• Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2009

      Sorbonne Confidential

      by Laurel Zuckerman

      After losing her high tech job in Paris, Alice Wunderland dreams of a new, unemployment-proof career as English teacher and decides to dedicate a year to training for France's prestigious competitive exam; After all, she reasons, how hard can it be for an educated American to pass a test in English? She enrolls at the Sorbonne, but her Arizona English fails to impress. Even Shakespeare's English falls short. Only one English will do: Sorbonne English! Even while learning this new language, Alice vows to investigate: Why devise an English exam that few native speakers can pass ? Could this explain why French schoolchildren rank last for English skills in Europe? Is it true that Frenchness is a question of formatting? If so, can a foreigner even one with French nationality ever become truly French? As riots break out in France among the children of immigrants, Alice cannot help but wonder: could there be any connection between her bewildering experience and theirs? A hilarious, hair-raising insider's look at the esoteric world of French Education. (Harriet Welty Rochefort --author of French Toast).

    • Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)
      March 2015

      Redesigning Learning Spaces

      by Erin Klein, Thomas C. Murray, A.J. Juliani, and Ben Gilpin

    • Teaching of students with specific learning difficulties / needs
      July 2005

      Language for Thinking

      A Structured Approach for Young Children

      by Anna Branagan, Stephen Parsons

      You may wish to use drama in a teaching or group situation but lack either the confidence to speak in character or the time to develop a role and/or workshop. This book solves both of these problems by providing the words to speak, an established well-worked lesson plan to use and an easy format to follow for multiple adaptations and future dramas. If you have experience of using drama, the ideas in this book will inspire and assist your creative lessons. Intensely practical and hands-on, this is a book of scripts and drama-workshop breakdowns designed especially for people with special needs, including those with PMLD or Autistic Spectrum Disorders. - Each script format and workshop plan has been fully worked with groups of varying ages and abilities and includes valuable notes of experience - documenting lessons where the unexpected happened and how it was handled. - As with any group of special people, getting to know their needs is paramount in order to gear the drama towards their specific requirements, however, these script formats are guaranteed to work even on a first meeting! - Just follow the script as written or substitute the characters and situations themselves to create limitless drama possibilities.

    • Teaching of students with emotional & behavioural difficulties
      September 2015

      Talkabout for Teenagers

      Developing Social & Emotional Communication Skills

      by Alex Kelly, Brian Sains

      A complete groupwork resource offering a hierarchical approach to teaching social and relationship skills to teenagers. Designed specifically for teenagers, this practical workbook provides ready-made material for running social and relationship skills groups with older children and young adults. Divided into five, hierarchical modules – self awareness and self esteem; body language; conversational skills; friendship skills; assertiveness skills– each module includes a teaching plan with worksheets and photocopiable resources. Includes a short assessment to highlight the module that is most appropriate to teach and the skills within that module that are relevant. Provides a short guide to running successful social skills groups, for example, the numbers for each group, group rules, developing group cohesion, how to set up a role play. The Talkabout series is an extremely successful, hierarchical approach to teaching social skills and Talkabout for Teenagers is ideal for all professionals working with teenagers with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      March 1997

      Creative Games in Groupwork

      by Robin Dynes

      Presented in a format that immediately allows you to see what materials are needed, how much preparation is required and how each game is played, this book presents practical resource material in an accessible format. Ideas include: Introduction mixing exercises Games using gentle movement Exuberant games Puzzles brain teasers Verbal games Pen paper games ... and more. Includes a special outdoor selection, and advice on how to make your group successful.

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      January 1997

      Creative Music in Groupwork

      by Chris Auchenbach

      This is is an inspirational manual that offers users effective ways of entering the field of music groupwork with adults of all ages and abilities. Contains practical ideas for instrumental, vocal and listening activities, ranging from basic directing gestures, clapping and free improvisation to chanting. Pays attention to groups with particular needs, such as elderly people and those with learning disabilities.

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      August 1998

      Groupwork with Learning Disabilities

      Creative Drama

      by Anna Chesner

      This practical manual is for anyone who has the opportunity of facilitating creative drama for people with learning disabilities. Other basic principles of working, different approaches to drama and specific structures that can be easily used. Demonstrates how creative drama can deliver many benefits to both individuals and groups including increased tolerance and respect, enhancing self esteem and developing social skills. Includes many easy-to-follow exercises and photocopiable activities that can be used with every group.

