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Fully updated edition of Ross Morrison McGill's bestselling Mark. Plan. Teach., now complete with a visual guide to the key ideas
A new edition of the bestseller by Teacher Toolkit
This really is what it says on the cover, a teacher’s tool kit. A very professionally researched and well delivered handbook.
It reads a little like a good INSET lecture, focusing on various aspects of a teacher’s job and the importance of getting all elements right. It is written in a supportive and informative way and at no point is it patronising (unlike many inset lectures!) The various points are informatively written in concise chapters, with an ‘ideas snapshot’ at the start of each topic and useful references to further reading.
The book included many memorable and helpful quotes, such as ‘marking should enhance the performance of the teacher as well as the student’ and to apply the Goldilocks principle, when marking, ‘not too much, not too little’ Remember that feedback should be ‘meaningful, manageable and motivating’
The introduction does suggest that this is a book one can dip in and out of. Personally, I think it is deserving of a complete read. I think once read, you could use various elements to refer to, but I think you would get a lot more from it, to initially read it from cover to cover.
The accompanying Visual Guide is packed with great comments, but I found the actual visuals a little overwhelming and stark. Maybe it was the overuse of the colour red, which for me was a little too much in your face.
Sadly, whilst we are all working and marking from home, much of the advice in not currently applicable. However, I shall be attempting to remember the great advice and creative ideas to use when we are back in the classroom.
Mark. Plan. Teach. 2.0 includes an illustrated visual booklet, a foreword by Professor Andy Hargreaves and exciting new ideas in line with current best practice, recent thinking and developments around marking and feedback.
Mark. Plan. Teach. 2.0 shows how each stage of the teaching process informs the next, building a cyclical framework that underpins everything that teachers do. With teachers' workload still at record levels and teacher recruitment and retention the number one issue in education, ideas that really work and will help teachers not only survive but thrive in the classroom are in demand.
Every idea in Mark. Plan. Teach. 2.0 can be implemented by all primary and secondary teachers at any stage of their career and will genuinely improve practice. The ideas have been tried and tested and are supported by evidence that explains why they work, including current educational research and psychological insights from Professor Tim O'Brien, leading psychologist and Honorary Professor at UCL Institute of Education.
I love the way what Ross has written is so accessible and yet so provoking. Giving teachers hints, tips and practical ideas on how they can improve their practice and, ultimately, raise learning outcomes for their pupils is what matters, and by focusing on this, Ross does the entire country a huge service. -- Vikas Pota - Chairman, World Education Week, @VikasPota
Nobody does it better: in terms of providing practical, accessible, do-able, evidence-informed tips to improve teaching and learning, Teacher Toolkit is simply the best. -- Lee Elliot Major OBE - Professor of Social Mobility, @LEM_Exeter
In Mark. Plan. Teach. 2.0, Ross Morrison McGill shares his vision to shape learning, our classrooms and school communities and gives us the tools that enable our journey to make change happen. Thank you for your experience and insight. -- Patrice M. Bain - Author of Powerful Teaching, @patricebain1
There's a lot of pressure put on teachers to be exceptional educationalists but without all the tools. Where is the space to learn through making mistakes and where can you find support from those with lived experience and expertise? Ross Morrison McGill addresses a wide range of practical approaches such as celebrating mistakes and working smarter not harder, providing clarity, insight and plans into the areas we don't talk about. It's a wonderful book which non-educators will find equally useful. -- Zubeda Limbada - Director of ConnectFutures, @ZubedaCFutures and @ConnectFutures
Mark. Plan. Teach. is not only a very practical book for teachers but also a must-read for school leaders and teacher trainers. Its suggestions are grounded in educational practice and supported by education theories. The diagrams and straight-forward language make it so much easier to understand, demonstrate in teacher training or use as posters. I wish every school leader would read this book and make strategies accordingly to raise teaching quality while reducing teachers' workload. -- Dr Min Du - Teacher, researcher and international education consultant, @MinCam2016
|Publication date:||21st January 2021|
|Author:||Ross Morrison McGill|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Education an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3|
Ross Morrison McGill, aka @TeacherToolkit, is the most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK. His practical, inspiring lesson ideas are what make him so successful. His 5 Minute Lesson Plan is used by teachers all over the world! In 2015 he was listed in the Debrett's 500 as one of the 'most influential people in Britain'. He is the bestselling author of 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons, Teacher Toolkit, Mark. Plan. Teach. and Just Great Teaching, and is currently studying for a doctorate at the University of Cambridge.More About Ross Morrison McGill