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The Book of Plenary
here endeth the lesson...
Part of Phil Beadle's How to Teach Series.
If you buy only one book on metacognitive strategies for the last ten minutes of the lesson this year, make it this one!
The Book of Plenary is part of Phil Beadle's How To Teach series, in which he examines in detail every aspect of the modern classroom. The first half of this volume gives interested teachers a series of easy-to-set-up activities that make plenaries engaging and worthwhile. The second half is a detailed and almost serious examination of metacognition in the classroom. It seeks to give teachers the stimulus to prepare and research plenaries fully so that they actively seek to develop the metacognitive experience, knowledge and self regulation of students. Distanced from glib 'learn-to-learn' programmes, this book engages with available research about metacognition and presents its relevance to the classroom in a lively, although sometimes childish, manner.
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I found Phil Beadle's latest book, which focuses upon the importance of 'plenaries' -- the summing up of learning in a lesson -- really useful and engaging as well. If I'm honest, it's a part of my teaching repertoire that I could do with significantly improving since too often I don't plan for my plenaries in a satisfactory fashion. Phil shows how the latest educational research by experts like Hattie, Wiliam and host of other teachers indicates that when you get the plenary right you attain much better results and improve children's learning generally. I really like the no-nonsense tips like ending lessons with the learning objectives and starting with a gag; they're workable and don't involve tonnes of preparation. As ever with Phil's books -- and work generally -- thoroughly recommended. He's a very rare voice of sanity and good fun in an increasingly dogmatic and dispiriting educational landscape.Francis Gilbert author of 'I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here',