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PDT 18.2 Editorial: Talk, enquire and learn

Graham Handscomb puts learning centre stage and reflects on the implications for the contribution made by professional development.

Teacher talk and open learning spaces

Jane Jones writes about Teacher Talk – teachers talking about teaching and learning; lesson sharing; creating dialogic spaces; and engaging in meaningful conversation. She shows how Teacher Talk lies at the heart of powerful professional development.

Feuerstein’s Legacy - the relevance of Feuerstein to practitioners today

Judy Silver provides a comprehensive guide to the historical origins of Feuerstein’s work, and explains his key ideas and programmes. She shows how his thinking is grounded in a deep understanding of humanity and is still of profound relevance to the modern educational world and to contemporary society.

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Leading Learning in a World of ‘Whitewater’

Jane Reed believes we are living in unprecedented turbulent times and doubts whether we are equipping current and forthcoming generations of children to meet the big challenges sufficiently. She describes a project which sought to restore the primary focus on learning, provides a set of core practices, and explores the professional development implications.

Growing a culture of inclusion: understandings from the research

Schools operate within a cauldron of continuous change. Alison Ekins describes a two year research project which indicates that if teachers are to cope successfully with all the changing demands made of them they needed to be supported through professional development opportunities and also through a deep understanding of professional identity.

Achieving evidence-informed school improvement: a check list for school leaders

Chris Brown provides guidance on how leaders can embody research engagement in their own practice and in the way they empower others.

essential reading

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Applying Emotional Intelligence: A Practitioner’s Guide

The explosion of research on Emotional Intelligence (EI) in the last decade has provided increasing evidence that EI can be measured reliably and can be useful in predicting important outcomes, such as managerial effectiveness and relationship quality.
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Becoming A Good Citizen

This book is an important resource for teachers. It groups a number of topics under four broad headings: Health, Changes, Problems of Life and Responsibilities.
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Connecting Concepts

For teachers of English, PSHE, Citizenship, RE and the Humanities, this book introduces the strategy of 'concept gaming'
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Classroom Instruction That Works With English Language Learners

Find out how nine types of instructional strategies that maximize learning, can be applied to ELL students at every grade level.
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Communitybuilding: In the Classroom

Turn your classroom into a caring community so each student feels known, accepted, and appreciated. These easy-to-follow cooperative learning lessons create unity, build conflict resolution skills, and foster a will to work together.

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Pedagogy of Confidence – applying Feuerstein’s Theory to dispel the colour achievement gap myth

Yvette Jackson confronts the low expectations of students of colour which she sees as endemic in the United States. She shows how Feuerstein’s Thinking can inspire high intellectual performances and transform learning.

Learning how to learn

Anne-Theresa Lawrie describes how Feuerstein’s programmes have been explored by schools in the Scottish Borders and in particular examines the teacher training dimension.

Dynamic assessment!

How do we identify gifted children and what factors contribute to our understanding of giftedness Maria Dolores Calero explains through her review of developments of Feuerstein Theory.

Making a difference in education: what the evidence says.

Chris Brown explores a book of valuable narratives about what makes a difference in education and the often shaky evidence underpinning this. Whilst offering no quick fixes, he applauds the book’s invitation for readers to focus, engage in context and to learn.

Professional Development Today Zone Expertise

How to … make the case for Enquiry and Project Based Learning (EPBL)

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in enquiry and project based learning within schools is convincing people of its merits in the first place. David Leat, Rachel Lofthouse and Ulrike Thomas provide some helpful guidance.

How to … plan Enquiry and Project-Based Learning (EPBL)

David Leat and Ulrike Thomas outline how EPBL can be planned creatively and collaboratively.

How to … lead EPBL and the professional learning of EPBL teachers

Enquiry and project based learning places particular demands upon teachers. David Leat and Rachel Lofthouse explore the implications for professional learning and leadership.

How to … develop brokerage for EPBL

David Leat & Ulrike Thomas give guidance on how to broker and provide logistical support for EPBL.