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Choosing a target group

Choose the group of students you would like to focus on.
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The first part of this course looked at the key concepts of:

  • how to break down core skills into teachable, learnable steps
  • effective ways of teaching skill steps.

Now we’re going to focus on applying the principles of teaching core skills. You were introduced to the principles last week – this week we’ll look in more detail at how they can be applied to build the skills of your students. In particular, we will spend some time looking at the key principle of ‘Measure it’ and methods for assessing your students’ progression in the core skills.

You’ll start by choosing the group of students you want to focus on. To do this, ask yourself:

  • Do I spend enough time with them to focus on these skills?
  • Do I understand their current needs and abilities?
  • Will they benefit from this focus? (Do they need it?)

Preferably you want to be able to answer ‘yes’ to all the questions before you choose a group.

Over to you

When you’ve chosen a group to work with, tell us about the group, and why you chose them in the comments below.

Use the comments section to read what others have said, then post a short comment of your own.

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