Books and publications

Mike Gershon is the author of more than 80 books and guides covering different areas of classroom practice. Some of his bestsellers include books on differentiation, assessment for learning, growth mindsets, questioning and Bloom’s Taxonomy.


How to use Differentiation in the Classroom: The Complete Guide

How to use Differentiation in the Classroom: The Complete Guide gives classroom teachers everything they need to ensure all their pupils make superb progress, no matter their starting point or ability level. It provides all the tools required to create inclusive lessons in which everybody is able to learn. In short, it is your one-stop shop for personalised learning.

The book is unashamedly practical. It contains a wide range of activities, strategies and techniques which teachers can use to differentiate their teaching, planning and assessment. Everything in the book is generic, meaning it can be applied across the curriculum.

Sections include: Activities; Questioning; Things you can ask students to do or use; Things the teacher can do; and Words and Writing.

All in all, the book contains 100 differentiation strategies, activities and techniques.


How to use Assessment for Learning in the Classroom: The Complete Guide

How to use Assessment for Learning in the Classroom: The Complete Guide gives classroom teachers everything they need to ensure their pupils make superb progress, no matter which subject or age group they are teaching.

The book is practical throughout. It contains a wide range of activities, strategies and techniques which teachers can use to embed assessment for learning in their teaching. Everything in the book is generic, meaning it can be applied across the curriculum.

Sections include: Introduction to AfL; How to elicit information about students’ learning; Peer-assessment activities; Self-assessment activities; How to give great feedback; Example strengths and targets; and How to make AfL work for you.

Overall, the book provides teachers with everything they need in order to make assessment for learning an integral part of their classroom practice.


How to use Questioning in the Classroom: The Complete Guide

How to use Questioning in the Classroom: The Complete Guide gives classroom teachers everything they need to embed outstanding questioning in their teaching. The book is highly practical and focuses on what teachers can do while they are teaching and planning.

It contains a wide range of activities, strategies, techniques and questions which educators can use to create challenging, engaging learning experiences for their students. Everything in the book is generic, meaning it and can be applied across the curriculum.

The book is divided into two sections. In the first part, Mike analyses the nature of classroom questioning before outlining and illustrating thirty-five strategies, activities and techniques which can be used when teaching almost any topic to any age group. In section two, more than 1200 generic, high-quality questions are presented. These can be tailored to fit any subject and will help your students think deeply about the topics you are teaching.


How to use Discussion in the Classroom: The Complete Guide

How to use Discussion in the Classroom: The Complete Guide gives classroom teachers everything they need to create brilliant lessons filled with great learning opportunities for all their students. The book is rooted in the classroom, making it unashamedly practical throughout.

It contains a wide range of activities, strategies and techniques which teachers can use to create outstanding lessons. Everything in the book is generic, meaning it can be applied across the curriculum.

The book is divided into two sections. In the first part, Mike outlines and exemplifies twenty strategies and techniques which every teacher can master in order to facilitate fantastic discussion. In the second section, he goes on to explain and illustrate forty different activities which can be used with any set of students to teach almost any topic. Every entry is founded on the premise that active, engaged learning helps all pupils to make significant progress.


How to Teach EAL Students in the Classroom: The Complete Guide

How to Teach EAL Students in the Classroom: The Complete Guide gives classroom teachers everything they need to ensure students who are learning English as an additional language thrive, achieve and succeed in their lessons.

The book is written by a practising teacher and remains practical throughout. It contains a wide range of activities, strategies and techniques which teachers can use to make learning accessible for all EAL pupils. Everything in the book is generic and can be applied to any subject and any age group.

Sections include: Speaking and Listening; Using Images; What the Teacher can do; and Words, Reading and Writing.
Overall, the book presents teachers with everything they need in order to give their EAL learners the best support possible.


More Secondary Starters and Plenaries

All New Classroom Starters and Plenaries provides busy teachers with a set of flexible, easy-to-implement activity ideas that can be used in any subject. The 50 starters and 50 plenaries have been crafted to fit with the structure of teaching, rather than specific content, so you can dip into the book when you are in search of a new idea for engaging your class and adapt the activity to suit your own needs.

The activities have been organised into useful divisions, such as Assessment for Learning, Concepts, and Learning Objectives, and each includes a brief rationale for the activity. Many of the activities offer several examples of how it could be used, and there are online resources too, giving you everything you need not just in planning your starters and plenaries, but also in delivering them to your class.


Secondary Starters and Plenaries: History

This book provides history teachers with 50 cohesive suggestions for embedding and extending learning in the classroom: from individual to whole-class activities, and from the energetic to the sedate. Even better, every starter and plenary is easily-adaptable for the whole ability range of your class and ideas for extension and development keep each activity fresh. There are also PowerPoints, task sheets and other time-saving resources online.

The book covers the whole spectrum of topics that every history teacher needs to cover. Some ideas involve students managing and monitoring each other; others involve creative thinking and where practical and appropriate, the content is embedded in the real world so that students can immediately see the wider application of their efforts. In the ‘teacher’s tips’ section, the author offers guidance on how to deliver the idea to get the best results based on years of trial and error.


Teach Now! History: Becoming a Great History Teacher

Being taught by a great teacher is one of the great privileges of life. Teach Now! is an exciting new series that opens up the secrets of great teachers and, step-by-step, helps trainees to build the skills and confidence they need to become first-rate classroom practitioners.

Written by a highly-skilled practitioner, this practical, classroom-focused guide contains all the support you need to become a great history teacher who inspires and motivates students to critically and creatively explore the past. Combining a grounded, modern rationale for learning and teaching with highly practical training approaches rooted in the realities of the classroom, the book guides you through all the different aspects of history teaching offering clear, straightforward advice on classroom practice, lesson planning and working in schools.

Teaching and learning, planning, assessment and behaviour management are all covered in detail, with a host of carefully chosen examples used to demonstrate good practice and show how to facilitate outstanding historical enquiry. There are also chapters on dealing with pressure, excelling in observations, finding the right job and succeeding at interview. Throughout the book, there is a great selection of ready-to-use activities, strategies and techniques which will help put you on the fast track to success in the classroom; and ensure your students are doing the very best learning possible.

Covering everything you need to know, this book is your essential guide as you start your exciting and rewarding career as an outstanding history teacher.


Growth Mindset Pocketbook

Whatever it is that makes you you, can you affect it? Your answer to that question gives us a glimpse into your ‘mindset’. People with fixed mindsets believe that fundamental qualities like intelligence are essentially stable; people with growth mindsets believe that such qualities can be developed and nurtured. As teachers, if we can foster growth mindsets in our students the results will be transformative.

Barry Hymer and Mike Gershon begin by explaining how learners with growth mindsets are: more open to challenges and constructively critical feedback; resilient in the face of obstacles and initial failure; convinced that effort makes a difference; able to learn well with and from others; likely to rise to the top – and stay there. Practical strategies for developing this kind of learner is the focus of the rest of the book throughout which cartoons, diagrams and visual prompts support the text. The chapter Trial and Error is about high challenge tasks and the value of errors, mistakes and initial failure.

Later chapters cover what exactly is meant by effort and how to make it appeal to students; the theory and practice of feedback; acquiring meta-cognitive tools for ‘thinking about thinking’ and ‘learning about learning’; the power of language and drama to raise awareness of growth mindsets; and growing group growth mindsets.


Mike Gershon