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. You could adopt on inquiry approach. You could include games, or you could give students some choice over what they do. The Goldilocks Bowl The importance of hard work Man on the moon In September 1962, John F Kennedy promised America that they’d be a manned lunar landing before the end of the decade. He said: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade…not because [it is] easy but because [it is] hard, because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win”. Throughout history, humankind has sought challenge because it is the measure of the best of our energies and skills. By challenging ourselves, we have evolved.
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. Have We Got Feedback Backwards? Does a steepling pile of marking like this loom large in your nightmares? The effect of good quality written feedback is one of those few constants that most teachers can agree has a positive impact on our students’ learning. With this universal truth acknowledged, we create assessment policies and armies of teachers scratch away in the books of their students, filling their waking hours with marking and feedback.
Distractions Pearson’s goal is to help people make progress in their lives through learning. This means we’re always learning too. This series of publications, Open Ideas, is one of the ways in which we do this. We work with some of the best minds in education - from teachers and technologists, to researchers and big thinkers - to bring their independent ideas and insights to a wider audience. How do we learn, and what keeps us motivated to do so?
12 Things Kids Want from Their Teachers - Angela Maiers Whether we are a teacher, parent, relative, boss, or community member, each of us has a chance to make a positive and impactful difference in a child’s life. But in order to do this, we must carefully consider this question: What matters most to our children? Marking work every lesson – should we bother? Actually, it’s not every lesson. I’m trialling a system of marking books every time students use them. The difference is that they don’t use them formally every lesson.
Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies Note: Most teachers care about their students’ results, and if you are reading this article, you are undoubtedly one of them. There is no doubt that teachers make a difference to how well their kids do at school. However, when you explore the thousands of research studies1 on the topic, it is apparent that some teaching strategies have far more impact than other teaching strategies do. Evidence Based Teaching Strategies Research shows that evidence based teaching strategies are likely to have the largest impact on student results. Wednesday Period 4 – Data rich, information poor Schools are data rich, but are we information poor? How do we balance the data, the numbers and dealing with real live children and helping them learn. Is data more of a dark art than a scientific methodology? This is a dangerous blogpost because some people love data, and some hate data. I think politicians love us to have data.