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LISTEN UP! SPEAKING MATTERS

Author and educator, Erik Palmer, puts the spotlight on the often-neglected language arts by offering new and exciting ways to bolster students' speaking skills.

Teachers assign oral activities, but they don't usually spend much time teaching students how to be successful with those activities. What does it take for students to be effective oral communicators?

Listen Up! Speaking Matters answers that important question. Veteran teacher and author, Erik Palmer, presents an approach to teaching speaking skills that is focused on preparing students for 21st century communication both inside and beyond the classroom.

You'll visit elementary, middle, and high school classrooms where teachers are guiding and assessing students in collaborative discussions, media literacy, questioning and reasoning, speech presentation, effective multimedia use, and adapting speech to different content and tasks. You'll learn about PVLEGS (Poise, Voice, Life, Eye contact, Gestures, Speed) and how this concept can help students become more effective public speakers.

Throughout the video, Palmer provides his expert advice on how teachers can focus on oral communication in their classroom and how these techniques can be implemented on a school-wide basis. You'll also see him jump back into the classroom with a lesson on making thoughtful and targeted presentations to different audiences.

Listen Up! Speaking Matters is a key resource for teachers and schools committed to helping students acquire essential oral communication skills that cross content areas and support long-term success.


DVD / 2016 / 45 minutes

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FIT TEACHING IN ACTION: A FRAMEWORK FOR INTENTIONAL AND TARGETED TEACHING

With Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

Experience Fit Teaching, a coherent approach designed for schools and districts to ensure that high-quality teaching and learning occurs in every classroom, every day.

The role of the educator is an intellectually demanding one requiring the support of clear, research-based strategies to ensure success. That's where FIT Teaching in Action comes in. Drawing on the work of authors and educators, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, this video outlines their FIT Teaching framework, a tool for teachers that provides them with the strategies and expertise they need to elevate instruction. Fisher and Frey have developed a system of tactics that, when consistently and thoughtfully implemented, results in success for all. Using FIT Teaching framework, teachers can show continuous growth in a high-stakes evaluation process; more important, students are provided the opportunity to flourish.

In Fit Teaching you'll see teachers at all levels using the four elements of the framework (School and Classroom Culture, Establishing a Purpose, Gradual Release of Responsibility, Formative and Summative Assessments) to support their students in learning. You'll also hear Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey's expert advice and practical guidance on implementing the FIT Teaching framework at your school.

Embracing FIT Teaching provides teachers with the tools for success they need in the classroom and offers a foundation for achievement that all students deserve.


DVD / 2015 / 65 minutes

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REFLECTIVE EDUCATOR, THE: A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO BUILDING TEACHERS' CAPACITY

The Reflective Educator: A Collaborative Approach DVD profiles teachers working with administrators and coaches to take charge of their professional growth and move along the path to excellence by becoming reflective practitioners.

Capacity building is the focus of Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral's work, and their strategies are becoming the model for instructional coaching in schools across the country.

This video takes an in-depth look at a school where three teachers are taking steps to grow as reflective practitioners with the help of Hall and Simeral's strategies. We see them working in partnership with their administrator and instructional coach to make use of Hall and Simeral's Reflective Cycle and the Continuum of Self-Reflection tools. Each teacher is at a different stage on the Continuum and by observing their practice, we'll learn about the specific strategies for growth that each stage calls for.

We'll also observe the key role administrators and coaches play in building teachers' capacity for success. We'll see them identifying and nurturing their teachers' strengths to help them reach new levels of professional success and satisfaction.

The Reflective Educator: A Collaborative Approach shows that teachers are a school's most essential strength. As their capacity for success increases, so does their ability to positively affect the students they guide.


DVD / 2015 / 56 minutes

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SMARTER ASSESSMENT IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM

When taking a hard look at assessment policies in schools, the most obvious question is: do the grades we assign to students truly reflect the extent of their learning? And the unfortunate answer isíK probably not. In studying many of the assessment policies that teachers adopt, it becomes clear that they can actually prove detrimental to student motivation and achievement. But it doesn't need to be this way.

In this video, discover that policies can be tailored to focus on what really matters, student understanding of the content. Author and educator, Myron Dueck, and his talented colleagues at high schools in Penticton and Summerland, British Columbia, will open a window into their classrooms as they work on figuring this out. Learn how they're revamping their assessment procedures and developing a variety of new practical strategies and consider key ideas like:

  • Teachers should grade smarter, not harder. Smarter thinking and planning will actually diminish a teacher's workload.
  • Teachers often function better as coaches.
  • Learning is more important than grades. Rather than grading everything students do regardless of its purpose, organizing lessons according to learning goals and identifying clear levels of performance keeps the focus on learning. Then, improvement will follow.
  • Positive relationships are essential for success in teaching and learning, and changing assessment strategies can have a profound effect on the relationship between teacher and student.


