The A Level Mindset
Author: Steve Oakes, Martin Griffin
Publisher: Crown House Publishing
In The A Level Mindset, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin share the secrets of coaching students to develop the characteristics, habits and mindsets which will help them realise their potential. Those students who make real and sustained progress at A level aren't necessarily the ones with superb GCSEs. Some students leap from average results aged 16 to outstanding results aged 18. Others seem to hit a ceiling. But why? It was in trying to answer this question that the VESPA system emerged. Steve and Martin have cut through the noise surrounding character development and identified five key characteristics that all students need to be successful: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude. These characteristics beat cognition hands down. Successful students approach their studies with the right behaviours, skills and attitudes: they understand how to learn and revise effectively, they’re determined and organised, they give more discretionary effort and they get top results. Success at A level is a result of character, not intelligence. Much has been written about growth mindsets and character development in recent years, but teachers are still left wondering how to apply these ideas in their contexts: how can these theories help learners in practice? Taking cues from the work of Peter Clough, Carol Dweck and Angela Lee Duckworth, and informed by their collective 30 plus years of teaching and coaching, Steve and Martin have spent years researching how character and behaviours affect student outcomes in their sixth form. After identifying the core traits that contributed to student success, they developed practical activities to help every student develop the A Level Mindset. Discover 40 concrete, practical and applicable tools and strategies that will supercharge learners’ ambition, organisation, productivity, persistence and determination. Suitable for teachers, tutors, heads of sixth form or anyone else who wants to help A level students achieve their potential, The A Level Mindset offers 40 easy-to-use activities to develop students' resilience, commitment, buoyancy, motivation and determination. It could be your key to transforming student outcomes.
The GCSE Mindset
Author: Steve Oakes, Martin Griffin
Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd
The GCSE Mindset: 40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity, written by Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin, offers a wealth of concrete, practical and applicable tools designed to supercharge GCSE students’ resilience, positivity, organisation and determination. At a time when GCSE teaching can feel like a conveyor belt of micromanaged lessons and last-ditch interventions, Steve and Martin – acclaimed authors of The A Level Mindset – suggest a different approach, underpinned by their VESPA model of essential life skills: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude. These five non-cognitive characteristics beat cognition hands down as predictors of academic success, and in The GCSE Mindset Steve and Martin take this simple model as their starting point and present a user-friendly month-by-month programme of activities, resources and strategies that will help students break through barriers, build resilience, better manage their workload and ultimately release their potential – both in the classroom and beyond. The book’s forty activities, while categorised thematically under the VESPA umbrella, have been sequenced chronologically by month in order to better chart the student’s journey through the academic year and to help them navigate the psychological terrain ahead. Each activity can be delivered one-to-one, to a tutor group or to a whole cohort, has been designed to take fifteen to twenty minutes to complete, and has been written with a pupil audience in mind. However, to complement the tasks’ practical utility, the authors also explore the underpinning research and theory – including the pioneering work of Angela Duckworth, Dr Steve Bull and Carol Dweck – in more detail in the introduction to each section. Informed by the authors’ collective thirty-plus years of teaching and coaching, this essential handbook for GCSE success also suggests key coaching questions and interventions for use with pupils and includes expert guidance on how schools can implement and audit the core components and outcomes of the VESPA approach in their own settings. Additionally – and indeed pertinently in the present educational environment where empirical data is valued so highly – the book features a chapter dedicated to the measurement of mindset, written by guest contributors Dr Neil Dagnall and Dr Andrew Denovan from Manchester Metropolitan University. They present the twenty-eight-item VESPA questionnaire, which they helped Steve and Martin to design, and take the reader through the research process behind its origins before going on to describe how it can be used to identify areas for development and to measure the impact of interventions. Suitable for teachers, tutors and parents who want to boost 14–16-year-olds’ academic outcomes and equip them with powerful tools and techniques in preparation for further education and employment. Chapters include: 1. The VESPA Model: An Introduction to VESPA; 2. Using This Book; 3. September: Start with the Why; 4. October: Mapping the Journey; 5. November: Leading and Lagging Indicators; 6. December: The Three Phases of Practice; 7. January: Agency and Efficacy; 8. February: Effort is Relative; 9. March: Fight or Flight; 10. April: Changing Lanes, Finding Flow; 11. May: Well-Being and Stress Management; 12. Coaching with VESPA; 13. Implementation: Putting VESPA into Action; 14. Measuring Mindset Using Psychometric Tests by Neil Dagnall and Andrew Denovan.
