currently does more harm than good. Its methods, although changed every few years during the 25 years of Ofsted’s existence, are still invalid, unreliable and unjust.”

2. Take a look at the guidance report Improving Maths at Key Stages Two & Three published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

3. Justine Greening launches new Institute for Teaching. Read more about the Institute for Teaching here.

4. Long hours and marking make teachers want to quit? Think again…new report from Education Datalab tells us more.

5. Toxic air is poisoning our children. Joint National Education Union (NEU) and British Lung Foundation (BLF) guidance warning school staff and pupils about the dangers of air pollution.

6. A new survey by the Youth Sport Trust and Women in Sport shows a large gender gap in attitudes to physical activity for teenagers. The survey shows that both boys and girls understand the importance of an active lifestyle, but there is a big disconnect between girls’ attitudes and actual behaviour finding that:

Painful periods, issues with confidence and self-consciousness, the pressure of academic school work, and lack of encouragement from teachers and parents, all hold teenage girls back from being physically active.

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, moved to Madrid and trained as an English teacher. She is now a key member of the TT team, continues to teach english and edit books, and also spends her time learning spanish and searching for the best tortilla de patata! You can follow her at @HollyEditTeach.

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