Book Reviews: 100 Ideas Series via @ACBedu

5 Books in the ‘100 Ideas’ Series via Bloomsbury


We review the following five books from a series of 100 Ideas titles published by Bloomsbury. Click here to see all books in the series. 

100 Ideas – Assessment for Learning for Secondary Teachers, by David Spendlove

Assessment for learning is a strategy all secondary teachers use but it remains a misunderstood concept in many schools. This book will help develop a broader understanding of the impact effective AfL can have and the reasons for using it to improve teaching and learning. It discusses AfL opportunities in the context of the latest inspection framework and Teachers’ Standards in England, exploring strategies for implementing AfL into everyday teaching.

David Spendlove is head of ITT at the University of Manchester and is an expert in AfL, research and teaching methods. He worked for 13 years as a teacher which included whole school responsibility for assessment.

100 Ideas – Behaviour Management for Primary Teachers, by Molly Potter

Managing behaviour in the primary classroom can be a challenge, but in this book Molly Potter offers 100 practical ideas and strategies for managing the range of difficult behaviours that you may face in the primary classroom. Whether you are new to the profession or an experienced teacher, there will be ideas in this book for you, including strategies for solving individual pupil behaviour problems as well as whole-class approaches. The ideas are creative, tried-and-tested and easy to implement.

The book includes tips on how to create positive learning and advice on ensuring your attitude and teaching approaches encourage good behaviour. It introduces a variety of procedures to put in your classroom, strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviour and touches on the causes of extreme behavious. The ideas are full of subtle changes you can make to your practice straight away to help you successfully manage all types of behaviour in the primary classroom.

100 Ideas – Outdoor Play for Early Years by Julie Mountain

Children benefit hugely from regular, frequent and progressive outdoor play, and this new book in the popular 100 Ideas Series will help to ensure it is an integral part of their early education. It offers easy-to-implement outdoor play activities and practical advice on managing and evaluating provision, whatever size the outdoor space is and whatever the weather does!

The ideas range in complexity, from ‘getting started’ activities for less experienced practitioners, to more challenging strategies for those who have used Forest School ideas. Julie Mountain’s wealth of knowledge and abundance of creativity and enthusiasm shines through with activities involving mark making, storytelling, communicating, exploration, maths and mud!

100 Ideas – Outstanding Teaching for Primary Teachers by Stephen Lockyer

The pressure to constantly teach outstanding lessons and to be prepared for no-notice inspections can sometimes be overwhelming for teachers. In his debut of the 100 series, Stephen Lockyer uses his creativity, experience and fear of teaching the same lesson twice to present 100 of his very best ideas.

This is a compendium of originality full of quick, practical and easy to implement ideas to help teachers achieve outstanding teaching and create a positive, inspiring and exciting learning environment for every child. Every idea includes step-by-step instructions, teaching tips and links to online resources and useful websites.

100 Ideas Teaching Philosophy and Ethics for Secondary Teachers by John L. Taylor

How do you teach a subject that has no ‘right’ answers? Philosophical and ethical concepts can be overwhelming to students who have not encountered them before, and complex arguments can be difficult to navigate. John L. Taylor’s book helps you engage your class and have them reading, writing, talking and thinking philosophically.

Starting with introductory ideas such as ‘a guided tour of philosophy land’, the book moves on to: ideas for stimulating and managing student discussions and debates; guidance for effective research, and; methods to support students with their essays, presentations and projects. There are also tips for getting the best out of quieter students, and ideas for taking philosophy beyond the classroom. Hashtags and websites providing resources to enliven your classes are included throughout the book.


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