A blog about inclusive teaching and supporting pupils with additional needs.
When considering pupils with additional needs—be it SEND, a hearing impairment, PP or AGT—the most common mistake we make is treating those needs as additional. Accounting for diverse thinking is integral to what makes teaching effective.
Standardise the format is an important technique in Doug Lemov’s Teach like a Champion (TLAC). In this blog, I will explore what the technique means, why it is particularly important right now and what it looks like in practice.
A blog from Katy Scott and Phil Griffiths about the importance of keeping the message simple when learning remotely.
In January I wrote a blog post all about the simplicity of the message. In the months that have followed we have experienced a seismic shift in everything we do both in and out of the classroom. I find myself writing this ‘electronically’, ‘remotely’ in ‘unprecedented’ times.
One point that stands out when I read my January blog post back is this; ‘With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple.’
After some of my early Zoom lessons, I reflected on how much I seemed to be talking, how I was gesticulating wildly at the screen and how I seemed to overly use stock phrases that made me cringe when I looked back. I don’t think I was keeping it simple for my pupils. Continue Reading
Thinking about the best way of feeding back to pupils remotely, I am reminded of Dylan William’s suggestion that formative assessment would have been better off being called ‘responsive teaching’. As teachers we are often trying to stretch feedback to fit various purposes, but surely the primary function should be to provide the teacher with information so that they can respond through their teaching. Continue Reading
Part 2 of 2 from Mrs Martin on Whole-Class Feedback. If you haven’t read the first part of this blog then you can access it here.
Feedback doesn’t have to take the form of a set proforma for every task. The right approach for the work you have set must come from responding to the outcomes. Working remotely is definitely different, but in many ways the process of how we respond to learning (or misunderstanding!) should remain the same.
This second blog aims to look at some other methods that might be more appropriate to different circumstances, and different contexts:
- Whole Class Feedback Proformas
- Annotated Examples- Pupils’ work
- Teacher modelling or Providing Correct Answers
- Strategies for Sixth Form
A blog by Literacy CHAMPION, Katy Scott.
Distilling. It’s important. With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple. That’s what The Kennet Literacy Policy is – it distils what we know into black-and-white, simple sense. Continue Reading
This week I returned to some scribbles that I produced some time ago with the aim of illustrating some different approaches to feedback and how these apply to different subjects. Time-effective feedback is a topic we’ve been blogging about for a few years now, but it seems increasingly relevant in the context of the debate around tackling teacher workload. Continue Reading
Some reflections on Homework from Mrs Martin.
At the start of the year I shared this quote with you all. I’ve also shared it with many pupils in the past and reminded them that doing something once or twice doesn’t mean you’re all set.
Habits don’t happen overnight and when we talk about effective homework, this relies on creating positive habits. For the pupils; for us as teachers. Continue Reading
At the end of every year, the NQTs who have just completed their first year of teaching pass on their advice to the NQTs who are just starting. This is always a good opportunity for them to reflect on their practice and we end up with some good advice, not just for new teachers but also those of us who have been in the job for a while! So here is some of the advice that they shared: Continue Reading
Yesterday Heads of Department and SLT spent a day looking at exercise books across our school. Here is what we learnt. Continue Reading