Often, students are nervous to share ideas in the forum of chat or verbal contributions. A good way to combat this is to pose a question, set a time limit, and then give a countdown to hit ‘Enter’. The competitive element kicks in, and students are much more confident to put their answer out if they think that the whole class is involved!
Another quick tip is to use the ‘Raise hand’ function for impromptu polls. As above, ask a question but this time with a Yes/No (or other limited responses) and take a note of how many of the class give each response.
This week’s tip is a gold mine of information around educational research. I’m not going to claim any credit – I was completing a course this week around Retrieval Practice as part of the Teaching & Learning offering and came across a reference to the above blog.
What is it?
Tom Sherrington has summarised and collated a range of research that is relevant to our practice and combined it to support teachers to root classroom activities in research.
What topics are covered?
Dunlosky – Student strategies to boost learning
Rosenshine – Principles of instruction
Coe – Review of underpinning research for ‘What makes great teaching?’
Dylan William – 9 things every teacher should know
And many more!
How long will it take to read?
There are some that are longer than others, but often Sherrington has focussed the attention to specific pages.
Give it a go, and let me know if you have any ideas for future posts.
There may already be several Twitter converts among us…but if you aren’t one of them, here’s a few reasons why you may want to join.
Twitter can save you time. Numerous wonderful teachers publish their resources – for revision, lessons or blogs to inspire – and these are accessible for free. Sigma have their own Science page, Humanities and there are countless others!
@teacherhead explores ideas about attitudes and mindsets, and their influence on attainment. Ideas of embedding challenge into routine has certainly got me thinking of ways to implement #teachtothetop, leaving no child ‘under-challenged’.