Tools For New Teachers

Planning for Learning & Progress

This part of the toolkit is aimed at providing you with tools and strategies for helping students make learning and progress more visible in lessons. From tools to help you plan whole lessons or engaging starter or review tasks, to organisers designed to promote thinking, there are a wealth of tried and tested strategies here for you to interact with and adapt for your needs.

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Reflect on planning

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A lesson planning tool to help you reflect on previous lessons and identify needs of students when planning their next lesson

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Progress Steps

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Consider the success criteria needed for your students to make satisfactory, good or outstanding progress.  A blank template for you to comple...

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Blooms Wheel

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An easy to follow planning aid using Blooms Taxonomy to encourage a progress in learning from gaining knowledge through to analysing and synthesisi...

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Understanding Blooms Taxonomy

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A reference grid that uses Blooms taxonomy to consider key words, student outcomes and questions to use in the classroom.

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Circle Map with a Frame of Reference

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This is a very useful tool for helping to make progress visible in the classroom. Primarily used as a starter, the map format is a template for stu...

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Vocab Grid

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The vocabulary grid is a simple and effective tool to help show student progress, in terms of their understanding of the key words and concepts in ...

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The Starter Generator

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This is a fantastic resource for generating simple and generic starters to lessons. It contains over 100 starters linked by a basic menu list. Many...

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Alphabet Analyser

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This is a simple, elegant tool to help find out what students know and don't know about the topic you are about to teach. The alphabet analyser can...

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EEF Toolkit

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A set of evaluated resources which are designed to close the gap in performance between disadvantaged and 'advantaged' students.

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Hyerle Bridge Map

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This is a description of how to use a HYERLE Bridge map, which is an excellent way of helping students to visualise analogies and models within abs...

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Bridge map tool

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This is a blank template of a HYERLE Bridge map, which is an excellent way of helping students to visualise analogies and models within abstract co...

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Circle map explanation

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This is a description of how to use a circle map, which is one of David Hyerle's eight thinking maps, and a very useful tool for helping to make pr...

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The Cramlington Learning Cycle Planning Template

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This is a planning template which can help you plan learning experiences for students, and really help you focus your planning on how this will impact...

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Cramlington Learning Cycle Planning Template - Guidance

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Used in conjunction with the blank template, this can help you plan lessons which can have a real impact on the progress of disadvantaged and SEND stu...

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Six Strategies for Effective Learning Materials for Teachers and Students

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This resource is evidence based and concentrates the essence of efficient learning.  ...

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