CPD Picks of The Month

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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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What’s been popular on the blog in January?

Getting back into the swing of the school term after the Christmas break is never easy! If you haven’t had as much time as you’d have liked to browse the blog and you’re worried you might have missed something, don’t panic! Here’s a digest of the best bits from January.

Top 5 reads of the month

The top reads of January feature Ross’s ever-popular annual summary of the teaching ideas he’d like to see the back of in the year to come and two differentiation back-catalogue favourites:

  1. 6 Teaching Ideas To Bin in 2016: What teaching ideas would you like to say goodbye to in 2019?
  2. 10 ‘Teach To The Top’ Differentiation Ideas: How do you plan for differentiation in lessons? And how can you cater for every student?
  3. 25 Years Researching Teaching and Learning:  Is it possible to capture 25 years of teaching and learning in a 3-minute read, or in a one-page summary?
  4. 4 Steps To Ditching Differentiation: How can we change the differentiation narrative?
  5. 15 Workload Tips For Schools: What will your school do this year to reduce teacher workload?

Editor’s picks

A few of my favourites from 2019 so far include a post from first-time TT author Andy Milne explaining what leaving teaching taught him and the second post in our mini series of behaviour management advice for Newly Qualified Teachers from Sian Edwards.

  1. 5 Things I Learned From Quitting Teaching: What did I learn from quitting my teaching job – and returning?
  2. Top 10 ‘Afternoon’ Teaching Strategies: What teaching ideas can you have up your sleeve for the end of the week?
  3. Dealing With Conflict: When Relationships Go Wrong: How can we deal with conflict in the workplace?
  4. Behaviour Management Tips For NQTs –  Term 2: How can you improve your behaviour management skills?
  5. Creating Identity-Safe Classrooms: Is your classroom an identity-safe place for every child?

Podcast of the month

I had the pleasure of interviewing Debra Kidd for the first TT podcast of 2019. Have a listen to us discuss the good and the bad about the education blogging world, why it was time for Northern Rocks to finish, and how we can work towards creating a more diverse and inclusive representation of teachers online and at conferences.

What’s new on Teacher Toolkit?

Last week we were very excited to launch our new look resource page! You can now see all the TT resources available at a glance, and downloading them is even simpler – just pop them in your shopping basket to download them immediately or have them emailed to your inbox.

What’s coming next month?

Some February dates for your diary:

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