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Explicit Teaching: A Lesson Structure That Delivers Results How should you organise your lessons? What lesson structure should you adopt? Your answer to these questions will have a profound effect on how successful your lessons will be. There are many options available. How do you choose? Many teachers go with the flow and follow the fashions of the time. In reality, many of the structures, strategies and theories listed above, have little if any grounding in evidence at all. In my mind, there is only one way to choose how to structure your lessons – and that it is by looking at what helps more of your students to succeed. Research shows that explicit teaching offers a powerful way to structure your lessons. There are several models of explicit teaching (also known as direct instruction). However, the essential ingredients of explicit teaching always remain the same. You will find the ‘must have ingredients’ of explicit teaching below. Individually, the elements of explicit teaching are powerful. Explicit Teaching Part 1: A Clear Goal Some examples:
Making Feedback Count: “Close the Gap” Recently I have been looking again at the issue of marking. It is a hugely important source of feedback provided that we keep the volume of marking in proportion to the level of impact it can have in improving learning outcomes. I’ve discussed this in a much-read earlier post: Marking in Perspective: Selective, Formative, Effective, Reflective. At a whole school level at KEGS and in my own department, a key objective for the year is to devise approaches to marking that deliver maximum impact for all to see – that ‘progress over time’ issue. Marking time again. To help with our search I was fortunate to be able to arrange a visit to the wonderful Saffron Walden County High School, a thriving, dynamic school in NW Essex that recently received an astonishing OfSTED report: Outstanding in every detail. The cycle of learning and feedback – with a gap! The twilight CPD session revealed that this initiative was still being developed. Closing the gap in Art as a project progresses Like this:
Would You Let Your Baby Do This? Posted by janet on Nov 23rd, 2011 There’s a certain ubiquitous playground apparatus that has always given me the willies. Luckily, my children never seemed drawn to it. My nervousness may well have made them wary. Even if we’ve trained ourselves to remain calm, just observe and spot, our children know. So when a mom from one of my RIE Parent/Infant Guidance Classes (in which we strongly advise and encourage natural gross motor development) sent me a video of her 15 month old skillfully mastering this piece of equipment, my response after blinking several times was you’ve got to be kidding. Hi Janet, I’ve missed being at your class but R. is really getting great at enjoying his independent play. Anyway, I know you know that R. has always been very into climbing. Have a great week! Note that this boy is not only physically fearless and able, he is also relaxed, focused, centered, aware and confident. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. “It turns out nature has a plan, and it’s a good one. Share and Enjoy
Teacher credibility: why it matters and how to build it DEAD POETS SOCIETY, Robin Williams, 1989 When your students view you as a credible teacher, they are more likely to do well in school. According to John Hattie’s latest results (2016), teacher credibility has a massive impact (d = 0.9) on the subsequent learning that happens in the classroom. To put this in perspective, teacher credibility has more than twice the impact of student motivation. But don’t most teachers like to see themselves as credible? If a teacher is not perceived as credible, the students just turn off.John Hattie There are three core aspects that are important to students’ judgments about teacher credibility: Trusting RelationshipsCompetencePassion (NB some academics include a fourth aspect, “immediacy” that I have amalgamated into trusting relationships). Teacher Credibility Aspect 1: Trusting Relationships If you want to be seen as credible, you must form trusting relationships with your students. PeopleLearners Teacher Credibility Aspect 2: Competence In Short
Hywel Roberts Create Learn Inspire | A journey through curriculum liberation, Mantle of the Expert, pupil voice, great questioning, contextual learning, engagement, independence and other adventures in learning. How to Show Kids You Care Over the years, Search Institute has sold more than six million copies of 150 Ways to Show Kids You Care, a simple yet powerful poster. Like all of Search Institute’s work, the poster translates scientific research into simple, actionable ways that adults can make a positive difference in young people’s lives. A Search Institute team recently visited the Woodson Kindergarten Center in Austin, Minnesota, where the students helped us re-imagine the ideas on the poster. If you could use a quick reminder of why caring for young people is always worth your time, click here to meet the kindergarteners: In 2014, Search Institute will release important new studies and tools that put research to work on behalf of kids. For every donation of $25 or more that we receive through the end of 2013, Search Institute will donate a pack of 150 Ways posters to a school or program that primarily serves young people who live in poverty.
Lesson Goals: A Quick Way to Boost Student Achievement Great lessons start with a clear focus and lesson goals provide that focus. Do you want to help more of students to succeed? Would you like to push each child to new levels of personal excellence? Then try setting lesson goals every day. Research1 shows that teachers who are clear about what they want their students to learn as a result of each lesson have a higher impact on their students’ results. Focusing students’ attention and activity is a core part of evidence based teaching. Lesson Goals & Learning Intentions John Hattie is one of the main go-to-gurus on evidence based teaching. Learning intentions describe what it is we want students to learn in terms of the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values within any particular unit or lesson.John Hattie Some people refer to learning intentions as lesson goals. The key difference is that learning intentions can relate a broader array of tasks, including assignments, units of work and even yearly overviews. Why You Should Set Lesson Goals