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"
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"
In 2017 our Progress 8 was 0.17, yet for disadvantaged students this figure was -0.63. 1 in 5 children at KEVICC receive the Pupil Premium. A key priority for the College is to close the gap in progress and attainment between those students eligible for the Pupil Premium and those that are not. Research tells us […]Read more "Closing the Gap in the Classroom"
Here it is: our new Learning & Teaching policy. We have worked with our students and staff to shape this. Max launched this with College Leadership yesterday, check his slides out here. The policy very much reflects a partnership approach and, as a cooperative college, we believe this to be the right way to formulate […]Read more "Our New Learning & Teaching Policy"
Another term gone, and another market place to collectively share and reflect upon our CPL. Yesterday’s market place was of the highest quality. We saw the work that our Growth Mindset hub had been doing over the past two terms, notably around changing attitudes to learning, promoting growth focused feedback to students and nurturing grit amongst […]Read more "CPL Market Place"
Yesterday after school, our middle and senior leadership were discussing the ethos and rationale behind our approach to feedback here at the college. Our latest collective work scrutiny tells us that we still have some inconsistency in how we encourage students to respond to our marking. We agreed that ensuring that our marking is acted upon […]Read more "Why feedback matters…"
We had a great Market Place this week to bring our collective CPL over the last two terms together. Here are some of the highlights from our evening: Feedback Strategies There were some great ideas from Emma’s hub: ‘Go for 3,’ ‘Comment girds combining growth mindsets and attainment, Triple Impact Marking, ‘Yellow box’ and test swapping. […]Read more "Our CPL Market Place"
If feedback seems like the new stick to beat us with, then it’s probably worth checking out Dan Ariely’s TED Talk on ‘What makes us feel good about our work?’. A behavioural economist, Ariely presents to us the stark impact of not receiving feedback. Check out the video from 9.54 minutes in. His message: not receiving […]Read more "The Motivation of Feedback"
Want to make sure the feedback you give has impact? Feedback that does not require a response, action or some kind of further learning is not really feedback – it’s simply checking. It’s important for sure, but will not necessarily move students on in their learning. The kind of feedback that interests us the most, is […]Read more "Feedback with Impact"
A teaching and learning strategy shared every Monday morning. No longer than two minutes and it must have a practical focus. What could be a better way to start the day? Okay, apart from a black coffee. And a lie in… Our Nanos will be uploaded here… watch this space.Read more "The Art of the Nano"