On our lesson visits last week, it was great to see a good deal of teacher-led questioning. Sherrington (2019) defines questioning as the ‘frontline in formative assessment’. It really is the best way to gauge understanding, encourage review, probe deeper and extend thinking. The best kind of questioning is targeted. The very best, according to […]Read more "Cold Calling & The No Opt Out Questioner"
It’s been great to see more practice around interleaving during the last series of lesson visits. Interleaving refers to the sequencing learning tasks so that learning concepts are interspersed rather than being consecutive. This results in a more variable and challenging experience but is associated with benefits in terms of memory and transfer (Kang, 2016). A good way […]Read more "The Importance of Interleaving"
This past term we’ve begun looking closely at Rosenshine’s principles of instruction (download below). Rosenshine suggests effective classroom practice involves much of the following (Sherrington, 2019*): 1. Begin a lesson with a short review of previous learning2. Present new material in small steps with student practice after each step3. Limit the amount of material students […]Read more "Rosenshine’s Teaching & Learning Principles"
When we think about professional learning, our first thoughts might go to all those twilights, courses and INSET days that we’ve attended over the years that didn’t quite work. We’ve all had to sit through hours of training that just hasn’t quite cut it for one reason or another. Ineffective CPL encompasses much of the following: […]Read more "The Thinking behind our CPL"
Our CPL year came to an end last week, culminating in a wonderfully collaborative Nano Meet. Summed up nicely in Alan’s plenary talk, the event was designed simply to give us space as colleagues to talk, reflect and critique. Alan reminded us of Wiliam’s notion that ‘everything works somewhere/nothing works everywhere’ and also Warren Little’s […]Read more "Our CPL Year"
Teachers ask around 400 questions every day, which adds up to a staggering 70,000 a year. Most of these are low cognitive questions and it’s important to consider how to make these questions more effective in developing pupils’ learning. One way is to add variety to you questioning strategies. For example, randomly select pupils – […]Read more "Questioning Ideas"
A key component of great teaching is the explicit modelling of processes so that students learn how to adapt and apply their knowledge. Here are five simple strategies that make for high-quality modelling: Model live Unpacking and demonstrating how to solve a problem is common in some subjects, but can be completely absent in others. Modelling […]Read more "Effective Modelling"