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For the whole of October, we’re bringing you articles from educators who are using amazing (and often strange) innovations for creatively bringing teaching and learning to life. This could be an exciting classroom activity, a tactic for saving time, or a method for engaging pupils of various ability. What’s more, the theme of Accelerating Creativity is being powered by Britannica Digital Learning UK, purveyors of online resources that bring classrooms and school libraries to life.

“Creativity is about thinking differently, as well as actually having the time to think,” said Khurshid Khan, managing director of Britannica Digital Learning UK. “It can be easy for teachers to simply plan a lesson, list a set of topics for students to read and have them learn the answers ‘needed’ to pass exams. However, engendering a love of learning through expanded content, personal research and creative approaches will lead learners into an appreciation of education beyond the strive for certification.”

Enjoy the articles ahead, and please do take away all the creative ideas you can!

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What’s the #1 annual publication in education? We may be biased, but for us it’s the Innovate My School Guide 2017/18. The third edition of this inspirational periodical sees 40 top educators tackle 10 of the most exciting areas in the sector, ranging from The Hottest Edtech Trends, to Assessing Assessment, to a Countdown to 2018/19. The IMS Guide is free to read on our website, and will throughout the year be distributed in print at selected education events across the UK and around the world. 


Want to see how one of the UK’s top educators is setting up her ideal school? This Is Your Year awaits. Did you know that there’s a wellbeing network being run for teachers, by teachers on Twitter? Read more in Community Partnerships. Meanwhile, in Leading The Way you can read one bestselling author’s take on what British schools could learn from the United States - and vice versa.


Here are some snippets of what you can expect to find inside this unmissable resource…


“Know yourself. Easier said than done, but being self-aware is critical here. Know, for example, when you’re really too tired to do a job well, and reschedule so that you can tackle it when you’re fresher. Know when you are starting to jeopardise your health and wellbeing, and take action/seek help. And watch that perfectionist streak, if you have one. It doesn’t necessarily lead to the most productive outcome, and you can risk your health and happiness unless you manage to get a grip on it.” - Jill Berry, page 49


“Schools are understanding that connectivity is a right for kids. What they’re doing is innovating in a way that they provide internet access. We’ve seen over the last year schools putting wifi routers on the top of school buses. They’re putting them on the outside of their buildings, so not only can kids learn outside, but the community can get wifi access for free after the school day!” - Eric Sheninger, page 44


“The removal of levels has been like the opening of a birdcage: some fly and flourish, others panic and head back to the cage. Some daren’t let go of the perch! For some it has set them free to develop assessment systems that link directly to the intended and taught curriculum measuring KPIs, which act as the fulcrum of high-quality teaching and learning, rather than purely feeding the industry of spreadsheets full of meaningless data.” - Mick Walker, page 111


“We transform our learning environments each term to fully immerse our children in their learning; when they arrive in school at the start of each term, they find their classroom has taken on the sights, sounds and smells synonymous with the theme. We have found that this is important as it provides our children with a real, sensory ‘hook’ for their learning, alongside additional experiences to draw upon.” - Lisa Pegman, page 30


We can’t wait for you to read the Innovate My School Guide 2017/18. We’re also incredibly keen for feedback - whatever you think, please let us know via hello@innovatemyschool.com. These reactions will help us to shape further publications so that we may better serve the education sector. Visit www.innovatemyschool.com/guides and find your next batch of education innovation.

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