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The Top 22 Teacher Resources of 2022

The end of the year is upon us and what a year it has been. We wanted to say thank you for all your support and share with you the highlights of our year and the top 22 teacher resources of 2022, as decided by you!
The Top 22 Teacher Resources of 2022

First and foremost, thank you!

Before we share the top teacher resources of 2022, we wanted to thank you. Our amazing customers are the reason we are here. Essential Resources was created from a deep desire to create quality support material that helps teachers teach and children learn. And 22 years later, we are able to continue doing exactly that because of the support, valuable input and encouragement we receive from teachers everywhere.

A year of exciting developments and top teacher resources

This year has been full of new and exciting offerings here at Essential Resources.

We were excited to share the latest series in our popular reluctant reader product, Story Seekers. Series 2 features high-interest fiction storylines and non-fiction topics that maintain engagement while improving students’ literacy outcomes. This blog article delves into how Story Seekers can help teach struggling readers to read. 

It’s now even easier to experience the magic of theatre with your students – without ever leaving your classroom or early years setting. Greedy Cat – Children’s Theatre makes engaging, high-quality children’s theatre accessible to children, no matter where they are! You can find out everything you need to know about watching children’s theatre online here.

Essential Resources believes in supporting educators with the tools they need to make a difference. That’s why we developed online professional development courses for early childhood educators. Specifically designed to build on and refresh existing knowledge and skills, they improve pedagogical practice for all early childhood educators. Read more about why we developed these courses here.

Buy now, pay later

We know that with the end of the term fast approaching, it’s that time of year when budgets are slim, if not non-existent. To that end, we are offering the option of deferring payment of centre or school orders until February 2023.

If you would like to take advantage of deferred payment, you can do so simply by:

  • placing a ‘firm order’ (no returns) on our website
  • emailing us with the order you would like to place on behalf of your school or service
  • notifying us that you would like to defer payment of a current invoice.

Top 22 teacher resources of 2022

We’ve kept you in suspense for long enough. Let’s take a look at the top teacher resources of 2022. The resources are split into three categories – Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary resources. They are our most-purchased resources, as decided by you, our loyal customers.

Top Teacher Resources for Early Childhood

Most loved Early Childhood resources

This revised edition of How Children Learn – Book 1 summaries the findings and ideas of thirty educational theorists and psychologists and their different approaches to education. It links the theory with practice and indicates what practice, based on the theory, would look like.

Theories into Practice briefly outlines the ideas of each group and shares what it might practically look like. Then the focus turns to major theorists. Discussion starter topics and reflection questions follow so that you can relate the concepts to your practice.

This book offers clear guidance on how to make adult interaction, including questioning skills, part of good practice. It incorporates key features of a Floorbook and sets out step-by-step guides to using 3D mapping.

STEM Detectives is a practical photographic resource. It encourages and guides educators to identify the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) happening in children’s play. As well as developing the skills and understanding to support STEM exploration, it also encourages a deeper level of discovery. The book offers advice on adults role in play and how it supports the development of STEM thinking. Ideas about environments and resources to promote play will encourage engagement and creativity.

Adventurous Play is a practical interpretation of the thoughts and ideas that underpin the meeting of children’s developmental needs. This book acknowledges the critical role of providing play opportunities needed by children. It presents a wealth of detail on areas such as how to create and interpret challenging and stimulating play, along with how to see safety in the context of children’s developmental needs. And it includes ideas on how to enrich play spaces. This resource provides the needed link to ensure that children can flourish within an ever-changing environment.

Birth and Beyond will support professionals in the early childhood field to deeply understand the specific needs and priorities of this age group. Because being able to transfer this knowledge into meaningful environments, practice and programs is key. It promotes the connection between babies and educators. Specifying theories and developmental knowledge, it shows environments that are underpinned by that knowledge. This resource includes how to develop relationships with babies and also enhance programming, practice and play for babies.

The Bridge to Transition systematically describes the key concepts that underpin a successful transition programme, including talk, literacy, numeracy, executive functions, social and physical skills, and wellbeing. Through a series of reflective questions, it guides teachers to connect these areas to their own curriculum documents and the needs of their children.

Top Teacher Resources for Primary

Favourite Primary teacher resources

The Essential Planner is one of the most loved teaching planners for primary and intermediate school teachers. It provides a weekly planning diary with teaching tips. Plus monthly overviews and yearly planners, along with useful teacher templates for long-term plans, weekly timetables, teaching groups and reading progress. It’s packed with multi-level, engaging teaching ideas and activities for students in the key curriculum areas.

Aimed at lower primary school levels, this book includes simple problems that are generally solved in one-step. This sees students using one mathematical operation as indicated by the language. The later problems involve more sophisticated language and may involve more than one operation. There are also investigations that address real-life situations. Students must think and work mathematically, as well as use their knowledge of a range of mental and written strategies.

