The A Level Mindset

40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity

Author: Steve Oakes,Martin Griffin

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 178583052X

Category: Education

Page: 160

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In The A Level Mindset, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin share the secrets of coaching students to develop the characteristics, habits and mindsets which will help them realise their potential. Those students who make real and sustained progress at A level aren't necessarily the ones with superb GCSEs. Some students leap from average results aged 16 to outstanding results aged 18. Others seem to hit a ceiling. But why? It was in trying to answer this question that the VESPA system emerged. Steve and Martin have cut through the noise surrounding character development and identified five key characteristics that all students need to be successful: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude. These characteristics beat cognition hands down. Successful students approach their studies with the right behaviours, skills and attitudes: they understand how to learn and revise effectively, they’re determined and organised, they give more discretionary effort and they get top results. Success at A level is a result of character, not intelligence. Much has been written about growth mindsets and character development in recent years, but teachers are still left wondering how to apply these ideas in their contexts: how can these theories help learners in practice? Taking cues from the work of Peter Clough, Carol Dweck and Angela Lee Duckworth, and informed by their collective 30 plus years of teaching and coaching, Steve and Martin have spent years researching how character and behaviours affect student outcomes in their sixth form. After identifying the core traits that contributed to student success, they developed practical activities to help every student develop the A Level Mindset. Discover 40 concrete, practical and applicable tools and strategies that will supercharge learners’ ambition, organisation, productivity, persistence and determination. Suitable for teachers, tutors, heads of sixth form or anyone else who wants to help A level students achieve their potential, The A Level Mindset offers 40 easy-to-use activities to develop students' resilience, commitment, buoyancy, motivation and determination. It could be your key to transforming student outcomes.

The GCSE Mindset

40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity

Author: Steve Oakes,Martin Griffin

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785832883

Category: Education

Page: 248

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The GCSE Mindset: 40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity, written by Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin, offers a wealth of concrete, practical and applicable tools designed to supercharge GCSE students’ resilience, positivity, organisation and determination. At a time when GCSE teaching can feel like a conveyor belt of micromanaged lessons and last-ditch interventions, Steve and Martin – acclaimed authors of The A Level Mindset – suggest a different approach, underpinned by their VESPA model of essential life skills: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude. These five non-cognitive characteristics beat cognition hands down as predictors of academic success, and in The GCSE Mindset Steve and Martin take this simple model as their starting point and present a user-friendly month-by-month programme of activities, resources and strategies that will help students break through barriers, build resilience, better manage their workload and ultimately release their potential – both in the classroom and beyond. The book’s forty activities, while categorised thematically under the VESPA umbrella, have been sequenced chronologically by month in order to better chart the student’s journey through the academic year and to help them navigate the psychological terrain ahead. Each activity can be delivered one-to-one, to a tutor group or to a whole cohort, has been designed to take fifteen to twenty minutes to complete, and has been written with a pupil audience in mind. However, to complement the tasks’ practical utility, the authors also explore the underpinning research and theory – including the pioneering work of Angela Duckworth, Dr Steve Bull and Carol Dweck – in more detail in the introduction to each section. Informed by the authors’ collective thirty-plus years of teaching and coaching, this essential handbook for GCSE success also suggests key coaching questions and interventions for use with pupils and includes expert guidance on how schools can implement and audit the core components and outcomes of the VESPA approach in their own settings. Additionally – and indeed pertinently in the present educational environment where empirical data is valued so highly – the book features a chapter dedicated to the measurement of mindset, written by guest contributors Dr Neil Dagnall and Dr Andrew Denovan from Manchester Metropolitan University. They present the twenty-eight-item VESPA questionnaire, which they helped Steve and Martin to design, and take the reader through the research process behind its origins before going on to describe how it can be used to identify areas for development and to measure the impact of interventions. Suitable for teachers, tutors and parents who want to boost 14–16-year-olds’ academic outcomes and equip them with powerful tools and techniques in preparation for further education and employment. Chapters include: 1. The VESPA Model: An Introduction to VESPA; 2. Using This Book; 3. September: Start with the Why; 4. October: Mapping the Journey; 5. November: Leading and Lagging Indicators; 6. December: The Three Phases of Practice; 7. January: Agency and Efficacy; 8. February: Effort is Relative; 9. March: Fight or Flight; 10. April: Changing Lanes, Finding Flow; 11. May: Well-Being and Stress Management; 12. Coaching with VESPA; 13. Implementation: Putting VESPA into Action; 14. Measuring Mindset Using Psychometric Tests by Neil Dagnall and Andrew Denovan.

