Exams, Tests, Revision Pocketbook

By Mike Gershon. Alresford, Hants: Teachers’ Pocketbooks, 2016

“When it comes to exams, tests and revision, there is no magical solution guaranteeing high performance across the board ... But there are many things we can do to give our students the very best chance of success. These include: using time efficiently; modelling; focusing on exam technique; planning engaging revision techniques; making good use of mark-schemes, past papers and examiners’ reports; promoting independent learning; calling on the findings of cognitive psychology. This book will provide you with a host of practical strategies, activities and techniques connected to these areas. You’ll find the tools you need to make revision lessons engaging, to guide students through the exam obstacle course, and to maximise the effectiveness of the time you and they spend together” (p. 4).

Heather has two mummies

By Lesléa Newman; illustrated by Laura Cornell. London: Walker Books, 2015

“[T]his delightful, important modern classic is back by public demand — revitalised in an updated, beautifully illustrated new edition for young readers … [It tells] the story of a little girl called Heather. Heather’s favourite number is two — she has two arms, two legs, two pets and two lovely mummies. But when Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy — and Heather doesn’t have a daddy! But then the class all draw portraits of their families, and not one single drawing is the same. Heather and her classmates realise it doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the most important thing is that all the people in it love one another very much” (publisher website).

Strategic questioning: a stimulus for professional discussion [DVD]

[Carlton, Vic]: Curriculum Corporation, 2008

“This DVD explores the link between questioning and assessment for learning. It contains film footage of interviews with teachers about their use of questioning, and classroom footage showing teachers implementing aspects of strategic questioning.

“Some of the areas of strategic questioning featured are: preparing key questions; building on ‘wrong’ answers; asking open questions; using wait time; hands down; prompting student response; asking closed questions, and; responding positively to students” (back cover).

Talking to my country

By Stan Grant. Sydney: HarperCollins, 2016

“Talking to my country is Stan Grant’s very personal meditation on race, identity and history.

It is that rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country — what it is, and what it could be.

Direct, honest and forthright, Stan is talking to us all. He might not have all the answers but he wants us to keep on asking the questions: is this the country that we want to have? And how can we be better?” (book jacket).

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