Teachit Talk

24th October 2013


A few helpful things ...

Teachit's aim has always been to help teachers. Whether that's through providing accessible resources, offering teaching ideas or providing you with an outlet to ask questions in our staffroom.

So if you're currently reading this with a cup of cold coffee, beneath an avalanche of paper work (while trying to mark books and prepare for parents' evening), then read on for some things which we hope will help you out.

Lindy Leslie
Teachit Editor

Quick links

» Two free interactives and Word document
» Topical treasure of the week
» Fun resources
» New teaching events calendar
» Share your resources
» News and competitions
» What's on
Dictionary challenge    

Dictionary challenge

Two free interactives and a Word document

Our Dictionary challenge resource is comprehensive and interactive, meaning you can sit back and relax (ahem) while your students race to complete the challenges.

N.B. All of our PDF files are free, but we've made the interactives and Word document parts of this resource free too (for a month) so that you can adapt and differentiate them for your classes, as you see fit!

» Download our Dictionary challenge resource

Topical treasure of the week


20 teaching ideas for ...

We've commissioned a collection of resources that will provide you with practical and dynamic teaching ideas and activities for key aspects of English teaching. Covering starters and plenaries, poetry, prose, differentiation and everything in between, you'll never be stuck for a teaching idea again!

» See our 20 teaching ideas for ... resources
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Flexible resources

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Reflection mat

Lighten the load by getting your students to assess themselves. Our reflection mat is perfect for some timely self-evaluation.

» Download our Reflection mat resource

Quick praise notes

Feedback made easy. These attractively designed notes mean you can be generous with the praise when time is tight!

» Download our Quick praise notes resource

Teaching events calendar

Our brand new cross-site teaching events calendar is filled with world events, festivals and celebrations that you may want to acknowledge. Many of the events come with links to resources to support your teaching and keep your lessons topical.

» View our Teaching events calendar

Share your resources

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Filling the gaps

While we're proud of the wide range of resources on Teachit, we aren't able to cover every single topic that you may be teaching (no matter how hard we try!). We do however, have a wonderful team of contributors to call on. So, if you're after something that we don't have, please do put a request in our staffroom or email me: lindy@teachit.co.uk. We'll put a 'shout out'!

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Hitting the headlines

Schools 'should teach parents alongside their children' (Telegraph)

Nick Clegg: Coalition not in crisis over free schools discord (BBC)

Mind your languages! UK is warned it cannot carry on at bottom of class (Independent)

Book news and competitions

Man Booker Prize: Eleanor Catton becomes youngest winner with The Luminaries

Students have the chance to win £1000 in the A Twist In the Tale competition, from Young Writers. Challenge them to add a spin to an original or well-known classic story in just 100 words.

What's on



The Culture Show: Samuel Johnson Prize 2013

A review of the six shortlisted books for this prestigious non-fiction prize.

Wed 30th Oct | 10.00pm – 11:20pm | BBC2


Orson Welles and The War of the Worlds - Myth or Legend?

Christopher Frayling explores the infamous CBS American radio dramatisation broadcast in 1938.

Sat 26th October | 8.00pm – 9.00pm | BBC Radio 4


Richard II

David Tennant wins praise for a 'mesmerising' performance, despite his hair extensions.

10th Oct – 16th Nov | RSC Stratford

» Visit the site for full theatre listings