This practical, evidence-based guide provides a comprehensive introduction to the coaching of secondary school students. Using a clear, step-by-step structure, the book explores how coaching can help students improve performance, enhance wellbeing, develop skills and achieve goals. The ultimate aim is to help the student become his or her own coach. Divided into six parts, Coaching Students in Secondary Schools explores all of the key aspects of coaching, from basic coaching skills to effective methods of evaluation. Having explained why coaching?benefits students, the book shows readers how?to adopt a 'coaching approach,' structure a formal session, launch a coaching programme and measure its success. Topics covered include: the uses and benefits of coaching the evidence for coaching core coaching skills conducting coaching sessions the practicalities of coaching evaluating the impact of coaching. With real-life scenarios and examples embedded throughout, Coaching Students in Secondary Schools will be essential reading for practising secondary school teachers, classroom assistants and student support staff.
Release your inner drive
Author: Bradley Busch, Edward Watson
Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd
Customer Notice: this book contains a large amount of image-based text therefore any digital version would be better rendered by being viewed using large screen devices. Release Your Inner Drive: Everything You Need to Know about How to Get Good at Stuff by Bradley Busch and Edward Watson is a book of infographics designed to show teenagers how they can excel at school and in life. But while the graphics are certainly colourful and eye-catching, this is so much more than a book of pretty pictures. The graphics distil the latest research into psychology and neuroscience, alongside explanations of what exactly this means for teenagers and what they can do with these insights in practice. We know more than ever about the science of learning, and now everyone can quickly tap into the success strategies that have been proven to help people thrive and flourish. Have you ever wondered how people get really good at stuff? It turns out that there are a collection of habits that help people to get good at whatever it is they do. Researchers and academics in the fields of psychology and neuroscience have spent years trying to understand why some people flourish and others never truly fulfil their potential. Bradley and Edward have condensed that wisdom into this no-nonsense, visual guide which also provides clear explanations of the concepts, along with links to the latest research, for those who want to delve deeper into these fascinating insights. Each infographic distils everything you need to know to cultivate these habits and give yourself the best possible chance of success. Discover how to: take control, concentrate better, find your motivation, fail better, make revision stick, perform under pressure, ace those exams, put down that phone when you’re meant to be revising, get over FOMO, stop procrastinating, get a good night’s sleep, take care of yourself and your mental health, learn from sporting champions and grow your mindset to get ahead. The book is also ideal for anyone who has children and wants to nurture their talents, or for teachers who want to ensure that their students develop the attitudes, beliefs and habits that maximise learning and performance. Contents include: How to Read This Book; 1. Decide Where You Are Going – Own the Destination; 2. Master Yourself – It Begins with You; 3. Fail Better – The Power of Failure; 4. Performing Under Pressure – Deliver Your Best When It Matters the Most; 5. Make Your Learning Stick – Maximise Your Revision; 6. Excellence in Exams – Get the Grades You Deserve; 7. Sleep Your Way to Success – Sleep Tight, Think Right; 8. Looking After Me – How to Be Kind to Yourself; 9. Lessons from the Sporting Greats – Learn from Champions; 10. Mindset Matters – Stories and Science of Growth Mindset; What Now? Suitable for young people and anyone who wants to help them achieve their potential, including parents and teachers.
