CPD Picks of The Week

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How can we pop the differentiation bubble?

Differentiation has been a popular topic on the blog this week, and tips for form tutors. Catch up on that as well as the latest news, plan some CPD speed-dating and get some tips for dealing with parents.

Top 5 blogs

  1. *NEW* We Need To Pop The Differentiation Bubble – Can teachers actually meet the needs of all their students?
  2. The 5 Minute Lesson Plan – An old favourite and planning must-have
  3. *NEW* Work Less Than Your Students – Do you need a marking and feedback time-saving toolkit?
  4. 10 Great Form Tutor Tips – What makes a great form tutor?
  5. *NEW* Are You Trauma Informed? – Does your school have a trauma informed behaviour policy?

Resource of the week

Do you want to try something a bit different with your CPD sessions? What better way to get staff together by using a speed-dating format where teachers can rapidly exchange dialogue, moving from one space to another; to share teaching and learning ideas!

Bring and Brag Speed Dating CPD - Presentation by @TeacherToolkit

Read the instructions then download the resource and give it a go in the next CPD session you to run.

CPD Spotlight: Dealing with parents

Not only do you have to manage class loads of children as a teacher, but you also have to manage their parents who have more access to their children’s teachers than ever before. So, here are our tips for how to manage those difficult relationships:

  1. Building Good Relationships With Parents
  2. Letters From Parents
  3. 4 Tips To Build Positive Relationships With Parents
  4. Dealing With Angry Parents
  5. Communicating With Parents

From elsewhere

The Teachers as Readers: Building Communities of Readers (TaRs) research project found that teachers need a wide and up to date knowledge of children’s literature and other texts.

Download a helpful PowerPoint about this research for Staff Meetings/Development Sessions here.

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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