CPD Picks of The Week

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Do you want to revolutionise guided reading and spruce up your displays?

Be inspired by World Book Day to plan some activities for encouraging a love of reading in your students using our blogposts in this week’s CPD spotlight. Also, spruce up your classroom using our outstanding displays resource and have a read of our educational news picks.

Top 5 blogs

  1. The 5 Minute Lesson Plan – A success story
  2. 5 Ways School Leaders Can Be Kind – Will you implement these Random Acts of Kindness?
  3. #1minCPD: Improve Your Classroom Environment – How could you give your classroom a make over to maximise learning?
  4. CPD Picks of The Week – Workload special
  5. 10 ICT Pieces of Equipment for Every Classroom – If money was no option, what 10 ICT tools would you use in your classroom?

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: Reading

1st March 2018 is World Book Day, offering a great opportunity to plan activities to get children passionate about reading and sharing their favourite books. Make sure it’s not just World Book Day you’re doing this on though – here are our best blogs for getting children reading all year round.

From elsewhere

  • It had to happen and it has…children can’t hold a pencil because they are so used to playing on iPads which means their finger muscles aren’t developing. Too much tech and excessive use of tablets is having a detrimental influence on children’s development.
  • Do you take happiness seriously? Cherry Coombe is Britian’s first university wellbeing ‘tsar’ whose role is to “help improve the working and learning environment” by promoting mental well-being. Working at the University of Buckingham, Cherry said her aim is to ensure that “absolutely everyone in the university has a happiness badge.”
  • What are schools banning now? Well, if you have a haircut called “Meet you at McDonalds” then you’re barred, at least in some schools.
  • Budget cuts might be crippling schools but some universities are spending money on the sublime and ridiculous. An investigation into expense claims has revealed that the University of Surrey spent more than £1,600 of public money on relocating a vice-chancellor’s pet dog from Australia to Britain. Nice work if you can get it! Try telling this to the thousands of academic staff striking over planned cuts to pensions.
  • How has your secondary school done? Check the school league tables 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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