Author: Bill Lucas, Ellen Spencer
Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd
Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer’s Developing Tenacity: Teaching learners how to persevere in the face of difficulty is a powerful call to action and a practical handbook for all teachers who want to stimulate and strengthen their pupils’ learning tenacity. The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility recently proposed the adoption by schools of specific interventions in the areas of resilience and character; meanwhile, across the Atlantic, an end-of-high-school ‘score’ for grit is also being considered in the USA. In line with this growing consensus, an increasing body of evidence suggests that cultivating these competencies is key to success both in school and in later life. In Developing Tenacity, the second instalment in the Pedagogy for a Changing World series, Lucas and Spencer show educators how. Delving beyond ‘grit’ and ‘growth mindset’, and encompassing more than the formal curriculum, Developing Tenacity draws on the co-authors’ research at the University of Winchester’s Centre for Real-World Learning to offer a powerful synthesis of what it takes for learners to persevere when confronted with challenges. The resulting analysis depicts the true value of tenacity inside and outside the educational setting and provides teachers with action-oriented strategies as to how the four key ‘habits’ of tenacity – confidence, control, commitment and connectivity – can be developed in learners. The wealth of teaching and learning methods presented is accompanied by practical suggestions on how to embed tenacity more systematically into the curriculum, providing plenty of stimuli for lesson planning and for the drip-feeding of everyday activities which boost learners’ agency and self-efficacy. The authors also investigate the effectiveness of various pedagogical approaches – including developmental self-evaluation, deliberate practice and service learning – and share inventive assessment methods which teachers can employ to track learners’ progress along the way. Lucas and Spencer then go further by showcasing case studies that illustrate the successful adoption of a capabilities approach by various educational institutions, and offer expert advice on how teachers can overcome any potential obstacles as they journey towards cultivating a tenacious learning culture in their classrooms. Suitable for all teachers and school leaders – in both primary and secondary settings – who want to instil a strong sense of tenacity in their pupils’ approach to learning. Contents include: Series Introduction – Capabilities and Pedagogy; Chapter 1 – Tenacity; Chapter 2 – Cultivating Tenacity; Chapter 3 – Getting Going; Chapter 4 – Going Deeper; Chapter 5 – Promising Practices; Chapter 6 – Signs of Success; Chapter 7 – Tenacity Challenges.
Author: Martha Boyne, Emily Clements, Ben Wright
Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd
Martha Boyne, Emily Clements and Ben Wright’s Thrive: In your first three years in teaching equips trainee secondary school teachers with the know-how to lay the foundations for a successful career in teaching, long after the challenging first few years are over. Martha, Emily and Ben are thriving teachers. In Thrive they share their personal experiences and demonstrate how you too can thrive during the tricky training year, the daunting NQT year and the crucial RQT year. Using their collective insights, and plenty of evidence-informed strategies and advice, they detail how you can get to grips with the classroom basics – from behaviour management and lesson planning to differentiation and providing for SEND – and effectively continue your professional development. This book is not just a survival manual to help teachers get through their first three years in teaching. Nor is it an academic text that has been written by authors who have only a distant memory of what it takes to stand in front of a class of teenagers for the first time. Thrive is something very different. It gives both the aspiring and the newly qualified the support and guidance to become a thriving teacher, and has been co-authored by three recently qualified teachers who in this book invest their passion and practical knowledge to inspire and inform others who want to pursue enjoyable and rewarding careers in teaching. Thrive is divided into three parts – specifically detailing what can be expected in the training year, NQT year and RQT year respectively – with the authors’ commentary threaded throughout to demonstrate how the ideas discussed can be successfully put into practice. Their accounts are also complemented by expert advice from two people who are at the very top of their profession, Lianne Allison and Dr Simon Thompson, who provide wider perspectives drawn from a wealth of teaching experience. Forty of the book’s forty-six chapters begin with a checklist outlining what a developing teacher is expected to do, and each chapter ends with a to-do list that can be used as a quick reference point to structure the strategies implemented. These to-do lists are also followed by lists of suggested further reading so that readers can delve deeper into topics and fields of research that they find particularly interesting or relevant. Furthermore, the book offers helpful counsel on choosing the best training route as well as an in-depth analysis of the change in priorities for busy teachers as they progress: encouraging constant reflection, outlining potential pathways and emphasising the importance of evidence-based practice and how new teachers can, and should, incorporate this into their teaching. Rooted in practical strategies and innovative ideas, Thrive is the essential guide for trainee secondary school teachers and teacher trainers.
