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"
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"
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"
Today we held our first primary secondary partnership, focused on transition between Key Stage 2 to 3. Colleagues from our feeder primary schools joined us for the afternoon. We selected a representative sample of students across Year 7 to help shape our conversations, evaluations and reflections. Our learning conversations were very much focused on how we […]Read more "Reflecting on learning with primary partners"
Another great session today with our learning partners. Our students spent time with us reflecting on what constitutes great learning. Emerging from our collective work are the broad themes of engagement, challenge and enjoyment. Check out the students’ Venn diagrams and diamond nines from today’s session below. An interesting thread coming from the students today […]Read more "Our Learning Partnership [continued]"
We had our first student-staff Learning Partnership meeting today. We spent 30 minutes with some of our wonderfully articulate students looking at what makes learning great here at KEVICC and how we can make it even more special. We asked each other a series of BIG QUESTIONS like ‘What do great teachers do?’ and ‘What […]Read more "Our Learning Partnership"
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…"
Max led a thought-provoking Nano last week on developing individual accountability in our lessons. You can check out his Prezi here. His thoughts are below… When a student is working on their own, it is reasonable to hold the student accountable for the work that they produce. However, holding students accountable when they are asked […]Read more "Student Individual Accountability"
Slides Q&A is a new update on Google Slides that allows your audience to communicate with you as you present. Simply create a presentation in slides, go to presenter mode and activate Slides Q&A. A URL will be displayed to your audience, which will allow them to post comments, questions and general reflections to the room. Check […]Read more "Google Slides: Talk to your audience"
Eddie Jones and Chris Coleman – two coaches currently enjoying summer success – have both grounded their management in growth mindset philosophy. Following Wales’ greatest night of football against Belgium, Coleman said not being afraid to fail was key to his team’s victory: “If you work hard enough and you’re not afraid to dream then you’re not afraid to […]Read more "Coaching a Growth Mindset"