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1. Unleashing the PIMP Within... 2. PIMP Your...Preparation 3. PIMP Your...Lesson Planning 4. PIMP Your...Assessment for Learning 5. PIMP Your...Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Element 6. PIMP Your...Differentiation 7. PIMP Your...Core skills: Literacy and Numeracy 8. PIMP Your...Information and Communication Technology 9. PIMP Your...Resources 10. PIMP Your...Starters 11. PIMP Your... Plenaries 12. Go Forth and PIMPify... Index

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A practical guide to making your teaching consistently outstanding ready for observation by your headteacher, mentor or inspectors.

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Isabella Wallace has worked for many years as an Advanced Skills Teacher and presents nationally and internationally on all aspects of outstanding teaching and learning. She is widely experienced at both Senior Curriculum and School Governance levels and is also the creator of the popular Poundland Pedagogy! Leah Kirkman is an experienced Advanced Skills Teacher. She has taught both in the UK and Canada, and works both nationally and internationally as a trainer and consultant.


Pimp Your Lesson! offers a sumptuous collection of concepts and encourages the reader to unleash the 'pimp within!' This book challenges dogma and guides the reader through an array of best-practice; encouraging us to 'cherry-pick' from a range of classroom activities to survive the ever-changing world of observation. This is a book for every teacher, fortifying them from head-to-toe in a bulletproof vest, ready to welcome any observer with open arms! For planning; marking; teaching. You should have it by your side... * Ross Morrison McGill, @TeacherToolkit and author of 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons *
Wow, what a fantastic to book to read no matter what stage your teaching career - this book is beyond helpful! It's crammed full of practical, useful tips that not only make your life easier and your lessons more exciting, but can be used in your classroom the very next day. Packed with down to earth advice, it's like having your own personal helping hand to guide you through some of the toughest, most daunting times in school. With this book in hand, bring on the next observation * Laura Jokic, NQT *
Pimp your Lesson is a great read which offers a vast range of exciting strategies that will help any teacher. Isabella and Leah's passion for making learning an engaging process shines throughout this book. Taking their practical advice creates a win, win, win scenario. First, learners will enjoy their learning more. Next, they will develop essential skills and attitudes to help them to perform better in school and finally teachers will perform better in lesson observations. * Andy Griffith, author of Outstanding Teaching: Engaging Learners *
Wallace and Kirkman are to education what Gok Wan is to fashion! They talk sense and show teachers how to teach well. Teachers need practical and immediate high impact strategies to motivate learners. With Ofsted's cry for less teacher talk, narrowing the gap and higher levels of pupil engagement, it is essential that we provide our teachers with the tools to deliver outstanding lessons. This book is packed full of practical and realistic classroom strategies that provide style and substance to lessons. If you are looking to motivate, challenge and engage your pupils this book is for you. Whatever age range or subject you teach, the strategies used in this book will certainly improve your teaching and lead to school improvement....which is why I bought a copy for every teacher in my school. * Coral McIntosh, Head Teacher. Brierley Primary School *
OF THE PREVIOUS EDITION: 'How nice to see the humanisation of a process that it is of real concern to teachers. It is good to see a book that takes the teachers' issues seriously but reminds us that the best teaching and learning is motivating, personalised and rewarding to both pupils and the teachers themselves rather than mechanistic and unnecessarily formulaic. This book reminds us that enjoyable teaching and Ofsted success should be and usually are synonymous.' -- Tim Lomas, Principal School Improvement Adviser * CfBT Lincolnshire School Improvement Service, UK *
OF THE PRVIOUS EDITION: 'Engagingly written and bursting with practical, stimulating ideas to PIMP your lessons. This is a book my PGCE trainees will lap up - it has the potential to help prevent panic in the face of formal lesson observation! but, more importantly, to enhance and energise their everyday classroom practice.' -- Ruth Hewitt, PGCE Coordinator * Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, UK *
OF THE PREVIOUS EDITION: 'A fresh, innovative and exciting take on lesson planning providing engaging and educational strategies for effective planning which will entertain both the teacher and their students. This book is beneficial for trainee teachers, newly qualified and the experienced and provides a positive influence on the reader, encouraging them to abandon stale ideas and not to be afraid of experimenting. I think it is an absolute triumph to make the prospect of being observed sound like a fun challenge and this book really encourages teachers to make the best of their lessons and to take the opportunity to show off what they can do!' -- Sarah Peacock, NQT * North Kesteven School, Lincoln, UK *
OF THE PREVIOUS EDITION: 'A current, relevant and fun-packed perspective providing an excellent toolkit for lesson conception and planning - not only in anticipation of the dreaded observation process but also in day to day teaching life. Wallace and Kirkman provide practical, inventive and invigorating approaches for all teaching professionals, old and new. Prepare to be inspired, prepare to be 'pimped'! -- Kirsty Dring, Visual Arts Consultant * CfBT Lincolnshire School Improvement Service, UK *
OF THE PREVIOUS EDITION: 'This book gives any teachers who are wanting to improve their effectiveness in the classroom some very practical pointers, tips and guidelines that enable them to become more effective in the teaching/learning process. Eminently practical and easily readable, with a light touch and humour, this book reignites enthusiasm to do a better job in the classroom.' -- John Gibbon, Education Consultant and Co-ordinator of professional growth seminars * National Association of Professional Teaching Organisations of South Africa *
OF THE PREVIOUS EDITION: 'Panic over! You've got an interview? This book will help you showcase your teaching skills to great effect. Knowing that you are well prepared, you'll be full of confidence to get that job.' , -- Theo Griff * TES Forum Expert *

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