The Student Mindset
Author: Steve Oakes, Martin Griffin
Provides clear, effective and engaging tools for transforming commitment, motivation and productivity. Carol Dweck, whose work on mindset has been one of the most influential pieces of research for modern educational practice, proposes that each person has predominantly either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. People with fixed mindsets tend to believe that intelligence is fixed and that their intellectual ability, skill set or life chances can't be improved, whereas those with growth mindsets believe that they can. It's not quite that simple, however, and over the last few years schools have put a lot of work into moving learners towards developing a growth mindset. Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin, two of the most prominent practitioners of this initiative, have now produced The Student Mindset especially for students who wish to develop the characteristics and habits necessary for sustained success in college, university and life. They have selected some of the most powerful tools and techniques from their work in schools - including a range of effective project-management, prioritisation, stress-reduction, procrastination-busting and mindset-development strategies - and packaged them into this outstanding practical guide to becoming a successful and confident student.
An unprecedented collaboration between leading names from the independent and state sectors, this thought-provoking book addresses the current crisis in education for the most able. Grounded in the classroom, the authors draw on their own first-hand experiences and international research to scrutinise techniques and practices from leading countries, exploring the more divisive issues that have damaged teaching worldwide. Demonstrating what works well in teaching the most able, and also what does not work, the book offers a radical solution, a stimulus to thought and a way forward for teachers, academics and all those with responsibility for ensuring high standards in education, including governments and members of regulatory authorities. Considering it for your course reading list? Lecturers can order their e-inspection copy!
This fresh set of resources for Cambridge IGCSE Sociology syllabus 0495 (and Cambridge O Level Sociology syllabus 2251) is carefully crafted to match and support the revised syllabus for first examination in 2016. Written in clear and accessible language, the Coursebook provides comprehensive coverage of the syllabus in a visually-stimulating format. Key sociological research combined with case studies and thought provoking questions help in understanding concepts. Features such as Key terms and Revision checklists further reinforce learning and understanding of core subject areas. Engaging activities help in applying knowledge in various contexts and building interpretation, analytical and evaluation skills. The book provides complete exam support with each chapter culminating in exam-style questions and a further chapter dedicated to revision, and examination skills and practice. A Teachers CD-ROM is also available.
Building on their best-selling book Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, flipped education innovators Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams return with a book series that supports flipped learning in the four topic areas of science, math, English and social studies as well as the elementary classroom. In this new book, the authors discuss how educators can successfully apply the flipped classroom model to teaching math. Each chapter offers practical guidance, including how to approach lesson planning, what to do with class time and how the flipped model can work alongside learning through inquiry.
The whole philosophy behind students learning a Modern Foreign Language is based around the following techniques which aim to provide learning and engagement: Word Recognition & Key Vocabulary, Paragraph-Building. Jake Hunton includes Vocab Fun-Learning Activities (VFLAs) - suggested teaching & learning strategies based on how to engage students in learning vocabulary. They are all in-class strategies that directly impact on students' engagement & their recall & recognition of vocabulary in the modern foreign language. A number of these strategies are based around students having access to the vocabulary in the lesson and encouraged to learn (through recognition and recall) any vocabulary that the teacher chooses. A key issue with these strategies is that students struggle or are disengaged from the outset at having to learn lists of vocabulary. Using these strategies students' learning of vocabulary is made active in the lesson by the teacher.