The a Level Mindset Student Workbook

40 Activities for Transforming Commitment, Motivation and Productivity

Author: Steve Oakes,M. A Griffin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785830792

Category: Education

Page: 100

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Successful students approach their studies with the right behaviours, skills and attitudes: they understand how to learn and revise effectively, they're determined and organised, they give more discretionary effort and they get top results. Success at A level is a result of character, not intelligence. The A Level Mindset Student Workbook offers students a structured way to work through the 40 activities in The A Level Mindset (ISBN 9781785830242) by Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin. It coaches students to develop the key characteristics which will help them be successful at A level: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude. With space for students to record and reflect on their answers, along with plenty of advice for improvement and self-development based on the authors' experience as heads of a successful sixth form, the student workbook is an essential tool to help students with their time management, commitment, motivation and study habits -- which will ultimately help them achieve. Sold in packs of 25, the workbook sets are ideally suited for A level class teachers, and heads of sixth forms or colleges, who want their classes to benefit from the A level mindset and are using The A Level Mindset. Suitable for teachers, tutors, heads of sixth form or anyone else who wants to help A level students achieve their potential, The A Level Mindset offers 40 easy-to-use activities to develop students' resilience, commitment, buoyancy, motivation and determination. It could be your key to transforming student outcomes.

The Student Mindset

A 30-Item Toolkit for Anyone Learning Anything

Author: Steve Oakes,Martin Griffin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785833083

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 200

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Provides clear, effective and engaging tools for transforming commitment, motivation and productivity. Carol Dweck, whose work on mindset has been one of the most influential pieces of research for modern educational practice, proposes that each person has predominantly either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. People with fixed mindsets tend to believe that intelligence is fixed and that their intellectual ability, skill set or life chances can't be improved, whereas those with growth mindsets believe that they can. It's not quite that simple, however, and over the last few years schools have put a lot of work into moving learners towards developing a growth mindset. Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin, two of the most prominent practitioners of this initiative, have now produced The Student Mindset especially for students who wish to develop the characteristics and habits necessary for sustained success in college, university and life. They have selected some of the most powerful tools and techniques from their work in schools - including a range of effective project-management, prioritisation, stress-reduction, procrastination-busting and mindset-development strategies - and packaged them into this outstanding practical guide to becoming a successful and confident student.

