CPD Picks of The Week

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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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What 30 things should you never say in the classroom?

In our last CPD Picks of The Week until 2018, we include some of the most popular blogs ever published on the site, encourage you to Talk-Up a Teacher and provide you with some Christmas reads!

Top 5 Blogs

  1. 30 Things You Should Never Say In The Classroom – This is a short blog about teaching and learning and the things teachers should never be heard saying in the classroom.
  2. The Coasting Teacher – How do you spot a ‘coasting’ teacher and how can you support them?
  3. *NEW* 10 Highlights From My Education Travels – What are your teaching highlights from the term / year?
  4. 20 Years Of Educational Fads – Over the past 20 years, what do you think teachers have wasted their time doing most?
  5. We Need To Pop The Differentiation Bubble! –  Can teachers actually meet the needs of all their students?

Resource of the Week

As most schools have now closed for Christmas, instead of sharing a resource with you this week, we want to instead encourage you to give a gift to a colleague! Our most recent instalment of the increasingly-popular #1MinCPD series celebrated the season of good cheer, kindness, love (and eating) by encouraging you to Talk-Up A Teacher! Writer Hanna Beech laments:

“Giving recognition can become an alien action in schools – we are, because of the nature of our roles, used to giving constructive feedback and working towards ‘next steps’ all the time.” 

She urges teachers to recognise the action of a colleague as it will boost their motivation and wellbeing – it will make you feel good too! So, this month, why don’t you give a colleague the gift of recognition by talking them up? Give them a social media ‘shout-out’ recognising something they’ve done really well in school this year. Tag a colleague on Twitter or Facebook and Talk-Up A Teacher today!

CPD Spotlight of the Week: Christmas

Here are some Christmas-themed blogs for you to enjoy as you wind down and relax.

  1. The 12 Plays of Christmas
  2. Dear Santa
  3. Dear Mrs. Claus
  4. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, When All Through The School.

From elsewhere

Next week, we’ll be logging off for Christmas – we encourage you to do the same! Everything you read from this point onwards is automated, it’s still us, but we are enjoying our families too.

Enjoy the break and we’ll be back in 2018!

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