  • DVD / 2015 / 73 minutes

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    LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER (SECONDARY)

    Establishes what coaching is and explores how it can be utilised in schools to enhance learning and teaching

    Learning from Each Other?establishes what coaching is and explores how it can best be utilised in schools. It is a powerful and motivating professional development tool for training and school evaluation in a range of contexts from individual study to larger groups. It features staff and pupils from six Calderdale secondary schools demonstrating a range of coaching and mentoring approaches across various subjects and year groups.

    Learning from Each Other?is divided into three modules which address in detail the issues surrounding coaching as a recognised and highly effective way of enhancing teaching and learning.

    Module 1 - The Coaching Ethos
    Module 2 - The Coaching Process
    Module 3 - The Benefits of Coaching

    The programme looks at preparing for coaching, setting objectives of the coaching, the lessons and the feedback as well as looking at examples of personalised learning achieved in the featured lessons so that there is a clear understanding of the process.

    Learning from Each Other?considers the many benefits of the coaching process from all viewpoints - the pupils, teachers and school.


    DVD / 2007 / 47 minutes

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    IMPROVING LEARNING THROUGH LESSON OBSERVATION

  • helps teachers to appreciate the potential benefits of lesson observation both to their own professional development and for the pupils
  • highlights the management challenge to create and maintain a climate and context in which classroom observation is non-threatening
  • includes examples of best practice and a range of case studies

  • Module 1 - Setting the scene
    Module 2 - Personal attitudes
    Module 3 - Organisational factors
    Module 4 - The cycle of effective lesson observation
    Module 5 - Case study


    DVD / 2003 / 110 minutes

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    INTERACTIVE SKILLS FOR TEACHERS

    By Dave Stott

    Manage challenging classroom behaviour more easily with this DVD.

    This DVD helps you understand challenging behaviour in a classroom situation and shows you how to apply this knowledge to develop a calm and confident teacher response.

    Using different styles of approach you learn how to:
  • adapt your body language and verbal language
  • use personal space for best effect
  • develop your own self-calming strategies in managing difficult behaviours


  • DVD (With CD-ROM) / (Ages 11-18) / 60 minutes.

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    ACUTE AND SEVERE BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS

    By Dave Stott

    Prevent and manage high-level incidents in the classroom with this DVD.

    Severe or acute behaviour problems are one-off high-level incidents that occur infrequently, but are so serious that they can cause teachers to question their own professional competence. Such problems present a high risk of damage to property and also to personal safety.

    With this DVD you learn how to:
  • deal with acute behaviour situations
  • explore effective systems for gaining help
  • protect yourself from physical and psychological attack


  • DVD / (Ages 11-18) / 40 minutes

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    CHRONIC BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS

    By Dave Stott

    This Chronic Behaviour Problems DVD demonstrates how to:
  • Reduce incidents of chronic misbehaviour in the classroom
  • Encourage students to make good decisions about behaviour and return to "on task" behaviour
  • De-escalate, rather than escalate, the situation
  • Demonstrate a hierarchy of intervention.

  • The DVD starts by identifying chronic behaviour problems, those constantly re-occurring problems that are difficult to stop and wear you down as a teacher, challenging your professionalism. Such problems include fidgeting and lack of attention (disruptive and non-disruptive), agitated movement, rudeness, not bringing the right equipment, wearing the wrong uniform, calling out, leaving their seat, interrupting the learning of others by chatting or making physical contact and refusal to comply with clear instructions.

    The DVD then continues by exploring a hierarchy of teacher responses - to use the least intrusive intervention in the shortest time. These responses include the look, secret signal, physical proximity (move in/move out) praise proximity, hurdle help, warnings, comply time, antiseptic bouncing, self-calming, timed reminders, rewards and consequences.

    Dave also gives the teacher personal tips on being a positive person and explains how that will consequently then get a more positive result from the students. Such tips include positive body language, eye contact, sincerity, voice matching and intonation, verbal language, response style and empathy.

    The DVD continues with looking at a problem-solving model and coming up with five different solutions then testing those solutions as to whether in a classroom situation they work, are safe, feel good and are fair.

    Next Dave explores the benefits of one-to-one meetings: meeting the student and describing the problem and working with them to find a way forward.

    Then finally the DVD concludes with a question and answer session with teachers in the audience, giving them suggested strategies for their own personal experiences of chronic behaviour problems.