The goal of this book is to describe the concept of 'Mental Toughness' in such a way that the reader understands the concept and understands how it relates to the development of young people of all ages, whether they are in education or engage in extra-curricular activity. Such understanding is particularly important in the context of change and the challenge of preparing to live and work in a fast moving and fast changing world. One of the greatest challenges facing society today is that of developing young people who are the future generators of wealth so that they can play a full and productive part in the economic and social development of the world they inhabit and will inhabit. The need for this is particularly acute in the west where the old order is fast disappearing. The purpose of education and youth work is not only to ensure that young people are skilled and qualified. It must also prepare young people with the attributes and qualities that enable them to apply what they have learned in a challenging, changing and often stressful world. A number of initiatives have recently emerged which all have the same goal – to prepare young people for life in a world that demands resilience, confidence, tenacity and commitment in addition to vocational and academic skills. Possible the most important of these initiatives is Mental Toughness which, arguably, embraces most, if not all, of the other initiatives in producing the most comprehensive and enduring approach.
This entirely new edition of a very successful book focuses on developing professional academic skills for supporting and supervising student learning and effective teaching. It is built on the premise that the roles of those who teach in higher education are complex and multi-faceted. A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is sensitive to the competing demands of teaching, research, scholarship, and academic management. The new edition reflects and responds to the rapidly changing context of higher education and to current understanding of how to best support student learning. Drawing together a large number of expert authors, it continues to feature extensive use of case studies that show how successful teachers have implemented these ideas. It includes key topics such as student engagement and motivation, internationalisation, employability, inclusive strategies for teaching, effective use of technology and issues relating to postgraduate students and student retention. Part 1 explores a number of aspects of the context of UK higher education that affect the education of students, looking at the drivers of institutional behaviours and how to achieve success as a university teacher. Part 2 examines learning, teaching and supervising in higher education and includes chapters on working with diversity, encouraging independent learning and learning gain. Part 3 considers approaches to teaching and learning in different disciplines, covering a full range including arts and humanities, social sciences, experimental sciences through to medicine and dentistry. Written to support the excellence in teaching and learning design required to bring about student learning of the highest quality, this will be essential reading for all new lecturers, particularly anyone taking an accredited course in teaching and learning in higher education, as well as those experienced lecturers who wish to improve their teaching practice. Those working in adult learning and educational development will also find the book to be a particularly useful resource. In addition it will appeal to staff who support learning and teaching in various other roles.
Are you looking for ideas, advice and guidance to make you an effective Learning Mentor? This practical book is designed to help those new to the Learning Mentor role avoid common pitfalls, and to help those with more experience to develop their skills. Written by an expert practitioner, the book includes: - step-by-step advice on how to be a good Learning Mentor - guidance on working with school management teams, teachers and parents - advice on how to provide effective student support - case studies to illustrate best practice - suggested strategies for monitoring and evaluating interventions - templates to use and adapt - substantial electronic resource materials available from the SAGE website to use with the book. An inspiring read for all primary and secondary Learning Mentors and trainee Learning Mentors, this book is relevant to anyone involved with student support and pastoral care. Stephanie George is a teacher and manager of the Learning Support Unit at Plashet School, East London where she is responsible for the training of learning mentors.
Leaders of Their Own Learning
Author: Ron Berger, Leah Rugen, Libby Woodfin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
From Expeditionary Learning Schools comes a proven approach to student assessment Leaders of Their Own Learning offers a new way of thinking about assessment based on the celebrated work of Expeditionary Learning Schools across the country. Student–Engaged Assessment is not a single practice but an approach to teaching and learning that equips and compels students to understand goals for their learning and growth, track their progress toward those goals, and take responsibility for reaching them. This requires a set of interrelated strategies and structures and a whole–school culture in which students are given the respect and responsibility to be meaningfully engaged in their own learning. Includes everything teachers and school leaders need to implement a successful Student–Engaged Assessment system in their schools Outlines the practices that will engage students in making academic progress, improve achievement, and involve families and communities in the life of the school Describes each of the book′s eight key practices, gives advice on how to begin, and explains what teachers and school leaders need to put into practice in their own classrooms Ron Berger is Chief Program Officer for Expeditionary Learning and former public school teacher Leaders of Their Own Learning shows educators how to ignite the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, meet Common Core and state standards, and reach higher levels of achievement. DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e–book file, but are available for download after purchase.