Release your inner drive

Everything you need to know about how to get good at stuff

Author: Bradley Busch,Edward Watson

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785832409

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

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Customer Notice: this book contains a large amount of image-based text therefore any digital version would be better rendered by being viewed using large screen devices. Release Your Inner Drive: Everything You Need to Know about How to Get Good at Stuff by Bradley Busch and Edward Watson is a book of infographics designed to show teenagers how they can excel at school and in life. But while the graphics are certainly colourful and eye-catching, this is so much more than a book of pretty pictures. The graphics distil the latest research into psychology and neuroscience, alongside explanations of what exactly this means for teenagers and what they can do with these insights in practice. We know more than ever about the science of learning, and now everyone can quickly tap into the success strategies that have been proven to help people thrive and flourish. Have you ever wondered how people get really good at stuff? It turns out that there are a collection of habits that help people to get good at whatever it is they do. Researchers and academics in the fields of psychology and neuroscience have spent years trying to understand why some people flourish and others never truly fulfil their potential. Bradley and Edward have condensed that wisdom into this no-nonsense, visual guide which also provides clear explanations of the concepts, along with links to the latest research, for those who want to delve deeper into these fascinating insights. Each infographic distils everything you need to know to cultivate these habits and give yourself the best possible chance of success. Discover how to: take control, concentrate better, find your motivation, fail better, make revision stick, perform under pressure, ace those exams, put down that phone when you’re meant to be revising, get over FOMO, stop procrastinating, get a good night’s sleep, take care of yourself and your mental health, learn from sporting champions and grow your mindset to get ahead. The book is also ideal for anyone who has children and wants to nurture their talents, or for teachers who want to ensure that their students develop the attitudes, beliefs and habits that maximise learning and performance. Contents include: How to Read This Book; 1. Decide Where You Are Going – Own the Destination; 2. Master Yourself – It Begins with You; 3. Fail Better – The Power of Failure; 4. Performing Under Pressure – Deliver Your Best When It Matters the Most; 5. Make Your Learning Stick – Maximise Your Revision; 6. Excellence in Exams – Get the Grades You Deserve; 7. Sleep Your Way to Success – Sleep Tight, Think Right; 8. Looking After Me – How to Be Kind to Yourself; 9. Lessons from the Sporting Greats – Learn from Champions; 10. Mindset Matters – Stories and Science of Growth Mindset; What Now? Suitable for young people and anyone who wants to help them achieve their potential, including parents and teachers.

Cambridge International AS and A Level Sociology Coursebook

Author: Chris Livesey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107673399

Category: Education

Page: 380

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This revised set of resources for Cambridge International AS and A Level Sociology syllabus (9699) is thoroughly updated for the latest syllabus. Written by a highly experienced author, the Coursebook provides comprehensive support for the syllabus. Accessible language combined with the clear, visually-engaging layout makes this an ideal resource for the course. Discussion of significant sociological research, case studies, explanation of key terms and questions within the text reinforce knowledge. Stimulating activities build interpretation and application as well as analytical and evaluation skills. Revision checklists help in consolidating understanding. The book provides complete exam support with each chapter culminating in exam-style questions and a further chapter dedicated to revision, and examination skills and practice. A Teacher's CD-ROM is also available.

The Sixth Form Poet

Deep Thoughts and Wise Words

Author: Summersdale,Tom McLaughlin

Publisher: Summersdale Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781849533195

Category: Humor

Page: 128

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I think the Rorschach family next door look lovely, but my flatmate thinks they look like church-burning Satanists. Weird. I just killed a mouse. It was a copycat murder. My friend said he’d give me £100 if I did a bungee jump. I wasn’t falling for that. Since 2011, the mysterious figure known only as Sixth Form Poet has attracted over 50,000 followers on Twitter with his offbeat, witty and pun-laden observations on modern life. This collection brings together the best of his pithy one-liners and whimsical poems, brought to life with Tom McLaughlin’s quirky illustrations. Dive into Sixth Form Poet’s world—after all, as he says, "It would be so cool if I had lots of fans."

Educating the More Able Student

What works and why

Author: Martin Stephen,Ian Warwick

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473927803

Category: Education

Page: 240

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An unprecedented collaboration between leading names from the independent and state sectors, this thought-provoking book addresses the current crisis in education for the most able. Grounded in the classroom, the authors draw on their own first-hand experiences and international research to scrutinise techniques and practices from leading countries, exploring the more divisive issues that have damaged teaching worldwide. Demonstrating what works well in teaching the most able, and also what does not work, the book offers a radical solution, a stimulus to thought and a way forward for teachers, academics and all those with responsibility for ensuring high standards in education, including governments and members of regulatory authorities. Considering it for your course reading list? Lecturers can order their e-inspection copy!