    DVD / (Ages 11-18) / 90 minutes

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    EFFECTIVE TEACHING & LEARNING USING INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS (PRIMARY)

  • shows the full range of capabilities of an interactive whiteboard helping staff to become confident with both the technology and functionality
  • explores the pedagogy and teaching strategies ensuring that the technology adds value to the learning experience
  • can be used for training groups or for self study


  • DVD

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    EFFECTIVE TEACHING & LEARNING USING INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS (SECONDARY)

  • shows the full range of capabilities of an interactive whiteboard helping staff to become confident with both the technology and functionality
  • explores the pedagogy and teaching strategies ensuring that the technology adds value to the learning experience
  • can be used for training groups or for self study


  • DVD

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    ENHANCING INSTRUCTION: TEACHING IN THE QUALITY CLASSROOM

    This course will give you the theory to enhance your instructional skills and develop strategies that will raise your students' achievement to a new level of quality. Course assignments and activities introduce you to Dr. Glasser's Quality Schools concepts and practices and demonstrate how they can be combined in a comprehensive program of instruction and behavior management.

    In this course, you will learn how to:
  • teach your students problem-solving skills to improve achievement.
  • help your students become better listeners and stay on task.
  • manage your classroom in a manner that promotes quality work.


  • 2 DVDs

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    EXCELLING WITH THINKING SKILLS

  • defines 'thinking skills' and their importance in the classroom
  • establishes the link between 'thinking skills' and pupil attainment
  • gives practical examples of effective classroom techniques e.g. mind-mapping, brain gym, brainstorming, thinking hats, and accelerated learning


  • DVD

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    HOW TO END EXCLUSIONS

    By Dave Stott

    This comprehensive resource will help you to build a culture of positive inclusion in your school and significantly reduce the use of exclusion strategies to manage challenging and disruptive behaviour. How to End Exclusions promotes a proactive approach to the key areas of student disaffection through Prevention, Provision and Re-engagement.

    How to End to Exclusions shows you how to not only reduce exclusions but also how to create an inclusive ethos within your school/classroom. Creating and using the unique 'Behaviour Dashboard' will enable you to take an objective view of your school or classroom and will also accurately demonstrate progress in the key Ofsted areas of Behaviour and Safety.

    This resource is designed to help students make better choices regarding their behaviour and for staff members to develop and implement effective strategies to prevent exclusions taking place, provide appropriate provision for students in danger of exclusion and to ensure reintegration programmes are successful.


    CD-ROM / (Ages 11-16)

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    HOW TO END LOW-LEVEL DISRUPTION

    By Dave Stott

    Create an interruption-free teaching and learning environment.

    Chronic, low-level behaviour problems can have major detrimental effects on both teaching and learning. This resource gives effective and practical advice to enable teachers to teach and students to engage actively in the learning process. It deals with the top low-level student behaviour issues which give cause for concern to teachers in the classroom:
  • Answering back
  • Constant attention-seeking behaviour
  • Refusing to comply or take responsibility for actions
  • Off task
  • Fidgeting
  • Bothering other learners
  • Lateness
  • Out of seat
  • Lack of equipment
  • Mobile phones
  • Arguing
  • Managing anger.


  • CD-ROM / (All Ages)

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    HOW TO END LUNCHTIME TROUBLES

    By Dave Stott

    Complete in-house training programme to help improve lunchtimes with everything you need to identify problem and hotspot areas, set up training activities and create an action plan.

    This very practical resource was developed following requests from primary, secondary and special schools on how to better the lunchtime experience for both staff and pupils. Staff were concerned about chaotic dining rooms, problem behaviour on the playground, poorly trained and de-motivated lunchtime staff as well as teaching staff having to deal with problems which begin during the lunch break and spill over into afternoon lesson time.


    CD-ROM / (All Ages)

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    LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER (PRIMARY)

    Establishes what coaching is and explores how it can be utilised in schools to enhance learning and teaching

    Learning from Each Other?establishes what coaching is and explores how it can best be utilised in schools. It is a powerful and motivating professional development tool for training and school evaluation in a range of contexts from individual study to larger groups. It features staff and pupils from six Calderdale secondary schools demonstrating a range of coaching and mentoring approaches across various subjects and year groups.

    Learning from Each Other?is divided into three modules which address in detail the issues surrounding coaching as a recognised and highly effective way of enhancing teaching and learning.

    Module 1 - The Coaching Ethos
    Module 2 - The Coaching Process
    Module 3 - The Benefits of Coaching

    The programme looks at preparing for coaching, setting objectives of the coaching, the lessons and the feedback as well as looking at examples of personalised learning achieved in the featured lessons so that there is a clear understanding of the process.

    Learning from Each Other?considers the many benefits of the coaching process from all viewpoints - the pupils, teachers and school.


