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Course summary from Chris & Dylan and next steps

Summing Up From Chris & Dylan and how to plan your next CPD as a teacher.
CHRIS: Throughout the five weeks of this course, we hope that you’ve developed and deepened your understanding of how you can plan to support the learning of all your students. We have looked and seen exemplified by our teachers ideas for how you can plan to open up the classroom so that learning becomes more visible to the learners, and we know you will take, adapt and develop further ideas of your own to help you with this.
DYLAN: We have explored strategies for how you can plan to elicit evidence of your students’ thinking so you can be better informed as to how you can respond to your students and be more aware of their needs. Planning for this day-to-day and longer term use of assessment can help you ‘listen in’ to your students, and as you become more attuned and better at inferring what their responses are telling you, you will become more able to deepen their understanding and develop thinking.
CHRIS: Research shows that it’s high-quality, formative assessment like this that helps improve students learning and progress. We want to encourage you that the ideas we have explored will help you and your students become better learners. None of this is quick to do, and all of it takes planning, practice and critical reflectiveness from us as educators. However, it really is worth persevering with. So from myself and from Dylan and Andrea, thank you for taking part in the course.

Thank you for joining us on this course. We hope you have found it interesting and it has given you information and ideas that will help you in your own teaching practice. We also hope you have enjoyed working with other learners, sharing knowledge and opinions.

In this short video Chris and Dylan bid you farewell and encourage you to persist in planning to support the learning of all your students, use assessment opportunities to increase your inference and responsiveness in the classroom to support all learners.

As Chris concludes:

Research shows that it’s high-quality, formative assessment like the ideas we have been exploring and seen exemplified by our teachers that helps improve students’ learning and progress. None of this is quick to do, and all of it takes planning, practice and critical reflection from us as educators. However, it really is worth persevering with.

Taking your learning further

The video below explains the STEM Learning Impact Journey: our approach to supporting your continuing professional development as a teacher, teaching assistant or technician.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Differentiation for Learning

When it comes to teaching in the classroom one size does not fit all. Our Differentiation for Learning course will help you improve your teaching by developing how you provide differentiated learning opportunities for all your students. It is designed as companion to this course.

Online CPD from the National STEM Learning Centre

We have a number of other courses for teachers, technicians and volunteers in STEM education available on FutureLearn. Our online CPD is supported by educational experts and professional development leaders, enabling you to adopt a reflective approach to your learning. Our aim is to enable you to make a positive impact with the young people you teach, learning flexibly around your work.

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre is the largest UK provider of subject-specific Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers and technicians working with pupils aged 5 to 19.

Science Learning Partnerships

Across England, our Science Learning Partnerships can support your school or college to implement the ideas from this course. Running local and bespoke CPD, SLPs can help you use this course to scaffold professional development for your colleagues.

We wish you and your students all the best as you continue on your learning journeys together.


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