The Progress Principle

Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work

Author: Teresa Amabile,Steven Kramer

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422142736

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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What really sets the best managers above the rest? It’s their power to build a cadre of employees who have great inner work lives—consistently positive emotions; strong motivation; and favorable perceptions of the organization, their work, and their colleagues. The worst managers undermine inner work life, often unwittingly. As Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer explain in The Progress Principle, seemingly mundane workday events can make or break employees’ inner work lives. But it’s forward momentum in meaningful work—progress—that creates the best inner work lives. Through rigorous analysis of nearly 12,000 diary entries provided by 238 employees in 7 companies, the authors explain how managers can foster progress and enhance inner work life every day. The book shows how to remove obstacles to progress, including meaningless tasks and toxic relationships. It also explains how to activate two forces that enable progress: (1) catalysts—events that directly facilitate project work, such as clear goals and autonomy—and (2) nourishers—interpersonal events that uplift workers, including encouragement and demonstrations of respect and collegiality. Brimming with honest examples from the companies studied, The Progress Principle equips aspiring and seasoned leaders alike with the insights they need to maximize their people’s performance.

Ashes of the Mind

War and Memory in Northern Literature, 1865-1900

Author: Martin Griffin

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558496903

Category: History

Page: 265

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The memory of the American Civil War took many forms over the decades after the conflict ended: personal, social, religious, and political. It was also remembered and commemorated by poets and fiction writers who understood that the war had bequeathed both historical and symbolic meanings to American culture. Although the defeated Confederacy became best known for producing a literature of nostalgia and an ideological defensiveness intended to protect the South's own version of history, authors loyal to the Union also confronted the question of what the memory of the war signified, and how to shape the literary response to that individual and collective experience. In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners--three poets and two fiction writers--who over a period of four decades tried to understand and articulate the landscape of memory in postwar America, and in particular in that part of the nation that could, with most justification, claim the victory of its beliefs and values. The book begins with an examination of the rhetorical grandeur of James Russell Lowell's Harvard Commemoration Ode, ranges across Herman Melville's ironic war poetry, Henry James's novel of North-South reconciliation, The Bostonians, and Ambrose Bierce's short stories, and ends with the bitter meditation on race and nation presented by Paul Laurence Dunbar's elegy "Robert Gould Shaw." Together these texts reveal how a group of representative Northern writers were haunted in different ways by the memory of the conflict and its fraught legacy. Griffin traces a concern with individual and community loss, ambivalence toward victory, and a changing politics of commemoration in the writings of Lowell, Melville, James, Bierce, and Dunbar. What links these very different authors is a Northern memory of the war that became more complex and more compromised as the century went on, often replacing a sense of justification and achievement with a perception of irony and failed promise.

Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Author: David Allen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780142000281

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 267

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ALLEN/GETTING THINGS DONE

Cambridge IGCSE® and O Level Global Perspectives Coursebook

Author: Keely Laycock

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316611108

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 245

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Skills-focused resources to support the study of Cambridge IGCSE® and O Level Global Perspectives, for first examination in 2018. Feel confident exploring key global issues from multiple perspectives with Cambridge IGCSE® and O Level Global Perspectives, a brand new coursebook from Cambridge University Press to support study of the Cambridge IGCSE® and O Level Global Perspectives syllabuses, for first examination in 2018. Taking a completely skills-based approach, and written by a Global Perspectives specialist, the coursebook is structured around the key skills students must demonstrate, with references to relevant syllabus set topics. Each chapter contains multiple activities to encourage active engagement, assessment practice opportunities and differentiation support so that teachers can focus on the particular needs of their class.

The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take

Author: Lucy Parsons

Publisher: John Catt Educational

ISBN: 9781911382195

Category:

Page: N.A

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Straight A student, Cambridge graduate, teacher and former A Level examiner Lucy Parsons gives you a complete formula for getting the top grades every time. Starting with unlocking your motivation and fixing your exams mindset, she guides you through a practical system that will banish procrastination and empower you to work towards your exams.