    DVD

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    MAKING LEARNING MEANINGFUL: EVERY STUDENT CAN SUCCEED

    In this course, Dr. Glasser presents his new ideas about competency-based education, assessment, and teaching strategies that help to ensure the success of every student. Featured in the videos are actual lessons taught in Glasser quality schools. The lessons are presented with little or no editing to show from start to finish how you can create and conduct lessons in which every student can succeed.

    In this course, you will:
  • learn to build competency and eliminate both failure and discipline problems.
  • create and teach lessons that produce competency-based learning.
  • learn to deal with the major cause of student under achievement.
  • use choice theory to help students become more responsible learners.


  • 4 DVDs

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    MOTIVATION AND LEARNING: CO-OPERATION AND THE QUALITY CLASSROOM

    This course will give you the theory and skills to create lesson plans that meet the basic psychological needs of students and gain their cooperation in the learning process. Based on the works of Drs. William Glasser, David Johnson and Roger Johnson, you will gain the knowledge and skills to guide your students to become active, enthusiastic partners in the learning process.

    In this course, you will learn to:
  • create lessons that involve students.
  • use cooperative learning strategies to encourage quality work.
  • help students solve classroom problems affecting learning.


  • 2 DVDs

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    QUALITY CIRCLE TIME IN SECONDARY SCHOOL

    By Jenny Mosley

    Discover how to implement quality Circle Time in secondary schools with the leading expert Jenny Mosley.

    Quality Circle Time has been highlighted as a core methodology for delivering the SEAL curriculum, but it can also be used in PSHE sessions, curriculum lessons and with tutor groups. In this DVD Jenny Mosley offers professional and practical advice on how to run a circle time session. Following a brief introduction she outlines the five skills that are essential to successful circle time:
  • Thinking
  • Looking
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Concentrating

  • The DVD is devoted to a Quality Circle Time session with Year 7 - filmed in a school location and led by Jenny in which all of the above is put into practice. The group session is followed by a teacher question-and-answer session where Jenny offers invaluable guidance borne from her years of experience as a master circle time practitioner and trainer.


    DVD / (Ages 11-13) / 60 minutes

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    SUCCESSFUL CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

    By Sue Neame & Ashley Ross

    This CD-Rom has been written for busy teachers and subject leaders. It offers a wealth of practical information and gives comprehensive advice and strategies on a wide range of issues that will help with the responsibilities of being a teacher.

    This CD-Rom provides helpful information on the following areas of teaching:
  • Newly qualified teachers
  • Getting started in the classroom
  • Setting rules and boundaries
  • How friendly should you be?
  • Dealing with challenging students and situations
  • Resolving conflict
  • Being a good form tutor
  • Changing rooms, changing tutor rooms
  • Planning your staff development
  • Being observed
  • Coping with Ofsted inspections
  • Getting help with problems and being unhappy
  • Teaching sex and relationship education
  • Dealing with difficult questions
  • Using visitors
  • Handling a drug-related incident
  • Finding your way through the maze of assessment
  • Writing reports
  • Parents' evening
  • How to lead rather than direct
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Finding time for yourself.


  • CD-ROM / (Teaching Students Aged 11-16) /

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    SUCCESSFUL CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

    By Sue Neame & Ashley Ross

    This CD-Rom has been written for busy teachers and subject leaders. It offers a wealth of practical information and gives comprehensive advice and strategies on a wide range of issues that will help with the responsibilities of being a teacher.

    This CD-Rom is full of helpful information for teachers covering areas such as:
  • Newly qualified teachers
  • Getting started in the classroom
  • Setting rules and boundaries
  • How friendly should you be?
  • Dealing with challenging students and situations
  • Resolving conflict
  • Being a good form tutor
  • Changing rooms, changing tutor rooms
  • Planning your staff development
  • Being observed
  • Coping with Ofsted inspections
  • Getting help with problems and being unhappy
  • Teaching sex and relationship education
  • Dealing with difficult questions
  • Using visitors
  • Handling a drug-related incident
  • Finding your way through the maze of assessment
  • Writing reports
  • Parents' evening
  • How to lead rather than direct
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Finding time for yourself.


  • CD-ROM / (Teachers of Children Aged 4-11)

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    TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT: IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

    This course will give you the psychological foundation to understand how learning, motivation, and individual differences relate to improving student achievement. In the videos, you will see demonstrated dozens of strategies that are being successful used to enhance student achievement at all grade levels.

    In this course you will learn how to:
  • create effective lessons and units that engage students in the learning process.
  • increase your students' comprehension and retention levels.
  • connect with students who are resisting your best efforts to help them succeed.


  • 4 DVDs

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