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      February 2000

      The Non-Competitive Activity Book

      by Robin Dynes

      This superb practical handbook contains 100 activities that are non-competitive and can be used across the whole age spectrum with individuals or groups. It provides indispensable material for use with learning disabilities, mental health, physical disabilities and regressed psychiatric or geriatric patients. The non-competitive nature of these activities ensures that people feel safe in making a contribution, and fear of failure or disappointment is effectively eliminated. Divided into photocopiable sections, these provide a session format that focuses on maintaining and increasing the function of the whole person. An ideal resource for day centres, hospitals, care homes and the creative group leader.

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      January 2003

      Themed Activities for People with Learning Difficulties

      by Orchard Hill College, Melinda Hutchinson

      User-friendly and practical, this is an excellent resource for all professionals looking to run creative sessions with people with profound and complex learning difficulties. Using a selection of twenty everyday objects, it provides resource materials, ideas and flexible structures to extend and complement professionals' existing approaches. Examines a range of teaching approaches, ideas for adapting activities and equipment, and how to present materials and tasks to the student. Provides ideas, work outlines, activities and methods, recording sheets and photocopiable materials. Can be used with individuals and groups in a variety of settings, including educational establishments, day provisions or at home. Designed to provide opportunities for participation at all ability levels. With the help of this book, the list of object-based activities is endless!

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      December 2004

      Positive Interaction Skills

      A Group Therapy Manual

      by Robin Dynes

      Positive Interaction Skills provides group facilitators with a flexible programme to enable participants to develop good personal interaction skills. The programme can be adapted to suit a wide variety of groups, settings and needs. Full guidance notes for facilitators, session plans, handouts and activities are provided to enable the session themes to be fully developed. The book is planned so that sessions can be used independently as required to meet specific needs. This practical and thought-provoking resource is filled with workable ideas that can be used to improve interaction skills in meaningful ways. It is an indispensable resource.

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      October 2004

      The Art Activity Manual

      A Groupwork Resource

      by Marylyn Cropley

      A simple, flexible and practical approach to art activities, this book enables group members to explore and discover their own level of artistic skills, creative styles and preferences. The activities can be used by anyone, regardless of art ability, and there are more than 100 ideas and suggestions with detailed session plans. Based on 'doing and enjoying', the activities use the minimum of equipment and can be adapted to suit people with mixed abilities and level of need. Specifically designed for adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and sensory loss, people with mental health needs and older people, the activities can also be used by teachers and individual artists. Art is a powerful intervention and communication tool, and these activities can also be used to improve communication skills, build confidence and self-esteem, and develop self-awareness. The practical and non-prescriptive approach of this photocopiable book is ideal for all group facilitators who need a quick and easy way of using art activities therapeutically.

    • Education
      May 2007

      The Story Maker

      by Kirstin Lewis, Frances Dickens

      This innovative handbook aims to help children write creatively. Designed for children aged 4-11 years, it is suitable for children of all abilities. The strong visual emphasis will inspire children to write their own stories and expand their vocabulary. Writer's tips' front each of the twelve story elements; Characters; Feelings; Size; Speech & Sound; Speed; Settings; Texture; Colours; Objects; Time; and weather. Simple layout with colour coded tab system that will appeal to children and ESL Students. Fully illustrated in colour throughout to inspire story making Broadens vocabulary Photocopiable storyboards at the beginning of each section to encourage children to sequence Separate introduction for older children who can work alone Narrative planning explores story development and how links can be made.

