Oops! Helping children learn accidentally

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This book is about engaging learners in great learning. It's about the dance that happens behind positive engagement the cool moves and steps a teacher needs to choreograph in order to create a context where great learning can happen and about the importance of relationships in engagement and how rapport can be learned. The book also shines a spotlight on the role of the teacher and how he or she can do the right things to get the absolute best from students. Some of the best learning takes place when, rather than imposing on young people a pre-determined curriculum, you find the stimulus that is relevant and engaging for them and build from there. Then the curriculum starts to emerge in a way that simply hooks students into learning almost despite themselves. There is nothing for them to push against (What's the point?! This is boring..! ) as they have helped shape the direction of the lesson in a way that makes it real and useful to them. All this without them even realising what is going on! They have been lured into learning and the process is shared with teachers in this book, with examples as to how it can be done and how the author has done it. Reading this book will support teachers in developing ideas that motivate everybody in the classroom, from infants to secondary and beyond. Whether you're new to teaching or have vast experience you will find in this book inspiration to raise achievement, improve behaviour and enhance creativity in the classroom and you will change the way you approach lesson planning forever. Winner of the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2012.

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Quirky, creative and personable, Hywel is a gifted teacher with a passion for enabling others. In this gem of a book he shares his passion for captivating children through memorable learning experiences. If you want the children in your school to make great progress and remember you as a teacher who made learning fun, dip into this book for inspiration and ideas. --Diane Heritage, Deputy Lead Associate, North of England National College

Educators! Look to your laurels! There's a hip young(ish) gunslinger coming at ya straight outta Barnsley, and he's gonna change the way you think! Hywel Roberts is a magpie's intellect writing like a man with two brains on a heavyweight jag of a particularly garrulous amphetamine. His message is that engagement is the message and in delivering it he's sharp, he's intellectually underpinned, he's effervescent, he's the teacher you wished your teachers had seen teach. In 'Ooops: Helping Children Learn Accidentally' he's produced a cornucopic (I know it doesn t exist it should) antidote to cynicism; a call to arms: it's part memoir, part guide, part surreal series of disembodied lists, part methodology for being the kind of maverick who gets better results than anyone else and that the kids like better than they like you (!) Read it, shed your teaching skin, and they'll be no danger that you'll ever, ever become what Hywel memorably calls, 'A monkey. A puppet. A monkey puppet.' --Phil Beadle, author and speaker

Buzzing with ideas, enthusiasm, a sense of 'I want to give that a go'...definitely a read for teachers who want to be reinspired! I want to be that 'positive teacher' ,excuse me while I just reread .......Oops! --Jane Hewitt, AST Dearne ALC, Barnsley and affiliate of Creative Teaching & Learning magazine

Educators! Look to your laurels! There`s a hip young(ish) gunslinger coming at ya straight outta Barnsley, and he s gonna to change the way you think! Hywel Roberts is a magpie`s intellect writing like a man with two brains on a heavyweight jag of a particularly garrulous amphetamine. His message is that engagement is the message and in delivering it he`s sharp, he s intellectually underpinned, he`s effervescent, he s the teacher you wished your teachers had seen teach. In `Ooops: Helping Children Learn Accidentally` he`s produced a cornucopic (I know it doesn t exist it should) antidote to cynicism; a call to arms: it`s part memoir, part guide, part surreal series of disembodied lists, part methodology for being the kind of maverick who gets better results than anyone else and that the kids like better than they like you (!) Read it, shed your teaching skin, and they ll be no danger that you`ll ever, ever become what Hywel memorably calls, `A monkey. A puppet. A monkey puppet.` --Phil Beadle, author and speaker

Buzzing with ideas, enthusiasm, a sense of `I want to give that a go`...definitely a read for teachers who want to be reinspired! I want to be that `positive teacher` ,excuse me while I just reread .......Oops! --Jane Hewitt, AST Dearne ALC, Barnsley and affiliate of Creative Teaching & Learning magazine

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A book of happy accidents and improvisations that would be a lovely addition to any teacher's bookshelf
Ian McMillan, Poet, broadcaster and comedian
The voice of a true pioneer, clear and sure in the belief that teaching is an amalgam of so many things beyond 'subject knowledge'. The book races along at an almost breathless speed-just like the writer.
Luke Abbott, Director of Mantle of the Expert
Oops! is about principles. It's about a mentality that encourages us to drop the reins of rigid, boring schemes of work and instead create learning that is exciting and relevant!
Jamie Portman, Assistant Headteacher, Campsmount Technology College
Hywel Roberts' message is that engagement is the message and in delivering it he's sharp, he's intellectually underpinned, he's effervescent, he's the teacher you wished your teachers had seen teach.
Phil Beadle, teacher, broadcaster, author
If you want the children in your school to make great progress and remember you as a teacher who made learning fun, dip into this book for inspiration and ideas.
Diane Heritage, Deputy Lead Associate, North of England National College
This book had Hywel Roberts' inspirational stamp of wit and infectious enthusiasm running right through its core: I read the whole book with a huge grin on my face.
Ruth Saxton - Primary School Teacher and Chair for NATD
Whether you are a student teacher, NQT or school leader, this is a genuine guide to pushing your own practice.
Dave Whitaker, Executive Deputy Headteacher, Springwell Community School
Hywel makes the art of questioning, waiting and trusting learners to rise to the situation safer and less scary for teachers. Go on - try one or two of his ideas ... they really work.
Karen Ardley, Karen Ardley Associates
It's no accident that Hywel Roberts - himself a world leader in enthusiasm - has written a must read book for teachers. Oops! brings together insight, pizzazz, wit and quirkiness into one happy place, it's a joy of a book written by a great teacher.
Alistair Smith, learning consultant and author
Oops! must be essential reading for student teachers. It is a dossier for practical teaching and describes the pedagogy of 'the buzzing'. ... I am buying a copy for each of the team at school.
Richard Kieran, Headteacher, Woodrow First School
Oops! makes you smile, wince, laugh, and ponder ... and, most of all, think; think how enjoyable teaching can be if we invest in ourselves as teachers.
Mick Waters, Professor of Education at Wolverhampton University
Hywel Roberts is a creative educator with sixteen years experience in the classroom teaching secondary Drama and English in schools, both rough and smooth. Hywel is now a freelance consultant and Independent Thinking Associate specialising in Drama for Learning, Mantle of the Expert, Lures into Learning and engagement across all phases of learning.
It's fair to say that we sometimes get books that we think we ought to read, trust me this is a book that you will want to read! I read it in two sittings as I couldn't put it down - cliche? - well I challenge you to start reading it and see for yourself.
Jane Hewitt, AST Dearne ALC, Barnsley and affiliate of Creative Teaching & Learning magazine

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