About Mike Gershon
Mike Gershon is an expert educationalist whose knowledge of teaching and learning extends across the Key Stages and the curriculum. His online teaching tools have been viewed and downloaded more than 3.5 million times by teachers in over 180 countries and territories. They include the now famous Starter Generator, Plenary Producer and AFL Toolkit.
He is also the author of more than thirty books on teaching and learning, including numerous bestsellers covering categories such as outstanding teaching, assessment for learning, differentiation, questioning, growth mindsets and Bloom’s Taxonomy. He has also written more than 50 guides looking at different areas of classroom practice. All of Mike’s work is closely focused on the practicalities of pedagogy; teachers across the world return to his work because of its relevance to the classroom and the immediacy with which the ideas can be implemented.Find out more
Mike is the creator of two bestselling online courses, covering outstanding teaching and growth mindsets, in conjunction with the 2016 BETT award-winning TES Institute. These courses offer teachers the opportunity to train with Mike from anywhere in the world, at their own pace and at a time which suits them. You can find out more by clicking here.
Mike is also a trainer and educational consultant. He works with schools, colleges and universities in the United Kingdom and overseas to improve teaching and learning, raise achievement and share best practice. His training sessions are interactive, high-energy, practical and fun. They have gained plaudits from teachers old and new who have described Mike as a brilliant facilitator who gets right to the heart of what makes great learning happen.
A graduate of York University, with a Master’s Degree from the University of London and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, Mike previously taught at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds and Pimlico Academy in London.
Mike provides consultancy on educational matters to a wide range of organisations including schools, colleges, local authorities, charities and businesses. He specialises in the field of teaching and learning.
Mike is an expert trainer who works with schools, local authorities and universities throughout the United Kingdom. His sessions have been described as superb, inspirational and highly enjoyable.
This [The Starter Generator] is such a brilliant resource! Thank you ever so much for uploading it. It will save so much time and make my lessons interesting too! I’m very grateful.
An incredibly versatile and flexible document [The Whole-Class Feedback Guide]. Is there room in Mike’s head for stuff that’s not teaching and learning (that’s a compliment)?
Superb [Plenaries on a Plate]! And so easy to use. Thank you very much for making my teaching a lot easier!
Fantastic [The Peer- and Self-Assessment Guide]. An excellent range of ideas – if you can’t read through the slides and find one idea that you haven’t already tried, I’d be very surprised!
Absolutely fantastic [The Discussion Toolkit]. Have tried out some of these activities and seen a real improvement in the quality of talk which has lead into some quality writing. Thank you so much. I have also shared these with other members of staff and they have been ‘having a go’ with great results.
[How to use Discussion in the Classroom is] [a]n excellent, highly accessible guide to discussion in the classroom. I’ve been using discussion in my teaching for a long time, but I caught myself doing the same activities and felt I needed to freshen things up a bit, as much for my own sake as the students’. This book reminded me of techniques I had neglected, showed me some I’d never tried before, and reinforced my belief in the essential role played by discussion in the learning process. Highly recommended!
I work in a school with a large proportion of EAL learners and I have always struggled to engage them fully in classroom learning. This book [How to Teach EAL Students in the Classroom] has revolutionised both my understanding and my practice. It has a solid theoretical basis which helps you get to grips with the underlying principles of EAL teaching. At the same time, it has plenty of practical suggestions which I could take straight off the page and into the classroom. Gershon writes in a style that is interesting and easy to understand, and is coming from the perspective of what teachers need, rather than what academics think they want. I have shared it with other teachers in my school as this term’s school focus is on improving access for EAL learners – we’ve looked at lots of different resources and this is definitely one of the best.
An absolutely super bank of ideas [The Plenary Producer] which could be used in many ways with a range of ages and abilities. Thank you for sharing this!
This [The Challenge Toolkit] is a brilliant way of engaging young minds and developing their thinking skills. Thank you so much for this.
This [The Bloom-Buster] makes questioning an art form and ultimately a learning experience. Thanks for sharing.