See Itslife Library for other reading / links
Some of the best sites with a range of information, advice, resources and other items, and which don't fit in a single category.
AddprimaAn American site dedicated to Education Information for New and Future Teachers, by Bob Kizlic. The content of the site shows what a prolific author Bob is, and there is much worthwhile content to browse, download and try out. Starts at: http://www.adprima.com/mainmenu.htm
Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan has a general section on teaching and learning aimed at helping teachers, and it is at http://www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/teachings.php
- The introduction says 'if you want to help your learners progress
successfully to a job, a further course or self-employment and,
crucially, to realise their potential in the 21st century workplace,
this resource is for you. You will find links to resources that support
the development of learners' 21st century employability skills. The
resources have mostly been developed in the Teaching and Learning
Programme, some in specific curriculum areas. You will find them
valuable for use in other subjects and across the curriculum. The
resources are categorised by skills and include guidance on how you
might use them. You can also search by curriculum area. Starts at:
is probably the biggest official site for resources etc for the Lifeong Learning sector, and has recently had a revamp. The site draws together a large number of resources from diverse sources and web sites across the sector. Sections include:
Geoff Petty - Geoff is one of the best-selling writers and most engaging thinkers about education, and he has a very useful web site with much available for teachers at all levels. The site is at http://www.geoffpetty.com/index.html and is a must to visit
The Going for gold website contains 'links to resources that will help you develop and maintain outstanding provision in teaching and learning.' It looks promising to me.Going for gold is made up of two sections. The first section contains topics organised around the key evaluative statements in the part of the Ofsted Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills from September 2009 which covers the Quality of provision. The second section which will be available soon contains topics organised around the key evaluative statements in the part of the handbook which covers Leadership and management.
Guide to Effective Teaching and Learning is the result of a standards fund project between Sparsholt College Hampshire and the South East Land Based Colleges. It contains a good deal of useful content.
Infed.org, the site for Informal Learning, is simply one of the best educational web sites around. It's a comprehensive, accessible, absorbing, authoritative and well designed site. In fact it's an absolute gem, with masses of excellent content. The main site sections are :
Make sure you browse, as there is a huge amount on this site. http://www.infed.org/index.htm
The Institute for Learning (IfL) describes itself as 'the professional body for teachers, trainers, tutors and student teachers in the learning and skills sector. By listening to and supporting the needs of our members, we continue to raise the status of teaching practitioners across the sector. We celebrate the diverse nature of the sector, including: adult and community learning, emergency and public services, further education colleges, Ministry of Defence and armed services, the voluntary sector, offender education and work-based learning. We are run by a Council, over half of whom are elected from the membership. Council directs the strategic policy of the Institute, which is managed and implemented by staff.' At: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/
Learning and Teaching from James Atherton is 'three linked sites exploring learning and teaching in college, adult and professional education'. Excellent throughout, with sections on theory and practice, which are authoritative, informative and thought-provoking. http://www.learningandteaching.info/
DOCEO is one of the other sites, and is described as 'this site contains ideas and supporting material to complement my more focussed stuff. Most of it relates to learning and teaching, based on handouts and lecture digressions developed over the years.'. http://www.doceo.co.uk/
The more 'focussed stuff' is 'about theories of learning in a post-school educational context'. http://www.dmu.ac.uk/~jamesa/learning/index.htm
There is a how to teach section at http://www.dmu.ac.uk/~jamesa/teaching/contents.htm
Motivational Dialogue resource - useful for a variety of themes relating to teaching and learning, and at http://tlp.excellencegateway.org.uk/tlp/personalisation/md/resource/#content.php
One of the biggest programmes of research into teaching and learning has been taking place since 1999, and is due to continue until 2012. The programme has produced many publications and resources, and many are relevant to PCE.
The sections on- findings
are all very good, with many items to browse and use.
The ten pedagiogic principles produced by the project are really good for debating what teachers think is important about teaching and learning, and are at:
Starts at: http://www.tlrp.org/
Teacher training resource bank (ttrb)
The Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB) is a three-year project supported by the Training and Development Agency for Schools which aims to:
Make the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) professional knowledge base more easily accessible.
Reference effective practices in all subject areas and across phases.
Increase the quality and range of ITE resources available.
Raise the status of ITE research and knowledge.
Promote and effect change by supporting tested knowledge transfer and adoption strategies.
Provide a personalised support service for teacher educators and those training to teach.
It's aimed at teacher training in schools but there is much relevant content on the site for all teacher training. For example:
Tutors and trainees will find this guide useful in developing a critical approach to searching for education-based material on the web. It was produced by library staff from the University of London's Institute of Education and forms part of INTUTE's Virtual Training Suite.
It complements and follows on from the Internet Detective tutorial that is a more widely based guide to using the web for research.
The Behaviour 4 Learning website aims to ensure that teacher educators and trainees are provided with high quality relevant resources that enable trainers and trainees engage with the principles of behaviour for learning to improve the management of classroom behaviour, enable achievement and foster the emotional wellbeing of learners.
The TTRB is at http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/
Teachers TV content is now available on the TES website in agreement with the Department of Education. TES has brought back all 3,500 Teachers TV programmes which are available for teachers to use for free, though all content is protected by Crown Copyright. Teachers TV was a government funded TV and online video service that operated until April 2011. Teachers TV supported the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Teachers TV supplied professional development videos and resources by going inside classrooms and into schools to help save time with practical tips, lesson ideas and classroom resources. Now at http://www.tes.co.uk/MyPublicProfile.aspx?uc=447531&event=21