I Hate Revision

Study Skills and Revision Techniques for Gcse, A-Level and Undergraduate Exams

Author: Robert Blakey

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781291562699

Category: Education

Page: 170

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Can't be bothered to revise? Find yourself putting work off? Can't get the information to stick in memory? Then this is the book for you. Written by a student for students, this advanced guide to revision techniques aims to convert your hard work into GCSE, A-level and undergraduate exam success. The author achieved straight A*s at GCSE and A-level and is now a psychology undergraduate at the University of Oxford. This combination of current practical experience and interest in psychological research provides a unique perspective on motivation and memory - the two ingredients of successful revision. The book is written by a student who believes that everyone with the strategies to achieve will achieve. The author's first book - titled 'How to Achieve 100% in a GCSE' and written at the age of 16 - sold over 6,000 copies and was featured in the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Sunday Express magazine. The current book - 'I hate revision' - is packed full of brand new advice.

The Happy Student

5 Steps to Academic Fulfillment and Success

Author: Daniel Wong

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 161448127X

Category: Education

Page: 258

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The Happy Student is written by a student for students. Daniel Wong doesn't have a PhD in education or psychology, but his transformation from unhappy overachiever to happy straight-A student has given him unique insight into what motivates students intrinsically. By sharing with readers his personal story and the five-step program he has developed, unmotivated students everywhere will understand how they, too, can find deep satisfaction in the pursuit of academic success.

High Expectations Teaching

How We Persuade Students to Believe and Act on "Smart Is Something You Can Get"

Author: Jon Saphier

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506356818

Category: Education

Page: 248

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The myth of fixed intelligence debunked For all the productive conversation around “mindsets,” what’s missing are the details of how to convince our discouraged and underperforming students that “smart is something you can get.” Until now. With the publication of High-Expectations Teaching, Jon Saphier reveals once and for all evidence that the bell curve of ability is plain wrong—that ability is something that can be grown significantly if we can first help students to believe in themselves. In drill-down detail, Saphier provides an instructional playbook for increasing student confidence and agency in the daily flow of classroom life: Powerful strategies for attribution retraining, organized around 50 Ways to Get Students to Believe in Themselves Concrete examples, scripts, and classroom structures and routines for empowering student agency and choice Dozens of accompanying videos showing high-expectations strategies in action All children in all schools, regardless of income or social class, will benefit from the strategies in this book. But for children of poverty and children of color, our proficiency with these skills is essential . . . in many ways life saving. Jon Saphier challenges us all—educators, students, and parents—to get started today. About Jon Saphier The author of nine books, including The Skillful Teacher, Jon Saphier is founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT), a professional development organization dedicated since 1979 to improving classroom teaching and school leadership throughout the United States and internationally.

Cambridge Checkpoint English Coursebook 8

Author: Marian Cox

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107690994

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 190

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The Cambridge Checkpoint English suite provides a comprehensive, structured resource which covers the Secondary 1 framework for English and seamlessly progresses into the next key stage (covered by our Cambridge IGCSE® First Language English series). This lively stage 8 Coursebook contains 12 themed units providing comprehensive coverage of the revised Cambridge Secondary 1 syllabus. As the core component in this suite, this title includes coverage of the five content areas (Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation, Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening). Additional features include rigorous language practice and teaching of key concepts, engaging activities to develop reading and writing skills, integrated speaking and listening tasks and a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts from around the world. A skill-building, write-in workbook and a Teacher's Resource CD-ROM are available separately.

Visible Learning

A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement

Author: John Hattie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134024126

Category: Education

Page: 392

View: 9108

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This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding. The research involves many millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influence of the student, home, school, curricula, teacher, and teaching strategies. A model of teaching and learning is developed based on the notion of visible teaching and visible learning. A major message is that what works best for students is similar to what works best for teachers – an attention to setting challenging learning intentions, being clear about what success means, and an attention to learning strategies for developing conceptual understanding about what teachers and students know and understand. Although the current evidence based fad has turned into a debate about test scores, this book is about using evidence to build and defend a model of teaching and learning. A major contribution is a fascinating benchmark/dashboard for comparing many innovations in teaching and schools.