Reading for pleasure : making time, making a difference

Creating a reading culture at Oakham School Written by Bernadette O'Hanlon (Operations and Reader Development Librarian) It has long been acknowledged that reading for pleasure is linked to improving a child’s vocabulary. This knowledge alone should be sufficient in championing dedicated time for reading, for a limited vocabulary can be a barrier to understanding and …

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Teaching for metacognitive development

Today's TeachMeet brings a discussion on the principles behind metacognition, its role within the learning process and how we might go about developing it through our teaching. Julie and I will present some ideas, examples and classroom strategies. These are set out in the attached PowerPoint - which also contains some recommended reading at the …

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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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