With pupils now very much back to school and back to hard work here in the UK, we wanted to look into ways to make the next school term much more exciting. Being able to keep pupils engaged in lessons helps to stimulate the mind and they are much more likely to take in and remember the lesson contents. Even laughing leads to better learning! A University psychologist found that students were more likely to recall a statistics lecture when it was interjected with jokes about relevant topics. This fun-based learning even continues into secondary school and universities. In research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, 57% of students say they would be able to concentrate more on tasks if there’s an element of fun added.
Therefore, we want to share with you some fantastic resources and equipment for teachers that you may not be aware of. These resources can help to save you a bunch of time and make your lessons more fun whilst teaching the curriculum.
Planboard is an online and mobile lesson planner for teachers which can be accessed from anywhere. Use it as a tool to easily create lesson plans, monitor class progression and share lessons with your colleagues. Download it on the App Store or Google Play Store.
Laura Jonson, Marketing Director:
“Planboard makes it simple to get organized and reduce your classroom prep time. Accessible from iOS and Android mobile devices, you can plan lessons anywhere. You can attach and align to curriculum sets for learning progression monitoring, all while managing your schedule with ease. Best of all, it’s free for individual teachers.”
Teachthought has a mission to grow teachers. Founded and directed by a former classroom teacher, it is a great resource for those wanting to find content and a way of learning which has been developed to provide innovation in education.
Terry Heick, Director:
“TeachThought is about change, more than anything. ‘Innovation’ is one way to put it, which we pursue through the growth of teachers. But more than anything else, TeachThought seeks to reimagine teaching and learning for a modern world: What students learn, how they learn, and what they do with what they come to know. New spaces are a big part of that–learning spaces that are digital and mobile, but also inherently global and (hopefully) human.”
As modest as we are, we had to include our staging of course! In particular we wanted to add our Q-Build staging to this list. Our products offer flexibility and easy way to create a performance space for events and classroom learning. We recognise that learning on stage, whether that’s in early years education all the way up to higher education, helps improve development in many aspects. This includes pupils learning how to express themselves and communicate. All of which fully supports the EYFS Framework.
The SMARTSACK™ is a super handy addition to the classroom. This over-the-chair storage system for pupils enables them to keep their essentials close to hand during the school day. Simple yet effective, this great product has won awards. The SMARTSACK™ has a number of storage pockets, can easily be taken to each lesson and can even be used to as a seat for outdoor learning.
Codecademy is rethinking education from the bottom up. They have created an engaging educational experience in order to effectively teach coding. It caters for a range of age groups but those 12 and over can get learning Python, Ruby, PHP and more. It is used in over 1000 UK schools.
Unique Planners by Priongs
Unique Planners By Pirongs are built with the busiest teachers in mind. Their planners are built to be super durable and easy to use. Customise them with your own pages such as classroom seating plans and designs. What’s more they’re handmade in Britain!
Teachers Pay Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers is an online community where teachers can share their work with one another by buying and selling educational resources. There are now over 4M active members on the site!
Share My Lesson
Share My Lesson is an online destination where educators can contribute content and share ideas. Find free resources with ratings from dedicated educators – there’s over 300,000 on the site!
TED-Ed is an educational organisation that provides online talks for free distribution. You can use these videos to create lessons and completely tweak them to however you would like. They are fantastic videos which combine educators with engaging animation.
Nessy is a fantastic resource in order to help teach reading, writing and spelling to children with Dyslexia. They also believe learning happens when it’s fun! Their different approach to learning means you can help children who may just lean a little differently.
The Sticker Factory
What teacher doesn’t need stickers right?! Whether it’s congratulating a pupils on their good work or adding them just for fun when marking, The Sticker Factory has every design you could imagine. Plus you can also create your very own personalised set for your school or class!