A Geography Lesson: Making the learning visible I remember being new to teaching and asking students to do complex thinking (analyse this…. Explain that…..etc.) and not really knowing how to help them do it. I have seen teachers that simply assume that students should be able to do it and if they cannot, then it is simply because they are “not that smart”. Fortunately I have learned a lot since my beginning days as a teacher (in fact I learn better now than I ever did). Anyway, what follows is a lesson I gave to my year12 Geography class in preparation for their exams.
#5MinPlan series As teachers, I cannot imagine you’ll disagree with me when I say that we are all pushed for time. The demands placed on educators in any type of classroom, plus the expectation for planning to meet the needs of all students; or the expectations placed upon teachers from systems and management, can create unnecessary bureaucracy. The original 5 Minute Lesson Plan was designed to reduce planning time. That’s it! Simple. *Updated August 2015: Welcome to The 5 Minute Series.
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Why I’m placing #LearningWalks in Room 101 by @TeacherToolkit This academic year, we have shelved #LearningWalks. This is nothing to do with fashion or fad. It is purely a localised issue, dependent on the needs of our own school. So please, do not take this blogpost as verbatim. SOLO Stations From HookED Wiki Alternative names: SOLO carousel, SOLO bus stop, SOLO circus, SOLO Pick and Mix. In this approach teachers set up “stations” featuring differing learning activities in the classroom or another location. Each SOLO station features a learning activity suitable for students with, prestructural, unistructural, multistructural, relational, and extended abstract understanding of the text. Small groups of students rotate through the different SOLO differentiated stations and activities throughout the lesson.
#Peepshows and #Rubbernecks by @TeacherToolkit Now that I have your attention; this post is all about marking; feedback; re-drafting and book scrutiny. Definitions: Peepshows = Observations; Learning Walks; Book Scrutiny; Faculty Reviews. Rubbernecks = Observers who twist one’s head; to stare at something in a foolish manner in order to find flaws. I recently published that, as a school; ‘Why I’m placing #LearningWalks in Room 101? How to introduce SOLO Taxonomy Introducing a school community to SOLO Taxonomy (Biggs and Collis 1982) is a little like squeezing yourself into a Captain Kirk onesie and imagining yourself standing on the deck of the Enterprise. “Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes! No safety net, no parachute—they’re just left to their own devices. Going SOLO: An introduction to the taxonomy everyone’s talking about This article originally appeared in Innovate My School's September 2012 digital magazine. The Structure of Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) taxonomy aims to show pupils how to develop sophisticated responses to questions by getting them to examine their thought-process as their understanding of a topic improves. I began using SOLO in 2011, and it is now integral to my teaching.
TLTakeover 2013 Great session on making planning simple and effective, focusing on the main points and planning for the students, not the inspectors or visitors. This was based on the 5 Minute session plan from @teachertoolkit but tweaked by @teachertweeks to fit their work. We looked at the elements of planning required in a lesson, the simple but effective bits of information that would make a session great and a move away from some, most and all as it sets up failure in the class. Learner Evolution ~ Chris Harte: Brains on the SOLO table So here starteth the mystery... Tait Coles and I were conversing about the SOLO taxonomy on twitter when I sent him an article by David Leat and Adam Nichols on the use of mysteries to concretely demonstrate learner understanding. Now Tait and I both have a passion for student learning and an equal passion for our own learning so the possibility of collaborating on a blog post was too great to miss out. Small problem; I live in Melbourne, Australia and Tait lives in Bradford, England. 10,000 miles apart, a 10 hour time difference, what a pickle.
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The Light That Falls Through the Cracks - Solo Stations in English For some time now I’ve been working with Solo Taxonomy and enjoying the ways that pupils are able to be in charge of their own learning and progress. Another added advantage is that they are able to articulate that progress to any observer… all key ingredients of an Outstanding lesson. We’ve just reached the end of our first unit in GCSE English, non-fiction, and I wanted to recap on what we’d learned but without doing a dull revision lesson.