Revision in lessons: how can we help students to learn effectively?

I believe that within lessons, revision should be a regular and integral part of many of our lesson activities. The benefits are: They are making valuable links between topics already studied and current work. They can experiment with different revision methods (we can introduce them to different techniques). We can help pupils to break down the …

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Two new teaching ideas that worked this week…

Inspired by the Autumn Teaching and Learning conference that the Lead Practitioners attended at Leicester City College last week, I attempted to introduce some creativity into my lessons this week. Using Haribo Starmix (or, as the 6th form later suggested, Rowntrees Randoms) I turned  a predictable grammar lesson on the future tense into a fun, …

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Providing feedback for mutual observations

Research has demonstrated that feedback when debriefing a lesson observation will be most effective when undertaken in an atmosphere of trust and security, and with a developmental intent (Hitchins and Pashley, 2000). Here are a few 'Top Tips' when discussing what you see in your colleagues' classrooms... Begin by asking ‘what did you think of the …

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Adopting a specific focus for mutual observations

Before entering into any peer-to-peer observation, the focal point of the observation needs to be crystal clear so that both the observer and the observed are benefiting from the process. Are you looking at teacher actions, student behavior, or both? Are you trying to understand instructional practices or student engagement? Are you watching all students …

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