This book is all about bringing hexagons into the classroom to support and strengthen collaborative, critical and creative thinking and enhance surface and deep understanding. To do so, it draws together two powerful tools for learning: SOLO Taxonomy, a dynamic, levelled but non-linear, recursive model for growth in understanding; and hexagonal thinking, a strategy for finding connections between ideas on separate hexagon tiles, forming clusters and drawing insights from them. The result is the SOLO Hexagons learning strategy which will deepen understanding when students are exploring ideas, fuzzy problems or complex uncertainties. You can read more about using SOLO Hexagons as a powerful thinking strategy here and SOLO Taxonomy and hexagonal thinking here.

The Bridge to Transition is so much more than a guide on how and what to teach children in the transition years. Working like an interactive journal, it challenges and inspires teachers to constantly question the why of everything they are doing. It’s outcome will see innovative teams of teachers creating the best possible transition programme for their unique students and community.

Authored by a specialist writing teacher, this book concisely summarises the problems associated with motivating boys to write. And it identifies clear ways to help. Carefully chosen to appeal to boys, the tasks and prompts focus on fun and action-packed topics. Follow-up activities include discussion points to enhance boys’ learning of this vital skill.

From one perspective, this climate emergency seems too large, too complex and too far advanced to address. But this book offers a different perspective. By addressing it step by step, with a range of questions, it shows how science is an integral part of the response to climate change. Through observing our world, drawing conclusions from evidence and identifying actions to solve problems, this book helps students see the real possibility for change.

Using practical activities to build students’ understanding, this book gives an appreciation of the scientific method. Differentiated worksheets familiarise students with key aspects of a well-designed experiment. From the aim and equipment, it follows all the way through to the conclusion. Drawing all these components together, this book concludes with a selection of experimental ideas and templates so that students can apply what they’ve learned to experiments of their own.

This book takes you through the use of coding to present and share learning. It is packed with inventive ideas to help design your own coding activities. And along with all that are sample lesson plans using coding apps to suit all levels across the whole curriculum. You’ll also see how some schools have integrated coding into their classrooms and how surprisingly easy it is to do. With cards specifically designed for classroom use, engaged students will be motivated as they learn coding in an authentic context.

Top Teacher Resources for Secondary

Top Secondary teacher resources

This title explores stereotypes and establishes the foundations on the what and why of stereotypes. It begins with definitions and then explores the psychology of stereotypes. Then it deal with the how of stereotypes. Focusing on a specific examples, it explores media contributions to stereotypes and how that influences the way we think.

Poetry in Multicultural Oceania is a resource that augments students’ understanding and appreciation of poetry. It also provides opportunities for the creative writing of poetry. Although designed primarily for Years 6–9, it is also of value for learners with a first language other than English, and adults who want to develop their own appreciation of poetry. This resource is designed to make poetry accessible for everyone, regardless of their ability, it assumes users have little prior knowledge of poetry.

This title offers enrichment and extension activities for higher achieving students to work above and beyond the normal mathematics curriculum and develop their higher-order thinking skills. Taking a scaffolded approach with three levels of instruction, it encourages students to think broadly to solve open-ended problems. And the general word problems build on and reinforce the link between literacy and problem solving.

Understanding Feelings is all about equipping young people with self-esteem. Offering ideas for building resilience, it gives strategies needed to cope with the stresses of our complex and demanding world. Its straightforward information and authentic activities prompt students to explore their own responses to the issues young people face. Issues ranging from hope and happiness, to gender identity and sexual feelings, to depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

With its focus on data collecting skills, this book gives direction on how to measure many standard units. Units of distance, time, temperature, heat, light intensity, mass, volume and even atoms are included. The activities in this adaptable resource allow you to link maths, statistics and science in your teaching pedagogy. At the same time, their diverse and down-to-earth approach will enthuse students to pursue their science learning. Some activities even have students finding out more about today’s science from past discoveries.

This book recognises that students may need a calculator for certain topics such as trigonometry. But the activities in this book deepen students’ insight into just how much arithmetic they can do successfully without one. Students also set timeframes for completion so that they work on their speed as an essential component of mental arithmetic. Topics cover integers, fractions, decimals and percentages. They also emphasise the practice of operations such as powers of numbers and finding the square root of fractions.

Through a variety of worksheets, games and practical experiments, this book encourages students to think more deeply. It delves into why it is important to think about the reasons behind an answer or experimental results. The activities show how their scientific skills apply to many aspects of their lives, not just to passing the test. They also develop an appreciation that getting unexpected results is far from being a sign that they are “bad at science”. It is actually an opportunity to be great at science. Because trying to explain why an experiment didn’t go the way they planned, develops a deeper understanding of science.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at the top teacher resources of 2022 that teachers like you have loved. Enjoy your holiday break and all the best for the upcoming school year.

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