Teachit Talk

11th July 2013


Time for a game or two?

The time has come to put the books away, get the sweets out and play some games – all with high educational value of course :-)

We've delved into our resource libraries and chosen some of our favourites below.

Have a brilliant summer!

Lindy Leslie
Teachit Editor

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Quick links

» Fun resources
» Topical treasure of the week
» Online tricks and treats
» Book news and competitions
» Free whizzy!
» Hitting the headlines
» The Poetry Place
» Share your resources!
» What's on

Fun resources

Dullard! is great for exploring language and encourages students to make more interesting word choices – through the medium of snap!

View more resources in our: KS3 > Skills > Lesson starters collection.
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A really fun resource (despite the title!), Save me from certain death asks students to decide who will have to jump from the balloon and sacrifice themselves for the greater good!

View more resources in our: KS4 > Skills > Speaking and listening tasks collection.
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Book news and competitions

Shakespeare's work is to be rewritten by authors, including Jeanette Winterson and Joanna Trollope, for 21st-century audiences.  
Students have the chance to win £1000 in the Young Writers A Twist In the Tale competition. Challenge them to add a spin to an original or well-known classic story in just 100 words!  

Hitting the headlines

Michael Gove axes six-week summer holidays for school (Guardian)

Progress of poor pupils key to 'outstanding' schools (BBC)

National Curriculum overhaul: pupils to study more Shakespeare (Telegraph)

The Poetry Place

The Poetry Place is designed to inspire if you're teaching poetry and are keen to pick up some fresh ideas to use in the classroom. You can talk to our resident poetry maestro Trevor, visit the Verse Surgery or hang out on the Street Corner – all designed to help you with any poetry issues you might have, from ways into poetry to getting students to write their own.

Topical treasure of the week

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  Travel writing is a fantastic way to get the students into a holiday mood. Selected by our guest student Amy this week, we hope you like it as much as she does!

View more resources in our: KS3 > Skills > Travel writing collection.

Online tricks and treats

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  Have you paid a visit to our Staffroom recently? There are lots of interesting conversations going on, from the best E-readers to teaching short stories ... come and join in!

Free whizzy!

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As an end of term present we've made Hangman free to all until the end of term. Play spontaneously or pre-prepare word lists – perfect for a quick starter or plenary.

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Share your resources!

There's always room for more on the Teachit team, and becoming a contributor is really very simple! Head over to our Share resources page, where you'll find our online Contributor form and Copyright and royalty agreement; we'll need these to publish your work. Once you've signed up, you'll have access to our online Submissions form. Simply give us a few details (title, topic, key stage, etc.) and upload your resources! As a thank-you for sharing your resources with others, we reward published contributors with ...
  • Royalties! We won't make you a millionaire, but you will receive a twice yearly cheque in the post.
  • Free access to all areas of the site, with access to all our adaptable and interactive resources.
  • A warm fuzzy feeling that you're supporting your fellow teachers with beautifully crafted resources!
If you'd like to put a smile on our faces, right now we're particularly looking for resources for Key Stage 5 English Language, Media Studies, Drama and intervention resources for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

What's on

Pride & Prejudice: Having a Ball
To mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, the Netherfield Ball has been recreated at Chawton House in Hampshire.

Sat 13th July | 12:35am - 2:05am | BBC2

A Good Read
Children's author Jacqueline Wilson and presenter Richard Osman discuss their favourite books, including The Orchard on Fire by Shena Mackay, and Towards the End of the Morning, by Michael Frayn.

Fri 12th July | 11.00pm - 11.30pm | BBC Radio 4

Murder, betrayal and the supernatural abound in Shakespeare's darkest tragedy.

2nd July - 13th October | The Globe

Visit the page on the site for our full theatre listings.