    • Teaching of students with emotional & behavioural difficulties
      April 2008

      Practical Ideas for Emotional Intelligence

      by Jacqui Blades, Adele Clark

      This book covers a wide range of emotional literacy topics relevant to todays young people and can be used in any setting by learning mentors and other professionals. Each topic includes group and individual session activities, solutions to problems, take home tasks and tips for the professional. It can be used when designing and implementing individual behaviour plans (IEPs) and helping young people overcome the challenges in life. The topics covered are: profiling, changing, behavioural change, self-esteem, bereavement, family change, study skills, stress busting, motivation, self learning, drug awareness, bullying, school refusal and frustration. The book contains ideas and suggestions which can be readily adapted by the professional to best suit their setting It is one of the few resources which cover all aspects of emotional intelligence for all ability groups

    • Teaching of students with emotional & behavioural difficulties
      October 2008

      Behaviour 4 My Future

      by Susie Davis

      An emotional literacy programme for students at risk of exclusion. This highly practical emotional literacy resource engages young people and motivates them to improve their behaviour at school. It consists of 13 well structured sessions that have been designed to appeal to different learning styles and to encourage the development of the key skills and attitudes associated with emotional literacy. The sessions include: An audit of sutdents' work and behaviour Linking feelings, thinkings and behaviour Managing stress and anger in the classroom Understanding and profiling students' multiple intelligences Linking behaviour to future opportunities. Suitable for one-to-one and group work, this book includes set-up guidelines, photocopiable worksheets and a CD Rom. Each session is linked to the secondary SEAL outcomes.

    • Teaching of students with emotional & behavioural difficulties
      March 2008

      Its OK to be me

      by Annie Hamlaoui

      Workbook aimed at raising self-awareness and self-esteem. This is a practical workbook which takes children through a four-start guided journey: 1. Where am I now? A chance to find out more about myself and what makes me the person I am 2. Where do I want to be? Deciding how I would like things to be now and in the future 3. What are my next steps? What changes do I need to make? 4. How will I take those steps? Making a plan of action. The workbook offers opportunities to create a personal profile by identifying qualities and achievements and also an action plan for change. Can be used on a one-to-one basis and in small and large groups.

    • Education: care & counselling of students
      January 2009

      50 Top Tips for Managing Behaviour

      by Dave Stott

      A practical resource that utilises the SEBS philosophy (Teaching Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills). With a very 'hands-on' approach to managing behaviour all the scenarios in this resource are taken from real-life situations and can be used during staff training or simply as a reference book. The book reflects situations that confront educational professionals on a day-to-day basis: How to manage the student who always wants the last word Setting boundaries . Managing anger, including your own . Dealing with difficult parents . Successful lunchtimes . Creating an emotionally literate environment . Behaviour plans . Building self-esteem . Coping with difficult colleagues. A brilliant resource to have as part of an induction pack or as an essential companion to continuing professional development. All key stages.

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      June 2010

      Interactive Storytelling Second Edition

      Developing Inclusive Stories for Children & Adults

      by Keith Park

      For use with individual pupils aged from 8-15 years, younger children can also use it with an adult providing support. Ideally used in a one to one context, adult and pupil work through the statements together and produce a profile of the pupil at that specific point in time. The resource can also be utilised by an adult who knows the pupil, as a check for their perceptions of the social and emotional needs of that individual. For use as a development aid, to provide a discussion point and reference for gauging the direction a support programme could take. The indicator obtains information about the distance travelled by one child by comparing their current social and emotional competence with their previous level.

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs
      April 2012

      Sensory Dinosaurs

      by Jill Christmas

      An engaging and thoroughly well-thought out book that will help teachers, parents, carers and children in understanding why some children struggle in school as a result of sometimes undiagnosed or unrecognised challenges. A short description of a sensory/motor condition precedes each story – the challenges faced described through a variety of dinosaur characters. The story is followed up with a worksheet for the child and supporting adult to work through, and there are practical strategies recommended for both school and home. Each dinosaur has a different sensory condition, for example, Terri-dactyl who is afraid of heights and flying because his balance system is very sensitive and he can't join in with his friends because of his difficulties. Other dinosaurs and their conditions include: •Developmental Coordination Disorder•Dyspraxia/proprioception•Sensory processing/Sensory Integration Disorder•Asperger's syndrome•Self Esteem Issues•Joint hypermobility•Dyslexia•Balance difficultiesThe strategies are advisory only but simple and practical enough to be incorporated within a school or home setting with the minimum of cost. Sensory Dinosaurs provides an excellent platform for positive participation by the child in exploring the challenges they personally experience.

    • Teaching of students with emotional & behavioural difficulties

      Meeting Special Needs.

      by Selena Ledgerton. Cooper

    • Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs

      Practical Guide to Support Children With Speech and Language Difficulties

      by Mary Mountstephen

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